Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
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  1. Mar 5, 2012
    The Mario Party series might be a bit long in the tooth, but it shouldn't be counted out; there have been enough tweaks and changes to keep things interesting and the minigames are as fun as ever.
  2. Apr 2, 2012
    Mario Party 9 is a resounding success on so many levels, adding plenty of extra variety to differentiate itself from previous entries, whilst also learning important lessons from the limited-yet-fun Wii Party.
  3. A wonderfully refreshing revamp. [March 2012, p.102]
  4. Apr 2, 2012
    Another worthy release in a successful series. They've stuck to a tried and true formula: beloved characters, fun, variety and a fast pace, which is easy to play for the whole family.
  5. 85
    The game manages to keep the hectic and wild spirit Mario Party is known for while eliminating superfluous gimmicks and features that slowed the pace down instead of making it equally interesting for everybody.
  6. Mar 7, 2012
    Mario Party 9 is yet another great opportunity to have a great time playing with your family and friends. It is a very approachable game that players with few experience in videogames can enjoy, although not as much as Wii Party. Mario Party 9 is midway between minigames compilations for experts and those for beginners and achieves to offer a very fun experience.
  7. Mar 5, 2012
    The new developer combined new features with the good old gameplay. That's fresh and more enjoyable for party game fans. The singleplayer mode is merely solid, while the multiplayer is pure entertainment.
  8. Apr 19, 2012
    The randomness of some of the board effects can be frustrating; it's akin to Nintendo grabbing the chess board mid-match and throwing it across the room. It doesn't seem fair and there's nothing you can do about it except enjoy the experience while it lasts. And the kids liked it.
  9. Pelit (Finland)
    Apr 17, 2012
    Excellent game to play with your kids and really strange friends. Minigames work better than usual because they use less motion controls and focus more on fun ideas. [Apr 2012]
  10. Games Master UK
    Mar 14, 2012
    The essence of the console version, but it doesn't carry over the explosive enjoyment. [Apr 2012, p.88]
  11. Mar 14, 2012
    Seasoned Party-goers and newcomers looking for an entry point into the prolific franchise, however, should consider crashing Mario's latest shindig.
  12. Mar 11, 2012
    Mario Party 9 is a great way to heal a sick franchise. The new developer team has done a great job changing the main structure of the original Mario Party, creating a brand new experience with the perfect multiplayer mode.
  13. Nintendo Gamer
    Mar 6, 2012
    Refreshing, but there's potential for even better things next time. [March 2012, p.92]
  14. Mar 6, 2012
    Mario Party 9 consists almost entirely of positive changes for the series. Sure, if you don't have any partying friends this won't be the game for you, but the challenges and simple layout of the game make this a brilliant Wii game.
  15. Mar 6, 2012
    If you lost interest some time around the umpteenth GameCube iteration, or the woeful Mario Party 8, MP9 is a good excuse to come back. Enough of the old concerns have been addressed and the game is more focused than ever, marking a return to simplicity that reminds us why we loved huddling around those old Nintendo consoles in the first place.
  16. 80
    It's been five years since the last game and the Mario Party series probably needed that. New developer Nd Cube has changed a lot of things, all to the better, and Mario Party 9 probably is the best game in the series.
  17. Mar 1, 2012
    It's less predictable than its previous instalments, smartly ditching the dead wood in favour of a fresh approach that emphatically reminds us why the series has been going for 14 years.
  18. Nintendo Power
    Feb 18, 2012
    Much has been improved since the eighth iteration, and there's a slew of new content to unlock and explore. Even the skeptics should be charmed once they've played a game or two. [March 2012, p.84]
  19. May 23, 2012
    Mario Party 9 is unlike anything in the series before, although it seems familiar.
  20. Mar 13, 2012
    The ruleset has been completely revamped. You still need quite a bit of luck when it comes to the dice, but tactics and a hint of strategy have been added. Mario's get-together has never been better.
  21. Mar 12, 2012
    Excluding Wii Party, Mario Party 9 is the first we've seen in nearly five years of what was historically a perennial series. This break in the action has provided an opportunity for reinvention, and to some extent, that's what's occurred. What it all boils down to is a clever, unexpected, and much-needed reboot of a series that previously didn't seem to have much left in the way of creativity. It won't turn haters into lovers, but it's most certainly a step in the right direction for the franchise.
  22. Apr 30, 2012
    For those looking for the complete reinvention of the wheel will have to wait a bit longer. But Mario Party 9 has had enough tweaked in it to breathe some much-needed life back into the series.
  23. Mar 31, 2012
    Mario Party 9 features less motion control, fewer board-game rules, and more of a videogame feel, but there's still plenty left to chance. Those waiting for a full-scale overhaul will have to wait a little longer.
  24. Mar 22, 2012
    Though some of the minigames can be boring and uninspired, others can be a hoot while playing with friends.
  25. Mar 20, 2012
    Mario Party 9 changes its own formula with new mechanics. Finally more balance between luck and player skill - it is still one of the most fun games to play with friends, absolutely the king of party games. A good restart from the last chapter.
  26. Mar 9, 2012
    In the end, Mario Party 9 remains what each game in the series has been: a party game. Part of me wants to berate Nintendo for making nine Mario Party games in little more than a decade, but I've got to applaud them in this case. There's no flashy new control scheme or extraneous microphone peripheral in Mario Party 9. No, in lieu of any fancy new hardware, Nintendo simply gave the old gang the keys to the company car and actually changed the rules of the game for once-and it works surprisingly well.
  27. Mar 14, 2012
    An over-reliance on random chance over strategy can quickly derail the experience when things go awry at the worst possible time, but when matches come together with the right balance, Mario Party 9 does deliver the fun this exuberant series is known for.
  28. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 25, 2012
    Nice party game is filled with large amounts of enjoyable mini-games – the only cons are the great dependency on luck and missing online multiplayer. [Apr 2012]
  29. Apr 16, 2012
    Mario Party 9 is the series' best episode after the fourth. The new elements introduced, like the players moving all together, are not completely convincing, but the formula designed hanging around funny minigames and 3 pals around still works.
  30. Apr 4, 2012
    Exactly the kind of the change needed by the franchise, although this new game depends too much on luck and randomness.
  31. Mar 21, 2012
    Mario Party 9 does not offer online modes or leaderboards. True to local multiplayer it reveals a propensity to promote, challenge, competition and socialization, as long there are four players in the same room.
  32. Mar 17, 2012
    This ninth episode is – finally – innovative and original, with a strange but appreciated focus on the boss fights. Sadly the winner, now more than ever, is chosen by fortune. A new starting point, that has to be polished in the next chapters. On WiiU, possibly.
  33. Mar 12, 2012
    A true renaissance for this Nintendo's franchise. The new modes will up the challenge and you'll have a good time, especially if you invite your friends over to your house. Too bad there's no online mode.
  34. Mar 9, 2012
    During sessions with Mario Party 9 I was still able to suppress my critical instincts and lose myself in its charms -- but booze was perhaps more essential than ever.
  35. Mar 2, 2012
    Essentially, Mario Party 9 is a great leveller. No matter if you play games for a living or only touch a controller when one is forced into you hand, chances are you'll be in with a shot of winning come the end of the each game. The Wii has always been about bringing people together to play, and Mario Party 9 does that considerably better than I thought it would.
  36. Feb 28, 2012
    A successful reboot for a franchise that still has a lot to give in terms of uniting gamers, and non-gamers, around its uncomplicated but endearing charms.
  37. Mar 12, 2012
    It's a fun game, but you'll get bored with it pretty quickly.
  38. Mar 12, 2012
    If you have a dedicated group of friends who are ready to toss down on some Mario-themed minigames and game board shenanigans, then you're probably good to go with Mario Party 9.
  39. Mar 19, 2012
    In the end, it's Mario, and it's a great party game. If you buy it, you'll get exactly what you paid for.
  40. Mar 19, 2012
    Mario Party 9 contains a lot of new mini games and changes the rules of the game completely. The new rules are boring and everything depends on luck. Therefore this is the worst Mario Party title ever.
  41. Mar 13, 2012
    Though an enjoyable addition to the series, Mario Party 9 is much too familiar and predictable.
  42. Mar 9, 2012
    The concept is still the same, gather your friends for a friendly battle of speed and luck inhilarious mini games. However, new mini games and creative, lively worlds aside, Mario Party 9 is pretty much exactly the same as before. Some may love this, others can't help but feel a bit disappointed at the lack of innovation from Nintendo.
  43. Mar 5, 2012
    Not a must-have, still far from perfect, Mario Party 9 still manages to squash one of the most common criticism to the series by offering a quicker pacing in between runs, as all players now share the same ride. Everyone also competes for little stars, now, rather than the big purchasable ones. Not all the mini-games are funny, but enough are, and even though the concept is old as hell, it still works fine.
  44. Mar 9, 2012
    There are things about Mario Party 9 that make it a better experience than previous entries, but overall it's still a disheartening experience. The best times I experienced with the game were the times when co-workers and I were laughing at each other's stupid mistakes while playing, but you really don't need a video game to fuel stupid mistakes worth laughing at.
  45. games(TM)
    Apr 18, 2012
    There's little reason for the lonely man to pick this up. [Issue#121, p.117]

Awards & Rankings

#2 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2012
#2 Most Shared Wii Game of 2012
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 181 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 181
  2. Negative: 33 out of 181
  1. Mar 11, 2012
    This game is amazing and it's very fun as you will experience hours of fun mini games, great multiplayer, challenging bosses, and an overallThis game is amazing and it's very fun as you will experience hours of fun mini games, great multiplayer, challenging bosses, and an overall nice looking environment with great music. Overall this game gets a 9 and really is worth your money! Full Review »
  2. dz9
    Apr 10, 2012
    I am very lenient with this title, I know that this game is on the wii and is intended for a family audience, but even on that meritt, thisI am very lenient with this title, I know that this game is on the wii and is intended for a family audience, but even on that meritt, this game presents serious flaws. But let's start with the good, the campaign is fun and challenging, mini games are a blast, the graphics in this game are flashy and polished, and the new take on the movements system is refreshing and good for the most part. It's so sad to see a genuinely fun game have such an obvious serious flaw! The huge problem in this title is that the game mechanics are so random and events range from over powering to over crippling. Too many times in this game, you will lose your well earned fortune because you uncontrollably lose half your stars due to one bad roll. Now... Mario party is known for these events but never before on this scale. Picture you have accumulated a nice fortune of 5 stars going into the end of the game on a previous MP title, but at the last minute you land on a space that takes away 4 stars and 100 coins. This is wayyyyyy to overpowering in a game based on chance, and doing this. Developers have robbed the nice mix of luck and strategy known in Mario Party and left it with nothing but luck. You could win every mini game and get good roles on every turn but that doesn't mean you will win not even by a long shot, cause in this title, you're always one Bowser Revolution away from losing no matter what. In the End: this is a great game for kids and I don't think they'll notice the randomness too much. But for adults like myself, as long as you don't play to win, you could have some fun times with this Full Review »
  3. Mar 28, 2012
    Great game, I am really happy of it and I'm waiting mario party 10 for wii u Great game, I am really happy of it and I'm waiting mario partyGreat game, I am really happy of it and I'm waiting mario party 10 for wii u Great game, I am really happy of it and I'm waiting mario party 10 for wii u Full Review »