It doesn’t seem all that long ago that a new Mario Party would find its way to store shelves almost every year. And yet, as I was reminded during my recent visit to Nintendo, the franchise has somehow been MIA for nearly 5 years now. So I jumped at the chance to visit head into San Francisco yesterday to take Mario Party 9 and some of its 80+ brand new mini-games out for a spin, and hopefully relive some of the classic memories I have of the original.
In Speeding Bullets, each player took control of a Bullet Bill as we raced through a track and dodged obstacles like walls and Piranha Plants in split-screen Mario Kart style. And in hallmark Mario Party fashion, the controls were extremely simple: just tilt the controller to steer (again, like Mario Kart Wii)
Smash Compactor is similar to Mushroom Mix-up, from Mario Party 1. In this, a crushing compactor threatens to crush all but those who can successfully drop through holes that appear in the floor, leading to the level below. Of course, the catch is that there’s always one fewer hole than there are players, making for some pretty intense battles as players anxiously await for a hole to open.
Wiggler Bounce placed all four of us in a small arena where a giant Wiggler would occasionally storm through. The goal was to jump onto his back and butt-stomp him for points, with purple spots awarding one point and red ones three. Since the red spots were rarer, it was a constant battle to try and get yourself into position before an opponent pushed you out of the way.
- Whomp Stomp will surely excite fans of “Honeycomb Havoc” from Mario Party 2. In this multi-round game, each player takes a quadrant of a circular platform which rests precariously in front of a giant stone Whomp. Each player then secretly casts a vote of either “1” or “0” which dictates how many positions the platform will rotate. Once everyone has cast their vote, the platform rotates the amount of voted times. If you have the misfortune of landing in front of a Whomp, you’ll not only be squished and lose a point, but you’ll also lose the opportunity the other three players have to butt-stomp the Whomp for additional points while he’s flattening you to the ground.
Genre: Minigame Collection
Release: March 11, 2012
Available On: Wii
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