The talent and enthusiasm behind the Mario modding community is unlike any other. Countless Mario titles have been deeply modified and experimented with, and this week Mario Party Legacy will be highlighting five different Mario games and series that feature a dedicated and fascinating hacking and modding community.
Countless Mario series have seen incredible advancements in their hacking and modding communities, but unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Mario Party series. Even though the series spans over a dozen games spread across the last decade, the hacking scene for the Mario Party series has never really taken off. There’s a lot of potential for custom Mario Party boards, minigames, and more, but there’s a long road ahead before any of that becomes a reality.
Today’s showcase will be a little different. The Mario Party hacking community doesn’t have any ongoing projects at the moment. Instead, little hacks and little changes have been made here and there, and that’s what we’ll focus on for today. If anything, we hope that showing off what’s been accomplished so far will interest some of you to look into the hacking scene.
First off I’d like to show off Nintega Dario’s work. Dario has done an impressive job at bringing over characters and animations from one game to the other. For example, Birdo and Dry Bones don’t make their appearance in the Mario Party series until Mario Party 7, but Dario has managed to import them into games like Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 5. While nothing is perfect and there are still kinks to work out here and there, this is definitely a great starting point for the hacking community.
We’ve also seen some interesting texture changes from users like MnSG and TheLordKhon. The images above show a Red Magikoopa and a Red Yoshi in Mario Party 9. To see more of these texture changes, including a Red Koopa Troopa, check out this link.
And then we have this nonsense created by Thelombax51. This video shows a lot of potential for Mario Party hacking.
And that’s really all there is to share. We want Mario Party modding to kick off, so we added a Mario Party Hacking and Modding board to our Forum. This will serve as a place where those who are interested in Mario Party hacking can discuss and share ideas, techniques, discoveries, and more. If you’ve got any experience in Mario Party hacking, please join us!