When Mario Party DS came out in November 2007, I was a 13 year old kid in 8th grade. It seemed like the Mario Party franchise was back stronger than ever. There was a slight scare with Mario Party 8 not coming out one year after Mario Party 7, but Nintendo made up for it by giving us 2 Mario Party games in one year. Then we would go back to the cycle. What new things could Nintendo and Hudson do with the Wii controls? Surely there are a lot of improvements that can be made to Mario Party 8 with the Wii’s capabilities. What about the DS, do we get a MPDS2? How would that be?
Well the cycle seemed to break off again as there was no news of a new Mario Party game in 2008. Ok then, next year we’ll hear about something. Let them take their time. As 2009 passed by, everyone anticipated some new Mario Party news as Mario Party 8 and DS both sold millions of copies. But not even a peep about Mario Party was let out in 2009. Then I got worried. I don’t care that they made so many games with the same concept, just make another one. Come on Nintendo, come on Hudson. Well, little did I know their joint venture, Motegi, split up in 2007. So hope is lost now?
Early in 2010, news came out about a new Party game for the Wii. It wasn’t Mario Party unfortunately. It was Wii Party. Wii Party was made in help by members of the former Motegi staff. While my initial reaction was toward despise of Nintendo not informing us about Mario Party in 3 years and then coming out with this nonsense, there was another side. If these guys are making Wii Party, that means they can easily make Mario Party 9 instead of Wii Party 2. But what were the odds? Before I knew it, 2010 was gone and 2011 had started and not a peep about Mario Party. Maybe Nintendo and company just stopped with Mario Party.
But as E3 2011 came near, I had a gut feeling. I had a feeling this was the year. I never anticipated a new Mario Party more than I had this year. But why? I mean you’d think I had 4 years to give up on the franchise. But I just had a feeling we were getting a present at E3. I checked Google every few days to see if there was any Mario Party 9 information available. Nope. And E3 showed up before I knew it on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. I watched the conference start to finish. Zelda, Mario Kart, blah blah blah. No Mario Party. And the conference came to a close with no Mario Party. Well don’t I feel dumb now. But Reggie Fils-Aime at the end of the conference showed off this big poster of game titles as he walked off. And my eyes searched for Mario Party. It was an instinct. And I just happened to catch a glimpse of “Mario Party 9” at the right of the poster. WAIT? Mario Party 9!? Yes, Mario Party 9. I am now a 16 year old who just finished his 3rd year of high school. It feels like an eternity since I was 13. It feels like an eternity since a new Mario Party came out. And Mario Party 9 probably won’t come out until I’m 17 and in my senior year. But I don’t care if I’m 13 or 17, I still want a new Mario Party, just one more.