Evolution of the Item by madstarr
We all know those crazy items we have grown accustomed to in Mario Party games (with the exception of the first one), and throughout their life-span, they have gone through an Evolution. But sometimes it’s not necessarily for the better. What exactly do I mean you ask? Well whether you asked that or not, I’m going to tell you. First, let us take a trip down memory lane…..
How did the item start in the Mario Party series? There was sort of an item system in the first installment of the series, and this included the Plus, Minus, Speed, Slow, Warp and Event Blocks. These items were purchasable in the Mushroom Shop and by doing so, it made them appear at random throughout the board when moving about. This is the building stone for the monument of items that appear in the later installments of Mario Party. I see this as unfair if you are rolling either a Minus, Slow or Warp block because since they appear at random, and they can affect your outcome in the main game without planning it. In fact, no one planned it, it just is rotten luck. Anyway, this is the start of how items came to evolve later in its lifetime. So, the noticeable evolution began in Mario Party 2, where items were introduced but as actual items which you can choose to have or not have. These items include things like Mushrooms, which gave you two blocks to roll instead of 1 (3 blocks if it was a Golden Mushroom), Skeleton Key (which allowed you entry into a secret passage way) and several more. And for the first time, item spaces were around to allow you to play an item mini-game! Yay!!, free items!! Yes yes, that’s very exciting…but there were even some exclusive items available like the Boo Bell item which allowed you to call upon Boo, which can commit evil deeds for you at a price. The Bowser Suit was also there, and really gave things an interesting twist. Apparently, everyone else thinks that you’re Bowser even though you clearly have a suit on that kinda resembles Bowser, and they give you 20 coins because of it. For some reason, I would try to steer away from buying a Magic Lamp at all, unless It was necessary in order to win if the game is almost over. I just don’t like using them because, it’s just too easy. In fact, I almost never use them and still win. They are for desperate people