First Review of Mario Party 9 with ONM

The Official Nintendo Magazine (ONM) has reviewed Mario Party 9 and the verdict is in! The reviewer, Chris Scullion, goes on to say, “This is a big comeback which has breathed new life into a flatlining series.” The review ends with a positive score of 86%, a 17% increase over Mario Party 8’s 69%. The review gives us lots of new info as well.

  • No 50-Turn games (we are assuming there is no longer a set amount of turns to play)
  • No Coins in Mario Party 9
  • Bowser Spaces appear more frequently near the end of the stages.
  • 78 mini-games
  • Story Mode will have you playing the boards with “Bowser’s minions.”
  • Step Up (Mario Party DS) returns
  • Garden Battle (mode) – winner plants plants to place in their garden with the ultimate goal to completely filling yours first.
  • Perspective Mode lets you play mini-games in third person viewpoint.
  • Unlock-able vehicles and boards
  • Time Trail Mode
  • No Classic Mode
  • No Online

A list of mini-game titles were revealed:

  • Launch Break (Rocket Launching)
  • Pizza me, Mario (Pizza Making)
  • Speeding Bullets (Bullet Bill Racing)
  • Growing Up (Press buttons to grow your beanstalk)
  • Mecha Choice (Escape from Mecha-Koopas)
  • Polar Extremes (Platforming)
  • Skyjinks (Platforming)

Huge thanks to GThing64 for the heads up! Check back with the Official Nintendo Magazine (ONM) for more!

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GThing64
GThing64
February 4, 2012 8:08 AM

Heh, happy to help!

OhMyToad
OhMyToad
February 4, 2012 8:15 AM

no classic mode, hmm well the new mode can be awesome. ;d
I don’t get what they mean with ■Story Mode will have you playing the boards with “Bowser’s minions. Could that be the mini bowsers ?? i don’t get it. And the other thing I got my eye on is they didn’t say anything about hidden characters. o;

GThing64
GThing64
February 4, 2012 8:24 AM
Reply to  OhMyToad

While I think it’ll probably be the normal bosses, the NSMBWii UK instruction mannual reffered to the Koopalings with this game, so maybe normal bosses are replaced with 1-on-1 fights with them.

lxlhunter
lxlhunter
February 4, 2012 1:58 PM
Reply to  OhMyToad

My guess is “Bowser’s minions” will be Koopa, Shy Guy, and Magikoopa (since he’s on the cover). I find this more likely because in Mario Party 8 Hammer Bro. and Blooper were Bowser’s minions.

DanyyRaisin4
DanyyRaisin4
February 4, 2012 8:52 AM

What about the characters

Nick
Nick
February 4, 2012 10:16 AM

Does anybody know what the prize of winning a minigame is? Obviously, not coins because they are not in this game. Maybe a ministar?

OhMyToad
OhMyToad
February 4, 2012 1:59 PM
Reply to  Nick

1 mini star would be a waste to play the mini game. I think the 10 coins will be replaced instead of 10 mini stars 😉

person
person
February 4, 2012 2:44 PM

….is it me or did Nintendo ruined mario party -_- im not iven sure if i wanna buy this anymore cuz well yeah a car mode woohoo-BUT CLASSIC MODE ISN’T IN?! classic mode haves been on mario party IN EVERY NUMBER until now of course sheesh nintendo wen i saw this game i was like wow this is gonna be great IM GONA BUY IT! 😀 but after the time passed and the news you were giving about the game i think this game wont be all that fun after all

OhMyToad
OhMyToad
February 5, 2012 12:33 AM
Reply to  person

You can’t judge on the car mode, until you’ve played it ;s
So just wait and just buy it. Mario party doesn’t only turns
about classic mode. there are enough other options to do.

GThing64
GThing64
February 5, 2012 1:29 AM
Reply to  person

*Mario Party 8 comes out*
*People claim the the series is going stale and needs a fresh formula*
*Mario Party 9 comes out*
*Fans whine about it “messing with the classic Mario Party formula”*
-_-

GamerGuy09
GamerGuy09
February 4, 2012 4:34 PM

Without Classic Mode….it kinda sucks. This game is unique though and i’m sure getting it. But i’m kinda confused….are items returning or not? If so do you know spend stars to get items? So its more risky.

Nintendo’s idea to take out classic mode in general was a VERY risky situation. If people don’t like it YOUR FUCKED NINTENDO! I mean. If the car mode bombs. People COULD HAVE droped back to the classic mode but since the safty net is gone this game will either bomb to be the bomb.

BlaZe Party Man
BlaZe Party Man
February 6, 2012 5:05 PM
Reply to  GamerGuy09

I Agree with you the classic has been in since the first mario party and now taking it away whats up with that if nintendo wants this to be the biggest party yet then keep the car mode but bring back classic

DonnyKD
DonnyKD
February 14, 2012 1:41 PM
Reply to  GamerGuy09

I think someone said this before…

“*Mario Party 8 comes out*
*People claim the the series is going stale and needs a fresh formula*
*Mario Party 9 comes out*
*Fans whine about it “messing with the classic Mario Party formula”*
-_-”

Unpleaseable bitches.

roXo
roXo
February 4, 2012 6:33 PM

I can’t wait…..

emotoad64
February 4, 2012 6:47 PM

hey on the wika theirs 11 charters on the playable list there one charter missing

MONSTER HUNTER
MONSTER HUNTER
February 5, 2012 7:15 AM

Mind sharing what ONM has to say about Monster Hunter 3DS? Maybe a release date for the love of God?

Thanks!

DanyyRaisin4
DanyyRaisin4
February 5, 2012 8:13 AM

I think bowsers minnions are the return of koopa kid in 3 diffrent colors.

Zacktheninja300
Zacktheninja300
February 6, 2012 6:02 AM

aww no classic! Well I’m still going to get it. XD

Ryan
Ryan
February 6, 2012 9:35 AM

It there going to be a decathlon this year? They are by far the best part of Mario Party 5, 6, and 7

Caitlyn
Caitlyn
February 8, 2012 2:30 PM

I hope they find a way to squeeze Toadette in. I’m getting tired of having to use Toad all the time (even though he’s awesome), and I want my tiny pink fungi friend to return.

Vincent
March 3, 2012 8:05 AM

I really dont like this game, if there was a possbility for classic mode it would be epic since the new minigames are fun and the boards are awesome, but no classic ruined it for me. Happy i didnt buy it.


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