Preview of Mario Party 9 from Vandal

Hours after the last preview was revealed, Vandal has updated their site with a preview of their own. Again, we get a recap of a lot of information that we already knew, but there is a good amount of new pieces of information.

On Dice Blocks:

  • Only two Dice Block items at a time.
  • 1-2-3, 4-5-6, and 0-1 Dice Blocks.

On Bosses:

  • Three Bosses per board.
  • Cheep-Cheep is the third boss of Toad Road.

On Mini-Games:

  • Polar Flight (ice platforming mini-game) – ice melts and breaks away while players try to get to a boat at the end.
  • Rain of Thorns (bubble mini-game)
  • Goombas Go-Go (Goomba counting mini-game)
  • In Just Part (a new puzzle mini-game)
  • Different amounts of Mini-Stars are awarded for whatever rank you get in a mini-game.
  • Extra Mini-Games include Goomba Bowling, Hexapuzle (puzzle game), and Goomba Football (2-VS.-2)
  • Goomba Football has players trying to shoot Goombas for goals.
  • Perspective Mode involves the camera being greatly zoomed in, making for a harder experience.

On Board Play:

  • Special prizes after reaching the end of the board.
  • Stars of Vargancy – player who contributed the least to move the vehicle.
  • Another for bad luck with Dice Blocks.
  • After the winner is announced, stats are given, complete with graphics.

Other bits of information:

  • 12 Playable Characters total, some have to be unlocked.
  • Again, No Online.
  • Many ways to annoy other players.
  • One of the best Mario Party games.
  • Takes full advantage of the Wii hardware.
  • Inspired by games like Super Mario Galaxy.


Thanks to GenesisOne for finding the article!

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