The Mario Party series has seen an array of playable characters throughout its decade long history. We have seen expected additions made over the years like Boo and Toadette, but we have also seen some random and out of left field characters like Blooper and Hammer Bro. Many characters take their spots as non playable characters all throughout the series, but it is only a matter of time before they become playable too.
Mario Party 9 may have taken the character roster back to the basics, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be adding onto the new selection in future titles. The babies, specifically Baby Mario and Baby Luigi, have been sought out and expected to appear in a Mario Party game for years. Having appeared as playable characters in a wide assortment of Mario spin-offs, the chances of seeing the the baby versions of our favorite characters appear as playable characters in a Mario Party game are not slim. Size is not an issue as they are all roughly the same size as Toad and Shy Guy.
Wiggler has made small appearances here and there in the Mario Party series, but Mario Party 9 saw his biggest involvement in the last two games, Mario Party DS and Mario Party 9. In Mario Party DS, players rescue Wiggler’s garden from the clutches of a Piranha Plant, while Mario Party 9 has players battling Wiggler in a boss battle. As Mario Power Tennis and Mario Kart 7 have proven, Wiggler is capable of a playable appearance.
Once characters like Toad and Koopa leave the non playable scene, characters like Monty Mole show up and replace their old duties. They can be seen running shops and scampering around minigames and even in the Magma Mine board from Mario Party 9. Mario Super Sluggers and Mario Strikers Charged have shown us that this little mole is capable of taking the spotlight.
The Mario baseball series has surprisingly been the only series to feature the Pianta race as playable characters. Mario Party 8 saw the first appearance of a Pianta in a Mario Party game, and this continued on in Mario Party 9. The Pianta race is one of the few that function like other characters with two arms and two feet, so it shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that a Pianta becomes playable.
It truly is only a matter of time. Goomba has appeared in every single Mario Party title to date, and he even got himself a hosting position in Mario Party 4. Again, as the Mario baseball series tell, just about anyone in the Mushroom Kingdom is capable of participating in all the wacky events Mario seems to partake in. No arms or hands might seem like a problem, but if Boo and Blooper got in, Goomba is only a short time away.