The Future of Mainstream Mario Party – What does its road look like?

Mario Party 9 successfully launched in all major regions and has now reached over its millionth sold copy. It seems as if it’s a big deal in Japan considering that it sold nearly as much there as the first sales week of the US. It’s great to see the sales go up for this 2nd Mario Party title on Wii, and there are more copies to be sold in the near and far future. Speaking of the future, it’s obvious that the next Mario Party game is at the very least being pondered about deep in the studios of NdCube. It’s the decennial of the Mario Party series and it’s approaching, so what does its road ahead look like?

So, what does the future hold?

The Nintendo Wii is now in its end-stretch considering that the Wii U will be releasing as a successor to the former. It’s a near given that the decennial of the Mario Party series will appear on the Wii U system. It would be extremely unlikely for the inevitable Mario Party X (10) to release on the Wii since its life as a main home console will end, thus showing off likely failure if actually released as such. Make no mistake, it won’t be the end of the world if the game were to be developed for Wii, but it probably won’t be very appealing because of the more sophisticated hardware Wii U has to offer.

How will Mario Party X score in its future? Will it strike? Or fail?

It’s highly probable that NdCube will develop the next Mario Party installment; however, whether they keep the same Car-Formula will be unknown until time of proper announcement. Considering how many fans did in fact like this change (for the better?), it should probably stay the same but be modified in some way to avoid such drastic freedom-less actions due to relying on the moves of opponents. They (probably) listened to the complaints coming from the fans about the minimal changes to the formulas with each installment. If they did, they should continue with that in mind, but at a more comprehensive and complex manner. Have Mario Party enter the realm of the Wii U with a blast!

The Wii U, and the Tablet Controller, just waiting to be used….

What changes can we see based on what we know about the hardware? Well, obviously an exponential increase in graphic quality (might be overstated). Even if the developers don’t end up using the Wii U to its full potential, the graphical improvements will be noticed. It’ll be in true HD, hopefully. A lot of mainstream games on the competition consoles (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) sadly don’t even use full 1080p as a resolution (even if one sets that as an option). Developers should take advantage of the full HD 1080p resolution the Wii U will output, now that they have it (from a Nintendo system).

It’ll be great using the streaming capabilities of the Wii U Tablet Controller. That will act as a safe way to continue on with the game for a long time without possibly frying your TV set due to over-extensive playing (if in fact people do play Mario Party for numerous hours at once). Though, that then means the game mechanics must be suited for all types of control variations considering how one will only have a single screen to work with. But of course, using the other functions of the controller is a must, such as the integrated Camera, the touch screen, the gyroscope, accelerometer, and quite possibly the Microphone (hopefully better than the Mic used in Mario Party 6 and 7). Going aside from the streaming, developers must not replicate what occurred in Mario Party 8: the poor usage of motion control from the Wii Remote. With that in mind, they must learn of the different control variations contained in the Tablet Controller and understand the numerous usage options it has in store for the developer. As the first Mario Party game on the new console, they must not let the series start on that system on a bad note. Start it out strong, and become even stronger as the 11th installment comes to mind at a later time.

Devs, use this wisely. Take time to understand it.

With a combination of a Wii U Tablet Controller (or maybe two!) perhaps mini-games will be able to use that screen for something like what the tech demos showed at E3 2011. Though they were tech demos, the possible features and mechanics were shown briefly to the public eye. The Tech Demos have simply scratched the surface; obviously Nintendo will showcase a vast array of possibilities for the Controller. After we see what it’s capable of, it’ll be easier to then speculate how Mario Party X could use the arsenal of mechanics.

With the launch of Wii U, the Nintendo Network will be used for anything internet-related for that future console. This is it, Mario Party X MUST use that in some way! No exceptions, the series is dying to see some online play. Even if there isn’t online play per se, at least have the ability to download content onto the game. This might even prevent any need for constant installments onto one console! One or two Mario Party games would be enough for the lifespan of one console if consistent updates are made accordingly. Please, developers. You must understand the need for online support.

…..use this…….

There is a limited field of vision when speculating about Mario Party on the Wii U considering how little we know about the console itself. E3 2012 will answer our questions regarding the console. With those questions answered, only then will one have an idea just how Mario Party can work with what the next generation Nintendo console can handle. The road is foggy right now, but the paths will clear up as E3 2012 comes and passes by.

What do you see in the future of mainstream Mario Party games?

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Mortal Kombat Addict228
May 18, 2012 3:36 AM

Definitly a mario party 11, 12 and 3ds also i hope that nintendo comes out with a mp for 3ds soon im dying to play mario party in 3D.

gameguy1996
gameguy1996
May 18, 2012 5:12 PM

Maybe Mario Party 3ds will be reveled at E3.

mariopartyfan101
mariopartyfan101
May 20, 2012 9:45 AM
Reply to  gameguy1996

Hope so!

Disco Romance
Disco Romance
May 21, 2012 11:05 PM
Reply to  gameguy1996

I doubt it, and I hope not. Doubtfully so because Mario Party 9 was just released in March, it’s too soon to announce another one, and hopefully not because I’d rather see the next installment on the Wii U with online functionality.

To me, Mario Party is a living room experience, not a handheld experience. There’s nothing greater than getting a group of friends together in front of the TV with Mario Party.

JellyJiggler8
JellyJiggler8
May 18, 2012 7:53 PM

That would be AMAZAH if it was. Mario party ds was so fun me and my friends still play it sometimes even though we have a 3ds.

Fernando
Fernando
May 19, 2012 8:19 AM

It would be great if Nintendo made aMarioParty for the 3ds, they could include new characters like Rosalina, the Final Fantasy Characters (like in Hoops or Sports Mix), Whittles, Wiggler and even introduce new characters in the Mario universe (like a male companion for Rosalina, a Female worm for Wiggler, etc.)

HoneyQueenWiggler7
HoneyQueenWiggler7
May 19, 2012 1:24 PM

If there is ever a Mario Party 10, it needs to be based on Super Mario Galaxy 2, It will have the same characters from Mario Party 9, Except Shy Guy and Kamek, Which these two characters will be replaced with Rosalina and Honey Queen. Also, I think Boo will return and the Red Lakitu from Mario Kart 7 will appear as a new playable character.
Its graphics are borrowed from New Super Mario Bros. 2 and it will have many environments and minigames from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
It’s Hosts are the Green Lakitu and Toadsworth.

Fernando
Fernando
May 19, 2012 6:58 PM

I agree with you in everything except in Honey Queen, because i prefer Luma (but if they include Honey Queen, they MUST add Wiggler).

Plum
Plum
May 19, 2012 7:13 PM
Reply to  Fernando

Or neither and go for a more liked character in the fanbase. Honey Queen is rather hated in the Nintendo and Mario fan base, other than the few that like her. Which is a small amount. Luma shouldn’t be in it either s/he is just to small and is always flying 2 or 3 feet off the ground. The cast we have in MP9 is fine and if anything they can just bring the MP7 cast back, if the new characters they are going to add are the likes of Honey Queen and Lakitu there are many problems with both… Read more »

Toblet
Toblet
May 20, 2012 2:38 PM

1. How would Toadsworth be a host in a Galaxy game? He hasn’t even appeared Super Mario Galaxy. 2. Shy Guy should replace Birdo (my opinion) 😛 3. Some of the forgotten characters should return eg. Blooper and Toadette as well as Boo. 4. If Rosalina is playable, Lubba should be the host. If she isn’t playable, she should be the host (makes sense in a galaxy themed game). 5. Honey Queen wouldn’t work as a playable character (can’t punch people and is too big.) Wiggler is also too big for Mario Party. (sorry Fernando). However, I think it is… Read more »

Fernando
Fernando
May 20, 2012 5:23 PM
Reply to  Toblet

i actually think your anylisis is great!! And no worry, i dont even like Wiggler nor Honey Queen 😉

Toblet
Toblet
May 21, 2012 3:47 AM
Reply to  Fernando

Thank you. 😀

I forgot to add this but if Rosalina was the host, how cool would it be to play Mario party on the Comet Observatory? That would keep me addicted for weeks. You would travel along the bottom level and if you wanted, you could decide to use the teleporter to travel in the middle and eventually to the top, where there could be a small reward waiting? Etc…

Fernando
Fernando
May 21, 2012 8:57 PM
Reply to  Toblet

Great idea!!! There would be the Comet Observatory as a board with cool teleporters and galaxies in the background. And like i said before, i’d like Final Fantasy characters (Ninja, White& Black Mage, Moogle and Cactuar) as well as a male counterpart for Rosalina or something like that.

Toblet
Toblet
May 22, 2012 3:04 PM
Reply to  Toblet

“Drools at the idea”. The observatory is made for Mario Party. It’s such a perfect map to travel on round squares, and events can happen anywhere. I’d love to see a male counter part for Rosalina. She is waaay better than Wario and Waluigi and Mario and Luigi are already taken. It would be nice to see a new human character and possibly one that doesn’t have a mustache or beard. As for the final fantasy characters, I doubt it. If they have only appeared in minor Mario games. They wouldn’t get in a huge game like MP10. (At least,… Read more »

Fernando
Fernando
May 29, 2012 6:29 PM
Reply to  Toblet

Thanks for agreeing with me and about the FF characters, i think you’re right, because White Mage is too much like Rosalina and if there is a male for Rosalina, White Mage wouldn’t really have a logical partner (Well, maybe Moogle, but once again, you leave someone without a couple[i mean cactuar]).

HoneyQueenWiggler7
HoneyQueenWiggler7
May 22, 2012 10:11 AM

Maybe Wiggler and Luma as Downloadable Characters and Lubba as Downloadable Host.

HoneyQueenWiggler7
HoneyQueenWiggler7
May 22, 2012 10:20 AM

And I Think one of the boards is Starship Mario, Oh, Changing opninion, Lubba should be Host Of the boards Boards and, If Honey Queen is playable, Polari should Be Host of Minigames, and Toadsworth Should Do the “Last Five Turns” or “Almost There” Event.

smarty54242
smarty54242
May 20, 2012 7:14 PM

I think that you should be abe to download older boards with some minor changes to them so they wourd work. Ex: Chilly Waters without the Game Guy, Bank, and Skeleton Doors.

Bowser,Kane,and minions
Bowser,Kane,and minions
May 21, 2012 11:49 AM

Mario Party X and 3DS should be the last ones.X,then 3DS.

Fernando
Fernando
May 29, 2012 6:32 PM

Mmhhh, maybe you are right

Rosalina4President
Rosalina4President
October 18, 2012 10:15 AM

Excuse me, BKm, I Think in Hexatridecimal numbers so the last Mario Party should be Mario Party Z, the tenth one is Mario Party A.

ChillyWaters123
ChillyWaters123
May 21, 2012 1:37 PM

Yeah, I agree with the other commenters. Mario Party 10 should involve some kind of relation with smg2, such as the comet observatory as the ONLY playable smg2 board. Maybe they should base all of the boards this time on other Mario related games. Maybe they could bring Dire Dire Docks as a playable board from super Mario 64 with the original music? That would be great!

Bowser,Kane,and minions
Bowser,Kane,and minions
May 21, 2012 3:48 PM

Maybe,just maybe,Mario Party will fail and Mario Party 9 was the last MP,maybe.

Toblet
Toblet
May 22, 2012 3:10 PM

I am 99% confident that a tenth will be made. Nintendo are just stupid if they don’t make a tenth. They already have the name domain registered. I will however, be wondering if there will be an eleventh Mario Party.

Hammer Bro.,Green Dry Bones,and Green Magikoopa
Hammer Bro.,Green Dry Bones,and Green Magikoopa
May 24, 2012 4:19 PM
Reply to  Toblet

I agree about everything.Mario Party X should come next year.Then Mario Party 3DS the year after that,then that will be it.No more Mario Parties sadly,because Nintendo needs a break.

Rosalina4President
Rosalina4President
October 19, 2012 7:39 PM

I Think X is the 33rd one so the next one should be Mario Party A.

Mario_Comix
Mario_Comix
May 22, 2012 6:28 PM

I would like it best if they implemented both the car mode and the classic mode.

Bowser,Kane,and minions
Bowser,Kane,and minions
May 29, 2012 7:56 PM
Reply to  Mario_Comix

Yes,or cvehicle solo.Wich is each person gets a vehicle.

Rosalina4President
Rosalina4President
October 19, 2012 7:42 PM

After Mario Party 9, there should be Mario Party A, Mario Party B, Mario Party C, Mario Party D, Mario Party E, Mario Party F and so on until Mario Party Z which is the last Mario Party.

DK64fan
DK64fan
January 2, 2013 3:34 PM

Well.I would like to see that but,i would rather see a Mario Party 10 first.Then after that game is out THEN you can make Mario Party A-Z

RosalinaFTW
RosalinaFTW
December 24, 2012 1:43 AM

Wait, I don’t think Mario Party 10 shouldn’t be called “Mario Party X” because they have to pay Microsoft’s rights for the Age of Empires Games if they do so.

DK64fan
DK64fan
December 29, 2012 6:25 PM

Mario party 10X?I would love to see Mario Party 10,But can they make a Mario Party 3D first?Because They had a Mario Party advance & DS.

RosalinaFTW
RosalinaFTW
December 31, 2012 11:53 PM
Reply to  DK64fan

It would be Cool if there’s a Mario Party 3D but, as i said before, Birdo, Hammer Bro., Boo and Dry Bones.

DK64fan
DK64fan
January 2, 2013 3:36 PM
Reply to  RosalinaFTW

Mario Party 3D characters wish list:
Mario,Luigi,Peach,Toad,Wario,waluigi,Daisy,yoshi,Toadette,Boo,Dry bones,Birdo & Hammer bro.Or all the characters on the right.

RosalinaFTW
RosalinaFTW
December 31, 2012 11:56 PM
Reply to  DK64fan

These four should be the Playable Characters along with the Mario Party DS Characters.