Boo and Bowser Jr. Playable in Mario Party: Island Tour?

Take a look at this. Since the announcement of Mario Party: Island Tour (formerly known as Mario Party 3DS) back in April, six characters were confirmed to be playable. These characters included:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Wario
  • Daisy
  • Toad

It was only a matter of time before veterans Yoshi and Waluigi were revealed, and that news came yesterday morning. This brought our total of characters to eight. The last handheld installment in the series, Mario Party DS, featured eight characters total, so it would only make sense that Island Tour’s roster would surpass it.

Nintendo has just released several pieces of official art, most of which contained recycled character art. The eight characters we previously mentioned were all featured, along with an additional two characters. Care to guess who? Boo and Bowser Jr. are both present alongside the rest of the playable crew, signaling what we will take as playable roles.

If correct, Boo will return to a playable position after his absence in both Mario Party DS and Mario Party 9, but this will be Bowser Jr.’s first playable appearance in the series. Thanks to a keen observation made by HJ, the roster is looking very similar to that of Mario Party 5, simply having Bowser Jr. replace Koopa Kid.

This by no means says that Island Tour will only feature ten characters, but we will have to wait and see if any additional characters are added. What do you think about the supposed inclusion of these two characters? If this is it, who would you replace them with? Share all your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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Toad
Toad
August 29, 2013 12:52 AM

What about Flutter, Shy Guy, Rosalina and Luma, and previously playable Kamek?

DK Dude
DK Dude
August 29, 2013 1:15 AM
Reply to  Toad

I’m pretty sure Flutter will be a board event, like in other Mario Party’s,there are multiple Shy Guys so probs not. Luma and Rosalina are probably hosting, and Kamek could be a NPC or Playable.

8B1T
8B1T
August 29, 2013 1:28 AM
Reply to  Toad

Based on what we’ve seen in the past and now: Rosalina is seen at the end of the space stage so unless she appears at the end of other boards there isn’t a strong argument for her to be in a more prominent role. I can’t see her as playable but we can be surprised. Shy Guy appears twice PLUS appears on Luigi’s cards. This to me suggests a board hosting role. Flutter is a far wing character to suddenly promote to playable. I think it will provide helpful effects not dissimilar in power to taking you to the star… Read more »

tsvlink25
tsvlink25
August 29, 2013 10:11 AM
Reply to  8B1T

Not to mention, in the trailer we got many months back, that space board is full of Lumas in the backround.

8B1T
8B1T
August 29, 2013 12:54 AM

It’d be pretty cool if Junior made a playable appearance, ignoring the fact that his landing on Bowser spaces would be rather awkward. Definitely hoping for Boo though.

koopa 27
koopa 27
August 29, 2013 3:51 AM

what about boo, dry bones, koopa, magikoopa, Yoshi waluigi blooper hammerbro toadette
birdo should be playable in this game so I will like it because mp8 mp9 mp7 mpds are my 4 favorate and have a lot of charaters exept ds and 9

39 Years of Mario Kart
39 Years of Mario Kart
August 29, 2013 5:48 AM
Reply to  koopa 27

I agree with you on Birdo, she should be playable in this Mario Party.

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
August 29, 2013 7:30 AM

Finally people who like Birdo! I LOVE BIRDO

Cole Holbrook
Cole Holbrook
August 29, 2013 11:24 AM

I like Boo and Bowser Jr. but it would be nice to see Birdo and Toadette have a spot. Both of them over Boo in my opinion. But Bowser Jr. is nice. It seems like Nintendo has been making him playable in A LOT of games lately… *hint hint* *smash*

39 Years of Mario Kart
39 Years of Mario Kart
August 31, 2013 8:22 AM
Reply to  Cole Holbrook

I would like to see Birdo and Rosalina as unlockable Characters.

Bunnie365
Bunnie365
August 29, 2013 11:57 AM

Yeah I agree! I would love to see Birdo, Toadette, Koopa Troppa, Dry Bones, Shy Guy, Magikoopa? But I LOVE! How they added Boo! Boo is my favorite! And Im very happy that someone finally observed that Bowser Jr. Was kind of Koopa Kid in Mario Party 5.. 🙂

Blizzardwaltz
Blizzardwaltz
August 29, 2013 12:17 PM

I wonder if those Shy Guys in the back could signify something

hey-ho
hey-ho
August 29, 2013 5:18 PM
Reply to  Blizzardwaltz

well luigi is holding shy guy cards

MegaSuperLuigi
MegaSuperLuigi
August 29, 2013 12:27 PM

I wonder if it is just me but on the ribbon Bowser Jr. is running on I can see 8 bit ? blocks. I find the most noticable one is just above Boos “head”.

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
August 29, 2013 7:16 PM
Reply to  MegaSuperLuigi

Wow nice catch!

Peach
Peach
August 29, 2013 2:02 PM

Dem shoes doe!

8B1T
8B1T
August 29, 2013 4:18 PM
Reply to  Peach

They’re stylish chacha heels aren’t they? :p

Peach
Peach
August 31, 2013 8:14 PM
Reply to  8B1T

yah gurll!

MegaSuperLuigi
MegaSuperLuigi
August 29, 2013 3:40 PM

Also in the Full Artwork near Flutter you can see MP9 Mini Stars.

Mario_Comix
Mario_Comix
August 29, 2013 10:04 PM

I’ve been speculating for Boo’s triumphant return since the first screenshots were revealed. There is that screenshot of a minigame that shows Daisy playable, and it also shows a variety of enemies on the touch screen that it seems the players must draw. Iwata noted it as a “unique minigame”. However, notably absent from the number of enemies was Boo! Even obscure enemies like Amp and the usually friendly Penguin are included, but not Boo! So since that point it hinted towards Boo being playable. Link: http://www.mariowiki.com/File:CTRP_MarioParty_scrn02_Ev04.png

T0blet
T0blet
August 31, 2013 3:39 AM
Reply to  Mario_Comix

Damn. That virtually confirms Dry Bones will not be playable, that and he’s not on the box-art. :

PeachFanWiiUDS
PeachFanWiiUDS
September 13, 2013 7:48 PM
Reply to  T0blet

OMG! That also means that Toadette will not appear in this game and Birdo would take her place.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
September 15, 2013 10:05 AM
Reply to  PeachFanWiiUDS

That or vice versa. Or perhaps they’ll both be playable.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
August 30, 2013 6:38 AM

Kamek have a chance for playabel character and Rosalina… Maybe, but… hmmm

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
August 30, 2013 6:38 AM

I hope the return of Boo

Psych
Psych
August 30, 2013 9:29 AM

If Bowser Junior gets into this game, I will be a very happy gamer.

Ewan Dewar
Ewan Dewar
August 30, 2013 9:44 PM

Bowser Jr. and Boo may be like Shy Guy and Kamek in MP9. The rest I suppose are Board Hosts (but where’s DK from the Boxart).

luigiguy567
luigiguy567
August 31, 2013 9:41 AM

Boo and Bowser Jr. would be awesome. The only thing that could make it better is if Donkey Kong made a comeback.

DannyRaisin4
DannyRaisin4
September 1, 2013 6:59 AM

where is Toadette

Ewan Dewar
Ewan Dewar
September 2, 2013 3:01 AM

Those seen far back (Rosalina, Shy Guy & Fly Guy, Kamek and Flutter (preferably as well as DK and Diddy and Bowser though they’re not seen on the Boxart)) would be the hosts of each board in the game. So I think Bowser Jr. & Boo could be unlockable similar to Koopa Kids and Boo in MP5, Dry Bones & Boo in MP7, Blooper & Hammer Bro. in MP8 and Kamek & Shy Guy in MP9. Anyone else think so?

IUI
IUI
September 2, 2013 3:58 AM

What if the rosalina model at the end of the galaxy stage was a beta element 4 months ago? Maybe Nintendo decided to turn her into a playable character to promote the Super Mario Galady game that they might be making for the 3DS (Super Mario Galaxy 3DS anyone?) Because Rosalina appeared in MK7 and will be appearing in MarioParty: Island Tour (Why Rosalina when there are plenty of other characters that are more suitable for the MK7 and MP:IT rosters)

luigiguy567
luigiguy567
September 2, 2013 9:11 AM
Reply to  IUI

Seems pretty legit, but I don’t think Nintendo will make a Super Mario Galaxy 3DS (Although it would be cool)

T0blet
T0blet
September 3, 2013 8:41 AM
Reply to  IUI

The thing is, although it’s a beta element, Nintendo wouldn’t be so careless as to show her as an NPC in the trailer if it wasn’t the case. – beta elements aren’t shown in trailers until they’re full confirmed – or close to. An entire character appearance though doesn’t seem something they would just remove.

Then again, expect the unexpected with Nintendo. 😛

nomnom
nomnom
September 5, 2013 6:50 PM
Reply to  T0blet

Beta Elements are elements removed from the game. They aren’t classed as beta elements beforehand, so your comment makes 0 sense. Rosalina could have been an NPC, but was removed/made playable after the trailer. However, I highly highly highly doubt she is playable, mainly because this is only a handheld installment.

T0blet
T0blet
September 6, 2013 5:30 AM
Reply to  nomnom

Sorry if I got that part wrong, but…

“Nintendo wouldn’t be so careless as to show her as an NPC in the trailer if it wasn’t the case”

“An entire character appearance though doesn’t seem something they would just remove.”

This makes 0 sense?

8B1T
8B1T(@8b1t)
September 6, 2013 5:52 AM
Reply to  T0blet

I think nomnom tried to put together ‘if Rosalina were playable she wouldn’t have been portrayed as an NPC like she was in the trailer’ and ‘Rosalina wouldn’t have just been added into the game only to be removed again’ even though they don’t necessarily make sense together. Either way I think they’re enforcing the fact that Rosalina’s appearance holds significance as an NPC.

Jimmy Elwell
Jimmy Elwell
September 6, 2013 7:51 AM
Reply to  T0blet

Well if you think about it, Mario Party 9 had a lot of beta elements in it’s announcement trailer. There was the unused mini-game

T0blet
T0blet
September 6, 2013 2:28 PM
Reply to  Jimmy Elwell

Well, I guess it’s understandable for Mini-games to be removed though considering there are so many of them and therefore have many factors that can go wrong at the last minute.

nomnom
nomnom
September 6, 2013 11:43 AM
Reply to  T0blet

Yes it makes 0 sense. They don’t know beforehand whether the character will be removed during development. They don’t think “okay, we will make Rosalina a NPC, and then after the trailer, make her playable/remove her.”. There are lots of things seen in trailers that never make it to the final game.

T0blet
T0blet
September 6, 2013 2:08 PM
Reply to  nomnom

“There are lots of things seen in trailers that never make it to the final game.”

Anything more significant than an entire character appearance?

nomnom
nomnom
September 6, 2013 4:02 PM
Reply to  T0blet

…you clearly don’t understand how beta elements work. It doesn’t matter what it is. If they decide that Rosalina will be an NPC during the trailer, then decide against it after, then her NPC status was a beta element. Like I said numerous times, they don’t decide beforehand.

Andrew
Andrew
September 6, 2013 4:07 PM
Reply to  nomnom

Whoops. First post wasn’t showing so I had to rewrite. 😛

nomnom
nomnom
September 6, 2013 4:07 PM
Reply to  Andrew

and then I used a different name. *Sigh*

nomnom
nomnom
September 6, 2013 4:06 PM
Reply to  T0blet

…you clearly don’t understand how beta elements work. It doesn’t matter how big it is, it can still be removed in production after a reveal trailer. I doubt Rosalina will be removed or be playable, but if either happens, it means her NPC status is a beta element. It isn’t careless, because, like I said multiple times, they don’t know beforehand whether it will be removed before the game is finished.

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
September 3, 2013 7:37 AM

Boo: Probably. Bowser Jr.: Probably Not.

luigiguy567
luigiguy567
September 4, 2013 4:28 PM
Reply to  supamawiol0l

Boo: Heck Yes. Bowser Jr: It would be cool, but probably not.

Anon
Anon
September 4, 2013 9:05 PM

Interesting that only Jr. and Boo got artwork, but none of the other recurring non playable characters did.

T0blet
T0blet
September 5, 2013 3:15 AM
Reply to  Anon

Again, another subtle dig at Rosalina from you. Just stop posting.

Anon
Anon
September 5, 2013 9:13 AM
Reply to  T0blet

Just because he/she has the same name doesn’t make him/her the same Anon, you idiot.

T0blet
T0blet
September 5, 2013 10:30 AM
Reply to  Anon

Okay then, change your picture to make yourself distinguishable.

8B1T
8B1T(@8b1t)
September 5, 2013 2:08 PM
Reply to  Anon

Sadly the IP addresses of a number of anons (yourself included) and other accounts (Shigeru Miyamoto, mamaluigi745, some guy) prove otherwise. Please stick to one name and email please.

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
September 5, 2013 6:46 AM

I think that I’m the only person who thinks that Boo shouldn’t be a playable character

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
September 5, 2013 6:54 AM

The fact that there are two shy guys in the background probably means they’re not playable

Jimmy Elwell
Jimmy Elwell
September 6, 2013 8:11 AM

I think there could be a maximum of 16 characters. (Mario Kart 7 had 16) So far we have -Mario -Luigi -Peach -Daisy -Toad -Wario -Yoshi -Waluigi -(Possibly) Boo -(Possibly) Bowser Jr. With that being said there’s 6 more spots. They will probably go to -Birdo-she’s the only Character left that appeared in Mario Party 7, 8, and 9 that hasn’t been confirmed for this game -Kamek- He appeared in Mario Party 9 and also on the Box art so it could be possible that he’s a playable character -Toadette- She’s announced for Mario Kart 8 so at least she… Read more »

Anon
Anon
September 6, 2013 9:20 PM
Reply to  Jimmy Elwell

Nope. We’re only gonna get 12.

No one else got any artwork, even though it’s recycled.

39 Years of Mario Kart
39 Years of Mario Kart
September 6, 2013 11:27 PM
Reply to  Jimmy Elwell

Also, When Mario Party 10 for Wii U gets announced, there could probably have between 10 and 30 playable characters.

supamawiol0l
supamawiol0l
September 8, 2013 1:15 PM
Reply to  Jimmy Elwell

No Shy Guy because there’s 2 Shy Guys in the artwork

39 Years of Mario Kart
39 Years of Mario Kart
September 8, 2013 5:30 PM
Reply to  Jimmy Elwell

That means that the starting characters might be the following:

Mario
Luigi
Princess Peach
Princess Daisy
Wario
Waluigi
Yoshi
Birdo (Probably)
Toad
Boo (Probably)

And Rosalina and Bowser Jr. might be the unlockable characters.

Jimmy Elwell
Jimmy Elwell
September 6, 2013 8:14 AM

plus the shy guys in the background look as if they’re fly guys too. Actually now that I look at it i think they’re standing on clouds.

luigiguy567
luigiguy567
September 8, 2013 9:54 AM

Current Dream Roster for this Game:
Mario
Luigi
Peach
Yoshi
Wario
Daisy
Waluigi
Toad
Boo
Bowser Jr.
Toadette
DK/Nabbit/Rosalina

luigiguy567
luigiguy567
September 8, 2013 9:55 AM
Reply to  luigiguy567

Or Kamek as a possible 12th character with.

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
September 10, 2013 2:41 PM

Mario, Luigi, Daisy, Toad, Peach, Yoshi, Waluigi, and Wario are pretty much the basic players. Magikoopa/Kamek make an appearance in the box art so he might be playable like he was in MP9, Shy Guys were also playable in MP9 so possiblity we can play as him again. Now for the completely unconfirmed characters. Boo was playable in Mario Party 8 or 7 i believe. So I doubt the would put him on the box, if he wasn’t playable. Rosalina might also be playable though she is only seen in that rocket map. Though I have a thought, maybe you… Read more »

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
September 12, 2013 10:27 AM

I think Boo is playabel in Mario Party Island Tour. This is a new Mario Party Island Tour artwork of Boo, so I think he is playabel, all the other playabel characters have a Island Tour artwork and now Boo has got one.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
September 15, 2013 10:00 AM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

There is also artwork of Bowser Jr. This who I think will be playable:
Mario
Luigi
Peach
Yoshi
Wario
Daisy
Waluigi
Toad
Boo
Bowser Jr.
Kamek
Rosalina

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
September 16, 2013 2:06 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

But the artwork of Bowser Jr. is from a past Mario Party, the only new artworks are Mario, Yoshi and Boo.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
September 16, 2013 6:26 AM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

Yeah, but the other characters like Wario and Waluigi have recycled artwork, too.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
September 16, 2013 11:08 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

I know, I hope the return of Bowser Jr. too, but Boo is my favourite character and he’s got a new artwork and that artwork can prove Boo playabel in Island Tour

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
September 16, 2013 2:07 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

I agree with all characters, but Rosalina I don’t know.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
September 16, 2013 6:25 AM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

Board Host, perhaps?

daisy is hot
daisy is hot
September 15, 2013 1:33 PM

i hope drybones is playable

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
September 16, 2013 6:23 AM
Reply to  daisy is hot

1. Yes, Dry Bones would be cool.
2. I to think Daisy is hot.

sss
sss
September 22, 2013 2:11 PM

I hope birdo is not playable

Jason Iceblaz Bender
Jason Iceblaz Bender
September 28, 2013 8:23 AM

i hope rosalina is playable