Mario Party 5 and Mario Party Advance Retrospective

In anticipation of the release of Mario Party 10 on March 20, Mario Party Legacy is taking a look back at the Mario Party series to recount all the good and bad that has come in the last 16 years. You can see our schedule and vote in our polls here.

After four consecutive entries in the Mario Party series, it was time for something new to shake up the next installment. This isn’t to say that the formula that worked for the past four titles was bad, but like any series that was releasing new iterations on a yearly basis, change is something that helps innovate and keep the interest of fans. Thankfully, Mario Party 5 began to take steps to make those necessarily changes.

Unfortunately, the changes that Mario Party 5 brought to the table didn’t bode well for the game overall. The ideas that Mario Party 5 introduced were interesting and unique, but it wouldn’t be until future installments that these changes were made in smart and fun ways. The new item system used Capsules, little orb-like balls that contained a single item inside. You could either spend a few coins to use the item on yourself, or you could save your cash and throw it onto a space, allowing anyone who lands on the space to receive the effects of the item.

To put it plainly, Mario Party 5 is boring. It’s slow, uneventful, and in many regards, unimaginative. For a game that basis its theme on dreams, this party came out pretty bland. The boards were simple and each one relied on the players to fill up the spaces with the different capsules. Again, cool concept, but what you would end up with is a board full of blue spaces. Not only that, but the flawed capsule system didn’t help even things out. Every capsule you got was random, and throwing them onto spaces did not guarantee anything for you. Thankfully, future Mario Party titles fixed this problem and got it right.

Like always, Mario Party 5 comes with a number of minigames, many of which are considered fan favorites. To name a few, you’ve got Coney Island, Hotel Goomba, Triple Jump, Heat Stroke, and bonus minigames like Ice Hockey and Card Party. DK was removed from the playable roster in Mario Party 5, but in exchange we got newcomers Toad, Boo, and Koopa Kid. DK minigames also make their first appearance.

Mario Party 5 also introduced Super Duel Mode, a special mode that had two characters facing off in custom built machines with parts collected in the other modes in the game. Mario Party 5 also introduced a Story Mode where a single player would fight against three different colored Koopa Kids. The boards for this mode were altered and made smaller, and all three Koopa Kids moved at once. A neat little idea that unfortunately has not returned since then.

It’s funny that at the start of this retrospective, I made a big deal about the importance of change when it comes to a series that is constantly releasing new games. In the case of Mario Party Advance, too much change can also have disastrous results. Mario Party Advance was the first handheld Mario Party title, and as such, the developers felt the need to make a single player focused Mario Party. Sounds like a good idea, right? Handhelds are primary made with single player in mind, so who would question this kind of decision? Well, the problem begins with the fact that the Mario Party series is almost entirely a multiplayer series.

Mario Party Advance had a single large map. This time you hopped into a car (kind of like Mario Party 9) and rode around the board stopping at various locations to help fulfill a number of the resident’s quests. The quests ranged from playing minigames, solving mysteries, delivering items back and forth across the board, and answering series of questions. At times it was fun, but in other and more often times, it was a chore.

 

With that in mind, the game did feature a good variety of single player minigames that proved that this was actually a Mario Party title. Some were based on classic Mario Party ideas, while others introduced new minigame concepts that would fit well within any other Mario Party game. There were also some separate modes that allowed for multiplayer connectivity between different Game Boy Advance systems. Fun, but they were only a small part of the larger game.

Mario Party 5 and Mario Party Advance showed us a bit of a low point for the series, at least from the first four games that seemed to understand the direction the series was heading in. Luckily, this is only the halfway point for the series, and there is still plenty more to see, both good and bad, in the games to come!

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Geoman
Geoman
March 4, 2015 5:29 PM

I liked playing as koopa kid

windkirby
windkirby
March 4, 2015 5:31 PM

Mario Party 5 is actually one of my favorites. Something about the nostalgia of it really works for me. I think the Super Duel mode is a lot of fun too. I liked the team name system they came up with (Like Pushing Daisies for Daisy + Boo), and just in general I think this is one of the funnest games to have a 50-turn go with, since by the end they board will be stuffed with random chaotic spaces. Still, I know logically it isn’t the best gaming experience. I think 6 played the best out of the Gamecube… Read more »

TwoDreamy Luigi
March 4, 2015 5:41 PM

Mario Party 5 was the first Mario Party game I’ve played when I was young. It might be a basic Mario Party game for others (if this wasn’t your first MP experience), but I had a blast with this game. It made me a Mario Party fan to begin with. This was also the time I had no clue who Koopa Kid was. It’s not my favorite Mario Party game, but I does hold something special for me. But yeah, I never knew Mario Party 5 would be so fascinated with dreams and one nightmare.

Vipsoccermaster
March 4, 2015 5:43 PM

Mario Party 5 was an all right game. I agree on the capsules being a bit off, eventually having nearly all spaces have capsule events. Mini-Games were okay and the modes they offered were fine, too. Bonus Mode was fun, especially Card Party. The one good thing about this game is that my favorite character (before Yoshi) is fully playable, and that’s Boo. Boards were okay, some did have plenty of events. As for Mario Party Advance, I can’t say anything about it, as I never played the game. Once I was at Toys R Us with my mother and… Read more »

RobinFTW
RobinFTW
March 4, 2015 5:47 PM

I like Mario Party 5. Sure it’s not my favorite, but still better than MP4 IMO. I kinda like this orb system, even if it was sometime chaotic. The boards were okay, but a bit boring, that’s true. The minigames were pretty nice and the Super Duel mode was a cool addition. No nostalgia, though, because it’s the last MP I bought, except MP:IT. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad game. Mario Party Advance? I never bought this game and I don’t want to buy it neither. Except for the minigames, it doesn’t seem to be a “Mario Party game”.… Read more »

Jimmy365
Jimmy365
March 5, 2015 2:23 AM
Reply to  RobinFTW

Its not, trust me. Its terrible IMO.

Yoshifan355
Yoshifan355
March 4, 2015 5:53 PM

Mario Party 5 is actually my 2nd favourite in the series. I felt the boards are much better then MP4’s boring boards IMO & better designed to make it more streamlined. I really don’t mind the capsule system that much because it made it a lot more interesting to spice up the game. The Mini-Games are very good even if there a bit button mashy on some. There’s definitely a lot more replay value with Super Duel Mode & a few extras. I don’t understand the dislikes for this game because it does a much better job then MP4 in… Read more »

Vipsoccermaster
March 4, 2015 6:11 PM
Reply to  Yoshifan355

I agree on your take on the fact that the boards and mini-games from Mario Party 5 were much better than Mario Party 4. There’s a lot going on in boards of MP 5 than MP 4.

GeneralJellyJiggler
GeneralJellyJiggler
March 4, 2015 5:56 PM

Mario Party 5 was easily one of my favorites. I was only 7 when this game came out, and I remember wishing I could have dreams like the boards in this game, they looked amazing to me at the time. Super Duel mode was awesome at the time too. My brother and I would spend hours upon hours playing minigames just to get enough points to unlock all of the car parts. We loved to play the one where you have to catch falling ice cream and the other 4 player minigame where you had to jump up the leaves… Read more »

MarioManiac01
MarioManiac01
March 4, 2015 6:25 PM

So…HAPPY 19TH BIRTHDAY!

king_austin95
king_austin95
March 4, 2015 11:53 PM
Reply to  MarioManiac01

he said nothing about his birthday in that post….

Player 1
Player 1
March 4, 2015 6:32 PM

Mario Party 5 was one of my child-hood favorites as well and my favorite in the series. I still have a blast playing this with my buddies.

Spiny Bro
Spiny Bro
March 4, 2015 6:20 PM

Mario party advance sucks.

KoopaLover
KoopaLover
March 4, 2015 6:38 PM

Mario Party 5 just looks like amazing. I wish I could play this one, one day ^^

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
March 4, 2015 6:42 PM

I think Mario Party 5 also had some really great music. At least for me it’s some of the most memorable in the series. And yes, Card Party and the bonus mode in general was really cool in this game.

Dark Boo
Dark Boo
March 4, 2015 6:55 PM

I’m sorry but MP5 sucks so much booty. It’s really really unfair…

Jimmy365
Jimmy365
March 5, 2015 2:21 AM
Reply to  Dark Boo

I really like the game, MUCH better than MP9, thats YOUR opinion.

Silver
Silver
March 5, 2015 3:22 AM
Reply to  Jimmy365

Its not just his.

RafalRib
RafalRib
March 5, 2015 9:37 AM
Reply to  Jimmy365

And that’s yours so keep calm…

Dark Boo
Dark Boo
March 5, 2015 3:32 PM
Reply to  Jimmy365

You like Mario Party 5 why?

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
March 4, 2015 8:38 PM

Ever since DK was taken out of the Playable Roster, the former host Toad has been a Playable Character.

Cole Oglesby
Cole Oglesby
March 4, 2015 8:42 PM

Although I’ve never played MPA, I really enjoyed playing Mario Party 5. It’s my favorite one on the Gamecube. I don’t get to play it every chance I get, but I still do every once in a while. It has some great boards and awesome mini games, including Hotel Goomba, which I have the fondest memories of. 🙂

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
March 5, 2015 1:06 AM

MP5 can be remembered for it being the Last time Jen Taylor voices Daisy. It was never really explained how Peach and Daisy were eventually voiced separately, but I don’t really have any opinions on Daisy’s VA back then. Deanna Mustard has done a fine job over the years, now having done her only character for over a Decade.

Rosie the Dress Troller
March 5, 2015 5:09 AM
Reply to  CuriousUser

I prefer like that. Their “new” voices fit them more.

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
March 5, 2015 7:15 PM

Deanna Mustard seems to’ve reflected the type of Character Daisy is, seeing the redesign, now becoming apart from Peach, though they are partners.

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
March 5, 2015 1:06 AM

If ever MPA comes to the 3DS VC, would it be worth giving it a shot?

Jimmy365
Jimmy365
March 5, 2015 2:19 AM

Thats YOUR opinion Mario Party 5 Is NOT boring! Its very fun.

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
March 5, 2015 5:25 AM

I played Mario Party 5 and I found it quite enjoyable, much more than Mario Party 4, So did my friends, though we did have some arguments sometimes on which Mario Party to play. Mario Party Advance………..This game should not exist. I don’t care if Nintendo was trying to bring Mario Party to the handheld. This should not exist. Though some of the mini-games are fun and there is a somewhat fun story into it. But the system of how you progress is flawed, and since there’s only 4 characters and everything is in sprites, it takes away the experience… Read more »

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
March 5, 2015 6:16 AM

“Too much change can also have disastrous results”- Mario Party 9 in a nutshell.

Also, Mario Party 5 was excellent, even with its flaws.

Mother4EverX
Mother4EverX
March 5, 2015 7:34 AM

Mario party 5 seems really fun, it’s one of the ones I didn’t play but saw footage of it, the mini games all seem really fun and the boards seem much better than MP4’s boards. It seemed like a good sequel for the 4th game…then 6 came 😛

Mario party advance…..I saw footage of this game and I didn’t like its style that much, it seemed kinda boring and there aren’t many characters or free-for-all mini games. I don’t like this one at all sorry :/

OhMyToad
OhMyToad
March 5, 2015 9:19 AM

I love the mini-games in MP5. The boards are fine, not spectacular to me, but not boring either. Loved the new characters, but was sad to see DK being non-playable. The DK mini-games were a cool concept tho. I really liked the Super Duel mode. Was really cool to build your own kart, the uglier the better :p

i never played Advance, so I won’t give my opinion on it, but it doesn’t appeal to me either

RafalRib
RafalRib
March 5, 2015 9:39 AM

Oh Koopa Kid should come back as a Bowser Jr. Replacement! (As playable and the Jr could still be a boss or assist Bowser) 😛

king_austin95
king_austin95
March 5, 2015 1:44 PM
Reply to  RafalRib

YES!!!! i miss koopa kid. he should DEFINITELY come back one way or another.
preferably as a playable character, since bowser jr. already took over his role of making bad things happen to players, etc.

king_austin95
king_austin95
March 5, 2015 1:47 PM
Reply to  king_austin95

or they could take turns being playable and being the bad guy because i really wanna play as bowser jr. in mario party again sometime. i loved that he was playable in island tour. the only problem is island tour is a terrible game. i want him to be playable in a GOOD console mario party. not a TERRIBLE handheld mario party

Blizzard
Blizzard
March 5, 2015 2:07 PM

Mario party 5 was definitely one of the more interesting Mario Parities. I thought the whole idea of the “dream” boards was wonderful, and that chess like party mode was amazing. The Bowser minigames I could play over and over again… too bad I lost the disc…

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
March 5, 2015 10:02 PM

Am I the only one who liked Mario Party Advance? 🙁

Boo3DSmashBoo
Boo3DSmashBoo
March 7, 2015 12:28 PM

I liked Advance, however it was way different of the better normal Mario Partys

Spongyoshi
Spongyoshi
March 11, 2015 6:17 AM

I loved it for it’s story mode! For me,it makes it unique and fun!

Boo3DSmashBoo
Boo3DSmashBoo
March 7, 2015 12:25 PM

Mario Party 5 was really fun, it had some of the best boards in the entire series, Pirate Dream and Underwater Dream are my favourites.

Spongyoshi
Spongyoshi
March 11, 2015 6:20 AM

MP5 had the bland boards of MP4 back.. Mostly relying on luck PLUS the orbs who where really bad as items… But MP5 is awesome for all the others contents he had! Even if the story mode is a bit bad (no 4VS,the plot..) it was great and a nice idea! The minigames are mostly original (even if there’s too much about luck and button-mashing) and makes it a fun mario party game! MPA… Is great for me! The story mode isn’t that bad i like the idea and makes Mario Party a good solo player game as well with… Read more »

Yoshiie_love
Yoshiie_love
March 13, 2015 4:03 PM

I don’t think Mario Party 5 is boring! It’s my favorite one of the series!!! Love it.


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