Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 7 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 the underwhelming fifth entry, Mario Party 6 was a welcome installment in the Mario Party series. Mario Party 5 started to get the ball rolling with some of the changes it introduced, but it wasn’t until Mario Party 6 where these changes were made fun and interesting.

Capsules are now replaced with Orbs, a similar system that rids the flaws that plagued Mario Party 5. Instead of throwing a capsule onto a space and having whoever lands on it receive the effects of the item, players now throw orbs to leave behind their own personal space. Anyone who lands on the space will have to answer to whatever item you threw, but this time you won’t have to worry about landing on your own space. Orbs are given out randomly and they can be purchased at the Item Shop. No more having to pay to use items!

One of the more interesting parts of Mario Party 6 is that only two of the boards in the game feature the classic 20 coins for a star formula. The other four boards introduce new mechanics and new goals for players to complete. You’re still collecting coins and trying to earn the most stars at the end of the game, but now you have boards like Snowflake Lake where you use Chain Chomps to steal stars, or Faire Square where you can purchase up to five stars at different prices at a fixed location on the map! These boards gave a new freshness to the series, and most importantly, they were a ton a fun.

Mario Party 6 also introduced a number of new features. For starters, a microphone was included with every game that went along with the new Mic Mode. Here you could play minigames that centered around a single player shouting commands into the microphone to activate different sequences in said minigame. There was also Speak Up, a quiz show that had contestants shouting out answers to the various challenges and questions. While these two modes were fun, the microphone didn’t do much else, and it was largely forgotten.

A Solo Mode replaced the usual Story Mode, this time having a single player try to reach the end of a miniature board. The spaces you landed on determined what minigame you would play, but the catch of this mode was that you had to land on exactly the last space to earn a Rare minigame. It was fun for what it was, but there really wasn’t any reason to go back to this mode after playing all three boards once. And as we’ve done with our previous retrospectives, here are a couple of mingames that stand out from the rest! You had Granite Getaway, Note to Self, Strawberry Shortfuse, Pokey Punch-out, Cog Jog, and a lot more.

Oh, and Toadette!

Then we have Mario Party 7. This installment in the series and Mario Party 6 share a lot in common. They both share the new Orb system, the boards take on similar objectives and goals, the microphone returns, and a lot of the different modes share similar ideas and concepts. Mario Party 6 was a great game, so there wasn’t much to complain about!

However, Mario Party 7 did add a new unforgivable feature that will go down as one of the worst features added to the Mario Party series: Bowser Time. No matter what board you play, a meter will appear and fill up after a few turns. Once the meter hits the top, Bowser appears and wreaks havoc. You’ll typically see everyone lose 20 coins, or you’ll see Bowser go and destroy a part of the board, sometimes meaning you will lose several stars in the process. Well, this can’t be that bad, surely someone is getting something good out of this? Nope. Everyone suffers. It’s automatic, it’s mandatory, and there is no reasonable answer as to why someone would think this makes the game more enjoyable.

Thankfully, Mario Party 7 has a lot to offer regardless of Bowser Time. By sharing each GameCube controller with another player, eight players can play on both the board maps and specifically designed 8-player minigames. To go along with this concept, characters where parented up (hello Dry Bones and Birdo!), giving each set of partners their own special orb that only they could use.

Minigames were also great in Mario Party 7, including the likes of Fun Run, Take Me Ohm, Track & Yield, Easy Pickings, The Final Countdown, Camp Ukiki, and so many more. DK minigames and Bowser minigames had both single player and multiplayer variations, giving us the largest amount of these types of mingames to date. A lot of different minigame categories in this one!

Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 7 showcased some of the best the GameCube era of Mario Party had to offer. From here on out, the games start to differ quite a bit from title to title. Will Mario Party 8 and the rest of the series hold up as well as the GameCube titles did?

Michael Koczwara

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DannyRaisin4
DannyRaisin4
March 5, 2015 3:22 PM

MP6 <3

RobinFTW
RobinFTW
March 5, 2015 3:22 PM

Hooray, Fun Run!!! Oh wow, so much nostalgia! Mario Party 7 is the first Mario Party I got. It’s, IMO, the best game of the series. The minigames are a ton of fun, the boards are colorful and full of cool events and the 8 players mode is a great addition. I hope this mode can returns one day! Oh yeah and, for me, this game had the best item system in the Mario Party series (with MP6). Speaking of which, MP6 is another great installment of the series, maybe my 2nd favorite. I think it’s pretty much similar to… Read more »

Mister Sushi
Mister Sushi
March 5, 2015 3:33 PM

Mario Party 6 and 7 were a HUGE step up from the past two games. I hated 4 and 5, but I loved 6 and 7!

Geoman
Geoman
March 5, 2015 3:33 PM

7 had 8 player mini games that should come back have 4 teams of 2 I like doing that and that is why I like 7

Rosie
March 5, 2015 3:37 PM

My favorite GCN Mario Parties!
My favorite MP6 board: Snowflake Lake
My favorite MP7 boards: A tie between Neon Heights and Pagoda Peak

Geoman
Geoman
March 5, 2015 3:39 PM
Reply to  Rosie

I like pagoda peak too. on party mode or what ever its called not solo the other one, I like doing that board the most
We need a Mario party that brings back retro boards

Vipsoccermaster
March 5, 2015 3:40 PM

Mario Party 6 was amazing. Everything about it was done perfectly. Orbs, mini-games, new mechanics of earning stars in boards, and so much more. Even the day/night system, too. Microphone usage was okay, but it wasn’t really much. In Solo Mode, I loved that you were guaranteed a new Mini-Game that you have yet to receive. That should have been the case for all Mario Parties and all modes. Mario Party 7 was pretty much like Mario Party 6, only that with no day/night cycle and instead used Bowser Time, which was awful. The partner system was cool, and the… Read more »

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
March 5, 2015 3:55 PM

Mario Party 7 was alright, but Mario Party 6 was the best in the series (IMO)! Everything was just nailed so perfectly, with the amazing boards, creative minigames, and flawless orb system. I still love Mario Party 6 to this day!

Spiny Bro
Spiny Bro
March 5, 2015 4:19 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Yeah, 6 was the best.

RafalRib
RafalRib
March 6, 2015 10:18 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

7 AND 6 ARE DA BEST GC MPs!!!!

Yoshifan355
Yoshifan355
March 5, 2015 3:56 PM

Mario Party 6 Is definitely another one of my favourite games on the Gamecube. I do really think this has the best selection of Mini-Games ever with a lot of variety and barely existed luck-based games. I do really enjoy some of the boards but I can’t help but feel other boards annoy me like Castaway Bay & Snowflake Lake. I actually think this is the best Solo mode ever because I like how it’s setup to go on mini maps to get the Rare Mini-games but I just use it to grind stars for the shop which is satisfying… Read more »

Spiny Bro
Spiny Bro
March 5, 2015 4:20 PM

Mario party 6 is my favorite, good boards and minigames, mario party 7 was alright, but still.

TwoDreamy Luigi
March 5, 2015 4:26 PM

Mario Party 6 & 7 were my childhood for Mario Partying. I love these games so much. These are games that can just simply relax and have a fun time, like a breath of fresh air. Minigames were very memorable and fun to play. Mario Party 6 has some of the better board designs I’ve ever seen. Mario Party 7, while the Bowser Event is something I’m not really fond of, it didn’t completely ruin my experience. Loved playing Dry Bones in that game. Finally, an enemy I love to play as. I really didn’t use the microphone peripheral so… Read more »

Cheese Gal
Cheese Gal
March 5, 2015 4:41 PM

the mario party series went down hill after mario party 7 :/

Mister Sushi
Mister Sushi
March 6, 2015 8:42 AM
Reply to  Cheese Gal

I disagree. If anything, it went uphill.

Rosie
March 7, 2015 6:03 AM
Reply to  Cheese Gal

*After Mario Party 8

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
March 5, 2015 4:51 PM

6 was great, I didn’t like 7 nearly as much though.(although I’m always up for more playable Dry Bones & Birdo)

I greatly enjoyed the Quiz show in 6, and the orb system was better for sure. And you know, there is that ONE board that I might have a bias towards liking. :p

Mother4EverX
Mother4EverX
March 5, 2015 5:03 PM

Mario party 6, I saw footage of it one day and I liked it. Then I wanted the game for Christmas and I LOVED PLAYING IT, the boards were all great and so were the mini games, it added toadette which is always nice! The day/night cycle is A WONDERFUL THING THAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS GAME! I just wish it stayed :/ but anyways I loved this game Mario Party 7…oh…my…God I LOVED THIS GAME!!! I don’t see why everyone is complaining about the bowser time thing when I honestly didn’t care about it :/ the boards were JUST… Read more »

Jimmy365
Jimmy365
March 5, 2015 5:28 PM

Michael can you stop badmouthing Mario Party 5 not everyone thinks what YOU think! I think Mario Party 5 was an awesome game, so speak for yourself.

Bowser498
March 5, 2015 6:23 PM

For me, I don’t have either, but I have played MP7 with my friend, and we loved it! My friend even rage-quitted because of that. xD Overall, MP7 had great minigames and a very memorable experience. 😉

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
March 5, 2015 6:51 PM

They did what they couldn’t do in Melee in MP7, released on the same platform, having 8 players.

Paulo123
Paulo123
March 6, 2015 12:39 AM

MP3 and MP6 are my favorite Mario Parties. I loved E. Gadd’s Garage in MP6 and filling the board with traps for the other players, it was really fun. The night and day cycle was also interesting and it changed some of the boards. As for Mario Party 7, yeah, Bowser time was awful, but I liked Windmillville a lot and the 8 players idea was original and very fun. After MP7, the games started being very different from the originals and I didn’t like it, really.

Jimmy365
Jimmy365
March 6, 2015 2:23 AM

Ok delete the comment, instead of talking with me, makes sense…

king_austin95
king_austin95
March 6, 2015 8:58 AM

the orb system was my FAVORITE item system, and then 8 changed the items to candy and i was like WTF?! hell no. i still had fun with 8 though.

RafalRib
RafalRib
March 6, 2015 10:15 AM

OMG MP7!!!

Zain Hussain
Zain Hussain
March 6, 2015 1:24 PM

Faire Square is my favorite Mario Party board. I love that you can buy multiple stars at a time!

Everyday Luma
March 6, 2015 3:17 PM

Sounds cool!

CuriousUser
CuriousUser
March 6, 2015 6:42 PM

Would’ve been great to use Grant Kirkhope’s Samples for DK in MP6&7, like in MGTT and MKDD.

Jimmy365
Jimmy365
March 6, 2015 6:58 PM

“underwhelming fifth entry” YOUR opinion….

Blizzard
Blizzard
March 6, 2015 9:23 PM

Mario Party 7 was by far my favorite Mario Party. I don’t know if it’s just the nostalgia but I remember that game being the one I went back to play over and over again. (Plus it has Pagoda Peak and THAT speaks for itself)

MarioManiac01
MarioManiac01
March 7, 2015 11:28 AM

WHERE IS THE MP8 RETROSPECTIVE!?!

Vipsoccermaster
March 7, 2015 2:55 PM
Reply to  MarioManiac01

SZ made some schedule changes. Be sure to check the Mario Party Countdown post often to check any changes to the schedule.

Boo3DSmashBoo
Boo3DSmashBoo
March 7, 2015 12:31 PM

These two games… they are so so so fun and enjoyable and fun and great and fun. MP7 is my favourite of ’em all.

Mercenary AD
Mercenary AD
March 7, 2015 1:11 PM

Mario Party 7 was my first and favorite Mario Party, and always will be
Bowser Time made the game really enjoyable, especcially when trying to TIP THE SCALES against other people

Rayree
Rayree
March 7, 2015 6:47 PM

Mario Party 6 is one of my favorite Mario Parties, just because of the Boards and the Day & Night feature. Although if I remember correctly, alot of the mini-games were just doing chores. But I also loved Mario Party 7’s 8-player mode, though sharing one Gamecube controller got strange sometimes.

Spongyoshi
Spongyoshi
March 11, 2015 6:22 AM

I LOVE MP6.. Dunno why but playing it makes it special to me! Even if it’s a traditional Mario Party and doesn’t have all the stuf MP7 had.. I like it more than MP7… What i hate in MP7 is that EVERY turn is REALLY REALLY long because you have to wait because there’s a DK minigame and then there’s a Bowser minigame and then someone does a mic minigame and then there’s a duel minigame… There’s too much stuff happening in one turn and that kinda ruin the pace and makes turns too long…


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