Mario Party Unlockables – Secret Boards and N64 Cheats

Our Mario Party unlockables guide details how to get every board, unlock every minigame, and reveal all secrets and N64 cheats.

It’s the Mario Party that started it all! Released all the way back in 1999 on the Nintendo 64, the very first Mario Party featured a simple roster of six classic characters and an impressive collection of eight boards. Impressive in number, at least. Mario Party 1, as some call it, also had a number of unlockables. The game had not been rereleased in any format until November 2, 2022 when it was released on the Nintendo Switch Online service.

Now onto the Mario Party unlockables! The N64 era was a different time, and most unlockables required quite a bit of playing in order to get all the secrets. Does Mario Party have any unlockable characters? Nope, the starting six is all you get. The rest is detailed below! Use the links to jump to different sections:

Unlockable Boards and More

Be aware, most of these items are not available to unlock until hitting specific milestones!

How To Unlock Magma Mountain and Eternal Star

To unlock Magma Mountain in Mario Party, play each of the six original boards at least once. Return to Mushroom Village, enter the Mushroom Shop, and purchase Magma Mountain for 980 coins.

Interestingly, if nobody gets a Star (not including Bonus Stars) in a playthrough of a board, you won’t complete that board’s quest and will simply get a “You’re A Winner” results screen instead. This doesn’t count as completed board!

To unlock Eternal Star in Mario Party, collect 100 stars and play the seven other boards at least once. Return to Mushroom Village, enter the Mushroom Bank, read Bowser’s note, enter the Warp Pipe, and pick Eternal Star in the board select.

How To Remove Boo and Koopa From Boards

What’s your reward for completing Eternal Star? Two new items, No Koopa and No Boo. Both can be purchased from the Mushroom Shop for 500 coins each. As the name implies, activating these items will remove the Koopa and Boo passing events from boards that they appear on.

Unlockable Shop Items

Use coins to purchase items from the Mushroom Shop that can add new features or that can be randomly activated while playing a board. Below we have a list of all the items as the appear in the vault inside the Mushroom Bank.

Coin Box No change to star and coin collection. Available from start.
Lucky Box Get 10% interest when collecting coins into the Mushroom Bank. Costs 400 coins.
Casino Box Get either double or half the coins you collected for the Mushroom Bank. Costs 300 coins.
Credits Complete Eternal Star for the first time.
Warp Block Swap spots with a random player. Block has a small chance of appearing at the start of a turn. Costs 200 coins.
Event Block Boo, Koopa Troopa, or Bowser will randomly appear. Block has a small chance of appearing at the start of a turn. Costs 200 coins.
No Koopa Remove Koopa Troopa passing event from boards. Unlock after completing Eternal Star once. Costs 500 coins.
No Boo Remove Boo passing event from boards. Unlock after completing Eternal Star once. Costs 500 coins.
Plus Block Roll a dice block and earn coins based on the number you roll. Block has a small chance of appearing at the start of a turn. Costs 200 coins.
Minus Block Roll a dice block and lose coins based on the number you roll. Block has a small chance of appearing at the start of a turn. Costs 100 coins.
Speed Block Roll a dice block that only goes from 8-10. Block has a small chance of appearing at the start of a turn. Costs 200 coins.
Slow Block Roll a dice block that only goes from 1-3. Block has a small chance of appearing at the start of a turn. Costs 100 coins.
Mecha Fly Guy Unlocks the Mecha Fly Guy minigame in the Mini-Game House. Costs 100 coins.
Record Add music to the Juke Box in the Option House to replay music from throughout the game. Costs 50 coins.
Talking Parrot Add the Talking Parrot to the Option House to randomly play voice clips from different characters. Costs 50 coins.
Gameballs Purchase a random unplayed minigame for 300 coins each. Unlocks after purchasing 30 minigames.
Magma Mountain Complete each board once for this item to appear in the shop. Costs 980 coins.

Unlockable Gameball Machine

The Gameball Machine, a not-so-important item that can be easily missed! After purchasing 30 minigames from the Mini-Game House, a Gameball Machine will appear in the Mushroom Shop without any kind of notice. Use it to randomly purchase a minigame you either have not purchased or haven’t yet discovered and played. The Gameball Machine will disappear once all minigames have been purchased! Check out a great video on the unlockable here.

We recommend first purchasing the cheapest minigames from the Mini-Game House so that you can spend 300 coins at the Gameball Machine for minigames that normally cost over 300 coins.

Unlockable Minigames

Once you’ve played a minigame for the first time, it’ll show up in the Mini-Game House where you can purchase it for a varying amount of coins. If you can’t seem to get all the minigames, try using the Gameball Machine.

Get through and complete World 9 of Mini-Game Island to unlock Bumper Ball Maze 1, a single-player minigame. There are three versions of the minigame and each one is unlocked a different way:

Maze 1 Complete Mini-Game Island.
Maze 2 Play all 50 minigames including Bumper Ball Maze 1.
Maze 3 Complete and beat the default record  Maze 1 and Maze 2.

Secrets and Tips

Not unlockables, just smaller secrets and tips for Mario Party 1 that you should be aware of!

Title Screen Change

Every time you finish a board, the title screen will change! The character who gets first place will have their title screen displayed until a different another character wins.

Earn More Coins and Stars

Want to unlock everything but you don’t have enough coins or stars? Play a board like you normally would and get to the final turn. Plug in or connect all four controllers and change computer characters into human characters by pressing Start and selecting the option from the menu. Human characters are the only ones that contribute coins and stars to the bank!

Using the Casino Box to either double or half your coin count at the end of a board? If you’re playing on Switch, make a restore point just before accepting the prompt. Doing this allows you to go back and retry if you end up getting your coin count halved. No predetermined nonsense here. Thanks to Eza for the tip!

Active Item List

Instead of going to the Mushroom Bank to see which items are activated for board play, simply press Start to see a list right from Mushroom Village. You’ll also see your coin count.

Board and Minigame Tips

Want a tip or two on your favorite board and minigames? We’ve got pages for that!

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