Mario Party is a board game styled video game that features many characters from the Mario Universe. Each Mario Party features different, unique boards, over 50 new, well thought minigames, and much more. The main idea is to play a certain amount of turns with 3 other players (living or computers) on a board to collect coins for stars and win minigames.
The main objective Mario Party is to collect as many stars (and in most cases coins) before all the turns are over. The player with the most stars is crowned SuperStar. If there is a tie between stars then its whoever has the most coins. Be aware that if you haven’t turned off bonus stars before playing a game, there will be three handed out at the end.
Once you have started a board you will start at the START area of the board. The host will explain the special rules of that particular board. After that, all players will hit a the dice block to determine who goes in which order (first, second, third, fourth). The host will then give you 10 coins before beginning.
The game will start with the player hitting the dice block and getting a number the player will determine how many spaces that player has to go.
These are some of the spaces you will find in almost every Mario Party :
Blue = +3 coins
Red = -3 coins
? = a happening will happen
Bowser = a Bowser event will happen
Every Mario Party has different kinds, but these are the most common.
After you landed on a space, the next person will start. After everyone has gone, a minigame will be played. The winner gets 10 coins. After the minigame, the next turn begins.
On most boards, the goal is to get to the star spot and pay 20 coins for the star. Players earn coins by winning minigames, landing on blue spaces, and sometimes even landing on ? spaces. Players can also buy items along the way that help you out on the board.
Mini-Games are played after every turn. They are usually 30 seconds to a minute long. Minigame objectives include collecting items, racing, solving, correcting, etc. There are four main types of minigames: 4 player (everyone for themself), 2 vs. 2 (2 teams of 2 players), 1 vs. 3 (1 player vs. a team of 3), and Duel (1 on 1).
Over the years items have been turned to capsules, capsules to orbs, orbs to candy, and candy to hexes. Here, I will refer to all of them as items. Items are little advantages that help you on the board. For example, the Mushroom lets you roll the dice twice in one turn. The Lucky Lamp will take you straight to the star. The Sluggish’ Mushroom will slow the dice down. The Springo Item lets you take the spot of an opponent. Items can be bought from an Item store, and later on in the series, you will be able to pass the orb space for a free item.
The first Mario Party was released on December 18, 1998 and was a great success. The following year a sequel had arrived, Mario Party 2. Every year a new Mario Party was released. Mario Party 4 marked the the first Mario Party on the Gamecube and Mario Party 7 marked the the last Mario Party on the Gamecube. Mario Party 7 was released in November 2005 and never saw a sequel in 2006. However, Mario Party 8 arrived in late May 2007 as the first Mario Party on the Wii.
Playing for the First Time
Mario Party has 3 main modes: Party Mode, Minigame Mode, and Story Mode (introduced in Mario Party 3). Party Mode is where you play a board map form a set amount of turns. Mini-Game Mode is where you replay mini-games you have already played in Party Mode and Story Mode. Story Mode differs from each game. Mario Party 3, for example, has you trying to beat your opponents in Battle Royal Maps, while Mario Party 7 has you playing against one opponent trying to do the board’s objective.