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Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's Mario Party 9

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Wow, Mario sure likes to party, huh? Yeah, this week, Nintendo is releasing Mario Party 9 into stores for the Wii. I've never really gotten into the series, but somebody out there must be playing it if they're up to the ninth game already!

"There's no party like a Mario party," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "The lineup of classic Mushroom Kingdom characters in Mario Party 9 will have longtime series fans feeling right at home, while new elements like cooperative boss battles and vehicles really ratchet up the excitement."

While traversing the game board and competing in mini-games, players will be teaming up for the first time in the series to travel the stages in vehicles and defeat bosses. So you'll have to figure out how to team up with your opponents to bring down guys like Bowser and King Boo while also making sure your individual score stays on top!

In addition to the usual collecting Mini Stars and earning Party Points to unlock various extras in the in-game Museum like new vehicles and stages, there are all-new minigame modes that let you compete in shorter bouts, plus a Free Play mode for practicing minigames.

So am I missing out on something here? Apparently to date, more than 32 million console and handheld games in the Mario Party series have been sold worldwide. I'd hate to think I'm missing out!

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CPFace said:

I've bought a lot of Mario Party games, I'll admit it. The first five of the console series, the weird GBA game, the decent DS game, and the card game that worked with the e-Reader.

Why? I guess it's just because I like board games. I like that element of randomness, where no two sessions are ever alike. It reminds me, oddly enough, of those game shows I used to watch as a kid, like Double Dare or Fun House - you have the larger game structure that's interrupted every so often by a physical challenge.

Are you missing out on anything? Well, it's the sort of game you should play at least once, I think. The series is kind of samey, so if you tried it once and didn't like it, it's safe to give it a miss. But if you've never tried it before? Mario Party 2 was one of the better versions, and it's on Wii Ware. Or if you feel like digging through used Game Cube games, Mario Party 5 is my favorite.

I played Mario Party for a while. The big problem is that the single player mode is terrible, so you really need to play it with more than one person. In addition, it's best played if you don't care about games being "fair" in any way.

I find that the few people I'm able to rope into actually coming over and playing games on my couch (which I'm a seriously big fan of by the way) would much rather play a game that wasn't quite so arbitrary and random. Keep in mind that this is coming from a longtime Mario Kart lover, so I don't complain about randomness lightly. It's kind of a board game for people who think board games look neat and want nothing else from the experience.

On a personal note, the one that I owned allowed you to hop a ride with a Manta Ray for a coin collecting mini-game. which was one of the most heart-lifting moments I've had in years. Sadly, you had to land on a specific space to do it and I was never able to do it again. I did get to watch the computer play the minigame several times, but I dream of the manta-ray riding game that Mario Party 29 or whatever could have been. *sigh*

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