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!