In this latest installment of the Mario Party series, Mario Party 9, there seems to be an emphasis on teamwork. The gameplay starts the same as other Mario parties: you chosoe party mode and start off by hitting a dice block to determine the order of turns. Then things change. Unlike other installments in Mario Party 9 all of the players travel in a car and work together to make it to the end of the level. If players lands on some Mini Stars during their turn they get them added to their stash. The nice thing about Mini Stars is that they are far more common than Stars were in the other games; it’s pretty much impossible to make it though a level without getting quite a lot. I thought this was a nice touch as it made it so that people didn’t have to feel down because they couldn’t manage to get any. It makes it feel more fair and anyone can win even if the numbers are against them at first. Another feature that encourages teamwork is that occasionally Bowser Jr. will come along and try to hinder everyone, and players must work together to get past him.
As always, this installment also includes a variety of minigames. 80 fun and exciting new ones, and many that those who have played past installments might recognize. I was excited to see some of my favorite minigames from Mario Party 8 included. And, if you don’t feel like playing party mode, there is always the option to go to the one of the minigame modes.
Mario Party games are all great fun, especially when you want something to play with friends, and Mario Party 9 is no exception to that. It encourages teamwork more than ever, offers new minigames, and helps everyone feel like they’re being treated fair and have a chance to win. There is a reason it has the word “party” in the title, because that’s exactly what you’re going to have while playing it.
You can purchase Mario Party 9 on Amazon for $47.92.
Nintendo provided me with a copy of Mario Party 9, to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.