Video Game Review
★★★½ (out of five)
KAYSHA RICHARDS

April 10, 2015

            Throughout the years, Mario has become an icon for the game company Nintendo. With his popularity came Mario Party, a game series that first came out in 1998 on the Nintendo 64. It’s a game that many people around the world have played at least once, because it’s a fun game to play with a group of people (often called the game that ruins friendships because of how competitive it can get). Mario Party 10 came out on March 20th, 2015 on the Wii U, and surprisingly seems to stray from the typical Mario Party path.

 

Mario Party 9 changed the dynamic of the game by allowing all players to move at the same time, rather than taking turns like a board game. The new mechanic was not well-received because of the radical change, but Mario Party 10 continues with this trend. It seems that the mechanic will still take some time to get used to, as it’s not a feature that I, or many other people, seem to like. There is also the difference between stars and mini-stars, making for a completely different game overall. It takes a bit more strategy at some points, but in general is lacking.

 

The release of Mario Party 10 also brought some new game modes: Mario Party (original, plays like Mario Party 9), Bowser Party and Amiibo Party. Bowser Party allows five plays instead of the usual four, where one person gets to play as the villain, Bowser, chasing after the other players. Once he catches up, (which some people believe is too easy a feat, but makes it more fun) he battles the players for their mini-stars in special mini-games. This also utilizes the Wii U gamepad. In the original Mario Party mode, Bowser is trapped in the gamepad and can be released during the game. Amiibos are new toys that Nintendo has released, quickly becoming collectors’ items. The character models can be used in games like Super Smash Bros, as well as Mario Party 10. Amiibo Party goes back to the original style in the Mario Party series and lets players play with their Amiibos, which is a plus for many nostalgic fans.

 

Overall, the controls are typical of a Wii U game, using motion controls and interactive elements. The graphics are very well done because it’s the first Mario Party game on the Wii U. The price is typical of a new Mario game, hovering around $50. Overall, it has been getting mixed reviews, some a lot lower than expected. It’s still new though, and may expand with downloadable content (DLC) like Super Smash Bros. It’s still a fun game to play with friends, being the 14th in the series, and will be worth the buy, much like any Mario Party game.