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Mario Party

video game review video game review Video Game Review: Mario Party Publisher: Nintendo
Category: Board Game
Platform: N64
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: February 1999

Overall Rating: 2 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4

The first Nintendo 64 game of 1999 has been hailed as the ultimate party game. Mario Party may be fun, but not enough to warrant its price tag. The game has two main problems.

First, the multi-player board games are too slow. Each player's turn should go by faster, even if it seems like the characters are on speed. Waiting your turn is just not fun, and it gets old quickly.

Secondly, the 56 mini-games are far too simplistic in nature. Many mini-games require the same strategies as other mini-games. However, this simplicity has an up side, because anyone can jump in and play, regardless of age or video game experience.

If you're playing by yourself, go to Mini-Game Island so you don't have to wait for computer-controlled players to take their turns. Mini-Game Island includes all 56 mini- games sprawled over nine worlds. You should be able to plow through the games fairly quickly, perhaps finishing by the week's end.

If you're still in elementary school, Mario Party is just the ticket. If not, wait for Super Mario 64 II.

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