Mario Party 10, Nintendo, 2015.
Mario Party has been a staple of Nintendo’s since the late ’90s. Each console beginning with the N64 saw Mario throw Multiple party’s, some more effective than others but most of them tons of fun. From the N64, to the Gamecube, the Wii and now the Wii U, Mario Party is a tradition. Except the tradition is not fun anymore.
I have to address the elephant in the room. I’m not sure where Nintendo got the idea that kids would have too hard of a time with Mario Party being the way it was. I mean the franchise had the same format for the first 8 games. I was 8 years old when l played the first Mario Party in 1999 and me and friends figured it out it certainly wasn’t too complicated or difficult to grasp even at that age.
in Mario Party 10, the idea is that “everyone is a winner”. Everyone gets participation medals is nice if you have very young children and are looking for a family-oriented game. If you’re a fan of the franchise however, you know it’s the hearty competition that made the games so enjoyable to begin with. There was nothing wrong with the original formula if they were able to prolong the series to 8 games under it’s concept.
Mario Party 10 is one more attempt from Nintendo to attract a young audience while ignoring the legions of die-hards who have grown up with Mario Party.
At the very least there should be the option of the new and classic styles of board play. It appears Nintendo got lazy and took the easy way with Mario Party 10. The game is a little too much like Mario Party 9 and probably should have been titled Mario Party 9 Part 2.
Even playing as Bowser in mode is not as exciting as it sounds. It’s initially promising and different only to get old and rather tame quickly. I like that it uses the gamepad, which makes it a little different but it doesn’t offer enough.
An amiibo mode requires you to (yep, you’ve guessed it) use amiibos. So if you don’t own any amiibos an entire game mode is closed to you.
Simply put, Mario Party 10 is not worth the retail price. They took everything fun about Mario Party and tossed it aside. The magic is gone. Some of the mini-games are fun but without the competitive aspect it’s worthless. It’s like Mario Party 9 but even worse in that aspect. Not worth full price and l’m not sure l’d be worth it even it was used. I don’t recommend it. I hope if there’s a Mario Party 11 that the series returns to the classic formula. 2/5 stars.