Mario Party: Island Tour

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Mario Party: Island Tour
Box NA - Mario Party Island Tour.png
Developer(s) Nd Cube
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release date USA November 22, 2013[1]
Europe January 17, 2014[2]
Australia January 18, 2014[3]
Japan March 20, 2014
South Korea March 20, 2014
Genre Party
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
DEJUS:DEJUS L.png - General audience
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Media
Nintendo 3DS:
3DS Card Icon.png Cartridge
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Nintendo 3DS:

Mario Party: Island Tour is a party game for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the twelfth installment (seventeenth in Japan) in the Mario Party series and the third installment for a handheld console. This is the second Mario Party game to be developed by Nd Cube. Just as in Mario Party DS, it is possible for up to four people to join in wireless mode using only one game card.

Story

After a relaxing day around Peach's Castle, Mario and the gang noticed a strange letter in a bubble saying that they were happily invited to the Party Islands. The gang then cheers about it when the letter sends bubbles to carry every member of the gang though the sky to the Party Islands.

While Mario and the gang are partying and playing games, Bowser shows up, feeling jealous about why Mario and his friends are invited, so he built Bowser's Tower, saying that anyone can join him at his evil party. He began locking all the fun away from the Party Islands into all kinds of weird bubbles. He also puts evil magic in the bubbles made by the bubble machine to make bubble clones of the gang to guard the tower.

Play modes

There are five different play modes in the game. They are:

  • Party (1-4 players) - Party your way to the finish across a wild variety of game boards! Play time: 10-60 mins
  • Minigames (1-4 players) - Battle for first place in a huge collection of minigames. Play time: 1-30 mins
  • StreetPass Minigames (1 player) - Take on the world in minigame battles, and unlock special items! Play time: 1-15 mins
  • Bowser's Tower (1 player) - Win your way to the top of a terrifying tower! Play time: 90 mins
  • Collectables - Purchase bubbles with Mario Party Points! Can you complete the entire collection? Play time: N/A

Gameplay

Mario Party: Island Tour uses the traditional independent four player gameplay as seen in previous Mario Party entries, where players were able to roll dice with numbers from 1-10 though this time, like in Mario Party 9, players roll the dice from 1 to 6 or in some cases in some of the boards, the 6 is replaced by other things like a 0 or a Trigger. Like Mario Party 9, players move along a linear board, though in this game it is a race to the end. Each board has its own play style, such as items and Mini Stars. The Spaces appear similar in function to those from Mario Party 9. During some specific game boards, players use items to progress and hinder their opponents, similar to the items used in Mario Party 2, 3, and 4. It also supports local multiplayer using Download Play. There is a single-player mode called Bowser's Tower, where the player plays against shadowy versions of the other playable characters in 30 minigames, with a boss minigame on every fifth floor.[4] Also, whenever a minigame ends with a tie, there will be a Dice tiebreaker to determine the final results.

Characters

Playable

There are a total of 10 playable characters in Mario Party: Island Tour, consisting of 9 default characters and 1 unlockable character (Bowser Jr.).

Mario Luigi Peach Daisy Yoshi
Mario Artwork (alt) - Mario Party Island Tour.png Luigi Artwork - MPIT.png Princess Peach Bubble Artwork - Mario Party Island Tour.png Daisy MPIT.png YoshiMPIT.png
Wario Waluigi Toad Boo Bowser Jr.*
WarioMPIT.png Waluigi MPIT.png Toad MPIT.png Boo Artwork (alt) - Mario Party Island Tour.png BowserJrMPIT.png

*Bowser Jr. can be unlocked by completing Bowser's Tower.

Bosses

Goomba TowerChain ChompMr. BlizzardKing Bob-ombDry BowserBowser

Other

Boards

As the title suggests, the boards are split between various themed islands. Seven gameboards are included in the game. Of these boards, one is unlocked by playing through every other board except for Shy Guy's Shuffle City due to the necessity for three or more players (Bowser's Peculiar Peak), and the other six are available from the start of the game.

Boards
Perilous Palace Path Rocket Road Shy Guy's Shuffle City
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Power yourself up and knock opponents out of the way with special items as you race to the finish! Blast yourself to the finish line by winning minigames and collecting Boosters! Outwit your opponents and avoid the dreaded Bowser Card to win this race!
Play Time: 45-60 minutes Play Time: 10-20 minutes Play Time: 20-40 minutes
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Banzai Bill's Mad Mountain Star-Crossed Skyway Kamek's Carpet Ride Bowser's Peculiar Peak
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Should you go for the glory or hide out? Banzai Bill will test your luck and courage! You will need the most Mini Stars to win this game—no matter how fast you finish! Play your cards right to be the first player to reach the goal! First place is the worst place in this reverse race. Bowser is waiting for the "winner"!
Play Time: 15-30 minutes Play Time: 30-50 minutes Play Time: 20-40 minutes Play Time: 20-40 minutes
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Spaces

  • Dash Space - If the player lands here, they will leap forward (2, 3, 4, or 5) spaces.
  • Item Space - Landing on this space earns the player an item.
  • Green Space - A normal space. Nothing special happens when the player lands here.
  • Piranha Plant Space - If the player lands on this space, a Piranha Plant will throw them back a number of spaces.
  • Lucky Space - If the player lands here, something good will happen.
  • Duel Space - These trigger a minigame battle for items/Mini Stars.
  • Bowser Space - A random act of fiendishness will happen if the player lands here.
  • Unlucky Space - Something bad will happen if the player lands here.
  • Dead-End Space - The player will be forced to stop on this space for an event.
  • Goal Space - The final space on the board.
  • Safe Spaces (only on Banzai Bill's Mad Mountain) - A space where the player cannot get hit by a Banzai Bill.
  • Danger Spaces (only on Banzai Bill's Mad Mountain) - A space where the player might get hit by a Banzai Bill.
  • Switch Space - If the player lands here, Banzai Bill will launch from a new location.
  • Banzai Bill Space - This space launches Banzai Bill.
  • Card Space
  • Booster Spaces (appears only on Rocket Road)
  • Warp Spaces
  • Just-Right Spaces (appears only on Kamek's Carpet Ride)

Items

Dice Blocks

Dice Blocks can be won from minigames in Perilous Palace Path and Bowser's Peculiar Peak.

Item Image Effect
Gold Dice Block Gold Dice Block.png Adds 1 to 6 spaces to the player's roll. Awarded to 1st place after a minigame.
Silver Dice Block Silver Dice Block.png Adds 1 to 3 spaces to the player's roll. Awarded to 2nd place after a minigame.
Bronze Dice Block Bronze Dice Block.png Adds 1 or 2 spaces to the player's roll. Awarded to 3rd place after a minigame.
Custom Dice Block Custom Dice Block.PNG Allows the player to roll any number.
Bowser Dice Block Dice Block in Bowser's Peculiar Peak.png Same effects as a normal Dice Block. The player can remain where they are as long as they get the roll doubled with another Bowser Dice Block.
1-6 Bowser Dice Block 1to6BowserDice.PNG Adds 1 to 6 spaces to the player's roll. The player can remain where they are as long as they get the roll doubled with another Bowser Dice Block. Awarded to 4th place after a minigame.
1-3 Bowser Dice Block 1to3BowserDice.PNG Adds 1 to 3 spaces to the player's roll. The player can remain where they are as long as they get the roll doubled with another Bowser Dice Block. Awarded to 3rd place after a minigame.
1-2 Bowser Dice Block 1to2BowserDice.PNG Adds 1 or 2 spaces to the player's roll. The player can remain where they are as long as they get the roll doubled with another Bowser Dice Block. Awarded to 2nd place after a minigame.

Cards

In Kamek's Carpet Ride and Shy Guy's Shuffle City, cards are used to make the player move and have different effects on the character.

Item Image Effect
Random Card Random 1-6 MPIT.png Randomly decide how many spaces the player will move.
Precision Card 3 Card Artwork - Mario Party Island Tour.png Move the player the number of spaces written on the card.
Power Precision Card Power 1 MPIT.png Moves the user forwards by the number written, while the others move backwards by the same amount.
Bowser Card BowserCardMPIT.png The player who holds this card after 3 turns will receive a Bowser Penalty.

Board-specific items

Perilous Palace Path

Star-Crossed Skyway

Rocket Road

  • Boosters - Multiplies the Dice Block roll.

Minigames

Main article: List of Mario Party: Island Tour minigames

Mario Party Points and the Bubble Gallery

Much like Mario Party DS and Mario Party 9, players can earn Mario Party Points by playing boards, completing Bowser's Tower or playing Minigames. This points can be used to buy "Bubbles", voice recordings or music from the various characters, boards or minigames. These bubbles need to be bought from the gallery with various points, and not all bubbles are unlocked initially.

Reception

Mario Party: Island Tour has received generally mixed reviews. The game currently averages a 62.06% based on 17 reviews on GameRankings and a 59 based on 23 reviews on Metacritic[15][16]. IGN gave Mario Party: Island Tour a 5.5, criticizing its motion control, "uninventive" minigames, and its "poor" single-player campaign unlike Mario Party 9, but praising its unique board rules and use of Download Play.[17] Destructoid gave the game an even lower score of 4.0. GameXplain gave the single-player mode a 2 1/2 stars out of 5, and multiplayer a 3 1/2 out of 5. Additionally, Official Nintendo Magazine gave the game a score of 60%.[18]

Mario Party: Island Tour is the 20th best selling game for the Nintendo 3DS, selling 1.14 million copies worldwide, as of March 31, 2014.

Beta elements

Main article: List of Mario Party: Island Tour beta elements

Glitches

Invisible Player Lucky Space Glitch

In order to perform this glitch, the player must land on a Lucky Space in the board Bowser's Peculiar Peak. If he/she happens to be blasted to a space that another player is currently on, then the two players will look like they're inside each other.

The glitch.

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Party: Island Tour.

Staff

Main article: List of Mario Party: Island Tour staff

References to other games

Trivia

The error showing the game to be an NES game.
  • For a time the Nintendo 3DS eShop mistakenly stated Mario Party: Island Tour to be a title on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • This is the second Mario Party game not to feature Donkey Kong, Bonus Stars or a Last Five Turns/Almost There! event; the first was Mario Party Advance.
  • This is the first (and currently only) Mario Party game to use dice blocks to break ties in minigames.
  • This is the first (and currently only) Mario Party game to not have a category of 1 vs 3 minigames.
  • This is the second Mario Party game not to feature 2 vs. 2 minigames, the first being Mario Party 9.

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=news&nid=3075&pageID=6
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HqFrIkwUPM
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pojFm2HCduk
  7. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j_Tbq85Y6A
  8. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HqFrIkwUPM
  9. ^ http://mariopartylegacy.com/2013/11/bowser-jr-playable-in-mario-party-island-tour/
  10. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zybA4qc7nc
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4SkqtIf3aI
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NIDBmyYPjU
  13. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X71cigibJk
  14. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK59XF1vGpA
  15. ^ http://www.gamerankings.com/3ds/711406-mario-party/index.html
  16. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/game/3ds/mario-party-island-tour/critic-reviews
  17. ^ http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/11/22/mario-party-island-tour-review
  18. ^ http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/56735/reviews/mario-party-island-tour-review-review/?page=3

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