Mario Party: Island Tour
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.
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.
There are five different play modes in the game. They are:
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. Also, whenever a minigame ends with a tie, there will be a Dice tiebreaker to determine the final results.
There are a total of 10 playable characters in Mario Party: Island Tour, consisting of 9 default characters and 1 unlockable character (Bowser Jr.).
*Bowser Jr. can be unlocked by completing Bowser's Tower.
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.
Dice Blocks can be won from minigames in Perilous Palace Path and Bowser's Peculiar Peak.
Perilous Palace Path
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.
Mario Party: Island Tour has received generally mixed reviews. The game currently averages a 59% based on 28 reviews on GameRankings and a 57 based on 47 reviews on Metacritic. 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. 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%.
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.
Pre-release and unused content
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.
References to other games