Mario Party (series)

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Mario Party
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The current logo used for Mario Party 9 and Mario Party: Island Tour.
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The first logo used from Mario Party to DS.
First Installment Mario Party (1998)
Latest Installment Mario Party: Island Tour (2013)
Number of Installments 16
Parent Series Mario

The Mario Party series is a virtual board game created by Hudson Soft (Mario Party to Mario Party DS) and by Nd Cube (Mario Party 9 and Mario Party: Island Tour). It features a cast of prominent Mario characters, some of which have been Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario, Waluigi, and many more with each game featuring variations on the cast and storyline. The series is intended for four players, but computer controlled players may be selected as well. All of the games share similar gameplay in which the primary objective requires the player to move his or her character across the selected stage to gather a Star. Usually, the player must then pay a fee of twenty coins to the host, a non-playable character such as Toad. After each player has completed his or her turn, a minigame then begins, in which the player may be awarded coins, based on their performance. The rules have changed in Mario Party 9, where the objective is to get the most Mini-stars in boards to be the superstar.

These characters have been playable since Mario Party (except Donkey Kong).

At the end of the game, Stars and Bonus Stars will be tallied. The person with the most stars at the end of the game becomes the winner, or in this case, the Superstar. If Stars are tied between players, other statistics will be applied. These include the amount of coins collected, minigame victories, and so on.

The Mario Party series amasses eleven games, across the Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, and Wii consoles, as well as the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. The series even sports a card game that works with the e-Reader peripheral and has ported previous installments into Japan-only arcade games. The cast of characters, character cameos, and minigames are numerous. Thus far, the series has been very commercially successful, and looks to continue its success.

List of Games[edit]

Title, Original Release and System Synopsis
Mario Party

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In 1998, Nintendo released the first Mario Party game to ever be made — Mario Party. The game was a whole new aspect on multi-player capabilities in the Mario series; most games up until now mainly featured a 2-player versus mode, with the exceptions of a few sports spin-offs. The game mechanics worked near-identically to that of a board game: players would rove around the board, moving from space to space, and hitting a Dice Block in order to move said spaces. The players could earn coins by playing and winning minigames; with a certain amount of coins, the players could buy stars. Despite the fact that this was a party game, it also had a single-player mode, in which the player would play against CPUs. There were six playable characters in the game: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, and Wario. Each character had one board modeled after them, in addition to two other boards in the game — one dedicated to the game's antagonist, Bowser, and the other unlockable after collection one-hundred stars.
Japan December 18, 1998
Nintendo 64
Mario Party 2

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The Mario Party series continued in late 1999 when Nintendo released Mario Party 2 on Nintendo 64, the sequel to the original Mario Party. The game re-used most of the mechanics of the original: players went around a board, hitting dice blocks, to reach the star space and collect it. The story, however, is different; one day, the characters decide to create their own world, which was named Mario Land. However, they soon begin to argue over a good name for the world, and, while this is going on, Bowser invades the new world, taking an area for himself. Now the characters must go through the world, to stop Bowser and take back their world.
Japan December 17, 1999
Nintendo 64
Mario Party 3

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The Mario Party series continued in early 2001 when Nintendo released Mario Party 3 on Nintendo 64, the second sequel to the original Mario Party. The game re-used most of the mechanics of it's sequel: players went around a board, hitting dice blocks, to reach the star space and collect it, while using items to help along the way. The story, however, is different; every 1000 years, the Millennium star becomes reborn. This time, it crashes into the Mushroom Kingdom which alerts its residents. A nearby Lakitu transports the kingdom into a toybox and now Mario and company have to fight to get back out and to save the star from Bowser.
Japan December 7, 2000
Nintendo 64
Mario Party 4

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Nintendo's first Mario Party game for the GameCube was Mario Party 4. The game once again re-uses the gaming mechanics of the previous installments. Toad, Koopa Troopa, Goomba, Boo, and Shy Guy discover the Party Cube, and they invite the characters to celebrate the birthday of a character. However, the five have decided that the characters should win the presents, and, pretty soon, Bowser arrives to create confusion.
USA October 21, 2002
Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5

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The Mario Party franchise continued in 2003 with the release of Mario Party 5. The game once again follows the same old "go around the board to collect stars" mechanics, with few changes, the most notable being the new Capsule system for items. The story involves the Star Guards wanting to invite the biggest dreamers to the Dream Depot, and they choose Mario and friends. However, Bowser and Koopa Kid want to take over the dreams and ruin them, and it's up to Mario and the gang to stop him.
USA November 10, 2003
Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 6

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Mario Party once again returned in 2004 when Mario Party 6 was released. Unlike the past games, one thing was changed in the gaming mechanics: the inclusion of a microphone, which allowed the player to speak and play in Mic mini-games. Another thing that was changed was that every 3 turns, the time of day would change from day to night, and vice versa. The two game hosts, Brighton and Twila, were friends until Brighton asked who was more impressive. This sparked the feud between the two, which Mario and friends hope to stop by collecting stars and completing the Miracle Book.
USA December 6, 2004
Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party Advance

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The first Mario Party release on a handheld console was Mario Party Advance in 2005. The game had four modes: Shroom City, Play Land, Party Land, and Challenge Land. Shroom City involves the same gaming mechanics as past Mario Party games; However, players travel around inside a car, doing odd jobs for the inhabitants of the city to obtain mini-games and Gaddgets. Play Land allows the player to play the mini-games and Gaddgets they've earned. Party Land lets the player compete to earn coins, and Challenge Land is a multi-player mode where players can compete. Just as soon as the player arrives to party, Bowser arrives and scatters the mini-games and Gaddgets across Shroom City. Now Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi must go around and retrieve them all.
USA March 18, 2005
Game Boy Advance
Mario Party 7

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Mario Party still returned when Nintendo released Mario Party 7 in November 2005, the final installment on GameCube. The game once again incorporated all the mechanics from previous releases, including the microphone and mic-exclusive mini-games. However, one feature is included, which allows up to eight players to party, with two players sharing one controller. The game's story involves the gang going on a cruise around the world. However, since Bowser wasn't invited, he has decided to get his revenge, by trying to make the cruise horrible for the gang.
USA November 7, 2005
Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 8

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Mario Party 8, is Nintendo's ninth installment in the main Mario Party series. This game introduces two new playable characters, Blooper and Hammer Bro., and a new host, MC Ballyhoo. This game has an assortment of new mini-games and new game boards. There are five modes in the Star Carnival: The Party Tent, where players can have a classic game of Mario Party; The Minigame Tent, where players can play mini-games; the Extra Zone, where players can play extra mini-games; the Fun Bazaar, where players can buy mini-games, items, and various other things; and the Star Battle Arena, which acts as the game's story mode. Mario and friends have been invited to the Star Carnival to party, and the winner of their game gets a year's supply of candy. However, just as one of the gang is crowned the Superstar, Bowser steals the Star Rod they were to receive, and now Mario and friends must defeat Bowser and get it back.
USA May 29, 2007
Wii
Mario Party DS

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For the very first time, Nintendo developed a Mario Party game for the Nintendo DS. Mario Party DS came out a week after Super Mario Galaxy and in the same year as its indirect follow-up, Mario Party 8. In this game, five meteorites fall from the sky. The next day, Mario and the gang are discussing this when Kamek drops invitations for the Mario gang; Bowser has invited them to his castle for a banquet. However, once Mario and the gang arrive, they are captured, shrunk to a microscopic size, and thrown out of the castle. Now, they have to get back to Bowser's Castle to be restored to their normal height, helping people along the way. This game features many mini-games and it has a unique storyline compared to the other game in its series. All the playable characters that appear, appeared in Mario Party 8. About a year and a half later, Nintendo developed its sequel which is only available in Japanese.
Japan November 8, 2007
Nintendo DS
Mario Party 9

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Mario Party 9, a sequel for Mario Party 8, is a Wii game. The game use a similar gameplay mechanic as Mario Party Advance in that the players move around in a vehicle. Players take turns as the captain, rolling to dice to move the vehicle. Instead of attempting to collect Coins to buy stars, the players attempt to earn the most amount of Mini Stars on each board by collecting them from the board, winning minigames, and beating bosses. They must also avoid Mini Ztars, which decrease the player's current total of Mini Stars. The game also has two boss battles integrated into each board; the players try to take down a boss together, while also trying their best to increase their individual scores. The game's story first involves Mario and friends looking at the night sky when they suddenly see Mini Ztars being sucked into a vortex; the ones behind this are Bowser and Bowser Jr. Mario and friends then head off to save the Mini Stars by defeating Bowser. The game is developed by Nd Cube, the first in the series to not be developed by Hudson.
Europe March 2, 2012
Wii
Mario Party: Island Tour

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Mario Party: Island Tour is the thirteenth installment in the main Mario Party series. The game returns to the traditional individual player movement of the Mario Party franchise, but each board has its own unique style of gameplay.
USA November 22, 2013
Nintendo 3DS
Arcade

Boards[edit]

The Mario Party series included many boards in various installments. Below is a list of all of them and what games they appear in.

Theme MP MP2 MP3 MP4 MP5 MP6 MP7 MP8 MP9 MPDS MPIT
Cake Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Casino X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Castle Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Cavern X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Cloudy Sky Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Desert X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Factory Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Forest (Non-tropical) X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Horror X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Island Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Jungle Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Library X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Music X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Park X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Peak Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Railway (Non-roller coaster) X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Rainbow Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Ship X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Snowfield X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Space Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Town X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Underwater X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Volcanic Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg

Mario Party[edit]

Mario Party 2[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

Mario Party 4[edit]

Mario Party 5[edit]

This game has 7 boards

Mario Party 6[edit]

Mario Party 7[edit]

Mario Party 8[edit]

Mario Party 9[edit]

Mario Party DS[edit]

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

Playable Characters[edit]

Playable characters are introduced in the first Mario Party. During the first two Mario Party games, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Wario, Yoshi, and Donkey Kong are the only playable characters in the series. Starting in Mario Party 3, the game introduces new playable characters in debut, the new playable characters are only playable in the Party Mode; the previous new characters that appear in the next game are now playable in the Story Mode. There are some exceptions in games like Mario Party Advance and Mario Party DS do not introduce new characters.

There are some exceptions of removing playable characters in later main games; Donkey Kong is removed starting in Mario Party 5 because he now owns a space called a DK Space which he hosts, although Donkey Kong is playable in the Special Duel Mode in Mario Party 5. Another playable character named Koopa Kid (Mini Bowser in PAL regions) appeared in Mario Party 5 and Mario Party 6; he was removed after the last appearance because he now owns a space called the Koopa Kid Space. In Mario Party 9, Boo, Dry Bones, Blooper, and Hammer Bro were removed and given supporting roles. Toadette was also removed, and was completely absent from the game. However, Boo returned in Mario Party: Island Tour, and is the only character to do so.

In the game Beach Volley Folley that appeared in Mario Party 4 and then Mario Party 5, there are exceptionally playable characters that can not be played as on the normal boards but are able to participate in this game.

The Mario Party series included many characters in various installments. Below is a list of all of them and what games they appear in.

Character MP MP2 MP3 MP4 MP5 MP6 MP7 MP8 MP9 MPA MPDS MPIT
Birdo X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 5 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Blooper X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 5 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Boo X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 1 Check mark.svg 3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Bowser X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Bowser Jr. X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 5
Princess Daisy X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Donkey Kong Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg 2 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Dry Bones X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 5 Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Hammer Bro. X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 5 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Kamek X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 35 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Koopa Kid X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 1 Check mark.svg 3 Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Koopa Troopa X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Luigi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mario Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mii X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 4 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Princess Peach Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Shy Guy X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 35 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Toad X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 1 Check mark.svg 3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Toadette X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg5 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Waluigi X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg 3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Wario Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Yoshi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
  • Check mark.svg – Playable character
  • X mark.svg – Non-playable character
  • ? – characters yet to be announced to confirm or deny in the future Mario Party Series.
  • 1 — The character is playable only in Beach Volley Folley.
  • 2 — The character is playable only in the Special Duel Mode in the game.
  • 3 — The character is playable only in the Party Mode in the game.
  • 4 — The character is playable only in the Extra Mode.
  • 5 — The character is unlockable.

Hosts[edit]

These characters lead each individual Mario Party game.

Spaces[edit]

Main article: Space (Mario Party series)

All the spaces in the Mario Party games.

Items[edit]

Every item, capsule, orb, candy, hex and card from the series.

List of All Minigames[edit]

The Mario Party series' popularity is due in no small part to its minigames. Throughout the series' nine console titles, the list of minigames has become tremendous. Below is a list of all 769 minigames, separated by game. The minigames' titles generally rhyme, use alliteration, or are puns of popular phrases.

Awards[edit]

  • Longest Running Mini-Game Series - Guinness Book of World Records Gamer's Edition 2009 - 2013

Trivia[edit]

  • Luigi mentions the Mario Party series in his diary in the events of Paper Mario.
  • The Mario Party games are mentioned in one of the Coin Block/Brick Block cards in Nintendo Monopoly. Here, the player gets $50 from every player for organizing a Mario Party in the 2006 version, and $10 in the 2010 version.
  • Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi are the only characters to be playable in every game.
  • Koopa Kid has appeared in every Mario Party game except Mario Party 8, Mario Party DS, Mario Party 9, and Mario Party: Island Tour. He went by the name of Baby Bowser in the first three Mario Party games. He was seemingly replaced by Bowser Jr. in Mario Party DS, Mario Party 9, and Mario Party: Island Tour. In addition, to date, Koopa Kid has not appeared outside of the Mario Party series.
  • Goomba is the only host in Mario Party 4 who hasn't been playable in a later game; Toad and Boo are playable in Mario Party 5, while Shy Guy and Koopa Troopa are playable in Mario Party 9.