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Mario Party 5
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Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube
Release date USA November 10, 2003
Japan November 28, 2003
Europe December 5, 2003
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 PG.svg - Parental guidance
Mode(s) 1-4 players
Media
Gamecube:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Input
GameCube:

Mario Party 5 is the fifth installment in the Mario Party series. The most notable change in this game is that the shopping system was replaced with the new Capsule system.

In the game's Story Mode, a playable character has to face Bowser and the Koopa Kids (known as Mini Bowser in PAL regions) throughout every stage. Eventually, the character will face Bowser one-on-one.

The game is notable for featuring places and characters that appeared in or resembled places and characters from Paper Mario. The most prominent of these is the Star Spirits.

The game became part of the Nintendo Player's Choice label in 2004, and won the Console's Children award at the 2004 Interactive Achievement Awards.

Story[edit]

The game's title screen.

From the Mario Party 5 Instruction booklet:

In the night sky, past the moon and beyond the stars, there's a dream world known as Dream Depot, where everyone's dreams come together. This is the real land of dreams... In this land, there are Star Guards who protect the dreams of everyone.

One dreamy night, the Star Guards thought of something.
"Many dreams arrive here at Dream Depot every day," they said, "so... why don't we offer those with the power of dreaming a chance to visit?"
Eventually, they decided to invite Mario and his closest friends because, when it comes to dreamers, nobody dreams bigger than they do!

The Star Guards prepared for their guests' arrival by creating many fun-filled games for them to play. And that is how this adventure for Mario and his friends both old and new began!

In Story Mode, Bowser and Koopa Kid are planning to ruin everyone's dreams, and players must stop Bowser from taking over said dreams. If players clear the five boards, they must face the Koopa Kids in Bowser Nightmare, and if they beat that board, they fight Bowser in Frightmare.

Playable Characters[edit]

The ten playable characters alongside Eldstar.

Returning Playable Characters

New Playable Characters

New Features[edit]

This installment to the Mario Party series comes with new mini-games, characters, and maps. Toad, Boo, and Koopa Kid are now playable characters, as is Donkey Kong in Super Duel Mode once the player unlocks him. In Party Mode, he is on Donkey Kong spaces and either gives the players coins or stars, or starts a Donkey Kong mini-game which involve collecting bananas for a predetermined amount of coins.

The game is also significant for being the second in the series to introduce 3D game boards. Previous titles, all except for Mario Party 4, utilized pre-rendered backgrounds, which are static and limited in their presentation. As a result, all subsequent Mario Party titles, with the exception of Mario Party Advance on the Game Boy Advance, have employed 3D backgrounds allowing for much more dynamic fields of play.

Mario Party 5 has a few new features. First off, in Story Mode, all the Koopa Kids move at the same time, quickening game play. The point of single player mode is to deplete all of the Koopa Kids' coins by beating them in mini-games.

It also features two whole new modes: Bonus Mode, and Super Duel Mode. In Bonus Mode, players could choose one of three bonus games: Beach Volleyball, Ice Hockey, and Card Party.

Tag teams[edit]

Mario Party 5 brings the ability for players to team up from Mario Party 4 back and extends the concept. In this game, players now share coins and their HUD on the screen. Unique team names are also given out to all combinations. Here is a table containing this game's possible team names, all of which are carried over into Mario Party 6.

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Mario
Mario
Luigi Mario Bros.
Peach Cutest Couple
Daisy Nice Couple
Yoshi Famous Combo
Wario Alter Egos
Waluigi Pseudo Bros.
Toad Best Buds
Boo Old Acquaintances
Koopa Kid Uneasy Allies
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Luigi
Mario Mario Bros.
Luigi
Peach Green Escort
Daisy Steady Sweeties
Yoshi Green Bros.
Wario Unloving Bros.
Waluigi Unlikely Bros.
Toad Good Pals
Boo Scare Pair
Koopa Kid Friendly Enemies
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Peach
Mario Cutest Couple
Luigi Green Escort
Peach
Daisy Lordly Ladies
Yoshi Regal Friends
Wario Royal Pain
Waluigi Anti-Couple
Toad Royal Family
Boo Royally Spooky
Koopa Kid Trouble Brewing
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Daisy
Mario Nice Couple
Luigi Steady Sweeties
Peach Lordly Ladies
Daisy
Yoshi Royal Ride
Wario Mismatched Pair
Waluigi Awkward Date
Toad Royal Pals
Boo Haunted Flower
Koopa Kid Grudging Allies
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Yoshi
Mario Famous Combo
Luigi Green Bros.
Peach Regal Friends
Daisy Royal Ride
Yoshi
Wario Food Fanatics
Waluigi Unhappy Dino
Toad Cute Buddies
Boo Scary Dino
Koopa Kid Dino Cousins
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Wario
Mario Alter Egos
Luigi Unloving Bros.
Peach Royal Pain
Daisy Mismatched Pair
Yoshi Food Fanatics
Wario
Waluigi Wicked Bros.
Toad Mushroom Stinkers
Boo Spooky Spoilsports
Koopa Kid Bad Baddies
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Waluigi
Mario Pseudo Bros.
Luigi Unlikely Bros.
Peach Anti-Couple
Daisy Awkward Date
Yoshi Unhappy Dino
Wario Wicked Bros.
Waluigi
Toad Tall 'n' Small
Boo Scary Screechers
Koopa Kid Cheap Chaps
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Toad
Mario Best Buds
Luigi Good Pals
Peach Royal Family
Daisy Royal Pals
Yoshi Cute Buddies
Wario Mushroom Stinkers
Waluigi Tall 'n' Small
Toad
Boo Scaredy Toad
Koopa Kid Little Guys
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Boo
Mario Old Acquaintances
Luigi Scare Pair
Peach Royally Spooky
Daisy Haunted Flower
Yoshi Scary Dino
Wario Spooky Spoilsports
Waluigi Scary Screechers
Toad Scaredy Toad
Boo
Koopa Kid Pure Evil
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Koopa Kid
Mario Uneasy Allies
Luigi Friendly Enemies
Peach Trouble Brewing
Daisy Grudging Allies
Yoshi Dino Cousins
Wario Bad Baddies
Waluigi Cheap Chaps
Toad Little Guys
Boo Pure Evil
Koopa Kid


Super Duel Mode[edit]

Main article: Super Duel Mode
The stats for an assembled machine.

Super Duel Mode is a mode where players buy and assemble machines using points earned by playing minigames. It is hosted by Skolar. The machines come with a body, tire, engine, and weapon, and are used to pit against opponent machines in a battle arena. Players can either battle, capture flags, or shoot Robo-Rabbits in order to win. Players can either play in tournaments or against each other. Up to 2 players can participate in this mode.

Story Mode[edit]

In Story Mode, the player will go on five boards facing the three Koopa Kids. The boards are much smaller boards then in Party Mode. When a player passes/lands on a Koopa Kid, they will duel them; losing costs them 5 coins while winning costs the Koopa Kid 15 coins. When the Koopa Kid passes/lands on the player, they will duel them; losing costs them 5 coins while winning costs the player 10 coins.

There is a VS Space; if there are three Koopa Kids, then this will cause a 1 vs. 3 game. Two will cause a 2 vs. 2 game (with Toad as the player's partner). One causes a duel.

When a player loses all their Coins, they are eliminated from the board. The main objective is to eliminate all three of the Koopa Kid's before they eliminate the player. After all five boards, the player faces Bowser in Frightmare.

Boards[edit]

Image Board Name Description
Toy Dream Party.jpg Toy Dream Players have to maneuver their way around the toys. It was created from dreams of toys. Built on a light-blue, checkered platform amongst the clouds, Toy Dream is surrounded by a wall of building blocks. It is completely built out of toys, including a toy train, toy ship, presents, a robot, toy soldiers and other such objects. One of the toys is based on Mecha Bowser. It shoots any player that stops on the Happening Space in its mouth from a cannon. If players landed on a Happening Space on top of a wall of blocks, toy soldiers blasted the blocks down knocking them to a lower section of the board. Landing on the ? Space on top of a present in the middle of the board caused a Jack-in-the-Box to pop out, catapulting unsuspecting players into the air, to another part of the board. Another notable part of this board is the toy train, which players can take to get from the bottom part of the board to the top part and vice versa. If any other players are on the toy train, then they will also be taken to either the upper train station of the board or lower train station that the player in the train is to appear at. Players riding may also use A Button to jump and collect coins that come out of the toy train's funnel.
Rainbow Dream Party.jpg Rainbow Dream Players must make sure to make their way around the clouds, with the common goal to find the star, It was created from dreams of rainbows. Suspended above the clouds with a backdrop of a pink, starry sky, the dream is based on the four main types of weather: cloudy, rainy, sunny, and snowy. Rainbow Dream is comprised of five independently floating clouds, one for each type of weather and one that serves as the start space. The main way of getting around the board was by getting to the "rainbow spaces." Whenever players got to one of them, Klevar asked them if they wanted to cross the rainbow bridge for 5 coins. If paid, a rainbow appeared for them to go to the next area. Additionally, there is a gondola that can be used if a player lands on one of four ? Spaces located near it. There were four other ? Spaces-one on each cloud (not counting the ones that activated the gondala). The one on the cloudy area gave players a chance to get some Capsules by tapping the A Button button to run faster on the battery wheel. Landing on the ? Space in the rainy area sent the player (and the players on the two spaces next to it) on a current that took them back to start. The ? Space on the sunny area made three rainbows appear. The player chose one, then sild down to the area the rainbow led, collecting coins along the way. Finally, the ? Space at the snowy area gave players a chance to win coins by ground pounding the see-saw a snowman was on to lift it as high they could. The snowman then came back down, sending the player upwards where the coins were. The harder the ground pound, the higher the jump, the more coins they won.
Pirate Dream Party.jpg Pirate Dream Players must make sure that they manage to obtain Stars by getting through the cliffside. It was created from dreams of adventure, and resembles a grotto similar in layout to the waterfall room in Pirate's Grotto from Keelhaul Key, a location in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Additionally, the map is reminiscent of an abandoned mine and a seaside cliff. Landing on a Happening Space on the mine track causes a boulder to come rolling out of the mine, chasing players in its way off the track. Landing on one of the Happening Spaces on the waterfall causes it to give way and the player falls down the waterfall to a space in front of the pirate ship. The Happening Space on the pirate ship makes players jump into its cannon and blast off to a space with a cannon sign next to it. Finally, landing on the Happening Space at the top of the board makes Monty Mole come out to give players a chance to dig for coins. All they have to do is tap the A Button button constantly to dig coins out with the pickax.

The only noticeable thing about this board is the Thwomp and Whomp. Thwomp gives players a lift to a higher part of the board for 10 coins. For the same price, Whomp lets players use the ladder he is blocking.

Undersea Dream Party Mode.jpg Undersea Dream The main goal of this board is for the players to reach the Star by going across the coral reef. It was created from dreams of the ocean. Resembling a coral reef, such as those found in Isle Delfino’s Gelato Beach, the board is divided into two sections connected by bridges. Noteworthy features are the sunken ship, the whale, and the tiny shops set up by Cheep-Cheeps. However, unlike in Gelato Beach, human characters, Yoshi, Toad, Boo, Bowser, and Koopa Kid could breathe and walk normally underwater in the dream. If a player lands on the Happening Space on the sunken ship, a dolphin swims out and forcefully takes the player to another part of the board. Landing on the Happening Space next to the whale allows players to be blasted to a space nearer to the Star. The Happening Space next to the Cheep-Cheep on the right-side reef let players get a chance to earn a Capsule or an old boot from one of the shells (which would be worth nothing). Finally, the Happening Spaces next to the logs on either side of the board gave players a chance to ride a manta to the other side of the board, and collect coins along the way.
Futuredream.jpg Future Dream The goal for this board is for the players to get to the Star by moving across the space station. Created from dreams of the future, the board is reminiscent of low-budget television shows. Literally, the board is a space station in what appears to be Outer Space, but it may be an optical illusion. Divided into three platforms, the only way to travel about the station is by teleportation devices, rocket ships, or shortcuts. The ? Spaces on the central platform are next to three rocket ships. Players could use these if they landed on the spaces. Each rocket took players to either the left or right platforms' landing pads. There is a rocket ship game on the left station that can be played only if a player lands on the corresponding ? Space. While playing this, one controls the levetation of his or her ships to try and collect coins from the UFOs. Two more ? Spaces on a robot's arms on the right platform activate a slot machine. If played skillfully, players may earn special capsules by lining up the slots. A Mushroom Capsule is the consolation prize. Finally, the ? Spaces next to the taxi ships on the left and right platforms allow players ride from one station to the other for a ten coins fee. Players can also use the floating platform on the left or right stations as a small shortcut.
Sweet Dream.JPG Sweet Dream In order for players to receive Stars on this board, they will have to cross various desserts. It was created from dreams of desserts. Placed on top of a giant picnic mat, Sweet Dream is surrounded by lush bushes. Players had to cross all kinds of cakes and candy to get to the Stars. Stepping on a Happening Space will slice the part of cake players are on and take them to somewhere else on the board. Walking across a shortbread bridge caused it to fall apart, and another was formed on another direction (like the bridges from Bowser's Gnarly Party of Mario Party 4, but those took three passes to crumble). Three of the Happening Spaces on the board are on cakes, where if landed on, will get cut up by a knife. The cake slice would then take the player to a plate at the bottom the board. The Happening Space next to the small cake at the bottom-right part of the board activates a coin minigame. Players had to throw candy balls in the cups on the cake to score coins. The more cups filled, the more coins won. Players that landed on the Happening Space at the top part of the board made the other three players come and throw a party with them. Then, the opponents spun a roulette to see what they had to give away: Capsules, Coins or Stars.
Bowsersnightmare.jpg Bowser Nightmare (unlockable) In order for players to receive Stars on this board, they will have to cross various desserts. It was created from Bowser's dreams. When players land on Happening Spaces Bowser appears and causes events that may hinder them.
  • The ? Spaces at the bottom-left and bottom-right sides cause Bowser to come out for a walk to the other side. During his stroll, he turns all Blue Spaces in his path into Red Spaces and crushes any player in his path, making them lose 10 coins.
  • The ? Space on the top-left and top-right sides of the board cause Bowser to appear on his Koopa Clown Car, where he forces the player to hit a red block or a blue block: one sends the player back to start while the other takes half of the player's coins.
  • The ? Space at the top of the board causes Bowser to appear and take control of a flamethrower cannon. Players near the flamethrower are burned and lose their Capsules.
  • The two ? Spaces near the circle at the center of the board take players into the circle (via a red Warp Pipe) where there are red and Bowser Spaces; Bowser appears for a moment to taunt the player. The two ? Spaces inside the circle take players out the circle. This is similar to the Mecha-Blooper ride from Bowser Land of Mario Party 2. If red spaces become Bowser Spaces, getting trapped in the middle results in a Bowser event every turn until the player gets out.

Capsules[edit]

The items in Mario Party 5 are called capsules. They are procured by passing by Capsule Dispensers. For players to utilise a capsule, it may be thrown at a space on the board. The space can be up to ten spaces in front of the space the player currently is standing on. Another way for players to use their capsules is by directly using them on themselves. If players chose to do so, they must pay a fee. The fee depends on the capsule the player wants to use. Below is a list of all twenty-eight capsules found in Mario Party 5, and a description describing their effects.

Item Description Fee
Bubble Capsule.JPG Bubble Capsule When a player is affected by this capsule, the effected player will be forced to move ten spaces forward. During this, the player will lose all of their capsules. Ten Coins.
Cursed Mushroom Capsule.JPG Cursed Mushroom Capsule When a player is effected by this capsule, the effected player will only be able to roll numbers one to three on the Dice Block. Five Coins.
Klepto Capsule.JPG Klepto Capsule When a player is affected by this capsule, the effected player will be taken to another player's space. The space is chosen at random. Ten Coins.
Mushroom Capsule.JPG Mushroom Capsule When a player is affected by this capsule, the effected player will be able to roll two Dice Blocks. The sum of the two digits rolled will be added up, resulting in the amount of steps that player may move. If the digits match (e.g., two threes), the player will receive ten Coins. Five Coins.
Super Mushroom Capsule.JPG Super Mushroom Capsule When a player is affected by this capsule, the effected player will be able to Roll three Dice Blocks. The sum of the three digits rolled will be added up, which results in the amount of steps that the player may move. Should the digits match (e.g., three nines), then the player will obtain thirty Coins. Ten Coins.
Warp Pipe Capsule.JPG Warp Pipe Capsule When a player is affected by this capsule, the effected player will warp with another player. The player to be warped will be chosen randomly. Ten Coins.
Wiggler Capsule.JPG Wiggler Capsule When a player is affected by this capsule, the effected player will be taken directly to the Star Space; however, the player still has to pay the normal price of twenty Coins to purchase the Power Star. Twenty Coins.
Bob-omb Capsule.JPG Bob-omb Capsule When a player is affected by this capsule, the effected player will lose twenty Coins. For this capsule's effect to be initiated, the space it is tossed onto must be passed or landed on three times. Free.
Bullet Bill Capsule.JPG Bullet Bill Capsule When a player is affected by this capsule, the effected player will be able to steal thirty Coins from any opponent the player passes on their next roll. Five Coins.
Coin Block Capsule.JPG Coin Block Capsule When a player initiates this capsule, the player will receive ten Coins from a Coin Block. Five Coins.
Goomba Capsule.JPG Goomba Capsule When a player initiates this capsule, the player will switch Coins with another player. The other player is chosen at random. Five Coins.
Hammer Bro. Capsule.JPG Hammer Bro. Capsule When a player initiates this capsule, the player will lose ten Coins. Five Coins.
Koopa Bank Capsule.JPG Koopa Bank Capsule When a player throws this capsule at a space, that space will become a Bank Space. If the player uses it on themselves, they will acquire all previously deposited Coins in the bank. Ten Coins.
Paratroopa Capsule.JPG Paratroopa Capsule Whenever a player initiates this capsule, the player will have to roll a Dice Block. The opponents will then lose the same amount of Coins as the number which the dice shows. Ten Coins.
Piranhaplantcapsule.jpg Piranha Plant Capsule Whenever a player initiates this capsule, the player will lose half of their Coins (this also includes any eventual remainder). Five Coins.
Spiny Capsule.JPG Spiny Capsule When a player initiates this capsule, the player gets to steal ten Coins from another player. The other player is chosen at random. Five Coins.
Kamek Capsule.JPG Kamek Capsule When a player initiates this capsule, all players' capsules are shuffled around by Kamek. Ten Coins.
Lakitucapsule.jpg Lakitu Capsule When a player initiates this capsule, the player gets to chose an opponent. The chosen opponent will then have one of their capsules stolen, and the stolen capsule will be given to the player who initiated the capsule. Ten Coins.
Magikoopa Capsule.JPG Magikoopa Capsule Whenever a player initiates this capsule, the player will swap their capsules with another player's capsules. The other player is chosen at random. Ten Coins.
Mr. Blizzard Capsule.JPG Mr. Blizzard Capsule Whenever a player initiates this capsule, the player will lose all of their capsules. Ten Coins.
Ukiki Capsule.JPG Ukiki Capsule Whenever a player initiates this capsule, the player will chose another player at random. The chosen player will then lose all of their capsules. The lost capsules will then be thrown at random spaces on the board. Ten Coins.
Bone Capsule.JPG Bone Capsule When a player is attacked by a Chain-Chomp, this capsule will activate automatically. When it is active, it will protect the player possessing it from Chain-Chomp. This capsule cannot be used on a player; it will only be discarded. N/A
Chain Chomp Capsule.JPG Chain Chomp Capsule Whenever a player initiates the effects of this capsule, the effected player will be able to steal Power Stars or Coins from a selected player for a fee. The fee depends on the service. Fifteen Coins.
Chance Capsule.JPG Chance Capsule When tossed on a space, a Chance Time Space will appear. If used on a player, Chance Time will occur. Twenty Coins.
Duel Capsule.JPG Duel Capsule When tossed on a space, a Duel Space will appear. If used on a player, a duel will occur. Ten Coins.
Miracle Capsule.JPG Miracle Capsule Unlike all other capsules, this capsule can neither be used directly on a player, nor be tossed on a space (although it can be discarded if a player wants to). When a player carries three Miracle Capsules, the three capsules will be activated automatically. When it is activated, all Power Stars that the player in first has goes to the player in last. N/A
Tweester Capsule.JPG Tweester Capsule Whenever a player initiates this capsule, the Star Space will be moved to another location. Fifteen Coins.
Bowsercapsule.jpg Bowser Capsule Whenever a player procures this capsule, Bowser will appear. He will then throw it at a random space. That space will then become a Bowser Space. N/A

Minigames[edit]

Main article: List of minigames in Mario Party 5

Music[edit]

The music in Mario Party 5 was composed by Aya Tanaka. It is different from the other games in that the music sounds sophisticated and (despite being synthesized as in most Mario Party games) has the illusion of being played by a professional symphony orchestra. This may be caused by the use of sounds that sound like true instruments, especially the harpsichord. This apparently didn't catch on, however, as Aya Tanaka has not composed any other Mario Party game. However, this game's sequels, Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 7 have progressed to an orchestrated musical score.

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Mario Party 5 staff

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Party 5.

Reception[edit]

The game received mostly mixed to positive reviews from critics. Game Inform's Andrew Reiner cited the example of coin redistribution in the game, which meant that "you could win every mini-game and collect the most coins and still end up in last place", when giving a second option of the game. GameSpot's Ryan Davis processed to note "If you brought Mario Party 4 last year, Mario Party 5 is hard to recommend.", noting a lack of change to the series formula. The game's graphics received a mediocre response, with GameSpot commenting that the presentation is "starting to seem a bit antiquated" when noting that the character models did not seem to been updated from Marty Party 4.

Mario Party 5 is the 14th best selling game for the Nintendo GameCube, selling approximately 1.51 million units, 807,331 copies in the US, and 697,472 copies in Japan, as of December 31, 2009.

References to Other Games[edit]

References in Later Games[edit]


Trivia[edit]

  • The capsule depicting a Toady is incorrectly labeled as "Magikoopa Capsule". Later Mario Party games correctly labeled it as "Toady Orb".
  • Daisy's voice in this game is actually a higher pitched version of her voice in the previous game, similar to how her voice in Mario Party 3 was.

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