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Mario Party Advance
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American boxart.
Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release date Japan January 13, 2005
China March 23, 2005[1]
USA March 28, 2005
Europe June 10, 2005
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
Mode(s) 1-4 players
Media
Game Boy Advance:
Media GBA icon.png Cartridge
Input
Game Boy Advance:

Mario Party Advance is a game in the Mario Party series for the Game Boy Advance. In this game, players can play minigames and Gaddgets as they travel through Party World. Unlike the console games, it is more single player oriented. It does not have a four player mode within the game itself. Instead, the game allows players to play Duel minigames against other players, or download minigames and Gaddgets to another Game Boy Advance for friends to play. The game does, however, include a Bonus Board packaged with the game, which is a physical board game that uses the Game Boy Advance game to let players play against each other in Gaddgets.

The game was released in Japan in January 13, 2005, in Singapore at March 23, 2005, in North America in March 28, 2005 and in Europe in June 10, 2005.[2]

Story[edit]

It is a normal day in Party World when the player first arrives there. Toad is telling Mario about the game, when Bowser drops in and scatters all of the minigames and Gaddgets throughout Shroom City. Now, Mario must go and retrieve them all by traveling all over Shroom City and restore peace to Party World.

Characters[edit]

Group artwork.

There a total of four playable characters in Mario Party Advance, the least amount of any Mario Party game to date. It does, however, boast much more non-playable characters that the player can help out during the story mode, as well as other supporting characters than most other Mario Party games.

Playable Characters[edit]

Mario Luigi Peach Yoshi
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Starting Position Town Area Starting Position Seaside Area Starting Position Jungle Area Starting Position Horror Area

Hosts[edit]

Tumble Toad Professor Elvin Gadd Toadette
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Hosts Shroom City Hosts Play Land & Party Land Hosts Play Land Hosts Party Land & Challenge Land

Notable Non-Playable Characters[edit]

Shroomlock Mr. E Mushbert Mrs. Shroomlock
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Shroom City's detective. Every time there is a case, Shroomlock arrives at the scene of the crime. A mystery-loving guy. Every time the player finds something strange, Mr. E arrives to investigate. A huge fan of the TV show, Toad Force V. He can provide the player with rare Toad Force V merchandise. Shroomlock's wife. When the player visits the Shroomlock House, she'll tell them a tip about what to do next.

Character Descriptions[edit]

Character Icon Title Description
Akiki Akiki Icon.png "Ukiki's adorable little niece." "She's a little bit of a tomboy. She looks up to her uncle Ukiki."
Amp MPA Amp Icon.png "Lives in town and loves to play games." "Loves to play games. Has a short fuse and gets mad easily."
Big Bob-omb MPA Big Bob-omb Icon.png "Lives in a secret room somewhere in town." "The head of the Bob-omb gang. Quite mellow in his old age."
Blooper MPA Blooper Icon.png "A duelist at the Mushroom Beacon." "He trains hard at the lighthouse. He trains to be a master."
Bob-omb MPA Bob-omb Icon.png "Lives in town. Loves the word "Victory"!" "Belongs to a shadowy gang of some sort. He's very nice."
Bob-omba MPA Bob-omba Icon.png "Lives in town and just loves flowers."" "Belongs to a shadowy gang. She just loves flowers."
Boo MPA Boo Icon.png "'One of the mischievous Boos at Boo Cemetery." "Boos love to play pranks, but they're fiercely loyal."
Bowser MPA Bowser Icon.png "'Pops up all over. Has the hots for Peach." "He's an awful person who makes mayhem for Mario and his friends."
Bullet Bill MPA Bullet Bill Icon.png "Trains at Mushroom Stadium." "A brash and boisterous soul, but he IS the #1 sprinter."
Chain Chomp MPA Chain Chomp Icon.png "A duelist living in town." "Mouser use to take care of it. It loves to duel any passerby."
Cheep Cheep MPA Cheep Cheep Icon.png "Practices swimming at Mushroom Pool." "A great swimmer, if only he could get over his insecurities."
Coach MPA Coach Icon.png "Trains Cheep Cheep to swim." "Once, he was a champion, but now, he trains future champions."
Dorrie MPA Dorrie Icon.png "Lives in Loch Dorrie and looks lonely." "Just a big, sad dinosaur looking for a soul mate."
Flutter MPA Flutter Icon.png "Lives in Mushroom Condo." "She's a hip girl who knows her trends. Looking for a boyfriend."
Fly Guy MPA Fly Guy Icon.png "Lives on the rooftop of Mushroom Condo." "The head of the Bob-omb gang. Quite mellow in his old age."
Goomba MPA Goomba Icon.png "Lives in Goomba House. Digs dancing." "He's considerate and caring. He likes to share with friends."
Goombetty MPA Goombetty Icon.png "Goes to school with Goombob." "The best student at her school. Plays violin beautifully."
Goombob MPA Goombob Icon.png "A rich kid who lives at Goombob Manor." "He's got a big crush on a girl in town. His folks are away."
Hammer Bro MPA Hamer Bro Icon.png "'A world-champion hammer thrower." "A champion, through and through. Loves a good challenge."
Hoot MPA Hoot Icon.png "Lives in the jungle and loves to play games." "Loves to play games, but his bad attitude makes him lose."
Hulu MPA Hulu Icon.png "Teaches at the Dance Stage." "A sensitive dance instructor who cries at the drop of a hat."
Kamek MPA Kamek Icon.png "The Game Mage out in the desert." "He has never lost a game. Once, he was Bowser's mentor."
Klepto MPA Klepto Icon.png "Lives in the Klepto Ruins." "Protector of treasures. Holds the key to the ancient lock."
Koopa MPA Koopa Icon.png "Works at Koopa Bank." "An all-business chap who just can't stop cleaning."
Koopa Kid MPA Koopa Kid Icon.png "Pops up everywhere. Idolizes Bowser." "He adores Bowser and obeys his every whim. He's not too bright."
Lakitu MPA Lakitu Icon.png "Lives in Lakitu House." "A huge fan of Toad Force V. Loves to quote the series."
Lantern Ghost MPA Lantern Ghost Icon.png "Lives in Horror Condo." "A huge fan of Toad Force V. Runs the TFV Fan Club."
Mechakoopa MPA Mechakoopa Icon.png "Works at Mushroom Library." "Discovered Mechakoopa's theorem. Often lost in thought."
Monty Mole MPA Monty Mole Icon.png "Lives in town and loves to play games." "Loves playing games, but hates losing his money in the process."
Mouser MPA Mouser Icon.png "The most challenging duelist in Duel Tower." "This perfect duelist has even battled it out with Bowser!"
Mr. Blizzard MPA Mr. Blizzard Icon.png "Plays baseball at the Ice Stadium." "An ace pitcher with the Snowtown Ice Stars."
Mr. E MPA Mr. E Icon.png "Loves to unravel any unsolved mysteries." "Shows up when mystery rears its mysterious head. Cowardly."
Mr. U MPA Mr. I Icon.png "A reclusive gent in the horror area." "A gentleman at heart, but a bit gruff from time to time."
Mrs. S MPA Mrs. Shroomlock Icon.png "Lives in Shroomlock House." "She loves gossip as much as she loves her dear Shroomlock."
Mushbert MPA Mushbert Icon.png "Lives in Mushroom Condo." "A huge fan of Toad Force V. Knows all about the show."
Ninji MPA Ninji Icon.png "Lives in Horror Condo." "A huge fan of Toad Force V. Wants a special DVD of the show."
Paratroopa MPA Paratroopa Icon.png "Runs Junk, the item superstore." "A big-brother type, who looks after everyone in town."
Penguin MPA Penguin Icon.png "Plays games in the icy regions of Shroom City." "Loves to play games. He wants to buy a ring for Pengwen."
Petal Guy MPA Petal Guy Icon.png "A forlorn poet living in the jungle." "He's a lovesick artist. Writes poetry to the woman he loves."
Piranha Plant MPA Piranha Plant Icon.png "Grows in the desert. Loves water."" "It's pretty and healthy, but also quite dangerous..."
Pokey MPA Pokey Icon.png "'A "skill" duelist lurking in Duel Tower" "He challenges strangers to answer 3 riddles before leaving."
Salvo MPA Salvo Icon.png "Trains at Mushroom Stadium." "He seems lazy, but his skills are top notch."
Shroomlock MPA Shroomlock Icon.png "Detective of Toadland Yard. Loves ice cream." "A brilliant detective, but a bit on the lazy side."
Shy Guy MPA Shy Guy Icon.png "Works at the train station." "He works without complaint and without rest. He's diligent!"
Snifit MPA Snifit Icon.png "Lives in Horror Condo." "Loves to be scared. Wants to see a ghost more than anything!"
Spear Guy MPA Spear Guy Icon.png "A duelist living in the jungle." "He hides in the jungle, waiting for a duelist with a mustache."
Sushi MPA Sushi Icon.png "Always near Sushi Cliff (in the water)." "Has a sharp tongue and even sharper teeth. Hates crooks."
Thwomp MPA Thwomp Icon.png "Lives alone in the Thwomp House." "He looks mean, but he's really just lonely. He wants friends!"
Toady MPA Toady Icon.png "Lives in Mushroom Condo." "Heads up the popular rap act "Kamek Crew.""
Ukiki MPA Ukiki Icon.png "Lives in Ukiki House with his niece." "A kind soul who loves kids and all kinds of baked goods."
Whomp MPA Whomp Icon.png "A "power" duelist lurking in Duel Tower." "Based on power alone, he's even stronger than Mouser himself!"

Antagonists[edit]

Bowser Blue Koopa Kid Green Koopa Kid Red Koopa Kid
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The main antagonist who roams in Shroom City stealing Minigames and Gaddgets.
Appears in various minigames, attempting to hinder progress.

Game Modes[edit]

Shroom City[edit]

The main mode in the game, as well as the only one that is playable once the game is started. The player can take control of Mario, Luigi, Peach, or Yoshi and travel around Shroom City, beating the quests and collecting minigames and Gaddgets to play in the other modes.

Play Land[edit]

Play Land, hosted by Toad and E. Gadd, is a free play mode, in which the player can either play the minigames they have earned, give minigames to others, play with Gaddgets, or give away Gaddgets.

Party Land[edit]

Party Land, hosted by Toad and Toadette, is a mode in which multiple players can play duel minigames, a secret battle, a Koopa Kid battle, a 100-player battle, or a 100-player attack.

Challenge Land[edit]

Challenge Land, hosted by Toadette, is a mode in which players can play minigames to earn coins. In Challenge Land, there is a Mini-Game Attack, the Game Room, a Duel Dash, Bowser Land, and an option to trade coins for Gaddgets.

Mini-Game Attack[edit]

The player selects one of the four characters, and meets the host, Toad. Here, the player will play through fifteen mini-games in order to win coins. After Toad explains everything, a list of three minigames will appear, and the player can pick which one they think they can win. The minigames also appear as they would in Free Play, but with winning conditions. If a player loses a minigame, they will lose everything they accumulated up to this point. If they win five games, they can win 1,000 coins, ten games results in 10,000 coins, and 100,000 coins for all fifteen games. During the attack, they can either keep their total, or use their special items to help. There are three special items, Switch, Replay, and Practice. Replay allows the player to play the games that they completed again, Switch changes three current games with three new ones, and Practice allows the player to try a game before playing it for real.

Game Room[edit]

Here, the player selects a character and enters a casino-style room and play gamble mini-games as much as they want to earn coins. If the player has no coins, Toad will give them ten coins.

Duel Dash[edit]

In Duel Dash, which is hosted by Toadette, the player will compete against a computer to win coins. There are three modes: easy to win 1,000 coins; normal to win 10,000 coins, and hard to win 100,000 coins. In easy, the players play three mini-games, in normal, five, and in hard, eight. The mini-games are decided at random.

Bowser Land[edit]

In Bowser Land, the player is trying to reach co-hosts Bowser and Koopa Kid to earn coins, while also playing Bowser mini-games. The game and number of Koopa Kids are chosen at random. To reach Bowser, the player rides on a roller coaster, the number of areas being picked randomly. Each stop at a checkpoint counts as one space, and stopping at one results in playing a Bowser mini-game. During the game, however, if Bowser feels the player is taking too long in reaching him, he will end the game himself. If the player arrives at the end of the track at a time Bowser considers too late or early, the amount of coins won will be low.

Quests[edit]

The following is a list of all quests in Mario Party Advance. Once the player successfully completes a quest, he or she will earn a Gaddget.

Town Quests[edit]

Quest Title Quest Location Quest Type Client(s) Quest Description Answer
Find the Password Bob-omb Avenue Bomb Bob-omb The player must find the password to join the Bob-omb gang in order to receive a Gaddget. The password is "Baboom!"
Flowers Are a Blast! Bob-omba Bomb Bob-omba The player must find a flower in the desert to give to Bob-omba. Selecting the Piranha Plant on the map
Chomper Stomper Chain Chomp Duel Chain Chomp The player must play and win the duel mini-game, Chain Saw.
Kind Goomba Goomba House Item Search Goomba The player must buy a train ticket and give it to the Goomba.
Accessorize! Goombob Manor Love Goombob The player must find a seashell and give it to Goombob to give to his girlfriend, Goombetty. The shell is found on Sandy Beach
Hey, UFO! Mushroom Condo (Roof) Adventure Mr. E The player must help a Fly Guy summon a UFO for Mr. E's investigation.
Hearts A-Flutter Mushroom Condo (3rd Floor) Love Flutter The player must go to somebody and share Flutter's feelings for him. The player must go to Mr. I.
Kamek Krew Live! Mushroom Condo (2nd Floor) Item Search Kamek Krew The player must find a stadium for the Kamek Crew to perform at. The player must talk to the Buliet Bill at Mushroom Stadium.
Big Boss Bob-omb Mushroom Condo (Basement) Bomb Big Bob-omb After finding Big Bob-omb's hidden basement hideout, the player must hit a higher number than Big Bob-omb on the dice blocks three times to win. The hideout is found by clicking the blank space on floor list.
Weeping Thwomp Thwomp House Mystery Thwomp The player must solve the mystery as to who robbed Thwomp. No robbery occurred because the door is too small for Thwomp to leave the house.
Probably a Robbery? Town Koopa Bank Mystery Koopa The player must solve the mystery as to who robbed the Town Bank. Paratroopa
Winners Keepers Town Game Room A Gambling Monty Mole The player must win the mini-game in order to break Monty Mole's losing streak. Scratch 'Em
Losing Streak Town Game Room B Gambling Amp The player must win the mini-game in order to break Amp's losing streak. The player must win "Match 'Em".
Locomotionless Train Station Item Search Shy Guy The player must find coal in order to make Shy Guy's locomotive mobile once more. The player must go to vending machines on the map.

Desert Quests[edit]

Quest Title Quest Location Quest Type Client(s) Quest Description Answer
Treasure of Mystery! Klepto Ruins Adventure Klepto The player must solve the code to Klepto's treasure chest. 4444
Hammerama Mushroom Field Sport Hammer Bro. The player must beat the Hammer Bro's hammer-swinging record.
A Speeding Bill Mushroom Stadium Sport Bullet Bill The player must reach the finish line before the Bullet Bill.
Mysterious Riddles Pokey Desert Item Search Pokey The player must answer Pokey's riddles correctly. Mario, Bowser, Luigi
Game Mage The Hammer Gambling Kamek The player must win the gambling game Pair 'Em by earning at least 31 coins. To go to Kamek and his pyramid, The player must select the hammer on the map. The player must swing the hammer by pressing the A Button repeatedly. The player will then go flying over to the Pyramid.

Seaside Quests[edit]

Quest Title Quest Location Quest Type Client(s) Quest Description Answer
Duel Tower, 1F Duel Tower Duel Whomp The player must win the mini-game (Stair Scare) to advance to the second floor.
Duel Tower, 2F Duel Tower Duel Salvo the Slime The player must win the mini-game (Volleybomb) to advance to the third floor.
Duel Tower, 3F Duel Tower Duel Mouser The player must win the mini-game (Chicken!) to complete the Duel Tower.
What's That Line? Lakitu House Toad Force V Lakitu The player must discover the quote from episode 28 that Lakitu has forgotten. "I'm an Iron Shroom!"
Blooper Battle Mushroom Beacon Duel Blooper The player must win the mini-game Hammergeddon.
Mathemagician! Mushroom Library Item Search Mecha-Koopa The player must correctly answer Mecha-Koopa's math questions. 990, 100, 0
Swimmin' Wimp Mushroom Pool Sport Cheep Cheep, Coach The player must convincingly let the Cheep Cheep win the swimming race, BUT MUST make the loss look natural. That means NO letting him win. Make it close!
Comedy Bomb Mario Vaudeville Item Search Dolphin The player must laugh at the appropriate times to restore the Dolphin's comedic self-confidence.
Sploosh! Sushi Cliff Mystery Sushi The player must figure out who pulled Shroomlock off of the cliff. Blooper

Horror Quests[edit]

Quest Title Quest Location Quest Type Client(s) Quest Description Answer
True-Blue Boo Boo Cemetery Mystery Boo The player must discover which Boo is an impostor in order to find out who stole the Golden Boo Statue. The Boo who acts different is the impostor. It's actually a Koopa Kid.
Condo of Mystery! Horror Condo (2F) Adventure Snifit The player must make the condo haunted by convincing the Boo Cemetery Boos to.
DVD for Me Horror Condo (1F) Toad Force V Ninji The player must collect a Toad Force V DVD to give to Ninji. Mushbert
Nerd Force V Horror Condo (Basement) Toad Force V Lantern Ghost The player must collect a Toad Force V figurine to prove that he or she is a true fan of the show. Junk, the Item Shop
Love That Princess! Mr. I Love Mr. I The player must play as Princess Peach and visit Mr. I.

Snow Quests[edit]

Quest Title Quest Location Quest Type Client(s) Quest Description Answer
Engaging Game Ice Game Room Gambling Penguin The player must win the mini-game so that Penguin can buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend, Pengwen. Drop 'em
Cool as Ice Ice Stadium Sport Mr. Blizzard The player must hit a home run.

Forest Quests[edit]

Quest Title Quest Location Quest Type Client(s) Quest Description Answer
Jungle Jive Dance Stage Sport Hulu The player must press the buttons displayed in sync with the music to dance correctly.
Debt's a Hoot Jungle Game Hut Gambling Hoot The player must win the mini-game to break Hoot's losing streak. Stop 'em
Dino of Mystery! Loch Dorrie Adventure Dorrie The player must visit Dorrie while playing as Yoshi.
Blossom of My Heart Petal House Love Petal Guy The player must deliver Petal Guy's poem of love to his secret crush. Flutter
Mustached Hero! Spear Thicket Duel Spear Guy The player must win the duel mini-game while playing as either Mario or Luigi.
Monkeynapping!? Ukiki House Mystery Akiki The player must find out where the mayoral Ukiki has disappeared to. Loch Dorrie

Bowser Quests[edit]

Quest Title Quest Location Quest Type Quest Completion Required to Enter Quest Description Answer
Goal Tenderizer Blue Pipe/Bowser Stadium Sport 3 The player must successfully shoot 3 goals past Bowser at a game of soccer; the player must then win a mini-game (Splatterball). All shots middle
Chillin' Villain Light Blue Pipe/Mt. Frostbite Adventure 10 The player must answer Bowser's jokes correctly; the player must then win a mini-game (Crushed Ice). A boa tie, See you next fall, Wait til tomorrow
Bowser: Accused! Red Pipe/Bowser Mansion Mystery 15 The player must solve the mystery as to whether or not Bowser stole the museum's paintings; the player must then win a mini-game (Mush Rush). Mansion
Bowser's Toys Yellow Pipe/Bowser Toy Shop Toad Force V 20 The player must answer all of Bowser's questions correctly; the player must then win a mini-game (Slammer). Answers from Mushbert
Boss Bowser Black Pipe/Bowser Hideout Bomb 25 The player must win Bowser's game of luck; the player must then win a mini-game (Koopa Kappa).
Bestest Buds Pink Pipe/Bowser Pad Love 30 The player must buy Bowser a gift; the player must then win a mini-game (Peek-n-Sneak). Ring
Game King Orange Pipe/Bowser Game Hall Gambling 35 The player player must win Bowser's gambling game. Watch 'Em
Bowserstein! Purple Pipe/Bowser Lab Duel 40 The player must duel the Naval Piranha by winning a mini-game (Koopa Kurl). Don't call for the VERY scary instead of scary, or Huffin Puffin will walk by. Bowser will be so surprised that he'll tell whoever came to come back and choose the scary one.
Final Showdown Bowser Gate N/A 49 The player must win the mini-game (Trap Floor).

Minigames[edit]

Main article: List of minigames in Mario Party Advance

Bonus Board[edit]

The Bonus Board

The Bonus Board is an extra feature added to the main game. It is also the only way to play a multiplayer game. The Bonus Board is a board made of paper which comes packaged with the game. The Game Boy Advance acts as the dice and can be used to play multiplayer Gaddgets.

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Mario Party Advance staff

Reception[edit]

The game's logo.

Mario Party Advance received mixed reviews. It was given a 6/10 rating from IGN[3]. The IGN review states that the game "features a whole slew of different things to do and play, but it all seems just a bit uncreative for the first outing on the handheld system." The review also states that "there's so much text in the game because each task features a character with the gift of gab, and if you fail the task by running out of dice rolls, you have to sit through all that text again and again until you get it right." The review also complains how no mini-games "ever really reach that "wow, that was fun!" level" and how the concept of the mini-games is unoriginal. The reviewer praises "the game's not all that bad, with a nice assortment of basic one-off challenges that can be played at any time".

The game received a 6.5/10 rating from GameSpot[4]. The review states that the game has "hundreds of minigames". "The story mode offers unique method of unlockables". There are also "hilarious integrations of Mario characters and settings". However, the game is criticized for having a lack of multiplayer modes and that multiplayer minigames required players to take turns. The reviewer also complains about how "graphics and audio are rather plain".

The game received a 1/10 rating from EuroGamer[5]. The reviewer lambasted the game for being bland and uncreative.

This game appeared in Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2014 as the least selling Mario game.

Gallery[edit]

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

Beta elements[edit]

Main article: List of Mario Party Advance beta elements

Trivia[edit]

  • Most of the minigame themes in this game were from Mario Party 3 and Mario Party 4.
    • In addition, the passport theme from this game was a cover of the main menu theme from Mario Party 4.
  • This is the only game in the entire Mario Party spin-off series not to feature Wario and the first Mario Party game not to feature Donkey Kong. It is also the only post-Mario Party 3 game not to feature Princess Daisy or Waluigi, as well as the only Mario Party game after Mario Party 4 not to feature Toad as a playable character, making Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi the only four playable characters to appear in all of the Mario Party spin-off games (excluding Mario Party-e, then only two characters (Mario and Yoshi) are playable in every game, as the other two (Luigi and Princess Peach) are not playable).

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://mariopartylegacy.com/mariopartyadvance
  2. ^ http://mariopartylegacy.com/mariopartyadvance
  3. ^ http://gameboy.ign.com/articles/599/599175p1.html
  4. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/gba/puzzle/mariopartyadvance/review.html
  5. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/r_mariopartyadvance_gba

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