Mini Stars are small, light-colored rainbow stars, introduced in Mario Party 9. They originated from outer space, and are similar to Coins from the first eight Mario Party games, as players will need to collect these items while advancing on the stages. When collected, they add to the current player's Mini Star total.
In the solo mode of Mario Party 9, it is revealed that Bowser and Bowser Jr. have used a vacuum-like machine to suck all the Mini Stars from outer space, to 'put them into good use'. Therefore, Mario and the gang go to rescue the Mini Stars.
The dark counterpart of Mini Stars are Mini Ztars, which have the opposite function of deducting Mini Stars from the player's Mini Star total. When a minigame ends, certain amounts of Mini Stars will be awarded to players in different places. After boss battles, 'Captain Bonuses' are also given to the captain of the current turn. Mini Stars can also be obtained by landing on Mini Star Spaces, commonly found whenever the player lands on a Lucky Space. Captain Events also revolve around the players gaining Mini Stars in the form of special, board-specific events. The most common way to obtain Mini Stars, however, is to simply run into them on the board. On the board, they can be collected in groups of either three, five, or ten.
At the end of each board, Bonus Mini Stars are given to each player. Each of the Bonus Mini Stars give the players 5 Mini Stars.
The entire category of Bonus Mini Stars can be found here.
All Mini Stars that the player collects will be converted into party points when Party Mode is finished. However, if any Mini Stars are used as a handicap, the handicap amount will be deducted from the party point total. Likewise, Mini Stars that are collected in Solo Mode will be converted into party points too, but only after the player completes Bowser Station.
Mini Stars make a return in Mario Party: Island Tour. They appear on Star-Crossed Starway and players have to collect the most to win the board. They can be obtained by passing through Star Stages and winning minigames.
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