Mario Party DS is the eleventh installment in the Mario Party series (thirteenth in Japan), the second for the handheld consoles (the first being Mario Party Advance for the Game Boy Advance, third being Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS and fourth being Mario Party: Star Rush for the Nintendo 3DS), and the only one for the Nintendo DS. This is the last Mario Party game to be developed by Hudson Soft, who was succeeded by Nd Cube in 2012. This Mario Party game is unique for having the characters to be shrunken down to a very small size and competing in a "mega world" for the majority of the game. It includes more than seventy new minigames and five new game boards. Its functions include touch control, microphone control and dual-screen challenges. It is possible for up to four players to play in wireless mode using only one game card.