Bonus Star

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Not to be confused with Goal Star.
“You may have chased Stars earlier! But these Bonus Stars come to you! Each counts toward your Star total!”
MC Ballyhoo, Mario Party 8
Wario receiving a Bonus Star in Pirate Land

Bonus Stars are Stars that are given out at the end of a Battle Royal map in every Mario Party game except Mario Party Advance and Mario Party: Island Tour. They are last-minute bonuses given to players (or teams) who have excelled in a particular field of gameplay during the game itself. So to say, the player who appears to be in first place at the end of the final turn may ultimately lose if an opponent receives enough Bonus Stars to surpass them.

Although Bonus Stars are usually optional, one must play with them during Mario Party, the Story Modes of Mario Party 3, Mario Party 4, Mario Party 9, and during Mario Party Mode in Mario Party 10. Most Mario Party games had three Bonus Stars to be handed out, and while they remained the same for the first six games, later games have mixed things up a fair bit. Starting with Mario Party 7, games have had six potential Bonus Stars that could be awarded, although only three would ever be chosen, and it was random as to which ones would get picked.

In the event of a tie for a Bonus Star, both, three, or all four players would receive one. In Battle Royale and Tag Team Mode, no one would get a Star in the event of a tie. The same goes for Duel Mode in Mario Party DS.

Up until Mario Party 4, Bonus Stars were identical in appearance to standard Stars. However, starting with Mario Party 5, each Bonus Star was given a unique look, with its own color and emblem on it.

In Mario Party 10, only two Bonus Stars are awarded, mostly because there are only five types of Bonus Stars rather than six. In Mario Party: Star Rush, this was changed back to three. However, in Super Mario Party and Mario Party Superstars, it was once again changed to two, but three Bonus Stars are given if the game lasts 20 turns in Super Mario Party only, or 30 turns in both Super Mario Party and Mario Party Superstars. In addition, Mario Party Superstars also added the option to have only the three classic Bonus Stars (the Rich, Minigame, and Eventful Stars) to be handed out at the end of the game, similarly to the first five Mario Party installments. This option always has these three stars given out regardless of turn number.

Introduced in Mario Party[edit]

Coin Star[edit]

This Bonus Star first appeared in Mario Party and appeared in every subsequent game up to Mario Party 5, returning in Super Mario Party as the Rich Star. It is awarded to whomever held the greatest number of coins at any time during gameplay.

Happening Star[edit]

Also known as the Event Star, Green Star or ? Star, the Happening Star has appeared in every Mario Party game until Mario Party 9, returning in Super Mario Party as the Eventful Star. It is awarded to whomever landed on the most ? Spaces during gameplay.

Mini-Game Star[edit]

This Bonus Star has appeared in every Mario Party game to date. It is awarded to whomever collected the greatest amount of coins or Mini Stars in every minigame altogether. Coins won from Battle (pre-Mario Party 5), Duel, Game Guy and Donkey Kong mini-games are not accounted for. In Mario Party DS, the number of minigame wins is counted instead.

Introduced in Mario Party 6[edit]

Orb Star[edit]

Appearing in Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 7, this star is given out to whomever used the most Orbs during gameplay. It replaces the Coin Star in Mario Party 6 but not 7.

Introduced in Mario Party 7[edit]

Red Star[edit]

This Bonus Star appears in Mario Party 7, Mario Party 8 and Super Mario Party. It is given to whomever landed on the most Red Spaces during gameplay.

Running Star[edit]

So far, this Bonus Star has appeared in Mario Party 7, Mario Party 8 and Mario Party DS, and returns in Super Mario Party as the Sightseer star. It is given to whomever moved the most spaces altogether by rolling the Dice Block.

Shopping Star[edit]

This Bonus Star appeared in both Mario Party 7 and 8. It is given to whoever spent the greatest amount of coins at Orb Huts and Candy Shops.

Introduced in Mario Party 8[edit]

Candy Star[edit]

Appearing only in Mario Party 8, this Bonus Star is given to whomever ate the most Candies during gameplay. It essentially serves the same purpose as the Orb Star.

Introduced in Mario Party DS[edit]

Friendship Star[edit]

Appearing only in Mario Party DS, this Bonus Star is given to whomever landed on the most Friend Spaces during gameplay.

Hex Star[edit]

Appearing only in Mario Party DS, this Bonus Star is given to whoever threw the most Hexes.

Item Star[edit]

Appearing in Mario Party DS, Mario Party: Star Rush, and Super Mario Party, this Bonus Star is given to whomever used the most items throughout the course of the game. It essentially serves the same purpose as the Candy and Orb Stars.

Introduced in Mario Party 9[edit]

These stars, with the new coinless and starless mechanic of Mario Party 9, give the player five Mini Stars (or ten Bananas on DK's Jungle Ruins).

Dice Block Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to whomever used the most Special Dice Blocks throughout the course of the game.

Far Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to whomever had the highest total from hitting dice blocks throughout the course of the game. (This is similar to the Running Star, but has a description to fit the new vehicular movement mechanic).

Minus Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to whomever hit the most Mini Ztars (or Z-Bananas, in DK's Jungle Ruins) throughout the course of the game.

Slow Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to whomever rolled the lowest dice block total throughout the course of the game.

Spin Star[edit]

Appearing only in Mario Party 9, this Bonus Star is given to whomever landed on the most Spin Spaces throughout the course of the game.

Introduced in Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Bonus Stars are exclusive to the Balloon Bash mode of the game, as in the regular Toad Scramble, they are called "Bonuses" instead and players receive coins if rewarded with a bonus.

Balloon Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to whoever popped the most Balloons.

Sightseer Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to whoever has moved the most on the board. This star also appears in Super Mario Party.

Slowpoke Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to whoever has moved the least on the board. This star also appears in Super Mario Party.

Champion Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to whoever is the "undeniable minigame champion". This likely means winning every single minigame in a round or winning the most out of everyone.

Introduced in Super Mario Party[edit]

Ally Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to the player who collects the most allies in a game.

Buddy Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to the player who has collected a randomly selected buddy. The game determines the "lucky" buddy when determining which Bonus Stars will appear for the game. This Star is similar to the "Lucky Ally Bonus" seen in Mario Party: Star Rush.

Doormat Star[edit]

This Bonus Star only appears in Partner Party mode. It is given to the player who is stomped on the most times by other players. This happen when another player moves through their space.

Stompy Star[edit]

This Bonus Star only appears in Partner Party mode. It is given to the player who stomps on other players the most times. This happen when the player moves through another player's space.

Unlucky Star[edit]

This Bonus Star only appears in Mario Party mode. It is given to the player who landed on the most Red Spaces, Bad Luck Spaces, and Extra Bad Luck Spaces.

Introduced in Mario Party Superstars[edit]

Bowser Space Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is given to the player that landed on the most Bowser Spaces.

Rich Star[edit]

This Bonus Star is awarded to the player who collected the most coins total throughout the game, including coins spent and stolen from them. Unlike the Coin Star in previous installments, it does not matter who held the greatest number of coins in their wallet at any given time.

Names in other languages[edit]

Bonus Star[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボーナススター
Bōnasu sutā
Bonus Star

Coin Star[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コインスター
Koin sutā
Coin Star

Happening Star[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハプニングスター
Hapuningu sutā
Happening Star

Mini-Game Star[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ミニゲームスター
Minigēmu sutā
Mini-Game Star