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Mario Party 6
MP6 Cover.jpg
US box art.
Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Nintendo SPD Group No.4
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube
Release date Japan November 18, 2004
USA December 6, 2004
Europe March 18, 2005
Australia September 15, 2005
Genre Party
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 CD icon.png Optical disc

Mario Party 6 is the sixth title in the Mario Party series made for the Nintendo GameCube and the third installment for that console. As the series's namesake, the game is a party game that features various Mario characters navigating through a digital boards using Dice Blocks. This game is developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo. The game is the first in the series that features an installment of voice controlled mini-games using a packaged microphone, where an all new Mic Mode is designed specifically for microphone use; the microphone would later be reused in the next console installment, Mario Party 7. Additionally, Mario Party 6 supports the Nintendo GameCube's progressive scan mode.

The main focus of this game is collecting Stars to stop the conflict going on with the sun and the moon to fill the Star Bank; as a result, a day and night system as been implemented for the boards and most mini-games, a concept first introduced in Horror Land in Mario Party 2. As other Mario Party games, up to four players can participate in board gameplay and mini-games, where they can battle free-for-all or team up against each other. Mario Party 6 requires 5 blocks on the Memory Card to save the game, and up to three game files can be saved on the Memory Card.


Story from Instruction Booklet

Brighton and Twila – the sun and the moon – watch over Mario Party World from the sky and host the best parties. The two celestial party animals have always been good friends. That is, until the day Brighton asked Twila, "Who's more impressive, you or me?"

Brighton and Twila argued furiously over who was more popular and impressive. The sky thundered with the fury of their cataclysmic squabble!

Mario and his party-hearty friends tried to get them to make up, but nothing they said could settle their spat in the sky. That's when Mario came up with a brilliant plan to harness the power of the Stars to end the feud!

They decided to throw a massive Mario Party to collect Stars and fill the great Star Bank! Determined to end Brighton and Twila's feud, they started partying right away.

...But will the power of the Stars be enough to end the furious feud?
The opening sequence to Mario Party 6.

Brighton and Twila, the hosts of Mario Party 6, have watched over Mario Party World from the sky. Despite their close friendship, one day, Brighton asks Twila which of the duo is better. An argument then breaks out between him and Twila, and because it causes major disruption, Mario and friends attempt to calm them down. When they are unable to do so, Mario decides to throw a Mario Party to collect and harness the power of the Stars to fill the Star Bank.

By collecting Stars, Mario and friends are able to obtain pages to the Miracle Book. After the Miracle Book is filled out, Brighton and Twila see the Star Bank, filled with Stars. Noting how hard Mario and friends had worked to obtain the Stars, Brighton and Twila apologize to them for the hassle their quarrel had caused, and make up. To show their appreciation for the effort, the hosts send the Stars flying into the sky. The ending goes on to state that Brighton and Twila "watched over Mario Party world until the end of time," and that "everyone got back to partying as usual." The words "Party On!" then appear on the screen.


Wario about to hit a Dice Block.

Mario Party 6, as with previous installments of the Mario Party series, plays as an interactive board game, where up to four players take turns rolling Dice Blocks with numbers 1-10, the number indicating how far they can travel. The goal of the game is to earn coins to buy the Stars, which are dependent on the board's rules. In the beginning of every game, players are introduced to the board, where they are asked to hear about the board and any unique quirks it may have. The game then determines the order the players go, by hitting Dice Blocks, where higher numbers mean players go sooner. At the beginning of every game, players receive 10 coins to start with. During board gameplay, players can obtain various items called Orbs, very alike to Mario Party 5's capsules, from either purchasing them from Orb Huts, passing Orb Spaces, or winning them by landing on ? Spaces to help themselves and/or hurt the other players. At the end of every turn, a mini-game is played, where the type of mini-game is determined by what color the space the players have landed on. All mini-games have their own controls and objectives, which are outlined prior to playing them. Winning players receive 10 coins from mini-games; however, certain types of mini-games such as bonus mini-games offer different prizes. After the mini-game is completed, the game is saved, and players return to the board to once again move around in. Various mini-games have special conditions to play in them: Battle mini-games occur at random, where number of coins are placed at stake where higher scoring players earn more coins; players also vote for minigames rather than have a roulette decide for them, Duel mini-games occur when players either land on Duel Spaces or land on the same space in the last five turns, and DK and Bowser mini-games can be played when players land on the characters' respective spaces.

The Last Five Turns Event

When the last five turns has reached, a Last Five Turns Event commences, hosted with either Brighton or Twila depending on the time of the day. The current standings are tallied up, and the host brings in the fourth place player to spin the bonus wheel, which has many various effects, some greatly helping the last player. Another consequence is that players automatically duel each other if they land in the same space. After the last turn, the stats are tallied up once more, and Brighton and Twila give out bonus stars which are rewarded when players complete certain tasks. The player who has the most Stars wins the game, with coins serving as a tiebreaker; if the coin amount is also a tie, the winner is determined by a Dice Block. After the results, players can view various stats of each player, such as how many times the player has landed on certain spaces and line graphs depicting coin and star amounts throughout the game.

Statistics revealed after the final results.

One new mechanic introduced to the Mario Party series is the time of the day. In multiplayer boards, the game always starts out at daylight, hosted by Brighton. Indicated by a meter by the beginning of every turn and by the pause menu, players can see how many turns the day time has left. After the third time, day changes to night, which also lasts three turns. During the change, the board alters to reflect the setting of the day, while also introducing various gameplay changes depending on the board, indicated by small cutscenes. In this time period, Twila becomes the host. When three turns pass, the night changes to day once again, and the cycle repeats.

After every session of either winning games or playing mini-games, Stars are rewarded, which are stored in the Star Bank. These stars can be used to buy various items of interest. Players can complete the overall game when they buy the Miracle Book and all individual pages.

Game modes[edit]

The main menu of the game.

At the main menu screen, players can select different modes, represented by the objects placed on the screen. Modes on the left side are hosted by Brighton, modes on the right are hosted by Twila, and modes in the center are hosted by both. When players have a microphone attached, with the microphone settings enabled, players can say names of characters to make them react depending on what the player has said.

Party Mode[edit]

Brighton and Twila greeting players in Party Mode.

Represented by a house, Party Mode is the main mode of Mario Party 6, and it is hosted by both Brighton and Twila. Up to four players can play in this mode. The mode uses the regular Mario Party rules while playing; players win by collecting the most Stars in the game.

When players are taken inside the house, Brighton and Twila ask players for a tutorial on how to play the mode. Then, players can adjust several settings before choosing their character. The settings are as follows:

  • Battle Royale or Team Battle: Players can either pit against each other or form teams of two against each other. When players are teamed up, team one is represented by the sun while team two is represented by the moon. Teammates share Orbs, coins, Stars, and cannot be affected by each others traps; however, Chain Chomps in Snowflake Lake can still use up a teammate's Snack Orb, despite being on the same team. 1-Vs-3 mini-games do not appear in this mode.
  • Number of Turns: Players can set the number of turns in a game ranging from ten to fifty in five-turn increments.
  • Bonus Stars: Players can toggle Bonus Stars on and off. If they are on, three Bonus Stars are rewarded at the end of the match. If not, players do not receive Bonus Stars. The Bonus Stars available are the following:
    • Mini-Game Star: Most coins earned in mini-games.
    • Orb Star: Most Orbs used.
    • Event Star: Most ? Spaces landed on.
  • Mini-game sets: Players can decide if they can play with all mini-games or with pre-determined set to play with in accordance to their categories. The following options are all, easy, action, hard, or weird mini-games.

After players select from the available boards, choose their characters (computer characters can have their difficulty adjusted, from weak, normal, hard, and the unlockable brutal difficulties) and select a team, if Team Battle mode is enabled, players can set a handicap of giving players up to nine Stars to start with to give them an advantage. Once that is finished, players begin the game.

During the game, players can access the pause menu by pressing START/PAUSE Button. At the main pause menu screen, players can view how many turns there are left, what time of the day it is and how many turns it will take to change the time of the day. Players can access more options in the pause menu, with the following settings available:

  • Player Control: Players can change the control settings for each player. They can change the players into computers or vice-versa and change the computer player's difficulty setting.
  • Mini-game Explanation Screen: Players can either view or automatically skip the mini-game explanation screen.
  • CPU Duel Mini-games: Players can either view or automatically skip Duel Mini-games between two CPU players.
  • Mini-game Sets: Players can change the mini-game set played, from all, easy, hard, action, or weird games.
  • Rumble Feature: Players can turn controller rumbling on or off.
  • Message Speed: Players can toggle the speed of the messages being displayed, from slow, medium, or fast.
  • Mic: Players can turn the mic on or off. If the settings are turned on, Mic Mini-games will appear in the game.
  • Quit: This quits the game. If the game is saved, players can resume the game from the last turn played.

Solo Mode[edit]

It has been requested that this section be rewritten and expanded. Reason: Needs a list of Solo Mode bonuses (tagged on May 8th, 2017).

Brighton introducing players to Solo Mode.
Mario playing in Gusty Gulch in Solo Mode.

Represented by a boat, Solo Mode is a game mode hosted by Brighton. It is for one player only, and it has the character playing minigames against the Koopa Kids. The turn limit on these boards is set to 50 turns, although it is impossible to check this when playing the mode. There is also a change in the game's Solo Mode: players can roll a Dice Block that shows numbers only from 1-6 rather than the usual 1-10.

The spaces on Solo Mode are different than those in normal modes of play. There are spaces for 4-player, 2-vs-2 (these are played teamed up with a CPU partner of the player's choice; but it can't be the same character as the player's), 1-vs-3 (the human is always the 1 player against 3), Battle, and Duel Mini-games. There are also Bowser spaces, which feature (normally 1-vs-3) games played against the Koopa Kids where all the players' coins are lost if they lose; ? spaces, which cause an event to happen; and the goals which are Rare Mini-Game spaces.

Landing on one of these Rare Mini-Game spaces concludes the game and grants players one of the Rare Mini-games: Dunk Bros., Lab Brats, or Block Star. Seer Terror must be bought from the Star Bank. If the player goes past the Rare space, then the collected items are lost, and the game ends. Players can avert this by selecting to "Call it Quits" and keep everything they have earned so far; however, this ends the mode.

Only two of the game's Orbs appear in this mode. One is the Sluggish 'Shroom Orb, which slows down the Dice Block so players can easily hit the number they want. The other is the Cursed Mushroom Orb, which makes the Dice Block only roll one through three. This can prevent players from walking past the Rare Mini-Game space.

At the end of the mode, players receive any mini-games that are played during the mode if they are not unlocked previously. In addition, they receive bonuses at the end of the game for meeting certain criteria, such as playing ten mini-games during the game, rolling only even Dice Block numbers, or landing on every space on the board, which are paid out in Coins. The Coins are converted into Stars (one Star for every 20 Coins), which are then transferred to the Star Bank.

Mic Mode[edit]

Brighton introducing players to Mic Mode.

Represented by a castle, and hosted by Brighton, this mode features the new microphone hardware. In order to play this mode, players need to have the microphone enabled, either through using the microphone itself, or using the GameCube controller to emulate commands. Players can adjust settings by accessing the Option Mode. The following three modes are available through the Mic Mode:

  • Speak Up: A quiz show-styled game where players can use the microphone to answer various questions. At least two players are required to play this game.
  • Star Sprint: A single-player game where players use microphone commands to carry a Star to the goal, while they avoid obstacles.
  • Mic Mini-Games: Players can play five special mic mini-games. All mini-games are 1-vs-3 mini-games, where one player uses the microphone, while other players play with controllers. If the mic is turned on in options mode, these mini-games appear in Party Mode, and Solo Mode.

Mini-Game Mode[edit]

Twila, the hostess of Mini-Game Mode.

Represented by an apple tree, Mini-Game Mode is hosted by Twila and stores all mini-games that are unlocked in Party Mode and Solo Mode. Focusing on the mini-games, this mode features six different ways to play them.

Image Modes Description
Mini-gameTour.png Mini-game Tour The Free-Play mode of this game, players hop on the Mini-game Tour Bus (while being driven by Twila) and can play any mini-game they unlocked. Players need to unlock at least one mini-game to play this mode.
BattleBridge.png Battle Bridge Players play a random assortment of a mini-game set to cross a bridge. The players can play with 4 player, 1-Vs-3, or 2-Vs-2 mini-games. Players can set a three, five, or seven mini-game match. Every time a player wins a mini-game, the player crosses the bridge; whichever player or team crosses the other side of the bridge wins the game. To play Battle Bridge, players need to collect at least one 4 Player, one 1-Vs-3, and one 2-Vs-2 mini-game, excluding Mic and Bonus mini-games.
TreetopBingo.png Treetop Bingo The players' goal in this game is to win mini-games to complete rows of spaces on their corresponding Bingo board. Before playing, players need to set the amount of rows required to win the game. Every time a mini-game is won, players can claim a space on the board, which uncovers the other players' spaces on their Bingo boards. Players can occasionally earn lucky turns, which give them the ability to uncover two numbers. If a minigame ends in a tie, Twila decides the winner with a spinner. Players need to unlock at least one 4 Player mini-game to play this game.
MountDuel.png Mount Duel Four players play Duel mini-games in a tournament-style grid to climb and ascend onto a mountain. If players lose, they have to compete for the loser's round of being third instead of fourth. Players need to unlock at least one Duel mini-game to play this game.
DecathlonPark.png Decathlon Park Players play 10, set number of mini-games to compete with overall points. Whoever has the most points at the end wins the game. Decathlon Park high scores are recorded in the Option Mode. To play in Decathlon Park, players need to unlock the following mini-games: Smashdance, What Goes Up..., Circuit Maximus, Snow Whirled, Note to Self, Pokey Punch-out, Sunday Drivers, Throw Me a Bone, Hyper Sniper, and Stamp By Me.
EnduranceAlley.png Endurance Alley A solo game where players play a set of 100 consecutive mini-games in a row for a high score; losing one mini-game ends the game. Players need to unlock it first in the Star Bank, and also have unlocked at least one 4 Player, one 1-Vs-3, one 2-Vs-2, and one Duel mini-game, excluding Mic and Bonus mini-games.

Star Bank[edit]

Main article: Star Bank
The Star Bank.

Represented by a windmill, the Star Bank stores all Stars players have collected during their playthrough of Mario Party 6. Here, they can exchange Stars for various goods, such as playable characters, boards, difficulty settings, secrets, and much more. Both Brighton and Twila host the mode, though Twila is the hostess who gives out descriptions.

Option Mode[edit]

Twila introducing the Option Mode.

Represented by pink and blue flowers, Option Mode is hosted by Twila, who guides players into setting preferences and viewing records. The following settings and records can be toggled and viewed:

  • Mic Settings: Players can toggle the microphone on, off, or by using the controller. When the microphone is toggled on or with the controller, Mic mini-games appear in Party and Solo Modes. While using the controller, players can press the R Button to open up a menu of commands, where they can choose the command they want to use.
  • Rumble Feature: Players can turn controller rumbling on or off.
  • Sound Settings: Players can set the sound setting to stereo, mono, or surround.
  • Mini-games: Players can view which mini-games fall under each category of mini-games.
  • Records: Board records, mini-game records, Solo Mode bonuses, Decathlon Park records, and Endurance Alley records are all stored here.
  • Sounds: Players can listen to the various character sounds and background music of Mario Party 6. Additional sound sets can be bought at the Star Bank.
  • Mic Test: This checks if the Mic is working properly.


Playable characters[edit]

Mario Party 6 has eleven playable characters, all which are usable with no restrictions unlike its predecessor, Mario Party 5. Mario Party 6 is where Toadette (marked with an asterisk) makes her overall debut in the Mario Party franchise, though in order to use her, she has to be unlocked by buying her for thirty Stars in the Star Bank first. Character specific colors are still used (an example being used in the mini-game, Note To Self), but the standard player order colors (red, blue, green, and yellow for players one, two, three, and four respectively) are far more abundant in labeling players than the character specific colors.

Team names[edit]

In addition to returning all playable characters, Mario Party 6 returns team battle from Mario Party 5, as well as the accompanying team names. The following is a table of all possible combinations and team names.

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

Other characters[edit]

These characters appear either as part of the world-building scenery, as Orbs, as NPCs characters interact with in ? Spaces, as obstacles in various mini-games, or various other roles.


Party Mode boards[edit]

There are 6 boards in Party Mode. Some of the boards in Mario Party 6 have different objectives and goals to earn stars.

Image Board Name Description
Towering Treetop Players must move across this large board and try to arrive at randomly placed star first. Once the star has been bought for 20 coins, the star moves to another location. Day and night changes the paths along the board, making them longer or shorter.
E. Gadd's Garage Players must move across this board and try to get to a randomly placed star first. Once the star has been bought for 20 coins, the star moves to another location. There are many gadgets and machines to experiment with in this board. Paths change depending on the time of the day.
Faire Square Players have to move around this board to reach the Star Space. There is only one Star Space that nevers change location, but players can buy up to five stars at a time if they have enough coins. The price of a star is always 20 coins during the day, but the price at night can be 5, 10, 30, or 40 coins, determined by the dice block Twila rolls.
Snowflake Lake All players start with five stars, and then they must pay Chain Chomps coins to ride them and steal stars from other players in the process. When a player reaches a Chain Chomp's house, the player can pay it 20 coins for one dice block during the day and 10 for one dice block, 20 for two, and 30 for three at night to ride it.
Castaway Bay Players must travel across the board to reach the end of the board. At the end of the board is either Donkey Kong or Bowser. If a player reaches the end of the board while Donkey Kong is present, then that player is given the opportunity to buy a star for 20 coins. Donkey Kong then switches positions with Bowser, and if a player reaches the end of the board while Bowser is present, then the player gets a star taken away by Bowser. If the player does not have a star, the player loses 20 coins.
Clockwork Castle (unlockable) This board is can be bought for 100 Stars at the Star Bank. Players have to chase Donkey Kong around the board during the day to buy a star. After all four players have moved, DK rolls a Dice Block (two if he eats a banana) and move that many spaces. If a player catches up to or if DK catches up to a player, then the player can buy a star for 20 coins. At night, DK is replaced by Bowser. The movement on the board is reversed at night, and players need to move away from Bowser. Like DK, Bowser can use two Dice Blocks if he breathes fire. If Bowser catches up to or if a player runs into Bowser, then the player loses a star. If the player does not have a star, Bowser steals 20 coins.

Solo Mode boards[edit]

These are the three Solo Mode boards. They differ mostly in length, but they all have the same objective, which is to land on the Rare space located at the end of the board.

Image Board Name Description
Thirsty Gulch.png Thirsty Gulch Like in all Solo Mode boards, the player has to stop at the Rare space on the end of the board in order to avoid falling into an abyss. ? Spaces in this board causes the player to fall into lower sections of the board, making it longer for the player to advance. This board is a desert theme, and it is the shortest of all Solo Mode boards.
Astro Avenue.png Astro Avenue Like in all Solo Mode boards, the player has to land on the Rare Space at the end of the board in order to avoid riding on the spaceship. ? Spaces in this board causes the player to advance closer to the Rare Minigame Space. This board has a space theme, and it is longer than Thirsty Gulch, and shorter than Infernal Tower.
Infernal Tower.png Infernal Tower Like in all Solo Mode boards, the player has to stop at the Rare Minigame space end of the board in order to avoid getting trapped in Bowser's cage. ? mark spaces causes Chain Chomps to knock the player back to the start of the board. This board has a Bowser theme and it is the longest of all Solo Mode boards.


Party Mode spaces[edit]

Image Space Description
SpaceBlueMP6.png Blue Space When players land on this space, they receive three coins. On the last five turn event, the coins players receive get multiplied by three if the losing player stops the roulette wheel on this event.
SpaceRed.png Red Space When players land on this space, they lose three coins. On the last five turns event, the coins players lose get multiplied by three if the losing player stops the roulette wheel on this event.
SpaceHappening.png ? Space When the player lands on this space, an event happens. The event varies on location and board. The event may help or hinder the player or everyone.
SpaceDuel.png Duel Space When the player lands on this space, the player chooses who to duel with. After the opponent has chosen, the player who lands on this space gets to choose what to put at stake: stars, coins, or a star and 40 coins.
SpaceDonkey.png Donkey Kong Space When the player lands on this space, Donkey Kong appears and causes events such as a mini-game where everyone can collect bananas for coins. The events may help the player or everyone. DK spaces change to Bowser spaces during the night.
SpaceBowser.png Bowser Space When the player lands on this space, Bowser appears and causes a series of events, such as forcing everyone to play a Bowser mini-game that can usually hinder the player who landed on this space or everyone. Bowser spaces change to DK spaces during the day.
SpaceMiracle.png Miracle Space When the player lands on this space, a fortune event happens. Results may vary from giving coins to another player to swapping stars.
SpaceMario6.png Character Space This space is created by players throwing Yellow and Red Orbs into the board. The effect of the space is dependent on the Orb used. Yellow Orbs require players to stop while Red Orbs require players to pass. If the owner lands on this space, 5 coins are earned. Other players can overlap opponent Character Spaces with their own Orbs. The Character Space is represented by a profile of the character who owns the space or a team mark.
SpaceOrb.png Orb Space The player receives a random orb upon passing this space assuming the player is not on the final turn. This space does not count towards the Dice Block roll.
SpaceStar.png Star Space The player has the option of buying a star if the player passes this space. Conditions of obtaining stars differ per board. This space does not count towards the Dice Block roll.
SpaceZtar.png Shadow Star Space Appearing only in Castaway Bay and Clockwork Castle, this space, if passed on, gives players a Shadow Star (aka a Ztar), thus deducting Stars (or Coins if the player does not have any Stars) from the player's amount. This space does not count towards the Dice Block roll.

Solo Mode spaces[edit]

Space Description
4-Player Space.png 4-Player Space Players play a 4-player mini-game.
Space1-Vs-3 MP6.png 1-Vs-3 Space Players play a 1-Vs.-3 mini-game.
SpaceS-Vs-2 MP6.png 2-Vs-2 Space Players play a 2-Vs.-2 mini-game.
SpaceBattle MP6 (NTSC).png Battle Space Players play a Battle mini-game.
SpaceRareMini-Game.png Rare Mini-Game Space Players earn a Rare mini-game by stopping on this space, and it ends the game. It is the last space of any board.
SpaceBowser.png Bowser Space Bowser challenges players to a mini-game. If the players lose, Bowser may steal coins and mini-games earned.
SpaceDuelKoopaKidR-MP6.pngDuel Space-Solo.pngSpaceDuelKoopaKidB-MP6.png Duel Mini-Game Space A Koopa Kid challenges players to a duel mini-game. The color of the space determines the color of the Koopa Kid players will be facing against.
SpaceHappening.png ? Space When players land on this space, an event happens. The event varies on location and board. The event may help or hinder players.


Orbs are items players can either collect on the board or buy. They can be used in many ways to give a player an advantage, such as setting traps on spaces to steal coins from rivals, to hamper a rival's progress, or to quickly obtain stars. Players can toss Red and Yellow Orbs to Blue, Red, or Character Spaces (though not roadblock Character Spaces) only, up to five spaces in front or behind them, and if a Star Space appears on a trap, the trap will be removed.

Green Orbs[edit]

All of these orbs affect the player or the Dice Block when the player uses them.

Image Orb Description Base price at Orb Hut
Orb Mushroom - MP6.png Mushroom Orb "Move with two Dice Blocks." 5 coins
Orb SuperShroom - MP6.png Super 'Shroom Orb "Move with three Dice Blocks." 15 coins
Orb CursedMushroom - MP6.png Cursed Mushroom Orb "The numbers on the Dice Block will be reduced to 1-3." (Solo Mode only) N/A
Orb SluggishShroom - MP6.png Sluggish 'Shroom Orb "The Dice Block will roll slowly." 10 coins
Orb MetalMushroom - MP6.png Metal Mushroom Orb "Encase yourself in metal and move without being harmed by rivals' traps." 10 coins
Bullet Bill Orb.JPG Bullet Bill Orb "Catch a ride on a Bullet Bill and overtake an opponent to steal 20 coins." 20 coins
Orb WarpPipe - MP6.png Warp Pipe Orb "Switch places with whoever the wheel of chance chooses!" 10 coins
Orb Flutter - MP6.png Flutter Orb "Flutter will appear and fly you straight to the Star Space!" 30 coins

Red Orbs[edit]

These Orbs take effect when either the opponent passes or lands on it. The player who lands on it still have the effects of a Blue or Red space. The orb disappears once it has been activated.

Image Orb Description Base price at Orb Hut
Orb Podoboo - MP6.png Podoboo Orb "Any opponent who passes it loses 10 coins." 5 coins
Orb Zap - MP6.png Zap Orb "Any foe who passes it loses five coins for every space he moves past it." 15 coins
Orb Tweester - MP6.png Tweester Orb "Any opponent who passes it will be blown away to another space." 5 coins
Orb Thwomp - MP6.png Thwomp Orb "Any opponent who passes it will get Thwomped and must stop moving." 10 coins
Orb Bob-omb - MP6.png Bob-omb Orb "Any opponent who passes it will go half the spaces they have left to move." 10 coins
Orb KoopaTroopa - MP6.png Koopa Troopa Orb "Switches places with any opponent who passes it." 10 coins

Yellow Orbs[edit]

These orbs have an effect on a player who lands on the space. If the owner lands on the space, they receive five coins. During the Last Five Turn Events, the owner may receive 15 coins if the coin's ×3 roulette was chosen. The orb also stays on the board as long as no one replaces the orb or if a Star Space does not appear on it.

Image Orb Description Base price at Orb Hut
Orb Spiny - MP6.png Spiny Orb "Any opponent who lands on it will lose 10 coins." 5 coins
Orb Goomba - MP6.png Goomba Orb "Any foe who lands on it hits a Dice Block that determines how many coins they give you." 10 coins
Orb PiranhaPlant - MP6.png Piranha Plant Orb "Any opponent who lands on it must give you half of their coins." 15 coins
Orb Klepto - MP6.png Klepto Orb "Any opponent who lands on it will be sent back to the Start Space." 5 coins
Toady Orb.JPG Toady Orb "Take an Orb from any opponent who lands on it." 5 coins
Orb Kamek - MP6.png Kamek Orb "If an opponent lands on it, you get one of the Orbs he has placed on the Board." 10 coins
Orb MrBlizzard - MP6.png Mr. Blizzard Orb "If an opponent lands on it, she'll lose all of her Orbs." 10 coins

Blue Orbs[edit]

These orbs protect the player from attacks such as Boo and Chain Chomp. They can only be found in specific boards such as Snowflake Lake. They cannot be thrown on a space or used. Instead, they are used automatically. They can be disposed at any time if the players chooses to, though.

Image Orb Description Base price at Orb Hut
Orb Snack - MP6.png Snack Orb "Prevents a Chain Chomp from stealing from you one time. Can't be used or placed." 10 coins
Orb Boo-Away - MP6.png Boo-Away Orb "Prevents a Boo from stealing from you one time. Can't be used or placed." 10 coins


Main article: List of Mario Party 6 minigames
Mole-it!, one of the mini-games that has different rules depending on the time of the day.

Mario Party 6 has a total of 82 mini-games, including the Mic mini-games that cannot be accessed in the Mini-Game Mode (instead it is accessible through the Mic Mode). It has more mini-games in total than its previous installments, and it has the second most overall mini-games in the Mario Party series, being tied by Mario Party: Island Tour and beaten by Mario Party 7. As all installments of the Mario Party series, the mini-games have various puns and wordplays as their names. A feature exclusive to Mario Party 6 is that thirty-six mini-games can be played in either day or night. Only a few mini-games have their rules changed depending on the time of the day; most of these changes are simply aesthetic.

Regional differences[edit]

Garden Grab in the Japanese version of the game.
  • Brighton and Twila have voices in the Japanese version of the game.
  • In the German version of the game, the genders of Brighton and Twila are inversed. Brighton is called "Sonnja", which is derived from a female given name and Twila is called "Raimond", which derives from a male given name. This is most likely because in German, the genders for the words sun and moon are inversed, too. The sun has a feminine article while the moon has a masculine article.
  • The mini-game announcer voice is female from the previous two Mario Party installments in the Japanese version of the game.
  • In the Japanese version of the game, the minigame Garden Grab features turnips. It was changed to a carrot in the Western version.
  • Same Is Lame, Trap Ease Artist, Pitifall, and Trick or Tree are not available in the Endurance Alley in the European and Australian versions of the game.
  • The time limit for Fruit Talktail is 72 seconds instead of 60 in the European and Australian versions of the game.
  • In the European and Australian versions of the game, the Battle Spaces have a lightning bolt instead of an upper-case B, somewhat resembling Mario Party 2s incarnation of the Battle Space.


Main article: List of Mario Party 6 staff

Mario Party 6 is developed by Hudson Soft, who was the primary developer for all Mario Party series installments until Mario Party 9, and is published by Nintendo. Shuichiro Nishiya directed the game, who directed the succeeding Mario Party games aside from the handheld Mario Party installments, barring Mario Party: Star Rush. Hironobu Yahata and Shinya Outouge were responsible for the game's soundtrack, who would both later compose Mario Party 7's soundtrack.


Critical reception[edit]

Mario Party 6 received generally positive to mixed reviews from reviewers, receiving a 71 based on 33 reviews in Metacritic[1] and a 73.41% based on 36 reviews on GameRankings.[2] Much criticism is directed at the sheer similarity the game has to the previous Mario Party games, the lackluster single player mode, and the microphone voice recognition functionality. However, reviewers note that the game is fun with multiple players and that Mario Party 6 attempts to shake up the formula by including the microphone and other small new features.

Peer Schneider of IGN has given the game a 7 out of 10.[3] He notes how Mario Party 6 recycles many assets from the previous Mario Party games but has stated, "Mario Party 6 is a really fun multiplayer game when three friends are invited to the party." On a similar note, Ryan Davis of GameSpot has given the game a 6.9 out of 10,[4], also noting that the game is very similar to the rest of the series, but has also said that Mario Party 6 is an accessible multiplayer game to anyone and have a good time. He ended with: "Whether you've worn out your last copy of Mario Party or are just looking for a light, accessible multiplayer experience, number six is a fine pick. Alternately, if you have yet to be charmed by previous Mario Party games, this one isn't likely to change your opinion of the series."

On the slightly higher end, Chris Kohler of 1UP gave Mario Party 6 a 7.5 out of 10.[5] who writes that Mario Party 6 is generally fun, despite the reused formula, and ends by saying that Mario Party 6 is a polished upgrade with solid improvements. At the other end, Eurogamer's Ellie Gibson gave the game a score of 4/10, the lowest of the reviewers for Mario Party 6.[6] She has complained about the game's dialogue, the mini-game titles, the microphone functionality, and the overall tedium of the game. She compared by saying, "All in all, if Mario Party 6 was a real party, it'd be one of those parties where there's nothing to drink but warm Heineken and no one to talk to but people who are having trouble with their boiler and students who've just spent three months in Thailand and want to tell you all about how they got dysentery in Chiang Mai, while a Savage Garden fan hangs round the stereo all night glaring at anyone who tries to suggest an alternative."

Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo GameCube Nintendo Power 3.8/5 "Six boards and four gameplay modes give players plenty of options and hours of non-stop partying."
Nintendo GameCube Peer Schneider, IGN 7/10 "But if you've played the previous two games already and you and your friends are hungry for more, don't think twice. Four-player games are still a blast. You just have to keep your expectations in check and expect more of less."
Nintendo GameCube Ellie Gibson, Eurogamer 4/10 "Offers too much tedium and not nearly enough fun, mic or no mic."
Nintendo GameCube Ryan Davis, GameSpot 6.9/10 "On the surface, Mario Party 6 seems to offer some of the biggest fundamental changes the series has ever seen. But this is really just a fresh coat of paint on an old building. Luckily for us, though, the building's foundation is still pretty strong."
Nintendo GameCube Chris Kohler, 1UP 7.5/10 "The microphone mini-game selection is too small to make Mario Party 6's appeal that much wider. But for those who appreciate sitting down for a long night of Star collecting and raucous behavior, Mario Party 6 is a polished upgrade with solid improvements."
Nintendo GameCube Bryn Williams, GameSpy 4/5 "There's not really all that much new content in Mario Party 6 save for the microphone novelty, but in the end the final product feels more polished and enjoyable than both previous efforts released on the GameCube."
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 71
GameRankings 73.41%


Mario Party 6, from September 14, 2001 to January 30, 2005 sold 483,362 copies in America and 469,014 in Japan, ranking 10th in that time period.[7]


Main article: List of Mario Party 6 quotes
  • "Gwahaha! It's BOWSER TIME! I love bringing awfulness to the party! I think this time it'll be..." -Bowser
  • "The Star is over here! Get there fast to buy it for 20 coins!" -Brighton
  • "I've-a got it! The Stars will help us end their fight! We'll throw a Mario Party to fill the Star Bank!" -Mario
  • "Step into my Orb hut. If it's Orbs you're after, you've come to the right place!" -Koopa Troopa
  • "There are only a few turns left. Let's see how everyone is faring..." -Twila
  • "It'll cost ya 10 coins if yous wants to pass." -Whomp

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of Mario Party 6 pre-release and unused content
An early screenshot of Solo Mode.

Early builds[edit]

The Solo Mode originally used simple colored spaces, as opposed to the 4-Player, 1-Vs-3, and 2-Vs-2 spaces seen in the final game.

Unused data[edit]

An unused Orb called the Barrel Orb with the Orb ID 20 would protect players from dueling for one turn. There are no unique orb graphics and no activation text for this item. Various orbs are used for events, possibly for debugging purposes, but are taken out of the game.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Party 6.

References to other games[edit]

References in later games[edit]

  • Mario Party 7: Several covers of Mario Party 6 music tracks appear in this installment. The main menu music is a slower-paced cover of Castaway Bay's music, the Speak Up tune can be heard when players land on the Mic Space, and the duel theme, Donkey Kong theme and minigame winning theme are remixed versions of the ones in Mario Party 6. Several sound effects are reused as well.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Various artwork from this game have been reused as stickers.
  • Mario Party DS: Block Star returns as one of the puzzle mini-games. Parts of the mini-game's tune can be heard in Mario Party DS's background music, "Think It Out", when playing any puzzle mini-game.
  • Mario Party 9: Several voice clips are recycled in this game.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオパーティー6
Mario Pātī 6
Spanish (NOA) Mario Party 6


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mario Party 6 Metacritic score. Metacritic. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Mario Party 6 GameRankings score. GameRankings. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Schneider, Peer (December 8, 2004). Review of Mario Party 6. IGN. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Davis, Ryan (December 6, 2004). Review of Mario Party 6. GameSpot. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  5. ^ Kohler, Chris (December 8, 2004). Review of Mario Party 6. 1UP. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Gibson, Ellie (December 7, 2004). Review of Mario Party 6. Eurogamer. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  7. ^ Web archive of Biglobe. (February 11, 2005). Biglobe. Retrieved August 22, 2016.