Mario Party: Ranking the Games

Nintendo’s role in our lives is to make us closer together throughout magic gaming experiences we return to time and time again. Mario Kart retains us rushing throughout the afternoon, and the traditional Mario platformers possess us staff up for epic experiences.

However, while bringing us into the living space to get some family-friendly fun, there’s one franchise which ends more friendships than every other. I’m talking about Mario Party, Naturally! Stepping into a game of Mario Party together with your closest friends is to risk cutting the ties that bind you all together. Okay, so perhaps I am exaggerating, but there’s nothing more irritating than being in last place with Wario while Mario or Yoshi dancing across the stage in victory.

Anyways, in case you have not sworn off this franchise nevertheless, there is a good deal of fun to be consumed. We celebrate the entire series, from its very best trips to its less than leading ones. This is our Mario Party ranking (try not to fight too much in the comments section):

10. Mario Party: Island Tour (Platform: 3DS)

Do not let this scenic sunny island escape fool you: as far as vacations go, the 3DS debut of Mario Party: Island Tour is all about as fun as seeing a mineshaft or a dark cave full of spiders. Not only are the sport boards themselves uninspired, but they also change the Mario Party foundations so much that almost everything is dependent on luck, and that is often such as the link website Even Bowser’s Tower, the long-awaited go back to the single-player variant from the first Mario Party titles, isn’t enough to dig Island Tour out of the luck-based hole it so quickly dug itself .


Mario Party 8 on the Wii should have been a excellent entry to the series on all reports. After all, this was the very first Mario Party game to debut on Nintendo’s shiny new Wii console, and the show had enjoyed good success for a fantastic number of years ahead. Unfortunately, Mario Party 8 just wasn’t all that much pleasure: that many fans attribute to how lots of the new mini-games were extremely luck-based or created a forced use of their Wii Remote’s motion controls. Blooper was also made a playable character for some purpose in this entry, also. So yeah, there’s that.


2005’s Mario Party 7 has been perhaps the very first time the fun-loving series actually began to show its tiredness after all the years. Not only was it that the FOURTH entrance to show up on the Nintendo GameCube, but it also didn’t really produce any noticeable improvements to the overall game formulation or add that lots of memorable mini-games. Even the storyline itself felt like a tiny stretch, as Mario and friends battled onto the deck of a fancy cruise boat. The microphone add-on in Mario Party 6 also made a return , though by that time the novelty had wore away, and it began to feel like a gimmick instead of a new and inventive new method to add a new twist to the game play.


In virtually every way, Mario Party 9 had been an improvement on the disastrous Mario Party 8: it’d enjoyable mini-games, some interesting game modes, and still wasn’t scared to take chances, such as having every participant move together on the game board in a giant connected vehicle. The distinction here is that these changes really WORKED, and they leave us eager to see what the inescapable Mario Party 10 on Wii U will have in store.

6. Mario Party 6 (Platform: GameCube)

As if the old expression”Mario Party ruins friendships” was not already true enough, Mario Party 6 came together and introduced a brand new way to get in fights withto friends and family over stealing one another’s stars: microphone-based mini-games. The series’ final setup about the Nintendo GameCube came with a microphone accessory that gamers could plug right into the match system for some distinctive fresh mini-games (and lots and lots of crying ). Although some people started to feel that Mario Party 6’d drifted too far from the N64 origins, there were still lots of fresh ideas and fun new mini-games to be experienced here.


After Mario Party 4 reignited success on the Nintendo GameCube, 2003’s Mario Party 5 didn’t do much to shift up the formula, but what it did was add more of this fun and gameplay that MP fans all know and adore. Mario Party 5 also watched the string begin to branch away beyond the standard installations of 4-player, 1-vs-3, also 2-vs-2 mini-games, with the debut of”Super Duel Mode,” and a significant emphasis on Bowser and DK bonus matches. But above all else, the game boards and mini-games in this entry were just plain FUN, along with the Dream Depot mechanic let the developers to experiment with some truly whimsical level and art designs.

4. Mario Party 4 (GameCube)

The game still stands among the best Mario Party encounters for one very simple, yet completely important motive: it contained a number of the greatest mini-games that the show had ever seen. While everything else in the game has been considerably topnotch as well, from the colorful and diverse game boards into the simple yet satisfying manner in which you could play themthe mini-games themselves were simply way too fun to handle.


The very one that began it all, the very first Mario Party on the Nintendo 64 is 1 game that lots of players still hold near and dear to their hearts (I can still remember seeing the original commercial for a kid!) . Marking a courageous new terrain for both Mario and friends who would span several years and gambling systems, Mario Party nonetheless stands as a wonderful introduction to the beloved mix of tactical board games and action-based mini-games. And of course, how can we forget about comparing war wounds on the hands of our hands at school after a night of aggressively trying to finish this damn rafting mini-game!


In case you have not guessed it by now, the N64-era of Mario Party games will always be the very best of the series in my mind, along with Mario Party 3 is surely no exception. Not only did the match feature 70 new and fun-filled mini-games, but it also had a whopping 12 different game boards, not to mention exhilarating duel maps which put a unique spin on the standard board game part of the beloved series. Additionally, it featured one of the most memorable Mario Party storylines to date, in which Mario and buddies’ battle from the mustachioed Millennium Star. Mua-ha-ha!

1. Mario Party 2 (Platform: N64)

There seems to always be an ongoing debate among diehard Mario Party fans about which game is the finest in the show: Mario Party two or even Mario Party 3. Of course, this kind of argument can go on forever, as both are amazingly excellent products. At the end however, we had to provide the top trophy to Mario Party 2 for a very excellent reason: the Mini-Game Coaster, a single-player style which let players fight their way through several worlds of mini-games with growing problem. Even the Mini-Game Coaster was just as good as it seems, and it likely would have topped this record in its own even without all the other board game components.