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Mario Party 10 Review

The clue is in the name, Mario Party 10 is best played with others. Sure you can sit and watch as the CPU has its turn and square's up against you in the numerous mini-games, but by doing so you’ll miss out on the fun you’ll be having and the jibes that you’ll be making at your human opponents.

In Mario Party you are greeted with three game modes. The main draw is the Mario Party mode, which sees four players, be it Human and CPU or all Human, choosing characters and moving around the board in tandem with the roll of a dice. This sees you move around, gathering stars and partaking in random mini-games against each other. It’s a pretty streamlined process which sees you generally complete the game in around 30 minutes each time you play, which makes it perfect for a party style game.

In addition to the mini games which range from 4vs4 to 2vs2 and 3vs1, each board also comes with its own mini-boss and boss battles. There are around 70+ mini games to take part in, which cover all areas such as golf, counting, racing, paint-balling and more. It’s all pretty self explanitory too, with most games making use of the Wii-Mote, which makes it simple and quick to play, even to those uninitiated with video games.

Also included in the game is Bowser Party, which is just like the regular mode except a fifth person can play as Bowser on the GamePad. Here, Bowser chases the rest of the pack, stealing their stars. What’s great about this mode is that Bowser can even interact in the mini-games, with the player using the GamePad to try and win the day. There are only 10 Bowser games in all, which is a shame as it’s quite a fun mode.

One of the biggest bonuses about Mario Party 10 is that it actually makes use of amiibos. Indeed it even has its own game mode for them, allowing you to choose your character and then use them to choose different boards and even to throw your dice. Compatible figures with the game include Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Toad, Rosalina, and Wario. So there’s a good range and if you are a Nintendo fan then chances are that you’ll own at least one of these characters.

Amiibo Party divides the board into four segments and sees you going round the board using your favourite character. If you don’t own the amiibo you can at least still use the character by virtual means (i.e you're given a cardboard cutout style character), although it’s more fun when you get to place the character on and off the gamepad to roll the dice. 

If there’s one problem with Amiibo Party it’s that it feels a little like an add-on, rather than a full blown-out game mode. Other areas of the game feel like they have a lot more too them, but are still not really all that fun unless you are playing with friends or family.

Away from the main modes, Mario Party allows you to take part in a Mini-Game tournament, which is great as it has you to just play the games without having to sit and watch as your characters make their way around a board. There are also other games you can play in this section, such as all of Bowser’s mini-games and Badminton Bash, which certainly helps beef the experience out a bit. There’s even a shop in which you can buy vehicle skins for the main board and in-game music.

Overall, my children seemed to enjoy the game as a whole and have told me that they will definitely be playing it more, which is great (when they are not arguing about which character they want to be or over why it’s not fair that the other one gets to go first). Mario Party 10 may not be for everyone, but if you have a few Wii-Motes sitting about on a boring Sunday afternoon then it’s sure to brighten up your day for a few hours.

Words by Joe Anderson.
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/Xbox LIVE: wotta

(Version Tested: Wii U)


+ Great fun with friends and family
+ Good variety of mini-games
+ Fun in short bursts of play
+ Good amiibo support
+ Ability to play as Bowser


- Mario Party could be more interactive
- No options for game length
- Could be more Bowser games

Edited On 17 Mar, 2015

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Petkel27 2 years ago
There was me thinking that Amiibo support was just for the super mario amiibo range. That now means more £££ for me to cough up now -_- great to now save for those few extra.

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