Let’s face it, being a huge fan of video games can be an expensive hobby. Most AAA games launch with a $60 price tag, and in Nintendo’s case, they often hang onto their launch price for years and years to come, unless they land in the Nintendo Selects lineup. Fortunately, retailers will occasionally offer discounts themselves, and right now Walmart is offering solid savings on six popular Nintendo Switch titles.
Right now you can get The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Tennis Aces, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Party, and the Splatoon 2 Starter Pack each for $45, or $15 less than normal. You can also get the latter two at the same price on Amazon. It’s unclear why this deal is happening now, but you know what they say about gift horses. Take advantage of these deals while you can!
When most people discuss Nintendo’s 2018 lineup, the conversation is dominated by Pokémon and Super Smash Bros., and understandably so. But Nintendo had another huge hit on their hands at the end of the year. Super Mario Party launched in October to the best reviews the series has had in decades and strong early sales.
Now that the holiday season is all wrapped up, Nintendo has updated all of its sales totals, and Super Mario Party is still impressing. The fan-favorite friendship killer has sold over 5.3 million copies as of December 31st, 2018. This makes it the third highest-selling Mario Party game of all time (trailing only Mario Party 8 and Mario Party DS) and puts it at number seven on the Switch software sales charts.
Nintendo Switch had an outstanding holiday season thanks to big hits like Pokémon: Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but now it’s a new year. 2019 looks to be a fairly packed release schedule for new Nintendo games, but right now Nintendo’s focusing on evergreen titles to boost sales. A new Switch commercial kicks off their 2019 marketing by showing off Super Mario Party, Super Mario Odyssey, and Switch’s different play styles.
While the Mario Party series has been defining the party game genre for over two decades, even the most famous games can lose themselves to sequelitis. It’s probably for this reason that Nintendo decided to shed the previous numbered installments and rebrand the series as Super Mario Party on Nintendo Switch. And boy does it deliver.
A traditional Mario Party pits one to four players against each other in a digital board game, rolling a single die to move around the board collecting stars, coins, and new in Super Mario Party, ally characters. If you land on an Ally Space, a character is chosen at random from the playable roster, lends you their unique character die to use at any time, and supplements your die roll with rolls of their own. These specialized dice are one of Super Mario Party’s greatest new features; players can weigh the risks and rewards of rolling a standard six-sided die, in addition to their own and their allies’ dice, each of which come with distinct advantages and disadvantages, like the risk of losing coins for the reward of higher rolls.
Every turn of the board game is ended with one of eighty minigames chosen at random, where players compete for coins and bragging rights. It’s what makes Mario Party so much fun, and it’s where the friendly (and not-so-friendly) competition come alive. Players might punch each other in front for the camera, shake gems out of a jar, and pilot planes through an obstacle course.
It’s here that Super Mario Party not only insures itself as intuitive fun for everyone, but locks in Nintendo Switch is a must-own for gamers and casual players alike. Every minigame uses the Switch’s detachable Joy-Con controllers, either in a horizontal position for traditional buttons, or veritcal for Wii-like motion control minigames. No matter the use case, it just works—usually easy enough for Grandma to join in.
Super Mario Party does include a single-player mode called Challenge Road, though it only unlocks after you’ve unlocked every minigame in the multiplayer modes. Besides a fun run through the minigames with a sparse few extra challenges thrown in the mix, it’s little else.
Super Mario Party features perhaps the series’ widest variety of alternate modes. The aforementioned Classic Mode is supplemented by a co-op called Partner Party, where players team up for a two-on-two competition. Both players on each team roll a die, which are then combined into a shared total dice roll. Players are then free to move around the board as an open grid, rather than sticking to Classic Mode’s preset paths. It’s a really great way to play without ruining all your friendships,
If two-player cooperation isn’t enough, everyone can team up in River Survival, a new mode that sends four players careening down a river in an inflatable raft. Players move the controllers to control your oars, working together to steer the boat into balloons that activate unique team-based minigames. While it’s true that most modes are better with human players (and optional drinking game rules), it’s especially apparent in River Survival. WIth friends you can communicate and work together, but when you play with CPUs, it’s easy to feel like you’re carrying the team.
Mariothon pits players against each other in a tournament-style marathon of back-to-back minigames at home or online. Unfortunately its fun is short-lived, as the tournament only lasts five games. This is unfortunately the only mode available to play online.
Other modes include Square-Off, another minigame-based game; Sound Stage, a delightful mode of rhythm-based minigames; and Toad’s Rec Room, a collection of toys and games showing off technical elements of the Switch. The most impressive game you’ll find here use two Nintendo Switches in conjuction with each other to play games that spread across one Switch’s touchscreen to the other’s. They’re fun diversions and great tech demonstrations for concepts to use in future party games, but not much else.
While Super Mario Party’s sheer variety makes it undoubtedly the series’ best in a decade, longtime fans may find each of these modes just a little undercooked. Sound Stage, Toad’s Rec Room, and River Survival only have three, five, and fifteen minigames respectively. Mariothon and the two board game modes share a much larger pool of eighty minigames, but Super Mario Party only has four boards to choose from. They’re all good, reliable fun, but none of them quite satisfied the creative itch of the series’ most memorable locales.
Super Mario Party sheds the series’ last few rounds of sequelitis to deliver a game well worth of the Mario Party name. Whether you’re buying for your kids, throwing a college kickback, or gathering the parents and grandparents around the living room for the Holidays, Super Mario Party is a game you won’t want to forget.
No 8 Our Verdict Super Mario Party Great minigames, intuitive fun for everyone, and more gameplay variety than ever. Most game modes could be fleshed out a little further Top
Last month, Nintendo treated fans to a new Mario Party game on Nintendo Switch, and it debuted to the strongest reviews in 20 years. Super Mario Party requires the use of the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, which means things can get expensive when you want to play with four players. Fortunately, a bundle including the game and some extra Joy-Cons is on the way!
Nintendo previously launched the Super Mario Party bundle in Japan, Europe, and South Korea, and now it’s finally coming to North America. Alongside the popular party game, you’ll get a Neon Green/Neon Yellow Joy-Con pair. This bundle costs $100, but buying the game and controllers individually would run you a total of around $140, so that’s pretty significant savings! This bundle will hit store shelves on November 16th.
The weekly hardware and software numbers from Japan are in, and although the industry as a whole posted unimpressive numbers, it was a solid week for Nintendo. That’s due almost entirely to the success for Super Mario Party on Nintendo Switch. The latest entry in the popular party series is the highest rated in 20 years, and that’s translating into strong sales figures.
Super Mario Party sold 142,868 physical copies in just its first two days on the market in Japan, easily beating out Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (45,166) for the top spot. By comparison, Mario Party 10 debuted at number five with just 50,212 sales. Switch hardware sales saw a slight boost over last week’s numbers, improving by around 3,000 units sold. You can catch the full breakdown below.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
[NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 142,868 (New)
Get ready to ruin your friendships, everyone! In just two days Nintendo unleashes Super Mario Party on the world. The latest entry in the long-running party franchise looks to return to its roots while offering new experiences in the form of additional game modes, like River Survival and the online Mariothon minigame mode. Is it a successful return to form for a series that has struggled in recent years?
In a word: Yes! Super Mario Party currently has a Metacritic aggregate score of 78 based on 29 positive reviews and 9 mixed reviews. Most reviews see it as the Mario Party experience we’ve been waiting for, though some found it a little light on the content, especially when it comes to the number of game boards. Still, those criticisms aren’t enough to stop it from being the highest-rated game in the series in 20 years.
Based on Metacritic rankings (where numerous reviews are collected and averaged together for an overall score), Super Mario Party outscores every game in franchise history except the original, which is currently only ahead by a single point. Compared to the 66 scored by Mario Party 10, Super Mario Party is sitting comfortably at a 78.
You can peruse dozens of reviews to get into the finer details of what people did and did not like by checking out Metacritic.
In just a little over a week Super Mario Party makes its debut on Nintendo Switch. The party game’s review embargo has not yet been lifted in the West, but the first reviews are starting to surface in Japan, beginning with Famitsu. Mega Man 11 also made its Famitsu debut this week, and both games were among the highest-rated titles of the week.
As usual, Famitsu had four different editors review each game and assign it a 1-10 score for a total possible score of 40. Super Mario Party got two scores of 8 and two scores of 9 for a total of 34/40. Meanwhile, Mega Man 11 got even 8 scores across the board for a grand total of 32/40 for the Blue Bomber. You can check out the full list of this week’s Famitsu scores below.
Super Mario Party (NSW) – 8/8/9/9
Mega Man 11 (NSW/PS4/XBO) – 8/8/8/8
Work x Work (NSW) – 8/8/8/8
NBA 2K19 (NSW/XBO/PS4) – 8/8/8/8
Bridge Constructor Portal (NSW/PS4/XBO) – 8/8/7/8
Firewall Zero Hour (PS4) – 7/9/7/8
Behind the Screen (NSW) – 8/7/7/7
Sumikko Gurashi: Atsumare! Sumikko Town (NSW) – 7/8/8/7
Welcome to Switched On!, the new Nintendo-themed podcast from Gamnesia. If you were a fan of our old show, Nintendo Week, you’ll love Switched On! too. In our inaugural episode, Ben, Alex, and Jeff break down all the exciting news from the recent Nintendo Direct, including updates on games like Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and thrilling reveals like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Animal Crossing for Switch. Stick around after the show for an update on the future of this podcast and Gamnesia podcasting in general!
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be listening to your feedback from this first episode in order to make Switched On! a better experience. Consider this first episode a pilot with changes and improvements to come. Once we hit our stride, you can expect Switched On! to become a regular weekly feature. We look forward to sharing more Nintendo fun with all of you going forward. For now, sit back and enjoy episode one!
We’re just over a month away now from the release of Super Mario Party on Nintendo Switch. The upcoming friend-ruining game features classic Mario Party gameplay (no more of this “everyone in the same car” nonsense) alongside new ways to play, like River Survival and the online Mariothon minigame mode. Thanks to a recent Nintendo gameplay demo, we now likely know the full roster as well.
The game’s character select screen shows 20 total slots, four of which are not currently unlocked. However, another image from the demo shows what appears to be the full cast of 20 playable characters all together in one shot. The full list includes Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Peach, Daisy, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Yoshi, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Koopa, Dry Bones, Shy Guy, Boo, Monty Mole, Hammer Bro, and Pom Pom. Of those, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Pom Pom, and Dry Bones look to be locked characters at the start of the game.
Your character of choice will have a much bigger impact than in most previous entries, as Super Mario Party has special dice blocks tailored to each character. There’s actually some strategy involved rather than simply choosing based on aesthetics. Are you happy with the available lineup, or did your favorite fail to make the cut?
During Nintendo’s E3 2018 Direct we learned that a brand new Mario Party game is on the way to Nintendo Switch. Super Mario Party hits the hybrid console this October, reviving the classic Mario Party formula while adding in new features, like the online Mariothon Mode. Speaking of new game modes, Nintendo UK just released a special Gamescom video in which they unveil another new mode in Super Mario Party.
The video opens with the Nintendo UK team trying out a new board in standard play. Then, just before the 19-minute mark, they switch over to the newly-revealed River Survival Mode. While you typically compete against your friends in Mario Party, this new mode has you all in the same boat. Literally.
Four players paddle a raft down the river by making a rowing motion with their Joy-Con controllers. The river often splits, so players will have to work together to choose the best route. You’ll have a limited time to reach the end, but along the way, you can trigger cooperative mini-games by collecting balloons. Successfully completing these mini-games will increase your remaining time on the river ride.
Super Mario Party was given a spotlight on Nintendo Treehouse Live yesterday, and it returned today for the final day of E3 streaming to reveal some new modes, including one with the franchise-first ability to play minigames with both friends and strangers online! We had to wait for the very end of the segment for this detail to be dropped, but in the meantime the team treated us to looks at the game’s other modes, focusing heavily on “Partner Party” mode as well as a better look at the Tank minigame shown off during the Direct.
The Partner Party mode is a twist on the beloved board games of Mario Party. Instead of being a four-person free-for-all, players will be split into teams of two and join forces to roll dice, gather coins, obtain stars, and win minigames. Both teammates roll their individual dice, then add up their scores and each move the resulting number of spaces—and because these boards allow for free movement, rather than constricting you to specific pathways, there looks to be a large amount of strategy that teams could use to maximize the efficiency of their movement.
The tank minigame seen in the Nintendo Direct was also given the spotlight for a few minutes. Utilizing two Nintendo Switch consoles, players will have a few different stage layouts to choose from, each holding a different setup of breakable blocks, unbreakable warp pipes, and character spawn points. They can then push their consoles together and draw a line between screens to connect both sides together. In the game itself, you drive around tanks and blast each other to pieces, as tank minigames like this are wont to do.
Finally, the Treehouse took a minute to talk about the new “Mariothon” mode. This is described as something for those who want something in-between regular board game modes and just playing minigames. Mariothon will give players a varying roster of five minigames to play back-to-back, in order to see who can get the highest overall score. While you can play this mode with friends, there is also an online variant of this mode, which will include leaderboards and online rankings. It’s the first time you’ll be able to play Mario Party minigames against online opponents, and while it may not have the boards of the main modes, this is sure to get a ton of use out of fans!
You can watch the full segment for yourself in the video below. What do you think of these new modes? Which are you most excited to try out? Let us know in the comments!
One of Nintendo’s surprise announcements during their E3 Direct this year was the reveal of Super Mario Party, a brand new entry in the multiplayer, friendship-ending franchise. Featuring new boards and minigames, along with a distinct lack of riding in cars, the next Party starts up in October. If you’re curious or worried about how this new title might play, the Nintendo Treehouse has you covered. They’ve been streaming their new games all E3, and one of their segments was all about Super Mario Party.
Several new items and minigames were shown off in the footage. Items include the Buddy Phone, which can call in another character to partner up with you, allowing you to add their extra dice roll to your own each turn; the Golden Drink, which turns your character golden and gives you a coin for every space you move that turn; the “Coinado”, which steals 5-10 coins from another player; and several more.
Meanwhile, some of the minigames on display were “Dust Buddies,” “Sign, Steal, and Deliver,” “Slaparazzi,” and “Smash and Crab.” Several of these featured interesting 3 vs. 1 mechanics. Additionally, plenty more minigames were seen via a special Minigame Mode that lets you just play whatever minigames you want; 56 of the 80 slots on this screen were visible, so if you look close you might be able to make out what some of these other games are all about. You can see a screenshot of that below.
You can check out the footage for this game in the video above! How are you liking the look of Super Mario Party so far?
If you’ve been wondering when to expect a new Mario Party game for the Nintendo Switch, look no further. At Nintendo’s E3 2018 Direct, they showed off a quick trailer revealing Super Mario Party. Featuring some new, made-for-Switch minigames, the game hopes to bring a creative edge the franchise’s beloved local multiplayer using the Switch’s versatile design.
It also seems as though the single-player, board game frenzy of past titles before Mario Party 8 has returned, allowing for a familiar experience that fans have been dying to play on a new console.
Alongside its announcement, Nintendo also gave us a release date set for October 5th, 2018.
You can take a look at the trailer above, and check back for more information on this game as it comes out!