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Mario Party 4 (GC)

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Compete in a series of contests as favourite Nintendo characters. Use items to access different areas of the game boards and trigger special events. New Tag Battle lets players compete for stars in two-man teams.

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      23.11.2013 05:03
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      a great Mario party

      Even though Mario Party 4 was the first of the series to hit the Gamecube, it still kept the feel of the Nintendo 64 gameplay. While it may have had better graphics and sound, the feel was pretty much very similar.

      When starting, there are different modes you can choose from. The modes on the menu are party, story, mini-game, and extra.

      The story mode is for solo one-player mode. In this mode, you beat each board to acquire a present. You have to beat all of the boards to get to the bowser board.

      Party mode is where you get to play for fun. You can pick the board, characters, and the amount of turns you want. The great thing about this MP is that you can pick the turns in intervals of 5, starting from 10-50. This is new, as all the Nintendo 64 Mario Parties had either 20, 35, or 50 turn games. While 10 is very short and not very fun, it at least allows you to play a very quick game. Personally, I was happy with 25, as I feel that is a perfect amount of turns.

      The maps in this game are very similar to the first 3 Mario Parties. You move along a loop, and when you acquire a star, it moves to a different location.

      A great addition to this game was the integration of teams. When you setup the game, you can actually pick 2v2 instead of all 4 against each other. This means that there will never be 1v3 games, because mini games are played as a team. When the game is over, the stars are counted between the two characters on the team, and that's how the victory is decided. I loved this idea because when my friends and I used to play the N64 Mario Parties, we would form "unofficial alliances" and pretty much play as teams. If one us one, it would be a victory for us both. Now that the system actually recognizes it, I find it awesome.

      A new space was added in Mario party 4, called the mushroom space. When you land on it, you either acquire a large or mini mushroom. Large mushrooms make you big to crush other player and take 10 of their coins, while mini-mushrooms allow you to sneak into small places and play mini-events on the board.

      Another new feature is the lottery ticket. When you pass a lottery space, you pay 5 coins to participate. If you do, you get a lottery ticket with 3 character faces on it. This is used when the last 5 turns come into play. A wheel is spun to pick 3 characters, and if it matches your ticket, you win! I'm not even sure what you win because the odds are against you, but I believe it is a star.

      I don't like that this game removed any item spaces on the board. The only way you can get items is to buy them. Also, they removed the aspect of the bank.

      Overall, this was a fun Mario Party. It kept a lot of the traditions of the previous Mario Parties, while still enhancing the game. I would suggest playing this game.

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      09.10.2009 12:27
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      Good fun multi-player

      In Mario Party 4 you play a variety of mini games while navigating around a board game like environment. You have 5 different boards to play on and a host of mini games to play. In game you hit the dice to see how many spaces you can move. the object of the game is to be the one with the most stars, which are bought with 20 coins. the board is a circular shape with different paths to take and as you go round at the end of everybosy's turn you play a mini game. There are several different types of mini games. From 2 vs 2, 3 vs 1, all vs all, battle games etc. The type of game depends on who lands on what squares on the board. you earn coins by wining them in the mini games and then making your way to be first to get to the star and buy it.

      You can also play the mini games once you have unlocked them in the single palyer games, and you can do all kinds of tournaments on the min games with your friends. This game is the best multi player game on the gamecube by far and is definately one to play.

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      29.01.2009 21:40
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      Fun to play with friends

      Mario Party is one of Nintendo's big games, but what makes the game so special is that it is a video game of a board game wsing all of the typical Nintendo characters such as Mario, Luigi, Princess, Toad, Donkey King and Bowser along with several others. Once you have picked your character on with the board game.

      You can pick a board game out of a series of different ones organised in order of difficulty. Once you have decided which board you want to use you are ready to play. Using the Gamecube controller you hit A to roll two dice which will take you said amount of places down the board - in that it is the same as any board game.

      However the main aim in this board game is to collect stars which cost 50 coins and are only sold on one square on the board which you can buy from as soon as you pass. But as soon as the star is bought then it moves place. If you land on a blue square you get 3 coins, a red square you lose 3 coins, a green square something random happens and you can also on some boards use shops, trains and such like.

      Once everyone has had their go then the miny game starts, which is either everyone for themselves, 2 on 2, or 3 vs 1 depending on which squares everyone landed on. You will find that some games you are brilliant at and others you just can't do, which gives a certain amount of fainess to the game. Particularly if you are playing with your friends.

      This is a suprisingly addictive game, and also highly frustrating if your friends have just stolen your stars or something similar. The main issue is that each game takes a remarkable amount of time to complete and there is no particular reward at the end of the game, the other thing is that the mini games are rather repetitive at times.

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      20.04.2006 09:20
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      Good fun alone but even better with friends

      The fourth game in the Mario Party series was the first to be released for Gamecube. It was released in Europe in 2003, but I only bought my copy a couple of months ago. I found it to be similar to Mario Party 5 and 2, (the only other two I have played), but with different mini games and boards. As with the other Party games I've played, it's great fun when you play with friends, but playing alone gets boring, and I usually find myself playing a game on my mobile while the other characters are playing!

      As with other Mario Party games, there is the Party Mode, where four players compete to collect the highest number of stars and coins. Stars cost 20 coins, and you gain coins from landing on blue spaces, playing mini-games and other bonuses. There are different spaces on the boards, and to move past them you roll a dice to see how many spaces you can move. Some spaces cause an event to happen, or a mini-game to start. There are also item shops on this game, where you can buy items like a Gold Mushroom, where you can roll a dice three times.

      The characters to choose from are: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Wario, Waluigi, Donkey Kong.There's plenty to choose from. The boards each have their own host, who is a character from the Super Mario series: Toad's Midway Madness, Goomba's Greedy Gala, Koopa's Seaside Soiree, Shy Guy's Jungle Jam, Boo's Haunted Bash. The game also features many new mini-games, and I actually prefer the selection here to the one on Mario Party 5. There are the usual 4 player, 1 vs 3 and 2 vs 2 games, as well as Battle games, Bowser games, Story games and extra games which you find in the Extra room on the main menu.

      Boswer's Biggest Blast (Battle game) is an updated version of the game Bowser's Big Blast from Mario Party 2. It involves choosing from 5 switches, with one of them setting off the bomb. As each character is put out of the game, another switch disappears.

      Avalanche (4 player) involves skiing down a mountain to escape an avalanche. I first one to reach the end of the course wins, and there are obstacles in the way. I've only played it a few times, but each time there has been no winner because the avalanche caught up with everyone. Difficult to complete this game.

      There is also a story mode, which I haven't played yet, but it's a one player mode.

      This is the last Mario Party game to include Donkey-Kong as a playable character. In Mario Party 5, he appears when you land on a certain space on the board.

      Like with all the Mario Party games I've reviewed, this one is great fun to play with friends, but not so much fun alone. The mini-game mode and extra room is good fun alone though, as you don't have to watch the other players taking their turns on a board.

      It's well worth buying, especially if you're a fan of the Mario Party series. I wasn't disappointed with this game. It's good for a laugh, whether you're playing on your own or with as many as three other people.

      It's available for about £17 new, and this was the cheapest price I could find for a new copy when I bought mine. I decided to buy a used copy though, and it cost me £12 including postage. If you do want a used copy, make sure you know it has been tested, and that the seller is reliable.

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        06.12.2005 20:08
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        Great game, would reccomend to anyone this christmas!

        Since its release on the N64 a while back, Mario Party has always been the #1 'mini game' game (in my opinion at least).
        While there have been other games that try to copy the idea, none have ever been as enjoyable and successful as Mario Party.

        I am sure many of you have heard of if not played any of the 3 previous Mario Party games, but i will do a short paragraph on what the game is about!

        As in the past 3 Mario Party games, Mario Party 4 is a minigame-based board game, which excels in multiplayer.
        In Mario Party 4, the idea is to travel round the board, by rolling a dice, and collecting as many stars as you can within the allocated number of goes. These can vary from 10- 50, while a typical 20 round single player game will last just over an hour, but there is a chance to save the game for picking up later. It sounds complicated, but believe me the game is very easy to get to grips with, and all the minigames that you will encounter have explanations, and a chance to practice before playing for real!

        After everyone has had a go, all players will be thrown into a minigame, these can vary, obviously some are more enjoyable than others, but there are also different team arrangements, e.g. 2v2, 1v3 and 1v1v1v1.

        There are over 50 minigames, and many Mario Party veterans will recognize and be happy that popular games from the old Mario Party have been kept in, as well as many new and exciting games. One of my favourites is booksquirm, where the idea is to stand underneath cut out shapes of falling book pages for as long as possible!

        The single player, is OK, but can easily get boring. So why not invite some mates round to play it, this is where Mario Party really excels, and is helped by the GameCubes ability to have 4 people playing, without havng to buy adaptors like the PS2!!

        The step from single player to multiplayer, is (in my opinion!) enormous, the game becomes more enjoyable, battling the minigames out with your mates as opposed to computers. You can still do a standard board with multiplayer, but what most people will do is go straight to the minigames, and select a variety of games to compete. The winner being the person that wins the most games! (obviously- DOH!)

        I should also mention the graphics, while they are far off realistic, what with characters like Yoshi!, they are bright, colourful and very detailed. The music is also very catchy and jingly, typical to this kind of game!

        The only disadvantage i would say is once you have played multiplayer, going back to the single player will be horrible, and i only ever use my copy of Mario Party when playing with mates.

        While most of the mini-games are enjoyable, there are some that to be honest, are rubbish, and i am annoyed when they get selected!

        Aside from that, the game is Great, and i would reccomend it to anyone who has played these in the past, or someone who is interested and would like to know what all the fuss is about!

        With the GameCube ageing, you will be able to pick this up for less than £20, nothing near the £40 i paid for it 2 years ago!!!

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          20.05.2003 02:26
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          Nintendo GameCube has typically been labelled as the "kids" console despite horror spectacles such as Resident Evil and Eternal Darkness. It is also known for having a great deal of platform games such as Mario, and party games such as Super Monkey Ball. It is not surprising that Nintendo have decided to produce Mario Party 4 for the GameCube what with the likes of Mario Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee already available. The Mario brand is Nintendo's trademark and has been ever since the original Mario Party. With that in mind what could be better than producing another Mario related game in the form of Mario Party 4? Graphics As with every other GameCube game featuring everyone's favourite plumber Mario Party 4 boasts high quality graphics. Everything takes place in brightly coloured 3D scenery. Every character looks impressive as ever from Mario himself to his arch enemy Wario. The action takes place primarily on a board that could be giving a vision into the board games of the future. Just think they'll be no need to get out monopoly because you will roll the dice and experience the fun for yourself as you move from space to space! The scenery varies from the different boards, whether it's a casino themed board, a haunted house themed board, or one of the other three themed boards available. Luckily the boards are only just one part of the game for gamers to view for there are also various battles that display snow coated mountains, mazes, fishing, shooting, basketball, and many other visually superb events. When actually moving each space illuminates as the player passes so gamers can be sure of exactly where they are. Various other things illuminate and sparkle such as the rollercoaster as it glides down the tracks. Brightly coloured visuals complete with various illuminations give a rather surreal magical effect to the game, something that no doubt Walt himself may have been a lit
          tle envious of! Unlike the recently released Zelda Mario Party 4 has not gone for an all new look but has rather opted for the traditional Mario formula. There is little reason why Mario should go to cell shaded graphics or anything else in the near future because simply put bright, bold and colourful visuals is exactly what is needed for a game such as Mario Party. Mario Party 4 is about having fun and the graphics reiterate this. 19/20 Sound Accompanying Mario Party 4 is the harmless kid like music that compliments so many Mario games. There is of course a change in style when the almighty Bowser makes an appearance but it is something that gamers have came to expect with games such as this. When rolling the dice gamers hear a swinging motion, then when moving spaces they will hear a jingle as they land on each space. In game there is the usual; splashes of water, rumble of engines, and explosions as characters face the wrath of an angry Bowser having failed the Bowser mini game. When each mini game comes to an end the piercing yell of "Finish" will blare out of the speakers, a "finish" that sounds almost identical to the "finish" heard in Bust A Move. There is not a lot that one can say to fault the sound effects of Mario Party 4. Like all Mario games the sound is adequate and appropriate to the game. All trademark sounds are there such as the cackle of the Boo ghosts and the satisfied voice of Peach upon winning. That said every character has their own true to character phrase of celebration upon winning each mini game so those who enjoy the voice of Luigi or Donkey Kong you are in for a treat. 19/20 Gameplay The action takes place on a board similar to any traditional board game. Gamers simply roll the dice and move the amount of spaces that the dice tells them to. There are four players participating in the game, this can range from one gamer and three computer players to four
          gamers battling amongst each other. After each player has rolled the dice once players then take part in a mini game. The winner of the mini game is awarded coins that will assist gamers throughout the duration of the game. As one would expect Mario Party 4 is far more than a board game where the winner gets to the end of the board. For a start the board does not end but it is in fact a continuous circle with various routes to take, and secondly the winner is the player with the most stars. There are various ways to earn stars, the first is to go to a star space and purchase a star for 25 coins, the second is to find a star in a hidden box, thirdly one can employ a boo to steal a star from another player, other options include exchanging stars through a game known as reverse of fortune or by summoning a genie to take the player directly to the star, and most importantly there are three stars awarded at the end of the game for gamers who;1.Win the most number of mini games 2. Collect the most coins in mini games 3. Land on the most happening spaces. There are various types of spaces dotted around the board. A blue space is the most common of spaces and will simply reward the player with three coins. A red space will subtract three coins, although if the player has less than three they will only subtract that amount so players need not worry about finishing in negative figures. A fortune space will transport gamers to a game called reverse of fortune, this simply selects two players and then reverses the amount of coins they have, stars they have or enacts some other sort of fortune reversing action. The Bowser space will either result in gamers taking part in a Bowser mini game resulting in the losing gamer forfeiting coins, items, or stars or alternatively a mini Bowser will appear and steal items/coins/stars off the player who landed on the space or off all of the players. The mushroom space is another fairly common space, this simply presents the gamer
          will two mushroom boxes, one large one small, gamers then open the box and are presented with a mini mushroom or mega mushroom. Despite the boxes being different sizes it does not necessarily mean that the mega mushroom is in the large box and the mini mushroom in the small box. Mini mushroom allow players to decrease in size, this is advantageous as gamers can crawl under small obstacles such as pipes and tunnels, but the disadvantage is the numbers on the die decrease from 10 to 5. When gamers land on a battle space each player must pay between 5 and 50 coins. Once the coins have been paid a battle game takes place. The winner of the battle then gets the majority of the coins put into the battle with the second place gamer banking the remainder of the coins. The warp space allows gamers to change places with other gamers on the board, in addition to this there is also a similar space that rather than exchanging places just allows a gamer to be transported to the same place as any other gamer. Finally the happening space will show the gamer some sort of event, although it is not one of the most enjoyable spaces to land on it is important to land of many of these as the gamer who lands on the most is rewarded with a star at the end of the game. On top of all these spaces that result in different things happening there are also various shop spaces. The item shop allows players to exchange coins for items, these items range from the basic mini mushroom to the magic lamp which allows gamers to summon a genie who will take them directly to the star. Obviously the better the item the more coins it will cost the gamer. The lottery shop allows gamers to purchase a lottery ticket for 5 coins. Gamers can walk away from anything ranging from nothing to the top prize of 100 coins. Lastly there is the Boo House. For a certain amount of coins Boo's will steal coins or stars for the gamer from other players on the board. Gamers can play tactically and steal from their biggest
          threat in the game to help them win. There is a huge variety of mini games to participate in. Mini games can range from all four players competing against each other, to 2 against 2 to 3 on 1. This can prove interesting and can have a great effect on the final results. If the winning player has to take part in a 3 on 1 game then chances are they will lose, this can then take the player in second place above them. Similarly if the winning player is cooperating with the last place player then the last place player can affect the winning player's record much to the annoyance of the winning player! Gamers cannot fault the enjoyment in Mario Party 4 as there is so much variation that there is simply something for everybody. For football fans there is the mini game goal where one player stands in goal and the other 3 take penalty shots simultaneously. If 8 goals can be scored in a set time then the team of 3 wins but if the keeper can stop less than 8 then the sole player wins. There are games that contain balloon popping, mazes, archery, basketball, swimming, staying underwater for long amounts of time, fishing, butterfly catching, mountaineering, racing, Tetris style puzzle games, preparing meals, the list goes on… Despite there being a huge amount of activities to indulge in the action does not seem to flow together as quickly as one would hope. Even if playing on single player mode gamers are forced to watch the other 3 player's turns in full. Admittedly the turns can affect the single player but when it does not it just seems to be a waste of time watching computer controlled players take a turn. True, for the first three board games it seems ok but when gamers are trying to unlock everything with all characters and are on their 20th board game the novelty has worn off! The AI must be questioned at times. Despite an easy, normal, and hard mode there is not one called "stupid computer controller characters." Perhaps Ni
          ntendo failed to label this section because at times the competition lacks a great deal of intelligence. Take for example this scenario, a player has the option of using a lamp which will transport them to the star and put them in the lead. Rather than doing this the computer character opts to use a mini mushroom. Although gamers may argue they may have been planning to use the lamp later take this into account…it is the last turn of the game! Even the most unintelligent of human controlled players would not make that sort of error so it is amazing why the computer controlled players do. Essentially this game is an entertaining experience marred by the length of time gamers spend watching other player's take their turn rather than being in the thick of the action themselves. This is certainly a party game to experience with friends and one that all ages can take part in whether it's a four year old child or a group of thirty something men crowding round the GameCube with a few beers for a night in. Mario Party 4 is suited for multiplayer much more than single player mode. It is worth playing through single player but it will get tedious if gamers insist on playing the game fully. The game does not have the depth of Super Smash Bros. Melee the other Nintendo based party game but it does provide gamers with a short lived fun experience. 20/25 Lifespan With 5 board games and a handful of characters there is a lot to be done. There is a wealth of mini games available to experience; 16 where it is everyone against everyone, 9 one player VS three, 9 two VS two, 6 battle games, 3 Bowser games, 5 games where the winner must fight a boss to win a prize after completing the board game and 3 extra games. In addition to this there is also another section of the game where gamers can play any mini game they want rather than playing it through the board game system, and there is the option to play extra mini games not available through the
          board game. A rather amusing extra game is the doors of doom that sees gamers choose left or right door, you choose the wrong one and Bowser kills you - it really is pot luck but it is addictive as gamers vow to get further than the last time! The game has a lot of replay value for gamers who insist on unlocking absolutely everything as there is an item for each character after they have won each board game. Gamers who lose the board game have to play it all over again which although frustrating adds to the lifespan. There are three difficulty levels and an endless amount of time on multiplayer mode. If gamers are willing to stick with Mario Party 4 it can last well over a month but those who will not sit through many minutes of computer turns will see themselves completing the game on all 5 board games with just one of the characters. 20/25 Originality There are not a lot of games available that require gamers to go around a board and then compete in games as unusual as preparing a meal or shooting each other out of cannons. Despite this there are numerous alternatives for the GameCube if gamers wish to play party games such as the fantastic Super Smash Bros. Melee, Bomberman, and Super Monkey Ball. For gamers unfamiliar with the Mario Party series this will prove to be an experience like no other. Gamers will certainly see the Japanese influence with bizarre party games and the system of different spaces functioning differently is also rather welcome. This is similar to Bishi Bashi special in terms of having random games but there is no game quite like this… 8/10 Overall Mario Party 4 is ideal for multiplayer and is primarily concerned with fun and partying. It is not as in depth as Mario's platform games but is well worthy of a rental. Mario Party 4 will be appreciated by all ages and providing children can master the controls who each mini game it will prove a favourite with kids. This is by no me
          ans the best game on the GameCube but is certainly a unique venture. 88%

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            10.02.2003 22:13
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            And what a party it is. If your friends are the sort that like nothing more than playing a board game with complicated rules, with the occasional bit of mania thrown in, you're in for a treat. If your friends like simpler pleasures, or, indeed, you've got no friends, then this is not the game for you. Mario Party 4 is the fourth game (NO!) in the series created for Nintendo by Hudson, the masters of the party game (they created Bomberman - 'nuff said). As in previous installments, this game sees you picking a character to move around a giant board and compete in various challenges and minigames when the occasion demands it. You roll a dice to see how far you move, then depending on where you land you may get given coins or have them taken away, or be given a present, or any one of a number of things. You can use items to make you move further, or to enable you to pass through small gaps. It's all pretty complex, and the first couple of games will have you frequently lost. The idea of the game is to collect stars - remember that, then, and you'll be fine. You can steal stars off of other players, buy stars for a certain number of coins, win stars in mini-games and challenges, and so on. The major downside is that it takes so long to play - you'll not want to play two games in a row. And don't even think of playing it single-player, since the computer takes its turns in full, and there's always 4 characters ... it's yawn-o-rama city, even if there are a number of things to unlock as you play through the single-player game. But when you've got three gamer friends around, then you'll have quite a lot of fun. Especially with the minigames, where all four of you compete (either all-against-all, or two-v-two, or the most fun variant, three-v-one) ... just don't expect a fast-paced acton game in the Bomberman vein.

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