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Genre: Arcade & Platform / Video Game for Nintendo DS / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2007-11-23 / Published by Nintendo

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      20.05.2011 11:10

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      Very fun game!

      Mario party came out in 2007. It was origially it was out to Nintendo 64 and then Game Cube. Obviously its been changed quite a lot but the concept is the same. In this game you have the Mario characters. You have 4 zones then once completed on Story mode you have 5. Its like a game board, you role a dice with your player and then move on the spots. Once everybody has had there go you all play a mini game, depending what colour spot you landed on determines what type of game your playing. For example, if two land on red psots and two land on blue spots then its 2 vs 2. If you all land on blue spots, its all for one. This is a four player game. You can play this with other people who have ds's with 'ds download paly'. Its really fun to play with the family and other people. It can be a bit boring on 1 player. There are lots of mini games to play. But after a while the same ones keep coming round. I think this is a really fun game, I loved it on Nintendo 64. And I like it on ds. This game is around £20. You can get it cheaper if you dont mind it being used.

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      12.06.2010 02:37
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      A really good game, not worth buying if only you yourself like it, definitely best with friends.

      Well this Mario Party certainly isn't my favourite of the series, but its definitely the best Mario Party game to grace the handheld consoles to date.

      Mario Party DS is a true multiplayer game, you can play the whole game with 4 players with only 1 cattridge, using download play. That's right, you can play all the boards, all the mini-games, and a few extra modes with 4 players and just 1 cartridge.

      The game is 3D, some elements of the game are 2D, but the characters and boards are depicted with 3d graphics, as are many of the mini-games.

      The number of mini-games is around the same as it is in all of the Mario Party games, around 50-70 mini-games, probably on the lower end of that figure.

      There is a story mode which is played through the same way as the other Mario Party games, you compete vs 3 AI on each board, after the player was won all the boards he will play a final board based in bowser's base, after which the board will be unlocked. Mario Party DS features a boss battle mini-game at the end of each board, which the player needs to succesfully complete.

      The developers mainly focused on the multiplayer side of things, so in single player all you can do is play single mini-games, play the story or play against AI on a board.

      Some of the minigames have taken ideas from mini-games in previous titles, most noticeable of which is Rotisserie Rampage which puts 3 players on a Ham while the 4th player attempts to knock them off by rolling the Ham. This is an exact replica of the mini-game 'Shock, Drop or Roll' featured in Mario Party 2 for the N64, with the exception of there being fire at the bottom instead of electricity.

      Really this game is very good, its graphics are on a par with the N64's mario parties, if not better. Its still not as good a game as the N64's mario parties, but its a very good game nonetheless, definitely one to buy if you have 1 or more friends who like Mario and especially the MP series.

      The only downside to this game, is that online play is not available, the only form of multiplayer is by using the download play function, which is WLAN only.

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      03.06.2010 10:12
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      its quite a good game, but not like Mario Bros

      This game is surprisingly fun but takes a little bit of getting into.

      Basically its a board game and you take it in turn to throw the dice and make your way round. The only difference is, you are trying to get to the space which as a star, at the end of the game the person with the most stars wins. After the end of each round there is also a little minigame you play to earn extra points, when you have enough points, these can be redeemed for a star.

      This game is good because as well as being a sort of board game, there is also a point to the game. At the end of each level there is a boss, and once defeated, you move on to the next level.

      In my opinion, I would say that this is the sort of game you would play while you have nothing else to do. It is fun to play but not really a game that attracts me loads.

      Do not buy it, thinking it is going to be like Mario Bros because it isnt. It is a cheerful game to play still but might not be what you expected.

      This game is also good to connect up with friends and play mini games with, providing they have the game.

      I hope you all enjoyed this review and have helped you decide whether to buy this game or not.

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      20.01.2010 00:03

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      Amazing overall game, five stars.

      Mario Party DS. Easily one of favourite games on the console and my sister loves it too!
      Mario Party arrives on the handheld console better than ever with a huge variety of mini-games and lots of extra little features.
      One of the best things Mario Party DS has to offer is single cart multiplayer, this means if you and your friends all have DS's and only one copy of the game, you can still all play. Makes all those long boring car journeys a lot more fun, I can speak from experience.
      The massive number of mini-games are very diverse and unique, you could be button bashing one moment and then carefully drawing a picture the next.
      There is also a single player adventure mode which is quite cool too.
      However, most of the fun of this game comes with playing with friends and family, so to anyone looking for some multi-player fun this is a must have!

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      19.10.2009 11:47
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      Another classic Mario game

      I have always been a fan of most Mario games, so when I seen this I had to buy it. Mario Party DS was released in 2007 and made by Nintendo. You can play a number of mini game modes and this game is for up to 4 players.


      In this Mario game you play a series of game modes;

      Story Mode
      In story mode you play on a board, which you go round and go and try and get the most stars. Throughout this game mode, you get to play the variety of mini games that this game has.

      Party Mode
      In party mode, you also play on the boards, you can either play on your own, in two player, tag team or even 4 individuals.

      Mini Game Mode
      This game mode is simply for you to just play the mini games. You can again play up to 4 player in this mode.

      Puzzle Mode
      In this mode, you get to play some puzzle games which is not really in theme with the game as such, but this means more games so Im happy with that.


      In this game you can be a number of characters including: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Princess Peach, Daisy, Wario, Waluigi and Toad. My favourite character when playing Mario games when applicable has always been Yoshi. My lame excuse for choosing Yoshi is simply because he is cute and green!


      The different game boards you can play on include: Wigglers Garden, Toadette's Music Room and Kamek's Library. Each board has its advantages and disadvantages. My favourite has got to be Wigglers Garden, I think this is because it is quite simple to understand the board, whereas in the board of Kamek's Library, you get teleported from one spot to another and can be quite frustrating and confusing.


      There are up to 70 different mini games you can play in this game, which can make the game play longetivity pretty good, as there is a wide variety. Some of the mini games you can play on the DS version of Mario Party are: Fast Food Frenzy, Blowdown, Rotisserie Rampage, Hexoskeleton, Shuffleboard Showdown and Soccer Survival. The mini games all have different controls and this game certainly does use all the buttons in this game. For example you use the touch screen, L and R buttons, the cross pad, the a & b and even the microphone.


      Overall this is a well designed game, and can completely is something you would expect from the creators of such Mario games. Good use of characters and also a hugh variety in what you can actually play in this game.

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      06.08.2009 00:18
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      Great fun for all

      Mario Party DS sees this classic game finally reach the handheld console. Mario Party DS has five new boards and over 70 new fun filled minigames. The game takes full advantage of the DS's features by incorporating microphone and touch control.

      In story mode the aim is simple, win first place on each board then defeat the boss. The final boss is of course the classic Mario series villain Bowser who is once again up to no good. The other modes are party mode, puzzle mode and minigame mode.

      You can play as eight different characters, to get all the prizes you have to complete story mode at least eight times - once with each player.

      At first I found the game to be very fun, however as time passed a few things started to annoy me. For example the fact that a large portion of gameplay relies on luck, the dice rolled are random and often certain squares need to be landed on. Also after playing it for some time I found it to be repetitive, however after abandoning for three months or so I rediscovered and found it to be just as good as when I first bought it.

      Mario Party DS is a game for players of any age and is great fun for everyone, i recommend it to all.

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        10.06.2009 12:30

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        By all means buy this game, just not on the DS

        Mario Party has to be one of the best games created in the Mario genre, however in the case of them releasing it on Nintendo DS, this sadly isnt the case. The general idea of Mario Party as a one player game is to compete on various characters different game boards and compete to win stars. You can also compete against upto 3 of your friends wirelessly. There is also a Mini Game mode whick allows you to play your favourite mini games over and over. The game as a whole isnt that bad once you first own it, but after playing it a few times the mini games become repetative and the novelty tends to wear off and it gots old fairly quickly. To be fair though this is Mario Partys 7th version of the game and I must say that each year the game does get better but unfortunatley each time you buy a Mario Party your basically paying for an updated version of last years with different games.
        Mario Party is great fun on either the Wii or Gamecube and with your friends you can have hours of endless fun but for me it simply doesnt work on the DS.

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        30.05.2009 19:36
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        A fun game for anybody, I would recommend it.

        When I was first given this game I absolutely loved it and found all of the mini games extremely fun and interesting but after a while I began to get irritated by the fact that a lot of the game was down to luck and landing on certain tiles on the game board.
        The game is highly origional and unlike all other mario games I have ever played as it is played on a mario board game where different tiles make different things happen and after all players have moved a fun mini game is played. This never gets repetative as all of the mini games are so different and rarely do you have to play the same game twice.
        But other than that this game is so much fun to play and some of the mini games throughout story mode even involve using the microphone which is uncommon in mario games. I am a fan of all mario games and this one in my estimation is just as good as the others, if you are not too impatient as the element of chance is involved in story mode.
        Overall I would encourage you to buy this game if you are a mario fan or if you you just want a fun light-hearted game to play when you are bored.

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        05.05.2009 21:54

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        fun innovative for all the family

        This game is superbly original and is perfect for all the family. Coming from Nintendo and the Mario franchise, it has alot of expectations, and it meets them all. It is like bringing abit of the wii onto the DS as it fully uses the multiplayer features. It contains many minigames which are all fun and are easy to use because it has insructions before each minigame!!

        There are many modes such as the main party mode, which is like a board game and the aim is to get as many stars as possible! This is available in 5 varieties ranging in size and difficulty. Also, they save the high scores and records which you can try to beat with your family and friends!!!

        I have never had more multiplayer fun and i always play this when my friends come over. There isn't any lag whatsoever when playing multiplayer and no disconnections. It has long replay value and you won't get bored easily, or at all!

        It is for all ages, old and young alike for one superb party of fun! You can get this fro under £30 at major stores and online and it is a MUST-HAVE for those who like multiplayer party games!

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        05.01.2009 20:09
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        a great game for all ages

        My daughter was showing me how to play Mario Party on her DS over Christmas. I wasn't that impressed with the Wii version so I didn't really want to be playing the same game on her DS. Bless her heart though as I don't think she has seen her DS for the last week in the evenings as I have been playing the game myself and have now almost completed it.
        During this time I have looked like a fool (read on), and had odd looks from my partner, but hey I've enjoyed myself.

        ** What is Mario Party? **

        Contrary to the title, Mario Party isn't a game especially for more than one player. It does have a multi player function in the game but there are plenty of ways you can play the game on your own too.
        The game is essentially set around a board game, with you playing three other Mario characters as you roll the dice and move around the board trying to collect coins and stars.

        ** Is there a storyline? **

        Of course, there always is in these types of games. In Mario Party you are suddenly made into miniature size by Bowser the bad guy from Mario. To get back to your original size you must complete four different boards and collect the sky crystals from the end of level boss.

        ** How to play **

        The game can be played using the stylus and / or the directional pad and the buttons on the DS.
        The main aim of the game is to compete against three other players which are computer led in the single player mode, whilst trying to collect the stars. The player with the most stars at the end of ten turns will be the winner and if that person is you, you can then progress through the game to try and defeat the end of level boss.
        Only if you are the winner with the most stars can you move forward in the game, and if it happens to be another player, then you have to start the same level over again.

        Each different level is set out in its own area i.e. the garden and the music room. There are applications within each level relevant to where the level is set to help or hinder you along the way.
        An example of being in the garden could be landing on a flower to give you coins, or landing on a cactus to take away some coins.

        There are many different help points and also hindering points, and the level will be played with the winner generally being declared after a pure matter of luck and nothing else. I don't believe there is a strategy to this game at all.

        During the game, after each player has had a turn, a mini game appears and you all compete either against each other or in teams to win some extra points.

        ** Mini Games **

        These mini games are where I started looking like a fool. There are over 70 different mini games included in Mario Party, and they can range from using the stylus in a pick and grab style game to blowing into the microphone in the DS to blow over a wall. Hence you can see why I started look silly whilst playing this.

        ** What I think of the above **

        I have described the main game to you above and on the options menu this is called the story mode. The game has other sections which I will go into later on.
        As I started playing this I realised how different to the Wii version it is and how addictive it is. The game play is so much quicker even with four characters playing than the Wii version. I felt like each turn was taking five minutes on the Wii, but on the DS it's a minute tops to get through each player as the computer seems to work fairly fast in this game.

        The whole game can be controlled easily as mentioned above, and it makes it easy to hold the console without worrying about where to put the pen. You only really need it when you have to use it during mini games. Any other times you can use the buttons and directional pad.

        I think the game is designed more to suit children than adults as I have managed to almost complete the game in a short amount of time and that is even through the frustrating periods of having to repeat the same level over a couple of times to actually be the winner.
        This is where the game will fall down against children's attention span. I found it annoying but persevered through. A child will more than likely put the game down after a couple of times trying.

        There are auto save functions on the game after each player has had a turn and the mini game has been completed. I find this aspect very useful as I always forget to save a game so this way for both children and me, you will never lose valuable playing hours where you managed to beat a boss and then lose it all when you forgot to save.

        The only part of the game that actually requires a bit of thinking is when you face the bosses. Some of them are very easy and can be completed quickly. The first level boss I found surprisingly difficult and I would like to say that a smaller child would have found it very hard, but maybe that's wishful thinking on my part.

        ** Extras **

        The game has different modes when you enter the menu screen. You can choose to complete the story mode as described above, or play mini games on their own. This is fun for a few minutes but as you play them in the main game, I lost interest very quickly in this one.
        There is a section for puzzle games but again I found this to be a bit boring. There were four to choose from, tetris style and magnetic balls and a couple of others. There is nothing new and special in this section and I'm not sure why it has been added in to be honest.

        There is also a multi player function where you can play against a friend who also has a separate DS. A lot of the game can be played from one game cartridge. We haven't managed to play this in our house with only one console but it works nicely via wi fii, as it depletes a computer character so up to four humans can connect and play together. This is useful for car journeys etc.

        ** Price **

        The game is currently on Amazon for £24.99, and I think it's worth the money as the game play is there for a long time for children. Perhaps not such good value for adults, but certainly for the multi player mode if your children etc do that a lot then this game is worth investing in.


        If you haven't got it and love Mario then buy it.

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        True to the franchise roots, Mario Party DS brings players together to roll through unique game boards, playing frantic and fun mini -games along the way. Mario Party DS features five brand new boards, 70 fresh mini -games and sweet 3D graphics. The Touch Screen and built -in microphone of the Nintendo DS open up new ways to play Mario's mini -games, from using the Touch Screen to drive a car to blowing out candles via the microphone and much more!