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With more than 80 minigames to choose from, the same ole' friendly characters we've grown to love from the Mario video franchise for more than 20 years, and a new layout with a variety of areas perfect for people of all ages and abilities: this Mario Party 8 is brilliant! There are 86 minigames in all, and though there are more than a few "mirror" games (where the rules of a particular game have simply been reversed), as well as slightly revamped minigames from past Mario Parties, the variety and fun one can enjoy with this game is non-ending. Not only does it spark a sense of friendly competiveness within us all as we race to gather more stars than our opponents in the 'Party Tent', but the 'Fun Bazaar', 'Star Battle Arena' and 'Extra Zone' are quenched full with wild games suited to everyone. Now in its seventh year, Nintendo's Mario Party series, Mario Party still manages to add original quirks that adds a whole new dimension to the proceedings and makes it more challenging, and much more fun to win! A game we all know and love, Mario Party is sure to please.
Mario Party 8 for the Wii is one of the few games on the Wii that I own.
The game includes 14 playable characters, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Yoshi, Birdo, Toad, Toadette, Wario, Waluigi, Boo, Dry Bones, Blooper and Hammer Bro you can also use Mii characters as well which is basically your own character that you create on the Wii.
The game itself is mainly designed for more than 1 player so the more people you have over to play the better but it is limited to 4 but that doesnt mean you cant take turns if there are more of you. However if there are less than 4 the AI or computer fills in the blanks.
You then compete against each other in one of six themed areas in the game. From there you can then select five different areas to play on: Party Tent, Star Battle Arena, Minigame Tent, Extras Zone, and the Fun Bazaar. Each of these are different but needless to say its all fun.
Without going into each of the game boards there are basically different tasks to do including side tasks where you compete against each other to earn stars and coins and you end up ranked agaisnt each other.
The games itself are quite fun but can be really long winded and take up most of your evening before you know it. Its not like the free sports games where you can have a quick game in 5 minutes and carry on for the evening, it really does take time to setup and to play so you'd better be prepared for a long evening with friends.
I really enjoy playing it but it can be really frustrating as many of the games are really just you clicking a button which randomly picks how successful for are and because of that there is no reall skill which is good in one way as new players can win but its frustrating as well because there is no learned skill really as someone who is losing in the game can somehow end up winning it. It's hard to explain other than if you play it.
I bought this for around £29.00 new but i'm sure you can get it far cheaper now.
overall it is a fun family / friendly game to play but it really is only useful when you have a house full who want to play and the time to play it.
This is a surprisingly good game and is really like a board game so you can play it once in a while with friends and family.
In this game there are 6 board game type of activities which include Koopa's Tycoon Town which is like Monopoly and you have to move around the town using your coins to put into a hotel. There is also a ghost board game and one on a train and each time you have to shake the wii remote to roll the dice and then more along the spaces. Also in these games are minigames where players have to compete in different games which are lots of fun and I think are the best part of this game as there are loads of different ones. One of my favourite minigames is grabbing gold where you have to move a bucket to collect the coins that are falling but avoid the shells which is quite tricky.
I think this games is great for both kids and adults but the kids definately seem to enjoy playing it for longer than the adults as they never seem to get bored of the mini games.
This game is definately good value for money as there is so much to do in it. You might not play it all the time but is good for family parties to keep the kids entertained and the adults also love to compete in the minigames.
Mario Party 8 for the Wii is one of those games that until you actually play it you won't realise how addictive and fun it actually is. Another one of the older games now for Wii so I'm sure you'll be able to pick it up cheap on eBay or second hand from a gaming store.
The main idea of the game is that you against 3 computer characters or friends start playing a board game, but this board game is full twists, short cuts, pit falls, bonuses and of course with all Mario games, coins to collect. Now, when I say a board game I don't mean sitting looking at board like scrabble or monopoly, this is Mario so there are lots of cannons, slides, ladders and many other obstacles to get round or hope that after your roll of the dice you have managed to avoid.
The making of game I believe is the mini games that you play, the board game is good but the mini games are just great. Again typical with Mario, it's the simple ideas and games that are the best, walking the tightrope over a canyon has to be my personal favourite.
This game has something for everyone whether it be a group of adults, children or a family playing it has hours of fun.
You couldn't play every day as the board games can be long and drawn out but it is good way to spend an evening with family or friends when there is nothing on TV.
I got this game as part of the package with the Nintendo Wii so did not intend to buy it, nor would I have if I am honest. However I was pleasantly surprised by this game, despite not even opening the game for about a month, when I did it was always the first game played when friends came round. The concept of the game is very simple, you roll dice and move around a board, the twist is after every turn all players participate in a mini game to earn coins. There are 6 boards to play on each with its own uniqueness all relating to popular Marion scenes. Each board plays differently but the aim of getting stars is remains the same. The mini games can be 2v2, 3v1 or all against all, they range from a race where you have saw to wood, nail hammers and paint a wall to making cakes. The characters available to use are all from the Mario series with no key ones being left out. Once mini games have been played in a game they are then available to play at any point. Mario Party is best suited for groups of friends rather than solo playing as there is not really much of a solo campaign, certainly not one to keep you coming back hour after hour.
This is a masterful multiplayer game from the guys at Nintendo. It's Mario and his friends again on the Wii Console.
There is no real story again with this game. It is plain and simply a board game. A board game with a twist. You role the dice make your move the player that collects the most coins and stars along the way wins, usually. Their are a few secret bonuses along the way which only become clear at the end of the game and they could swing it one way or the other.
The gameplay itself is a bit repetative in the board game element of this game as it is just a board game on a computer. What separates this game from the rest is the minigames which are instigated after everyone has taken their turn.
These minigames are amazingly fun and will have you waving yours arms around like a whirling dervish. I found that after the minigame had finished I wanted to rush through the board game element and play another one.
This is a Mario game so don't expect any graphics that will blow your mind. The graphics however do look good and crisp and you can see everything that is going on. Expect lots of bright colours and cartoon like environments and you will not be disappointed.
I will rate this game 7/10
For me the minigames make it! The board game element I could take or leave it. Having said that I did find myself wanting to play it again and again.
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Mario party 8 was a game that came with the Wii bundle that I was given as a present a couple of years ago. I think even if I hadnt have got it this way curiosity would have got the better of me and I would have bought it anyway.
The back of the box claims that Mario Party 8 is 'the wildest party ever'. Mario Party is a twist on the original (and arguably the best) boardgame. When playing Mario Party, up to four players choose a character, they then work their way around the board and once everyone has finished their turn a mini game is played. You carry on around the board until a winner is found through collecting the required amount of coins/stars.
There are six boards to play in Mario Party. Each one is completely unique and look very entertaining. For example one of the boards you play called 'Shy Guy's Perplex Express', you make your way through the inside of the train carts, each one unique with various Mario characters you will recognise - theres is a kitchen cart, dining cart etc and then when you reach the end of the train you work your way up to the roof of the train and make your way back. However, the twist to this board is, when landing on a certain sapce, the train carts mix themselves up - so you could be in first place and easily moved to last. Alot of effort has gone in to making the environment where you play alot of fun, some aspects of it are quite fun but in my opinion its lacking something to be really entertaining.
There are lots of mini games in Mario Party. The mini games are very varied with lots of choice, making good use of the Wii remote. However, some of the mini games are quite simple meaning although enjoyable, you do end up getting bored quite quickly. The mini games include:
Sugar Rush: There is a picture of a cake with toppings on and you have a plain cake - you have to add toppings to your cake to make it look the same.
Pumper Cars: Using your Wii remote you have to pump your mining cart out of the tunnels to the finish line.
Treacherous Tightrop: Using your Wii Remote you balance your character as they cross a rope over a canyon. This is made more difficult by the fact wind can blow and knock your character off if you're not paying attention.
You start Mario Party with only a handful of these mini games unlocked and to get the rest you have to keep playing to unlock them. There is the ability to play the mini games individually away from the board game but before you can do this you have to unlock them in the main board games first. You have no control over whats unlocked and this can end up being very frustrating as you keep playing the same mini games over and over again (getting quite bored with them!) while there are still ones waiting to be unlocked.
For me the problem with Mario Party is the board game aspect. I just cant get the feel for it and like it. Half of me sits there staring at the tv screen wondering why I didnt just pull out an actual board game in the first place. This isnt helped by the fact that Mario Party is 'hosted' by some weird looking character. He talks and talks and talks and doesnt shut up its very annoying and he cant be turned off.
The worst thing about this game though is if there are four players moving round the board, the game can end up taking such a long time it gets boring. Even with just two players a game can end up taking forever because of some 'event' happening (such as the train carts moving, putting the person who was really in the lead and about to win to last place). I cant even play it on my own because even then I end up getting bored! The game just lacks in the ability to bring about a party spirit and in no way is it that much fun and 'wild' as the box claims.
What I really dislike about the game is that even now after it being out for such a long time it is a very expensive game. As it has the Mario name attached to it this game will still cost around £30, which is quite expensive in terms of Wii games and how much enjoyment you will get out of it. I think once you have played all the mini games a few times theres little more enjoyment to be had because most of them are nothing special.
I wouldnt trade in this game and I'm not sure why. Possibly because it does come in handy when there really is nothing else to do. However, if you were looking to buy this, I would suggest buying Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 instead, it costs half the price and is much more fun! Failing that just bring out an old board game and every so often wave your arm round manically - it will feel much like playing Mario Party but wont take so long.
I recently got Mario Party 8 for the Nintendo Wii and it's not the greatest game but not bad at all. You can play it in single player mode but it's main appeal is the multiplayer mode as that's where the fun is.
The storyline is fairly similar to the other games in this series. You are at some sort of magical circus playing games so you can earn the title of super star and win a years worth of candy. In single player mode you play one on one against the computer to collect a certain number of stars on each level or board. Once you clear boards you will be on target to ultimately win your prize by challening Bowser's board.
The graphics are not too bad. The boards have some nice details and the characters look better than other Mario Party games but are still not perfect. The sound is pretty much the same as other games in the series as are the voices.
Mario Party is a game that can be played up to to four players. The objective in each board in multiplayer mode is to get the most starts by reaching a certain point on the board. After each person rolls the dice a mini game will start. Which ones begin depends on which coloured spaces players land on. When you win the games you will win 10 coins that you can use to purchase stars or other useful items from shop spaces on the board. It's not that hard to pick up and master really but is fun.
There is in addtion the new single player mode where you go through the board versus another computer controlled opponent. You can only play a mini game in this mode when you land on a certain space. When this occurs, whoever wins gets to spin the wheel and take coins from their opponent equal to that number.
There are various mini games that you can play in this which adds to the interest and replay value of this particular version of the game. Outside of the two main modes there is a shop you can buy things with cards you earn after playing through a board. You can buy figurines, music and mini games for example.
Overall, Mario Party 8 isn't an awful game but it's not original obviously so if you own any of the other Mario Parties it might not be worth getting this one...But if you love these games then go for it... but make sure you know enough people who want to play multiplayer mode with you.
Mario Party has now reached its EIGHTH entry. Who would've thought it? It is the perfect example of a Wii game that caters to multiplayer tastes while shutting out single player preferences, making it quite a limited game even if I would rarely touch a Wii game by myself.
The gameplay revolves around a series of strange party games which are played within a central board game format, where characters move around the board, intending to collect the most stars and win the game. You use the Wiimote to roll the dice, but frankly, this sort of game doesn't make great use of the Wiimote, and given how you can just play a board game without a game console, this game feels a bit too minimalistic to me, even if it is well designed. The main attraction is the mini games which occur while you go around the board, as these are less ordinary and rather original.
Visually, it's decent but again, because it's just a board game, there's hardly a lot of complexity to it. It does a serviceable job, though, yet you'll be hard pressed to try and differentiate it from the previous Mario Party game. Aurally, the soundtrack is quite fun, fitting the tone of the various levels, but it's ultimately background music you won't be noticing all that much.
Though the gameplay is overly simplistic, there's a certain amount of added fun due to the minigames, which are far more enjoyable than the board game itself. It's a lot of fun with friends, but not really if played by yourself. The computer AI is rather dire and joyless, but with a few friends, there are plenty of laughs to be had.
There has been an influx of 'party games' onto all the main consoles over the last few years, and the Wii (with its innovative control system) seems to be the perfect machine to play them on. Some of these titles are better than others, and traditionally the 'Mario Party' franchise has been right up there with the best of them - so how does the latest incarnation 'Mario Party 8' compare?
Shake n' roll
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Mario Party 8 plays just like a board game, with each player taking a turn to throw a virtual dice, and then moving their character the corresponding amount of spaces - oh, and if you hadn't already guessed, you can choose to be a character from the Mario universe, including old favourites Princess Peach, Luigi, Bowser, Yoshi, Toad, and Wario. Four players can compete at once, and the ultimate aim is to collect the stars which are located at strategic points around the board - sound simple? well, it has traditionally been this simplicity which has provided the straightforward easy-playing appeal.
On the voyage around the board, competitors can also buy 'candy' if they pass a shop square, and these virtual treats allow your player to gain extra dice rolls and occasionally destroy half the collected wealth of your opponents. When everyone has completed their turn, it's on to the Mini-games, which unfortunately represent this particular title's main weakness. Too many of these challenges are over simplistic and require little skill to complete. One example of this is the game where you shake up a can of virtual soda by wiggling the Wii Remote back and forth - it's neither clever or skillful and ends up being ultimately disappointing. Other challenges include boat-rowing, grafitting shapes onto boulders, hitting baseballs, and car racing - unfortunately none of them are particularly exciting, and ALL suffer from lackluster controls.
The turn based nature of the main game means that onscreen events can become rather frustrating, and it takes an age complete a full game. If you've got a very good attention span then you may well have a good time, but for most people its a case of boredom setting in fairly quickly due to the repetitive nature of proceedings.
Apart from the main board game modes, you can go into a series of virtual, circus style tents, which allow you to play the mini-games without having to roll the dice and go through the motions. There are a few unique extra games in this variant which aren't available in the other modes, and a couple of them are almost decent - but none will have you coming back to play for very long.
Mario is losing his looks...
Graphically, Mario Party 8 is very unimpressive indeed, with low quality textures and a plethora of jagged edges on all the characters and backgrounds. In fact, this particular game would look at home not just one generation back on the Gamecube, but a step further into history on the N64. Continuing the theme of graphical annoyances, for some reason the menus are presented in widescreen, whilst the main game reverts back to oldskool 4:3 - strange!
The soundtrack? well it's not that great either, with a few badly synthed versions of the classic Mario tunes which are on the whole unambitious and poorly arranged.
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As a franchise, there have been some decent Mario Party games over the years, yet this eighth incarnation seems a little rushed and lacking the depth of mini-games which are normally the main strength of the title. Poor graphics and a control scheme which hardly benefits the Wii's unique system ensure that Mario Party 8 is one for the kids only. If you want a decent party game, then it may well be worth looking at the 'Raving Rabids' series - or go straight for the known quality of Wii Sports Resort.
If you still want to give it a go, then you can currently purchase Mario Party 8 for £34.99 from Amazon.
I'd say that this game is pretty fun, but I won't because half of the time you play the Wii, you are probably alone, which is the problem. See, this game is only fun with a big group of people. If you don't have a lot of people to play this game with, just skip this game and find something else. If you DO have a lot of people to play this game with, and enough Wii Remotes for everyone, then you should keep on reading this review.
So, here's how it works: there's a story mode (which, yes, is single-player, but it's really no fun as it takes way too long), a party mode (multi-player, mind you), and there's also a store where you can use coins that you've collected by playing the game to buy things. The only problem is, nobody's got the time to collect coins! Let me try to help you envision this: a pack of game play music that you can't do anything else with but listen do costs 100 coins. Playing a FULL round in party mode, which takes about a half-hour, gets you 20 coins. Do the math, that's way too long.
See how much I've had to say that something is way too long? A lot of times.
Bought Mario Party 8 a while ago as we wanted a game with lots of mini games as I find some of the longer wii games boring. Anyway this was reccomended to us over the Carnival game. The theme here is the BigTop and you can play mini games on your own, or bigger games with a group of friends. I really like playing with friends, it is not as good as a single player as it is easy to get bored. Some parts of it could be made better by not having to watch the computer make its moves if you are playing a 4 player. It does get a bit boring. However, it is great for mini games like cake decorating, rowing down a river, painting, shooting etc . we just like to have fun with it, and it gets you using the controller and nunchuck in different ways. The board games on there are a good laugh, and we usuall play 2 player. There are lots of combinations of things to play. We have had it over a year and I havent played all of the games yet. Definitely one of my favourites.
Mario has been around for some time now, and when I saw the new Mario Party come out I thought it'd be at least fair to give it a shot.
When turning on the game you are greated by MC Ballyhoo and his talking top hat, Big Top. This is due to the carnival theme that has been put in place. This theme doesn't continue throughout the game as once you're into one of the single game selections, it's pretty much the same old Mario Party! The game is still played like a board game - the characters are moved around a board whilst playing different mini games and searching for the "star" that will help you towards becoming the winner of the game.
Although when starting to play the game, it seems something that's fun for all the family, after about a maximum of 10 roles it becomes tedious, boring and repetative. Even though this is an issue, you can select to have less turns or more if you find the game easier to get on with.
The amount of minigames in Mario Party 8 is less than the amount in Mario Party 7, with this, they include the wii remote in a much better fashion. There are more games dedicated to turning the remote round and using it in "gamepad" mode, which is a traditional method. The use of the remote does not however make up for the lack of minigames and the fact that it doesn't support 8 players, like the previous version.
I found that the previous version of Mario Party was much better than this, hence if I were to have to make a recommendation it would have to be to purchase the previous version.
Admittedly as a 26 year-old male, I don't think that I'm Mario Party 8's target audience, but my fiancée bought it as a game for us both to play and I have to admit it's not actually too bad.
The game is basically a board game that's played on-screen with a few Wiimote-waving mini games thrown in.
Pick your character and choose a board/theme to play on - there's six to choose from including Donkey Kong's treehouse, a haunted mansion and a spaceship. Players then take it in turn to roll the dice (wave the Wiimote) and move around the board collecting coins and stars.
The winner is the first person to collect a certain number of stars. Coins can be exchanged for a number of power-ups, giving you the ability to throw more dice or stop your opponent in their tracks.
Every so often you'll be challenged to a mini game, which is where most of the game's fun lies. There are plenty of mini games to play, and I don't think we've played them all yet! most of the games involve wiggling the Wiimote in one way or another!
Why only 3 stars? Well, there's not really that much to do, especially in single-player mode which is a huge let-down and is nowhere near as fun as playing with friends.