Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Mario Party 8 (Wii)
Member Name: LisaW82
Mario Party 8 (Wii)
Advantages: Great mini games
Disadvantages: Horrible wait to have a go
Mario Party 8 is one of the biggest let downs I have experienced on the Nintendo Wii since I bought the console at launch. After so much build up to the game coming out, what follows in single player mode is disastrous and the intended multi-player mode is only marginally better. A lot of people will disagree with me but these are the views of myself and some of my friends who I had round for a Mario Party 8 night not so long ago. This game lasted 1 hour 45 minutes that night as we soon realised it was going to drag on and on and on. Thankfully, Wii Sports saved the evening.
To begin with, the game does have a lot of appeal and the mini games are quite clever and get you using the Wii remotes in interesting and diverse ways, but this soon goes away when you realise that you may have to wait ages between goes as you frantically try to hit a number that lands you on a mini game square. Once on them they are good fun, but I strongly believe there should be more of them and perhaps a guaranteed game at least one every two spins. One of my friends sat waiting to play a game for over an hour and this can't be right.
The single player game obviously allows you to take part in the games, but on your own? now where is the fun in that. Multiplayer fun is the purpose of this game and for me it fails on that score.
There are a number of different modes available that will allow you and your party to play more frequent games against each other and against the clock, but the feeling of an epic game against each other is missing from those modes. If they could have combined the big board game method with more frequent mini games then this would have been an entirely different review.
It is not all bad news though as some of the mini games show the creativity of Nintendo in all their glory. I had an awful lot of fun trying to row down a river using the Wii remote to simulate the motion. The shooting games are really cool too and work well again because of the remote functions. There are some nice character changing features aswell.
I would love to see if Nintendo build on the good bits of this game and integrate a better way of a party of people getting more of the action rather than more of the wheel spinning. The games were enjoyable but the waiting was not.
Summary: The games were enjoyable but the waiting was not.