Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Bigger. Better. Partier! Family fun ahoy in this outing from Mario and his crew of party animals
Mario Party 9 (Wii)
Member Name: linusrubik
Mario Party 9 (Wii)
Advantages: Plenty of play modes, 80 fun mini games, gorgeous graphics, great gameplay.
Disadvantages: Nothing that comes to mind!
I have a confession. As much as I'm a huge fan of classic videogaming (check out my other reviews and you'll see what I mean), I can't help but fall in love with this franchise. It gives immense amounts of pure unadulterated fun for people of all ages. No tricky controller combinations to master. No hiding around a corner waiting for DAYS with a sniper rifle to take out your enemy. Just instant fun fun fun!
With 11 delightfully entertaining and memorable characters to choose from, 7 stages to discover (Toad Road, Bob-omb Factory, Blooper Beach, Boo's Horror Castle, Magma Mine, Bowser Station, DK's Jungle Runis), and a truck load of minigames - there's something for everyone here whether you're 8 or 80 years old.
The concept of the game itself is simple. Each stage represents a game board, much like a classic board game, and each player takes it in turn to hit the dice block to determine where they will go next. You and up to 3 additional players can play together (in party mode) maximising the fun element. Your goal is to collect as many mini stars as you can on your adventure, and extra ones are always ready for the picking in the fantastic mini games that crop up during your game. Junctions in the road ensure that your game can be different every time you play. Get to the end of the stage and do battle with one of the numerous end-level bosses to progress to the next stage. Get to the end and each player will see their mini star tally, with the winner being announced as the 'superstar'.
My favourite part of the game is the free play mode. I'm able to play any of the mini games directly without having to go head first into the full party mode, which is great for a quick fun fix, or some extra practice ahead of the main event. It would be hard to pick out a particular favourite as they are all quirky and fun in their own right.
Summary: A very enjoyable game that doesn't need too much thought or effort to play. The way a game should be
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