Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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What have they done to this franchise?
Mario Party 9 (Wii)
Member Name: Flukepiestalker
Mario Party 9 (Wii)
Advantages: Multiplayer game
Disadvantages: All the best bits from the previous games in the series have been removed
The Mario Party series of games has been brilliant. The earliest one I can remember playing (and still have) is Mario Party 4 for the Game Cube. It was the perfect game for a night in with friends as it involved one big board and several mini-games, for up to four players to compete in. Each player moved their character around the board seperately (offering different paths) collecting coins, which could then be exchanged for stars - the person with the most stars at the end won. You could lay traps on the board for other players, so strategy was all important, as well as some skill to win the minigames (although a few just involved 'luck' rather than skill, which balanced it out for the non 'plugged-in' folk - so even my mum could play these!). All this, in a fun, cartoony kind of way, that meant losing was still fun.
We were very excited about Mario Party 9, given that MP 8 was rushed out for the Wii release and barely finished (you could tell), so was somewhat disappointing. Unfortuantely this latest game in the series has now taken ALL the fun out of it. All (up to four) characters now control the same board peice, taking it in turns to roll the dice and move (the same vehicle) - which means there is no strategy or thinking involved - just pure luck as to where you land. Dull, dull, dull.
The mini-games are also not really up to scratch. 90% of them also seem to be based on pure 'luck' which of course the CPU controls - so you will find that it 'equalises' the game (by giving whoever is in last place all the luck, whilst ruining the leader's game). A friend and I had a two player game that lasted for forty five minutes, and not one thing was in our control. It was all based on pure luck. I don't mind losing to someone who is clearly better than me, but when it all boils down to pure 'luck', I find it hard to take.
The single player game is OK, but there is nothing really to unlock, apart from a couple of additional characters, and some extra vehicles. Once finished you get a feeling of 'well that was a couple of hours of my life I'll never get back' rather than be keen to play a different board/level.
I feel sad - this game has ruined a decent series - a bit like the Wii game Super Paper Mario, they have taken the best elements of a game and removed them for a 'sequel'. Why do that when those very elements are the main reason it has been successful in the past?
Summary: Get one of the earlier titles in the series - Game Cube games still work on the Wii !!!