My very own Mario Party 10 dice! A big thumbs up to Nintendo UK's press team, for the fabulous way of announcing the launch of Nintendo's Mario Party 10 (Wii U, released on 20th March 2015)! Apart from lots of party goodies and an amiibo character Bowser (the villain in the game), we also get to try out the game ourselves!
Note: See my previous blog post for our Nintendo Wii U review , featuring Mario Party 10
Mario Party 10 (rrp £34.99 - £39.99) is a pegi 7 Wii U party game that allows up to 5 players to play together. There are 3 modes to play in - amiibo, Bowser Party and Mario Party. You can also access the mini games from each mode in the main menu, and use collected Mario party Points to unlock special items/ features.
Our favourite mode is Bowser Party, where me and Abby always fight over the Gamepad and play as Bowser. Although a bad guy, he gets to trick other players in the game, which makes it so much more fun!
There are 5 playable characters in Bowser Party, where one of the player can choose to play as Bowser, and will be using the Wii U Gamepad, as he/ she will get to see something other players can't on it. The rest of the players (Team Mario, maximum 4 players, and empty slots will be filled by computer controlled characters) will play as a team, each using a Wii controller.
Team Mario will take turn to roll the dice and move their vehicle along the gameboard. Their aim is to beat Bowser to reach the end and get the star. When the team drive past a special spot, events occur, such as life (hearts) gaining, extra steps to move, traps, etc.
To make it fair for Bowser, he gets to roll 4 dices each turn, which the Bowser player can see and play with on the Gamepad while waiting for his turn. Bowser, however, gets to reroll if he's not happy with the roll! A second chance is always great, although it's not necessary going to be better than the first roll of course (choices and consequences).
When Bowser caught up with Team Mario, it triggers a mini game, where Bowser gets to torment Team Mario, making them loose lives! Take Roulette Rage for example, featured in the above picture, Bowser will have to choose 3 segments and turn the roulette. Team Mario have to make sure that, when the board stops, they don't land in the marked segment, or they'll be bombed and instantly loose 3 lives!
Bowser also get to set traps to trick Team Mario. Our favourite one is in the underwater map, where Bowser have to doodle and stamp on 5 treasure chests using the Gamepad, to trick Team Mario into picking the wrong treasure chest, which makes them loose lives! When I played Bowser for the first time to trick Abby, she innocently trusted my good marks and kept picking the wrong chest. It's horrible but absolutely hilarious! #EvilMum She learned fast though and has since been wanting to be Bowser, and she can be really creative with setting traps!
Worth mentioning is how considerate Nintendo is. In Bowser Party and Mario Party, if a player lost all their lives, they aren't totally kicked out of the game. When Team Mario lands on a Gain Lives spot, every player including the ones who has lost all will gain lives, so there is still a chance for them to join the team again. While waiting for such opportunity, they will be teleported to a waiting area, and they even get to collect special dice while waiting. So no one at the party will feel left out!
Mario Party is very similar to Bowser Party, where all 4 players will be playing as a team. Bowser will be shown as locked up behind the bars on the Gamepad, but when a player rolled a number shown on each bar for the first time, it unlocks that bar. So you might be cheering "Don't Roll 3!" if number 3 is the only number left to keep Bowser at bay!
Once all numbers has been rolled once, Bowser will be released and going after the team!
After each game (applicable to all modes), players get to see how many Mario Party points they've earned, which can be used to unlock bonus materials, as well as their ranking and how they performed during the game.
If you aren't familiar with amiibo, they are character figurines you can use to play certain Wii U and new 3DS/ 3DS XL games with. It can store and transfer character data for a particular game.
|Unlocking character tokens allow players to unlock different gameboards|
|Mario found a Donut base, and Donkey Kong a Watermelon one|
Unlike Bowser Party and Mario Party, players will be competing against each other instead of playing as a team. Up to 4 players can play this mode, each requiring a Wii controller. The Gamepad will be used as the amiibo dock instead.
In this game, players can collect coins (each start with 20 coins), and chase around the board after the star, where they can convert each 20 coins to a star. Each round ends with a randomly selected mini game from 3 categories (Free-for-all, 2-vs-2, 1-vs-3). I noticed that the 1-vs-3 category appears more often if 1 player is lacking behind, and they are given the opportunity to catch up if they win in the mini game (they get 15 coins oppose to 5 each if the 3 player team wins).
At the end of the 10th round, the player with most stars (not coins) wins.
Mario Party 10 contains a lot of fun mini games to play with, some easier than others. You can always practise before playing the game though, and as many times as you want, but that might slow the game's pace a bit. While playing in different modes, random mini games will appear, but most of the time you won't get to play them all. If you want to play the mini games, as mentioned before, you can easily access them from the main menu.
And using the Mario Party Points you've collected, you can unlock bonus materials from Toad's Room, also accessible from the main menu.
We had lots of fun playing Mario Party 10, and the pace is perfect for children, although it might be a bit slow for those who like games like Mario Kart 8 (people who don't take taking turns very well). I like it though, while waiting for my turn I can snack and laugh at (or even disturb) others, exactly how a party should be like! The sound effects and character voices are adorable, and we love the vibrant and detailed graphics as well.
We do wish that there are more map choices, and the only time you can unlock more maps is in the amiibo mode. For parties however, especially children one, where everyone just want to keep moving on to different games, this is about right. If you are having an Easter party, don't forget to consider your entertainment, and Mario Party 10 might just be something worth adding to your list!