Mario Party: A 15 Year Celebration

Take a trip through each of the Mario Party games in this anniversary jamboree!

By Kyle England. Posted 02/10/2014 09:00 3 Comments     ShareThis

Are you a party animal? This month is a cause for celebration, as February 8 marked the 15th anniversary of the debut of the Mario Party series in the Western world. Since then, Mario’s thrown way too many parties and racked up several thousand coins’ worth of fines from noise complaints. It’s a miracle that the Mushroom Kingdom crew is still hanging out after a decade and a half of coin-swapping, double-crossing, and face-stomping one another.

Still, even after all these years, we can depend on the Mario Party games for enjoyable (if not slightly maddening) multiplayer romps. So, to mark the 15th birthday of the series that defined the party game genre, we’re throwing a soiree of our own here at Nintendojo. Join us in a look back at the numbered console games of Mario’s jammin’ spin-off series. We’re giving an overview of each game, pointing out what they brought to the series, and highlighting the best minigames. So without further ado, it’s time to party hard.

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3 Responses to “Mario Party: A 15 Year Celebration”

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    roykoopa64 says...

    Wow, excellent job stepping through the whole (console) history of the series! I remember hearing you mention you would be working on this feature when I listened to a recent episode (10, I think) of the podcast (oops, I’ve missed some of the newer episodes). My experience with the Mario Party series is rather limited, so I found it interesting to read about the changes made along the way.

    So DK is not a playable character starting with Mario Party 5? I was wondering why he showed up on the box covers in some of the later games. Looking it up online now, I see he becomes a non-playable character you interact with on certain boards. I wonder why they did that? Even Mario Kart 7 still has features the burly ape as a playable character.

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      Toadlord says...

      Removing DK as a playable character always bummed me out, too. Especially when they go to great lengths to make you hate the guy, like when he gives a free star to someone who doesn’t need it. I know when I was playing the GameCube Mario Party titles, I viewed him on-par with Bowser in terms of annoyance.

      Truth be told, there’s not much that could get me to buy a new Mario Party nowadays. I’m just not in the position to play with many people for local multiplayer, and online would have to be done really well for me to consider it.

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        Kyle England says...

        Glad you guys liked the feature! I was never a huge DK fan in Mario Party, but it was odd that he became an event guy from 5 onwards. His minigames were always tough to unlock if you wanted 100% as well.

        80% of the fun in Mario Party does come from being with your friends. I can’t see that level of energy being replicated through online play any time soon. The fact that I can still play Mario Party 15 years later and have fun with it now that I’m older really speaks to that.

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