Top Ten: Mario Party Minigames

We take a look at the best Mario Party minigames to date!

By Anthony Vigna. Posted 10/22/2013 09:00 4 Comments     ShareThis

10. Hide and Sneak – Mario Party 3

Type: 1 vs. 3 minigame

While some players in 1 vs. 3 minigames clearly have the upper hand, the more balanced games in this category, like Hide and Sneak, tend to make for the most enjoyable experiences. In Hide and Sneak, three players must hide behind either a rock, a tree stump, a bush, or a house. Then, the person playing alone must pick one of four places and attempt to find where they are. This person can pick three times, and as each place is picked, the location disappears and is no longer a hiding spot. If the person seeking finds every single player, they are victorious. However, if at least one person can last until the end of the game, then the hiding players win.

On the surface, Hide and Sneak is simplistic in design and does nothing too special. But, the game’s depth shines in its mental battles when playing with three other friends. Some of the best moments I’ve had from this game come from utilizing mind games by shouting things like, “Okay, I’m hiding behind the rock! Do not look for me behind the rock!” The look on my friend’s dumbfounded face when he doesn’t pick the rock and sees that I was actually there the whole time is absolutely priceless.

Because that’s what Mario Party is all about, right? It wouldn’t be a Mario Party game if you couldn’t aggravate your friends!

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4 Responses to “Top Ten: Mario Party Minigames”

  • 1273 points
    Robert Marrujo says...

    I remember when the first Mario Party came out, Nintendo offered everyone the chance to get a glove to keep from burning holes into the palms of their hands. This series is always fun. Great picks!

    • 180 points
      Anthony Vigna says...

      I remember that all too well! The N64 control sticks were often huge victims of the original Mario Party minigames as well. I went through a couple of controllers just for Mario Party, and I have no regrets.

    • 784 points
      Marc Deschamps says...

      The blisters I got from the first Mario Party were kind of unbelievable in retrospect. I pretty much tore my hand apart playing some of those games.

      Like Anthony, I regret nothing. :)

      Also, no Bumper Balls??

  • 180 points
    Anthony Vigna says...

    I know that feeling all too well, Marc!

    Haha I love Bumper Balls, but I opted to take it out because I often got into stalemates when two players were left on the field. But, it’s definitely an awesome minigame :)

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