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

7. Fruits of Doom – Mario Party 4

Type: Bowser minigame

The Bowser minigames in Mario Party 4 were an interesting twist on the series’ luck games. Instead of just being a luck game with aesthetic changes, Bowser minigames typically had some kind of skill element to them that made them stand out. While they were all fun in their own right, I definitely had the most fun with Fruits of Doom.

In Fruits of Doom, each character is basically enslaved by Bowser and is forced to bring him fruit to eat. Bowser specifies exactly what fruits he wants in his beginning dialog, which scrolls slowly at first but then ends up scrolling so fast that it’s barely readable. This is where the game differs from other luck games in the series, as it gives the player a chance to memorize as many fruits as possible. However, in the event that each player cannot remember which fruit Bowser needs, it transitions back into a complete luck game. The game can become nerve wracking at this juncture, as Bowser often taunts the player by raising the presented fruit to his mouth, but then stopping to look at it again for a second thought before either eating it or throwing it away.

Once one player picks the wrong fruit, that player loses and the game is over. That’s the beauty of Bowser minigames like Fruits of Doom, as there are no winners in the traditional sense. If anything, Bowser is always the winner, and he reaps some hefty rewards by enacting a random, harsh penalty on the losing player.

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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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