By Dennis "CallMeBackdraft" Aspers on May 15, 2020
** Singing loudly: Well you can tell by the way I use my walk I'm a woman's man, no time to talk. Music loud and women warm, I've been kicked around since I was born... And now it's all right, it's okay. And you may look the other way We can try to understand the Time Machine's effect on man! **
Huh, what's that miss Dumee? What do you mean its time?! You know we don't do performance reviews anymore ever since you find out we kept changing the results afterwards anyways... Nah, that can't be right. Has it been two weeks already?! Snap! Well, I'll get right on it! Sadhonker, please keep the party going while I'm gone, alright?... Sadhonker? Now where is he? Oh well, I'm sure we'll all have a good time.
Well, hello there dear readers and fellow travelers of time, space and games of yesteryear. As you might have noticed, we were just having a little shindig to commemorate... well, at first it was the return of the Big Red Timemachine, but then we kept inviting more and more people we have met during our travels over the past few years and apparently we have kept this party going for 2 weeks straight now. AAAAANYWAY, let's get to the point of you even reading this shall we? Today we will be visiting a game called Mario Party, which was released all the way back in 1998.
Playing board games always was and still is an excellent way to have a good time with friends and family when you are just stuck at home, for no specific reason of course, but ever since the digital age of gaming took a foothold in the world, these analog games took a bit of a back seat to their digital relatives. However, in 1998, Hudson Soft and Nintendo teamed up to show the world that, even on a digital platform, board games could still have their place. How did they do it? Well, they released Mario Party on their Nintendo 64 platform. Even though it featured a full-fledged single player mode, the main stay for the game was the multiplayer mode in which up to 4 people could play against each other on the same console, traversing a game board and sticking it to each other in at least 50 different mini-games.
The idea of Mario party is quite simple, you roll a dice to progress along the road that runs across the board. On this board, there are several tiles in three different colors, green blue and red. Both the blue and the red tiles can have different icons, each with their own effect, ranging from losing your next turn, to getting an extra dice roll, spaces that trigger a mini-game or the big bad Bowser Tile that summons Bowser, who will do his trick and gives a board widely spread negative effects or start a mini-game in which everyone who doesn't win loses points/coins.
To win the game, a player has to earn enough coins to purchase stars. These shining pointy items will ultimately, after all rounds are done, decide the winner of the game. Each star costs about 20 coins. The coins are earned by winning or at least finishing high in the mini-games you play (the higher you place in a game the more coins you get). They can also be earned through some of the events that you can encounter while traversing the more than colorful board.
Not only does the game offer up to 50 mini-games, it also contains 8 different game boards, each with its own design, effects and tile counts. Two of these boards are unlockable after playing through the game a couple of times, just to add some additional spice to the game. Since the release of Mario party and the undeniable success it had, Nintendo released a total of 15 other Mario Party games on all of their platforms with the last installment being released for the Nintendo Switch in 2018. These games all follow the same basic concept, while all feature new and even more exciting boards, mini-games and events.
But enough of that party for now; it's time to get back to our own shindig or, as I like to call it, THE PAAAAAAARTAAAYYYY... Hello... guys... guys, I said PAAAAAAARTAAAAYY! What do you mean it's done? Sadhonker! Didn't I tell you to keep it going and while I was gone? Yes, I know I am always the life of the party, but even you couldn't have made it crash that hard, especially since the Bee Gees just started their first set of the day... What do you mean "HE" arrived? Who even invited him?! Well, we need to know who did because the person that did is: a) cruising for a bruising and b) seemingly set on sabotaging our party. I mean, come on, HE doesn't even have a single party bone in his body. Alright, you get rid of him and I'll see if I can get the other people to come back. For now, dear readers, I send you off into the sunset, sadly without some sweet Bee Gees jams sounding in the background, because we seem to have a saboteur in our midst...
Hudson Soft & Nintendo