Any rumours of online play for this one?
10th May 2007- Youd better be in the mood for fun, as Mario Party is back! This classic party game series provides hours of fun for everyone regardless of age or gaming ability and Mario Party 8 is no exception. This fast paced and crazy game is the first Wii installment of the popular series and is the perfect game to play with family and friends. Join the party this summer with Mario Party 8 when it launches across Europe on 22nd June 2007.
All the old favourites including Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi are back in this latest Mario Party installment, along with a couple of new faces, such as Blooper and Hammer Bro, who previously appeared for the first time in the original Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Players must move around the board by throwing a dice and at the end of each turn they are faced with a humorous yet challenging mini-game. This really is the perfect game to play against friends and family thanks to the multiplayer mode which allows you and your friends to team up against each other in both two versus two and one against all challenges.
Combine this zany board game action with the Wii Remote and Mario Party 8 makes for a highly-charged, dynamic experience, with unique and exciting gameplay styles on offer for each mini-game. Such mini-games include a snowboard race, a race on a tight rope, a boat rowing race and even a cake decoration contest. The Wii Remote adds a new level of comfort and novelty to gameplay as some mini-games require holding the Wii Remote vertically, sideways and even like a TV remote pointing at the screen. It also enables the player to cruise seamlessly through the games numerous different modes. Whats more in certain modes, players can use their very own personalised Mii characters within specific mini-games.
The games main mode, Party Tent, challenges players to take on the computer or up to three friends in a turn-based battle. Each board features different challenges but as a general rule, players have a set number of turns to collect as many stars as they can. Mini-games played in party mode vary depending on the number of players.
If you just cant get enough of the many mini-games, you can devote your time entirely to playing them in the Mini-Game Tent, moving from game to game and honing your skills. Elsewhere players can put their skills to the test in the Star Battle Arena where they must take on and defeat the computer. Other zones include the Extras Zone and the Fun Bazaar all of which add fun and diverse elements to the classic game.
In addition, aspiring Mario Party 8 masters can use the games multiplayer capabilities to play with up to three other people. Friends and family can battle it out in Party Tent mode, Mini-Game Tent and the Extras zone.
The newest installment in the Mario Party series sees the latest developments in technology combined with a classic gaming formula and is set to become the best in the series yet! Mario Party 8 parties its way into stores across Europe on 22nd June 2007 at an estimated price of around £40.
While we all pretty much know what to expect from a Mario Party game, the eighth installment will bring a new mode with it. The “Extras Zone” will have eight minigames, four of which have to be unlocked. The four we know of are a Wii Sports bowling clone, a Wii Play table tennis clone, a racing game, and a “variety pack” that offers up puzzles. This mode allows you to play as your Miis instead of Mario Party characters.
Its out, but its not looking good
IGN gave it 5.2:
Gamespot gave it 6.5:
I just hope that this is because its not original compaired to the previous GC versions, which is fine by me as I have never played the GameCube varients.
But its not the result i was hoping for!!!
To be honest, if thats the case, I will be more than happy.. The Gamecube was one of the few consoles I have never owned, so I have never actually played Mario Party.
So, even if it does lack originality, for me, it will be TOTALLY original!
I just want something with good Multi-Player options.. On face value the Wii looks to have good multi-player abilities.. But once you get beyond WiiSports, it pretty poor.
I want more games like WarioWare and Rayman, but with a more structured Multi-player option.. I can't be the only person who thought that whilst Wario and Rayman were great, their Multiplayer options were almost useless.
Rather than just being able to select a minigame, it needs some kind of 'wrapper' to keep score and allocate a game for each person to play.
Mario Party looks just the job, but after reading both reviews, I am not so sure!