Parties are a great place to expand your horizons, meet new friends and make interesting memories, but the best celebrations are often memories with old friends. Mario Party Superstars took full advantage of this concept, abandoned new content, and provided a compilation of the hottest board and mini-games from previous games. The result is a celebration of the franchise, which anyone can enjoy regardless of their level of experience.
Mario Party Superstars has the same structure as almost all other games in the series: players take turns to roll dice and advance on the dynamic game board, with the ultimate goal of getting the most stars. At the end of each round, you participate in a four-player mini game to earn extra coins. Due to the simple concept and control of the entire package, the broad appeal of Mario Party remains the same. Although I like the Super Mario Party in 2018 very much, I am very happy that Mario Party Superstars allows Pro Controller support and does not require a narrow single Joy-Con.
Superstars is a tribute to the past of the series, which is reflected in its mini-games and game boards. In addition, you can adjust the rules for how many rounds the game lasts, and even choose the mini game pool you want to encounter during the session. I am very happy that Superstars provides me with the option to turn off the annoying end-of-game bonus stars, or choose to play only skill-based games. You also have preset options. For example, you can choose to only play games that appear on Nintendo 64 or GameCube, or choose small games suitable for players of all ages.
When you play the main board game mode, you can choose from the five most iconic stages in the Nintendo 64 game, all with modern graphics and music. It’s great to relive Peach’s birthday cake from the first title. I like Woody Woods in Mario Party 3. However, I am disappointed with the small number of boards. These levels are iconic, but I would love to see more than five levels, especially considering that they are all remakes of the existing ones.
The main content of Mario Party is still its mini-games. Fortunately, Superstars made up for its shortcomings with 100 of the most popular mini-games from previous games. With an eclectic collection, players can compete in a solid combination of skill-based matches and chance-driven mini-games. I still like personal favorites such as Face-Lift, Paint Misbehavin’ and Motor Rooter.Almost Mario Party games of every era are included, many of which are the best in their respective games, providing an unparalleled mini game pool for “Mario Party Superstar”
I am very happy to see many of my favorite games of all time return in Superstars. However, I was puzzled by the revival of the infamous tug-of-war game, due to its joystick rotation control, the N64 caused controller damage and hand blistering. This version has a warning, do not use the palm to avoid injury, but even if you ignore the new possibility of hand foaming, considering that the Switch’s analog joystick drifts after frequent use and is notorious, bringing this little game back seems like a Dangerous choice. Fortunately, in the 100 catalogs, only a few small games rely on fast joystick rotation.
Although most people associate Mario Party with the board game mode, you can experience your own mini-games through the surprisingly powerful Mt. Minigames. Here, you can participate in free games, you can choose from any game in your collection, or participate in challenges as an established team in 2v2 and 3v1 modes. I like to provide a dedicated space for excellent sports and jigsaw mini-games, with options that allow you to extend the length of time for activities such as volleyball, hockey, and color-blocking jigsaw games.
In addition, you can participate in online competitions and compete with people from all over the world. You can also connect to an online-specific mode to see who can get the most victories in survival, or participate in themed daily challenges that provide you with three mini-games to compete. The daily challenge is a fun way to enjoy the three packs of activities with similar mechanics-I like to play the Shoot’em Up challenge, which allows me to participate in three goal-based matches.
The fast hit feature of Mt. Minigames may make it most suitable for online games, but you can also experience the board game mode online. It can be matched randomly, but it is more fun to play with friends. In addition to being an exciting game for acquaintances, you can also save the progress of your friends’ matches, allowing you to continue where you left off in the future. According to my experience playing on the pre-release server, the delay is small, but it is more noticeable on time-based mini games such as Hot Jump Rope. Unfortunately, local voice chat still does not exist, but you can choose various reaction stickers to communicate with other players.
The Mario Party franchise has interchangeable board and mini games, tailored to the compiled format. Mario Party Superstars aptly implemented the concept of combining the best franchise rights, while adding improved online features and the option to let you play the game the way you like. Despite the lack of game boards to choose from, no matter how many parties you have attended in the past, “Mario Party Superstar” is excellent.