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Mario Party 8 Member Review for the Wii

By:
MattAY
07/14/07
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Puzzle 
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Nintendo 
DEVELOPER Nintendo 
RELEASE DATE  
E Contains Mild Cartoon Violence

What do these ratings mean?

8th Time's A Charm

First of all, forget all you've heard about masturbating-like mini-games! There's only one that is vaguely similar where you shake a can. Even if you were to say its the same as such an activity, you'd have to be either obsessed with sex, or not have gotten laid for a long period of time. This game is superb, the first mario party for the new generation of consoles, and it doesn't let down at all.

The gameplay is the same as all the other mario parties, but with different boards. All boards are new and exciting, and are very imaginative as all mario games are. Incase you're not aware, 4 players go round a board in either battle royale mode, duel mode, or the new tag team mode trying to get your own personal player as many stars as possible. Played much like the new hip board game your family gets for christmas, and you whack your player's head on the diceblock in order to get 1 - 10 spaces forward from your current place.

There are many ways to gather these stars whether it be from a star space, a duel, or even a secret island that you can go to on each board. There are many obstacles in the way of your stars, and it's a lot of fun trying to battle your way to victory even if your best friend steps in the way!

In single player mode you can still have a lot of fun. there are around 80 new mini-games first of all. Also, you can collect 'carnival cards', which you can then use to purchase various items such as heckle voices, character voices, and even mini-games! Then there's the fun of just playing the normal game by yourself, you can select the difficulty of the computer players so you can give yourself a challenge or a walk-over. And no matter what, it still ends up close in the last 5 turns with desperate attempts to gather the last few stars.

The graphics dont look much different at first glance from the gamecube version. But after your eyes have seen the subtle differences, you will notice that the movement is much more smooth. And the surface imaging in more detailed and sharp. These subtle differences actually go a longer way than you think, it looks fantastic overall.

The music is always fun to listen to. New songs and sounds that will reveal those white gleamers of yours, and make you smile and laugh. It's good quality also, and it's all very fitting to thescene of the game.

The Wiimote is obviously the biggest advancement since the last mario party. And all the mini-games are a mixture of using the wiimote as a gun, a pointer, sideways like a classic controller, used as an oar, and many other innovative ways to pummel your opponents. It's so much fun and I'm sure you and your chumps will love every mintue of it!

So if you're a party man, purchase this game! It's awesome and it's a hoot like all parties are! You will definately see the difference from wii and gamecube. Also, if you've played a lot of the mario parties and are thinking that it could be repetitive; it isn't. It's a completely new experience. The only advice I can now give to you is: PARTY HARD!


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