Super Mario Party gets its first update in 2 years with online multiplayer

The new Super Mario Party update 2021 has dropped, the game’s first patch in over two years, which finally adds online multiplayer to the Nintendo Switch party game. The Super Mario Party 1.1.0 patch notes include its new online multiplayer component, a long-requested feature from fans of the game, implemented in a questionably late fashion.

Super Mario Party, the latest game in Nintendo’s long-running Mario Party series, came out all the way back in 2018 where it launched with no real online support. Three years after the Super Mario Party release date, and two years after the last official patch (a hotfix in March 2019), the new Super Mario Party 1.1.0 patch notes are here and the game is finally getting online multiplayer. The full details are below.

What’s in the new Super Mario Party update 2021 patch notes?

The new Super Mario Party online multiplayer update is here, completely out of the blue and without any fanfare. We really enjoyed Super Mario Party when we played it, but we made note of the limited online functionality available at the time. Now three years later, the game finally has near-complete online support.

Three major modes are playable online — Mario Party, Partner Party, and minigames Free Play. All characters and boards are available immediately in online play, so you don’t need to worry about unlocking them. It should be noted that while the majority of the game’s 80 minigames are available, ten have been removed, presumably because they only work having players in the same room together.

You’ll also need a paid Nintendo Switch Online subscription. It’s impossible to play with random people, incidentally, which is a bit of a shame. You can only set up a match between friends or people with a password you set. Up to four players can join, although bizarrely if two people want to play on one system with friends online, only one other system is allowed to connect.

Full Super Mario Party 1.1.0 Patch Notes

Ver. 1.1.0 (Released April 27, 2021)

Feature Added

  • You can now play the following modes over the internet:
    • Mario Party
    • Partner Party
    • Free Play (Minigames)

Important: To play over the internet, a subscription to the paid Nintendo Switch Online service is required.

Playing over the internet

  • To play over the internet, select either Mario Party, Partner Party, or Minigames, then select Online Play.
  • There are two ways to play over the internet: Friend Match, where you can play with Friends, and Private Game, where you can play with anyone using passwords.
  • The combinations through which you can play over the internet are as follows:
    • Up to 1 player per system (you can play with between 2 and 4 players)
    • Up to 2 players per system (you can play with between 3 and 4 players)

    If two players are each playing on their own systems, they cannot play with two players using a third system.

  • Playing over the internet supports the Invite Friend feature. If you select Invite Friend on the screen at which you’re waiting for rivals, your selected Friends can join from the Online Play Invites on their user-page icon in the top left of the HOME Menu.
    • Online Mariothon does not support the Invite Friend feature.
  • When playing over the internet, all 20 characters and all maps are available, regardless of your current in-game progress.
  • When playing over the internet, 70 of the total 80 minigames are available to play.
  • The following 10 minigames are not available when playing over the internet.
    • Strike It Rich
    • Time to Shine
    • Take a Stab
    • All-Star Swingers
    • Rhythm and Bruise
    • Pep Rally
    • Wiped Out
    • Fiddler on the Hoof
    • Clearing the Table
    • Baton and On
  • Play data won’t be saved when playing over the internet.