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Super Mario Party (Switch, Oct. 5, 2018)- "No more cars. We're going back to what works."

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Mario Party is back, for real this time!

The Mario Party™ series is coming to the Nintendo Switch™ system with super-charged fun for everyone! The original board game style has been kicked up a notch with deeper strategic elements, like specific Dice Blocks for each character. The game also introduces all-new ways to play, including Joy-Con™ controller enabled minigames, and new modes to enjoy with family and friends. Board game play goes back to the four-player basics as you take turns and race across the board searching for Stars. You can also pair up two Nintendo Switch systems and delight in this dynamic play style, such as in the new Toad’s Rec Room mode. With new modes and new minigames coupled with original board game play, the party starts anywhere, anytime, and with all kinds of players. Super Mario Party is available October 5th!

After six years of trying to reinvent the wheel and always coming up short, Mario Party is returning to its roots- No more cars or changed rules, just running around boards, getting Stars, and ruining friendships. And we've got lots of playable baddies (Bowser himself is now a regular contestant!)and newcomers, including: a Monty Mole, Pom Pom, and even a Goomba! Koopa Troopa, Dry Bones, Shy Guy, Boo, Hammer Bro also make their returns!

Not sure how I feel about the new dual-system gimmicks, but they'll likely be optional. I think I might RSVP to this series again for the first time since DS!

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Super Mario Party screenshot

So it does seem like they've also thrown in the recruit system from Star Rush, or not since it doesn't appear that they add more numbers to you roll.

This image implies that the "enemy" characters will only show up here, though thankfully this is not the case since there's a Goomba shown as a lead character both in minigames and on the boards.

Two allies per team.

Super Mario Party screenshot

Super Mario Party screenshot

We also don't know what's with this 20 player Bumper Balls-like match, but it does show that it'll only four human players on the field. But why does it have 4 red players against the other 16?

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This looks great, but I wish they’d bring back the original 1-10 dice blocks the characters would bash open. I hate the new dice blocks, they’re so sluggish and limited.

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Treehouse video:

And some more details:

-Each character now has a Special Dice Block unique to them. You can use them or the regular die as often as you want, but the special ones are higher risk, higher reward. (Example: Bowser's dice block can let him go up to 10 spaces, only one, or even make him lose 3 coins and stay in place.)

-Similar to Star Rush on the 3DS, you can recruit other characters and let them add their Special Dice Block to yours.

-The characters here started out with two Items each, but that was only for the sake of showing them off at E3. You'll have to get Items the old-fashioned way in the final product.

-New Items include a Golden Drink which turns you gold and gives you one coin for every space you go, and a cell phone that lets you summon a random ally.

-Toad and Toadette are once again just hosts. Toad's the MC, and Toadette the one who sells you Stars, this time for just 10 coins.

-Lakitu now takes Boo's original role of the guy you visit to steal Coins and Stars.

-80 Minigames-One of the new Switch-connecting minigames has each display halves of different amounts of bananas. Find which two halves on both Switches match and line them up.

-Goomba seems to have some sort of voice, but I can't make it out over the commentary. (Tricycle minigame at the very end)

 

6/14: Mario Party finally has an online mode! (Sort of)

 

In the immortal words of Keiji Inafune: "It's better than nothing."

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This was probably the biggest non-Smash-related surprise out of E3 this year for me. I never had too big an issue with the car stuff (I even found Mario Party 10's Bowser Mode to be hilarious fun), but I never expected them to full-on return to the old style rather than sticking to their guns. Add on that they're pulling in elements from Star Rush (A game I really enjoyed), the character roster is looking insanely diverse for once (HECK YEAH BOWZ), all the neat Switch bonus games, an online function of any kind, the slick-looking visuals, and just the small aesthetic touches I appreciate like the animated character icons depending on the standings (very appropriately reminiscent of the first two games) and the character-specific dialogue for recruiting teammates (Koopa is overjoyed to help "Lord Bowser," for instance) and this is easily the most excited I've been for a Mario Party in years. With this, Smash Ultimate, Star Allies, Aces, Pokemon Let's Go, FighterZ and Team Sonic Racing, this is gonna be THE YEAR for Switch multiplayer.

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Actively excited for this game because it gets back to basics. Yes, I know the bar has been lowered but you have no idea how much I loved Mario Party for its pure strategy and ability to twist it into the Hunger Games of the Mushroom Kingdom. I have always wanted to play as Bowser since the first one and now that I have him I will get to enjoy 20+ years of longing. Still curious what the secret modes they have in store will be about in the future but I am wishing for more online modes.

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