March 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the North American release of Mario Party 9 for the Nintendo Wii. It was the second and last game in the series to launch on the Wii, and is infamous for introducing the highly-criticized mechanic of having all players drive through a linear game path in the same car; something Nintendo would go on to repeat in Mario Party 10 for the Wii U. To celebrate the anniversary of this controversial game, we have to ask: which Mario Party game is the best in the series?
The Mario Party series is known for its fun mini-games, unfair random acts that can send someone in first place to the back of the line with the snap of a finger, and random gimmicks that either heighten or diminish the gameplay. There is one thing that can be said for certain–this is a series with staying power that has seen seventeen entries across eight different consoles, and with last year’s release of Mario Party Superstars, the series isn’t slowing down any time soon.
For me, nothing can beat the original Mario Party on the Nintendo 64. Did I get blisters from having to rotate the stick on the controller? Yes. But did that stop me from spending hours playing this game with friends at parties and sleep-overs growing up? Not at all. The joy of seeing Mario’s cast of characters compete in random and fun mini-games was a brand new concept to me all those years ago, and the fun I had playing the game has never really been recaptured in the years since. The graphics have gotten better and the controllers are a bit easier on my palms, but I will always have a love for the original in my heart.
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