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POSTED 6/4/15


MARIO PARTY 10

Nintendo



Luck be a tradie tonight...

Damn Mario throws lots of parties – that plumbing gig sure must be lucrative. He doesn’t skimp on festivities, either, organising more mini-games than a soccer mum with an Amex, a gutful of Oxycontin and a gaggle of red cordial-fuelled six year olds to wrangle.

Continuing on from the divisive oh-yeah-we’re-in-a-car thing that Mario Party 9 introduced, once again the most partytastic of Mario outings presents us with a fairly traditional board game theme with added animated stuff. Roll dice, move spaces, but not quite as drably as Snakes & Ladders. Or as hissy.

Although you’ll have hissy fits at the regularly BS AI. It’s not as obvious if you have four Wiimote-wielding participants (yep, you need those classic waggly things), but assail Mario’s soiree solo and you’ll feel gypped.

At least there are several ways to get your game on other than traditional Mario Party, which offers five slightly different game boards, with slightly different mini-perils to attempt avoiding.

The big spiky lizard king thing – aka Bowser - also throws his own shindig, offering three boards and the slightly more up-to-date option of five players, with four going waggle wild and one getting their spike on with the Gamepad. If you’re Bowser you pursue Team Mario. If you’re Team Mario, you protecta you’rea bumma from pointed thorny ouchitude.

Then there’s amiibo (it hurts not capitalising that – so, for karma’s sake, Silverchair!) Party. Despite being the most technically advanced option, it’s also the most traditional. Grab your preferred expensive moulded plastic character lump with a computer chip in its bottom and swipe it Gamepadwards. Lots. Like a board game piece. Otherwise, erm, it’s much the same.

Finally there are minigames the likes of Badminton and Generic Match Three (We’re Still Craving Capitalisation, Sorry...)

As always, Mario does it his way. But we’re not sure that he’s still the chairman of the board (game)...

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