30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2003
I know, I know what you are thinking about. 'ANOTHER Mario Party?! These games get worse and worse every year...' Well, in my opinion, this is the best Mario Party game; better than the last four Mario Party games combined!
Obviously, you know what the gameplay is about. You move around the board, play mini-games, get stars, then BOOM! Game's over. Well, in between all this, there are new features.
For one thing, you get to play as three new characters: Toad, Boo and Baby Bowser(also known as Koopa Kid). However, there is a drawback-you cannot play as Donkey Kong. He, instead gets his own space! In addition, if you liked Paper Mario, then you'll love this little-big feature. The Paper Mario Star Spirits are back!
Plus, like any other game, there are a total of 60 new Mini Games! They range from popping baloons to shining Chomp-Chomps with flashlights. The possibilites are endless!
One more thing before I end this review. Now, there are also three bonus games;Card Party, Ice Hockey and Beach Volleyball! Each of these games are fun. Plus, there is a battle-type game, where you can construct different machines to defeat your opponent and test them out in trial battles.
Overall, I love this game, and I highly reccommend it to anyone who has liked the other Mario Party games.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2004
I'm going to start by saying that I haven't played any of the other Mario Party titles, so I have no basis to compare this one to those (I have heard there was a general lack of new features). However, that being said, I enjoy this game very much.
There are several different modes (some of which will not be mentioned in this review). The main game is a somewhat lame board game. Entertaining at first, but soon gets dreadfully boring. This, however, is how you unlock new mini games (the heart of the title), so it is your task to bear with it for the time being.
The mini games are awesome. Most of them. Okay, some of them. But the ones that are great are plentiful enough to make up for the bad ones. And once they are unlocked, you can go back and play them anytime without having to go through the board game. I particularly don't like button mashers (hit A as fast as you can and break your controller!!). Other games, like Pushy Penguins, are so much fun it's ridiculous. Hotel Goomba is a neat little puzzle game. And there's some sports-related mini games, as well (baseball, speed skating, etc.).
My favourite part of Mario Party 5 is Bonus Mode. That mode on it's own could easily be it's own title. You can play four-player ice hockey, beach volleyball, and a fun board/card game. Each of the three games have different options you can set to make things more interesting. For example, beach volleyball can be played with an exploding ball (kind of like hot potato.. the timer counts down and then, um, explodes. Point over.)
Overall, MP5 is a fairly average game. You won't have a huge amount of fun playing by yourself. This is definately a multiplayer game. And it's lots of fun! There aren't too many titles out there that anyone can just pick up and play. There is almost no learning curve, and it's safe for all ages. Four stars for jolly good FUN!
54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2003
This game is just like the previous Mario Party games. If you are new to the series, this is a really fun multiplayer game, but its really boring as a single player. Anyways, this game is all about minigames, and there are plenty of it! You will have blast playing this game with friends/family members. The graphics are nice, music is Nintendo themed, and anyone can pickup a controller and play, its really simple. If you have Mario Party 4, stick with it, because there isnt anything new in Mario Party 5 (redesigned minigames). Dont let the "Kiddie" theme fool you..i am 22 yrs old and i had a fun playing (MP 4)aginst my 10 and 12 yr. old cousins! I would recommend this only if you are new to Mario Party, or just like playing games with friends and having a good time. I do not recommend this game if you plan to play as a single player, the A.I is terrible, and its just not as fun!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2003
we purchased this for our sons 9th birthday. We were apprehensive over the fact that after 5 editions of the same game they would be repetitive...Once again we were pleasantly surprised. Mario and friends have been entertaining our boys for years and continue to do so with Mario Party 5!
We love the board game concept...the boys love the mini games. It is an easy game for mom's and dad's to join in and play too. Although I am not an avid video game player, there are times that the kids just want you to "play with them". Mario Party 5's concept is easy to understand, the games are easy enough to play to make it interesting for all ages.
Mario Party games are always in the active play file!; at least in our home. It seems as if Mario Party 5 took the same great concept and just expanded it to include much more.
Our boys love it! It makes them laugh! That is music to our ears!
Thumbs up once again to the newest member of the Mario Party family!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2004
My wife bought this game for Christmas and we haven't stopped playing yet. It is of course a GREAT party game, but it isn't bad as a single player game either, plus it has Mario Hockey, Beach Volleyball and a card game that can be played with 1-4 players.
The cool thing about this game is that adults can finally compete with the kids and everyone gets to win something. My wife and I rely upon the age and treachery strategy, and the kids whip us on the mini games.
If you or your spouse doesn't care much for video games, this might be the game to change their mind. Before we got this game, my wife NEVER played these games, but she loves this one.
Well worth the money!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2004
Before I begin, I should say that I'd never played another Mario Party before this...
The story goes like this...
It took well over a year to convince my wife that we needed a gamecube. So after winning a bit at the local casino, we decided we could afford to splurge... Bought the gamecube, and after reading the back of every gamebox available, we decided on MarioParty 5 made our purchase and headed home.
Got everything hooked up, popped in the disk and... Oh what is this!? This game is horrid! I called the store where we purchased the game and BEGGED them to let me return it. Of course, they would not let me... So I was stuck with this game ($49.99 at the time) which we HATED. Here I was with the Gamecube I'd been wanting for a year, and not a single game worth playing. Sure the graphics were great... the sound was nice... but come on! There was nothing to this game (or so we thought).
And then it happened.
The shops had all closed up... We had no choice but to play MP5. So we did. We played one full game. It was okay. We played again... hey it's not so bad... we played again... this game is sweeeet! The more we played the better it got. The board game, the mini-games we loved it all. My wife and I soon were addicted.
Neither my wife or I are huge video game fans, but we love a good card game or board game... The more we played this game, the more it appealed to our sensibilities. I think (honestly) that we use the mini-battles as a chance to get back at eachother for little annoyances. It's really quite fun. When we have friends over, we'll hook the GC up to our 55" and have all out wars.
Over the weeks and months that followed, we purchased more games, Toadstool Golf, Simpsons Hit & Run, Zelda, etc. et al. But Mario Party 5 is really the only game that gets any frequent play.
To make a long story short... Good game, just give it a chance.
30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2003
Since I'm a very big fan of the Mario series and Mario Party series, I was very excited when this came out. I ran to the store and waste MY $50 that I saved up to buy a game. I don't think it's worth $50 at all. It's just a repeat of the last Mario Party game. Yeah, there are a few new characters and mini games, but they don't really impress me. I mean, the game boards are just getting boring. I used to play on 20 Turns. Now, I just play on 10 because I can't stand the boards. You just go in a big circle. I mean, yeah I had fun for about an hour but that's it. I probably won't touch it again.
I just think that Nintendo needs to come out with something better than this. I should have waited for Mario Kart instead..
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2003
Mario Party 5 is probably one of my favorite games of my six GameCube Games. I choose only the games I really want, so that's a pretty high honor. With five diferent modes--Party, Story, Mini Game, Bonus, and Super Duel-- it's perferct for almost every occasion, party or boredom! The controls are thoroughly explained at the beginning of each mini game and are simple and well-thought. We will now explain each mode with detail.
Rules are easy: Whoever has the most stars at the end wins! To get stars, you need to win coins in Mini Games. Happening spaces do exciting things, and theres a lot more than that.
Fight against Bowser's new Koopa Kids. If they have any coins or stars by the end of the game, you're done for!
Mini Game Mode:
Choose your way-- Free Play, Mini Game Battles, Mini Game Circuits, Mini Game Decathalon, Mini Game Wars, or a Mini Game Tournament! Fun!
Super Duel Mode:
Buy parts, create battle machine, fight! Sounds cool? Better than that!
Move around the game board looking for the coveted star cards. Kind of random, yet fun! (still better than most games)
BEST GAME!!! GET THIS GAME NOW!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO BUY MARIO PARTY 5! IF NOT 5, AT LEAST GET 4!
Buy it! Why would I really be writing this my review from my own freee time if it wasn't for a good cause?
(I was not payed by Nintendo to advertise)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2003
Since the Mario Party series hit GCN lots of changes have occured.Some dissapointing and some better.But, one of the most biggest changes I've seen in the Mario Party series is in MP5.That change is that items have turned into capsules.Capsules are fine, but are way different than items.The way you use capsules is this:To get them you have to go past a capsule machine(looks like gumball machine).The result is completly random.You use capsules on different spaces on the gameboard or yourself.If used on the gameboard than whoever lands on that space is effected by the capsule.
Enough about capsules!!!!Wouldn't you rather hear about the game??????
This Mario Party takes place in Dream Land.Every board map takes place in some kind of dream:Underwater Dream, Rainbow Dream, Pirate Dream, Future Dream, Toy Dream and Sweet Dream.(I might of missed 1 or 2)There's more than 70 new mini-games!(As usual)
The new bonus feature is awsome!You get to play ice hockey,(my favorite)beach volleyball, or card party.(lame)They are all action packed and really, really fun!(except for card party)
You can now play three new players:Toad, Boo, or Koopa Kid.
If you played MP4, this game is nothing like it, but is equally as fun.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2004
this is a great game! my cousin got it for his birthday and i asked him if i could play it...i never wanted to leave the room!! i knew that i HAD to get the game...there are different, BETTER mini-games and me and my friend are REALLY into the game after we have been playing it for about 10 minutes! this game is GREAT!!