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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, But I Miss Individuality, March 11, 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mario Party 9 (Video Game)
We are HUGE Mario fans in this house, but there's something about Mario Party 9 that bothers a few of us here. Our 11 year old son, the Mario fanatic, loves the game - our 7 year old daughter, is "meh" about the game - my husband hates the game and enjoys the minigames - I am torn.

I love the new mini-games. They're fun and yet easy enough for just about anyone to play. My favorite so far is the most simple: you select a box that says something like "you +3", and it moves your platform up 3 spaces. Once you get up 10 spaces, you win! See? Simple!

This time around, however, Mario and his crew are all together in a boat (or a car...or something else) taking turns together. The person who rolls is the "captain", and the others just sit along for the ride. So this means that you don't get to choose where you go on the board.

I, for one, really enjoyed the ability to select where I wanted to go. I loved that there was a touch of strategy to the game. Now? There's really not as much.

NO MORE ITEMS. THIS annoys me. I also enjoyed being able to go the store to purchase items. Yes, it may get frustrating if someone was taking forever (then you just whack them with a pillow), but again, you could strategize. Now the only item you get is a dice block. A DICE BLOCK?? Boring and definitely nowhere near as strategic as the old way.

I realize that Nintendo may be trying to freshen up the series, but the problem is that they have solid, hard-core fans who loved the older way. There are all sorts of things they could've done (like on the ocean map the shark that can get you and take stars away - very cool), without taking away the player's individuality and ability to strategize.

I give it 3 stars.
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Initial post: Apr 3, 2012 8:41:34 AM PDT
I agree with this review.

I like Mario Party 9, don't get me wrong, but I like the indiviuality of MP8.

Hopefully when they get to MP10 we will get a solid mixture of the two games

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 7:23:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2012 7:24:18 PM PDT
Paul Carroll says:
Mario Party 8 -- Awful mini-games, awful boards.

Mario Party 9 -- Mini-games look good, boards with no individuality. (Yet to try)

Mario Party 2 -- Awesome, super fun minigames, and tons of individuality on boards. Best in the series. (On Wii Virtual Console by the way.)

Posted on May 26, 2012 12:04:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2012 12:05:37 PM PDT
TheBeth says:
You mentioned you couldn't buy items on this game. I noticed that my grandson & I earned enough "party points" to "buy" vehicles & music at the museum.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 1:44:58 PM PDT
Dante G says:
I think she meant power-up candy. You could use those in Mario Party 8 to get some kind of advantage depending of the situation.

I rented this game over the weekend and me and my wife did miss the individuality. Still fun, but not the same.
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