I bought this game about 3 weeks ago and was going to save it for Christmas for my nephew. After reading the box and seeing the online video I just couldn't wait and broke it out early. We have been playing it ever since. It seems faster to play than Mario Party 8 and there are lots more mini games. You are able to access the mini games anytime so if you don't feel like playing an entire game you can play your favorite mini's. The only thing that would make this game more enjoyable would be if you could play as your mii. My nephew just turned 11 and he loves the game. My sister and I who are in our 50's find it a very enjoyable way to spend an evening. If you loved Mario Party 8 you'll love Mario Party 9. Our family loves this game and highly recommend it to anyone who loves to laugh and have fun.