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Mario Party DS Review
Mario Party DS Review
Published by DragonLX
05-05-2009
Author review
Graphics
85%85%85%
8.5
Storyline
70%70%70%
7.0
Controls/Gameplay
85%85%85%
8.5
Sound
75%75%75%
7.5
Average 79%
Mario Party DS Review

Mario Party DS
A review by DragonLX


Release date:
-America: 19th of November, 2007
-Japan: 8th of November, 2007
Console: Nintendo DS
Developer: Hudson Soft
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating: 3+
Players: 1-4 players
Mario Party DS Commercial
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I wanted to review a game that any gamer would enjoy, especially casual ones, and Mario Party is a clear example. This game offers an enjoyable multiplayer and several hours of fun, but only when you have another person to play with. This game is not advisable for "hardcore" gamers because this game doesn't offer much of a challenge. With a great soundtrack, good graphics, and an incredible gameplay. Mario Party DS really covers the definition of how fun a multiplayer game can be.

Storyline

This time Mario and co. start their adventure when one night, they see five shooting stars on the sky, and suddenly, those stars fall into the earth… and Mario finds one! The next day they receive a letter from Bowser saying that he apologizes for bothering all the time and he is going to give a great feast in order to apologize… When everyone reaches the main hall of Bowser’s castle, Bowser shrinks Mario and co. to a very tiny size with a special machine and blew them far away from the castle, and so the new adventure begins…

Storyline: 7/10
Not much to say about this game is storyline. It is an interesting and new plot, nonetheless.


The Game

Mario Party DS, as other Mario Party games, mainly focuses on the multiplayer mode and this is the only way this game can be enjoyed to its fullest.

The playable characters in the game are the usual ones for the Mario Party series. They are: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Daisy, Toad, Wario and Waluigi, and the main antagonists of this game are Bowser and Bowser Jr.

This game has the usual "modes" like in the other Mario Party titles, the modes now are:

Story Mode: Play through the main story of the game.
Party Mode: Play in any of the game boards available.
Minigame Mode: Play any of the minigames you have cleared so far.
Puzzle Mode: Play classic Mario Party puzzle games.
Multiplayer: Play with up to 4 people, in here there are two new modes to play and only one Mario Party DS cartridge is needed for this mode.
Gallery: The place to keep your in-game prizes to brag about.

Also, Mario Party Points were added which increase every time you play any of these modes (except Gallery, of course), they can help to unlock the many badges within the game.

As every Mario Party game, there are boards available for gameplay and every of them have an unique concept which make their gameplay vary a lot on all the boards. The boards of this game are: Wiggler's Garden, Toadette's Music Room, DK's Stone Statue, Kamek's Library and Bowser's Pinball.


Gameplay


Another Mario Party DS Commercial

Spoiler
The mode of playing the game is pretty similar to other Mario Party games.

There are two or four characters on a turn-based board. The turns and steps are decided with a dice of numbers from 1 to 10. After every player's turn, all players must start a random-decided minigame from a small list. Some spaces of this board are obstacles or shops which give items to help you on your way, and if play in story mode and the player gets on first place, you will fight a boss and after winning the next board will be available.

This game introduces a new kind of gameplay with the touch screen and the microphone. The minigames that are involved with both are really fun and personally they were my favorite ones.


On the left screen the game features the use of the microphone, as you have to blow in order to "push" the Thwomp to the other side.
On the right screen minigame one player will be able to use the touch screen and hit the players with the "coins".

Gameplay: 8.6/10
Gets repetitive, but still fun. This game is much more fun if you have someone else to play with.


Graphics


The song of this minigame is really soothing...

I think the graphics are pretty good. The games were noticeable, the boards are really well designed and the colors aren’t eye hurting. This is one of the best things in the game. I liked them. They could get better thought, but they were great for a DS.
Graphics: 8.8/10


Sound

Good sound effects, the music is always matching the scenery and the emotions intended to be transmitted... but the only thing that annoys me is the repetitive winning sound, and also the voices of some characters… The sounds effects and soundtracks are fine, but Nintendo could have done a better work about this.
Sound: 7.8/10


Replay value

This is the weak point of the game… Once you beat the Story Mode; there isn’t much else to do because when finished, every mode is unlocked. The only things left to do: play with friends, unlock all minigames, unlock the badges, the best high scores, and that takes a lot of time and somewhere there… the game becomes quite boring.
Replay value: 6.7/10

Final score
8/10

It was good, but it wasn’t impressive either. Once I finished it, it got old and kind of boring unless playing with friends... if it only had Wi-Fi features this would be a great and fun game.
Well… this is game is more for casual gamers, and not for hardcore ones that are seeking for a challenge. I think you would be better off renting it first, if you can.


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  #1  
By Mario on 05-05-2009, 08:26 PM
Good Review Dragon.
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  #2  
By DarkLegacy on 05-18-2009, 01:38 PM
Awesome review dude congrats on making the team!
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By kasperknop on 05-18-2009, 02:40 PM
Nice review =) are you able to play multiplayer with just one game?
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By DragonLX on 05-18-2009, 04:22 PM
Member reviews
Graphics
85%85%85%
8.5
Storyline
70%70%70%
7.0
Controls/Gameplay
85%85%85%
8.5
Sound
75%75%75%
7.5
Average 79%
Yeap. Only one game cartridge is needed to use the multiplayer mode.
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By Gedow Man on 06-01-2009, 10:18 PM
You didn't seem to mention the DS dowload play.
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By DragonLX on 06-01-2009, 11:16 PM
Member reviews
Graphics
85%85%85%
8.5
Storyline
70%70%70%
7.0
Controls/Gameplay
85%85%85%
8.5
Sound
75%75%75%
7.5
Average 79%
I can't edit the review, so I can't add that part I forgot while making it. But, yeah, since you only need one cartridge to use the multiplayer mode, DS Download Play is available.
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