First of all I am 15 now. My birthday was a few days ago. So yeah! I'm 15! Anyway, this blog post is about Mario Party 10. NOTE THIS IS NOT A REVIEW OF THE GAME AS I DID NOT PLAY AT THE TIME OF THIS POST. THIS IS A PREVIEW AT BEST.
Mario Party 10 has had mixed reception upon release, and I will go over some bad things I have heard about this game in the preview, BUT I will decide, While being the best game in the series yet graphically (the visuals are very stylish and pretty) Mario Party 10 did bring back some ideas from Mario Party 9 that aren't that great. Mario Party 9 suffered from two things that bug me specifically. First is too much luck. With the exception of some of the mini-games, Mario Party 9 was almost completely based on luck. Nobody likes losing all their stuff because they by chance landed on a Bowser space.
The other thing that bugs me in Mario Party 9 was the game boards themselves. I like the concept of travelling together in a single vehicle, but the Game Boards were a bit too simple for me. Plus, the objective for every board WAS EXACTLY THE SAME. Go to the space at the end of the board, fight a boss, and hope that you happen to have enough "mini stars" to win.
Mario Party 10 brings back some of these annoyances but they are thankfully overshadowed by Mario Party 10's greatest game mode: Bowser Party.
Bowser Party improves the "everyone travels together in a vehicle" concept and makes it better. In Bowser Party, one player plays as Bowser (first time he has been playable in a Mario Party game actually) while everyone else hops in a vehicle and tries to escape Bowser.
Bowser Party is an amazing addition especially for me because ever since the very first Mario Party game, I always wanted to play as Bowser. I play as Bowser a lot in Smash Bros (he is too strong in Smash!).
From what I have heard Bowser is admittedly overpowered because unless Bowser rolls a bunch of 1's he will almost always catch up to the other players. Bowser gets a whopping four dice blocks while the other players get one dice block per player. But I will have to play the game myself to see if Bowser is as overpowered as everyone claims.
Once Bowser catches up (and it will happen unless the Bowser players has the worst luck in the world a rolls a bunch of 1's) everyone plays a Bowser mini-game where Bowser tries to deplete the other players hearts. If Bowser defeats everyone (by depleting all their hearts) before they reach the final space on the board Bowser wins If at least one player survives long enough to make it to the exit then the team of regular characters win.
There's only three boards in Bowser Party however (two of the boards from the main Party mode are absent for some reason). The first board is Mushroom Park which is an amusement park (complete with Ferris wheels and roller-coasters).
The next board is Whimsical Waters, which is completely....are you ready? ....UNDER DA SEA!!! UNDER DA SEA!!! STAY UNDER DA WATER 'CAUSE UP THERE IT'S HOTTER TAKE IT FROM ME!!! One of the most legendary Disney songs right there. Sorry, I couldn't resist referencing Little Mermaid wile talking about this board, By the way Little Mermaid is one of the first Disney movies I ever watched. It's no where near my favorite as my favorite is Fox and the Hound. Wow. This has just spiraled out of a Mario blog post to a tangent on Disney movies.
Bowser in Whimsical Waters!
And the final board in Bowser Party is Chaos Castle which is actually Bowser's own castle transformed into a game board. This is my favorite out of them all. Around halfway through this board Bowser can set traps on the walls for the other players. DUNGEON MASTER STYLE!!!
The first Half of Chaos Castle!! (by the way you
go inside the castle later on so this board is bigger
than it looks).
Now for the main mode! Basically it's the same as Bowser Party, but without Bowser. Bowser is involved in this game-mode where he's locked in a cage and if someone rolls one of every number Bowser gets freed and steals one half of your mini-stars, and then turns every blank space on the board into a Bowser space. Bowser spaces will summon Bowser if you land on them, and Bowser will force you to either play a reversed mini-game where whoever loses wins or give some of your mini-stars to other players (He even has another possible option called "get 10,000 mini-stars!" But it was a trick because not even Bowser has that many mini-stars in his pocket).
And finally there is an Amiibo mode. I've heard really bad things about this game-mode. I won't go over the cons of this game-mode because most of the cons I have heard sound like personal Good news is Amiibo party plays out like a proper Mario Party game prior to Mario Party 9.
If I ever pick this game up I will be sure to share my final opinion on it. But if you want to pick this game up there is a bundle that includes a free Mario Amiibo that costs an extra ten dollars (or whatever is the equivalent in your country).
Oh I almost forgot about the mini-games! There are 72 total, each around a minute long. One of the Good things about Mario Party 9 is that it had some of my favorite mini-games. Mario Party 10 from what I've seen and heard have some of the best mini-games to date.
For more info please go to the Mario wiki.