Mario Party Superstars Review (Nintendo Switch)
For our Mario Party Superstars Review we are calling all superstars! Get ready to PAR-TAY with five classic boards from the Nintendo 64 era and 100 minigames from across the series in Mario Party Superstars for Nintendo Switch.
Mario Party Superstars Review Pros:
- Decent graphics.
- 2.8GB download size.
- Own in-game achievements.
- Supports using Pro controllers.
- Party mini-games gameplay.
- Three ways to play – offline play (single console multiple players), local play (group of local consoles), and online play (Internet-based).
- Local players can sign into their own accounts.
- The main hub houses the – Mario Party game mode, friend house, Toads shop, Mt mini-games, options house, and data House.
- Before every mini-game, you can practice.
- Mario Party card – this is what other players see and you can customize it with favorite boards, mini-games, avatars, and background art.
- Stats are split across different sections including mini-game win percentages, Mt mini-games records, and new records.
- Full photo mode and gallery.
- Encyclopedia entries are bought from the shop.
- Mario Party level – earn EXP from playing and level up to unlock new shop items and customisation options.
- Coins are earned from playing and used for the Toad shop.
- Toad shop sells classic music, encyclopedia entries, card designs, and stickers.
- 10 characters – Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Wario, Waluigi, Yoshi, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, and Birdo.
- Add bots to your game and you can select who plays or shuffle them.
- Mt mind games are split into types – Free play, Tag match, Trio challenge, Sports and puzzles, Survival, and daily challenge.
- Four CPU bot difficulties – Easy, normal, hard, and master.
- Help text – on/off.
- Game settings – stickers on/off, change background music for each board, text speed (fast/normal/slow), and CPU movement speed (fast/normal).
- Every CPU character has its own difficulties so you can mix and match.
- Five game boards each with a difficulty rating – Horror Land, Woody Woods, Peachs Birthday cake, Space land, and Yoshi’s tropical island.
- TOTAL turns choice and time to play – 10 turns 30 mins, 15 turns 45 mins, 20 turns 60 mins, 25 turns 75 mins and 30 turns 90 mins.
- Bonus stars – on/off/classic.
- Handicap – on/off.
- The goal of the game is to collect the most stars within the turn limit.
- Six mini game packs and you can choose one to play – family, action, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, skill, and all types.
- The boards will have their own hazards.
- Spots on the boards will trigger events, mini-games, and even penalties.
- A lot of fun.
- Does an excellent job of screwing players over.
- It’s never over until the final turn as it can flip on its head at any time.
- Easy to learn controls.
- Ship on the board allows you to buy power-ups.
- Many power-up types from dodgy dice to double dice, steal from an opponent, or even swap places.
- Uses the Monopoly rule of getting coins every time you circle the board.
- The boards have multiple routes.
- Before your turn, you get told how many places it is until you get to the star location.
- Accessible to all types of gamers.
- Takes mini-games and boards from previous games.
- Feels like a Mario Party celebration collection.
Mario Party Superstars Review Cons:
- A lot of menus to navigate.
- Only five boards to play on.
- You really can get screwed.
- It takes a lot of play to get familiar with the games even with practice mode.
- Not as fun in single-player.
- Getting shop items is a huge grind.
- Achievements are hidden away in the hub and don’t pop up as you earn them.
Mario Party Superstars:
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- Graphics - 9/109/10
- Sound - 8/108/10
- Accessibility - 8/108/10
- Length - 8/108/10
- Fun Factor - 9/109/10
I have only ever dabbled in the world of Mario Party, I’ve always had fun but never actually dedicated a lot of time to it. Here I gave it time, friends and a lot of play and I really do like it. What I particularly like is I can do the big board game mode or take on some of the fun variant modes like daily challenges or just picking my favorite mini-games. Whilst the board’s count is small (5) they all play so wildly different that it really doesn’t matter as no matter what each playthrough will be different. Talking of which the game is just fine to play on your own with the CPU even though they come with their own “luck” it’s still a good time, obviously, it’s with friends either locally or online that really amps the fun up but like I say either way is just fine. I must say it was fantastic to see a lot of fan favorites make it in despite being on older consoles and overall the package is an attractive one.