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Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo Switch)

Mario Party Superstars is the second entry on the Nintendo Switch that proudly announces: “The Mario Party series is back with 5 classic boards”. Since I find that the older console MP titles have many of the perks that made them so popular, Superstars piqued my interest from the start.

When you look at the series as a whole, it’s interesting to see what changes have taken place over time. After seven consecutive annual releases, Mario Party’s recording was mixed up due to the similarity between the games. Now, after more than a decade in which many entries have changed things, players are craving the original formula instead of experimentation. If you’re in the latter camp, superstars are for you.

not how Super Mario Party, Mario Party Superstars makes no secret of its goal of attracting the gamers who grew up with Nintendo 64 games. Already with the intro – “It all started with this green pipe …” – nostalgia sets in. All boards come from the N64 trilogy, currently five. The lack of GameCube boards undoubtedly disappoints, but a lot of the GC mini-games are here.

The word count doesn’t allow to go into all the boards in depth, but I’ll briefly mention a few highlights from some of the favorites. Yoshi’s Tropical Island from the original MP is the easiest board in this collection, and it’s a good place to start for new players or those who enjoy playing with kids. The stars are limited to two locations, one on each island connected by Twomp toll bridges. You can see its influence in the watermelon and bridge design of the later tropical Megafruit Paradise (SMP). Space Land, from the popular MP2, is a larger (less linear) board. Its many other rooms lead to different route choices. Whomps can chase you around the playing field and the Bowser satellite fire laser can wipe out all of your coins! As Toad says, “It seems like there’s a lot going on up here,” but the epic music is fun to keep coming back to.

Five boards, admittedly, are the fewest of all numbered MP entries, although I’m grateful that these are less luck-dependent. I would like to see another MP3 board added via DLC. How about a few more characters too? The predecessor of Superstar had 16 available from the start, plus unlockable ones! It’s hard not to be disappointed in comparison since Mario Party Superstars has less than half of them. I want more character diversity. While I disagree with those who say this game is not worth $ 59.99, I understand many of their complaints.

What is the number of mini-games? Luckily damn good; 100 is a number that can make almost anyone happy. But that doesn’t mean I still won’t make a complaint. Why almost half of the games cut off Mario Party: The Top 100? While this game wasn’t as well received as many MP games, it laid the groundwork that Superstars has for the most part surpassed. For example, I get that 9 and 10 are not that popular as ‘Auto’ entries. But even combined, their representation in superstars is not a third of MP3, although both games outperform this N64 classic. I would certainly prefer mini-games like Badminton Bash, Bumper Bubble, and Peak Precision to Cast Aways (watch out for those palms!) Or the unpopular Puddle Paddle. But unfortunately.

With those ailments out of the way, there are plenty of great mini-games out there. Most are the always fun strains, and you will recognize many of the “all-time” lists. Being able to practice them without loading a separate menu results in faster fun. You can separate them by action, family, or ability, to name a few. And with Mt. Minigames you can play them without a board, with daily challenges, coin battles and more. Tag matches (2 vs. 2) are not a substitute for SMP’s co-op, but are still welcome. You can see which mini-games are the most popular among the superstar community by going online.

Speaking of online, it’s too big to dismiss in a few sentences. One of the first things you can do is upload your card. It displays your favorite MP game (from the numbered entries), four favorites of the hundred included mini-games, and more. Additional card designs can be activated and purchased at Toad’s Shop.

I had no problem finding games to play online. The competition is mixed. One game had a rookie and another player at 65. But superstars have enough chances to keep things tight while avoiding some of the prevailing “luck” Mario Party: Island Tour, for example. My only real problem is that I have a “communication was interrupted.” Exit online mode. ”Message a couple of times. Fortunately, I rejoined very quickly. While online can be rough for most standards, it’s good for Nintendo.

Although I will always prefer to have competitions in the same room, online is a welcome alternative, especially since COVID is still an issue in many areas. Online games can give superstars the kind of legs that other local MP games only don’t. While I’m still hoping for a PN game night, I’m happy to report that my experience with strangers (and communication through stickers) has been positive.

Whether you enjoy these boards online or offline, they have never looked better than in HD. Superstars is a game that is dressed in color and has an appealingly crisp appearance. The presentation is snappy, especially when compared to the older originals which are dated. There are even unique visual elements for added variety, like the night-day cycles of Horror Land. The music is not neglected either. I particularly appreciate the ability to choose between classic melodies and modern updates.

Many welcome options are available in Superstars. This includes (but is not limited to) customizing bonus stars, mini-game types, and handicap settings. Note that a ‘normal’ CPU difficulty level (although mostly fine) can lead to some strange decisions. So if you’re not playing alone, be sure to bump a player or two up by at least one – four settings are available.

Options to keep things moving are also appreciated. Games can have up to ten or up to thirty rounds. Do you want a faster experience? Increase CPU movement and text speed. Saving means you can play for a short time and come back later. The means of handheld gaming (no motion controls) are also a welcome option for lite players.

The Mario Party franchise began in the late 90s and has outlasted nearly 20 games to date. At this point, readers will likely know if they like the series. If so, this game is for you. For newer or first-time players, it’s more of a debate between SMP and superstars.

With Mario Party Superstars alongside Super Mario Party, the Nintendo Switch has two different but great series parts. While superstars would benefit from more boards, it’s a charming, nostalgic journey with extensive multiplayer appeal for family and friends of all ages. It’s also repeatable as always, with online games, achievements, and unlockable items.

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