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Mario Party: Star Rush

Game: Mario Party: Star Rush
Start Date: January 5th, 2019
End Date: —
Videos: —

Mario Party was starting to get stuck in a funk, at least as far as faithful, die-hard fans were concerned and Nintendo didn’t really seem to have any interest in going back to the roots of what made Mario Party such hit in the first place. However, when they decided to change things up, remove the car-based gameplay, and try something new with some elements from Mario Party of old…even fans like myself, who were losing hope and interest, took notice of this new change. Say hello to Mario Party: Star Rush!

I was really happy that both Mario Party 10 and Island Tour were over with at this point, because now I could start focusing on some games where I at least had some positivity to share with people, and my first impressions of Star Rush were generally very positive. I don’t think I would take it over a majority of the original 8 installments, but it was a pretty interesting take on the Mario Party gameplay and I applaud the effort that Nintendo decided to take with this one.

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Mario Party Advance

Mario Party Advance

Game: Mario Party Advance
Start Date: March 2nd, 2014
Runtime: 6 hours
Videos: 16

Mario Party had been a clear success on consoles, but after awhile, the developers at Hudsonsoft wanted to take the series and move it on to the Game Boy Advance, which had been a huge financial success at the time. The results were quite…different, to say the least. Anyway, Shroom City has been attacked by Bowser and he has taken all of the world’s minigames and “gaddgets.” It’s up to Mario and his three closest friends to help solve the troubles of Shroom City.

With all of the console Mario Parties being completed at this point, I knew that at some time I would need to take a trip to the handheld games, and after almost a year of no Mario Party action on the channel, I decided to give Mario Party Advance a try. Although it’s very different from the traditional Mario Party formula, even moreso than Mario Party 9, it does have its own charm and I wanted to share it with you guys.

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Mario Party 9

Mario Party 9

Game: Mario Party 9
Start Date: April 6th, 2013
Runtime: 7 hours
Videos: 25

You can’t keep a good Mario spin-off down, and when Mario Party started vanishing off the face of the Earth, here comes Mario Party 9 to remind us that the party isn’t over yet. Mario Party 9 was the first Mario Party game in four years (after the eighth game) and with it’s return, brought a number of changes to the formula. Many fans questioned these changes, but when you get down to the nitty-gritty, the fun and mayhem of Mario Party is still quite in existence.

This project was a long-time coming, as many people expected this game to come to my channel in 2012, but due to my large commitment of taking on Fortune Street, I decided to use this game as a buffer in between the two halves of the Fortune Street project. This was a decision that was really rewarding and created, very easily, the biggest high point of my channel in quite awhile.

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Mario Party 8

Mario Party 8

Game: Mario Party 8
Start Date: April 3rd, 2011
Runtime: 10 hours
Videos: 36

The Star Carnival is in town, and MC Ballyhoo is the host for the festivities. Mario Party is all the rage, and Bowser just might be up to something as well. It’s another stroll down Mario Party lane and this game’s gimmick features the use of Nintendo’s Wii-Motion functionality!

While not much time had passed between my last Mario Party playthrough and this one, I figured it was time to get back into the Mario Party groove to start the year off right! It was quite interesting, making the move from Gamecube partying to Wii partying, but the spirit of Mario Party remained with us as we went along the journey!

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Mario Party 7

Mario Party 7

Game: Mario Party 7
Start Date: October 23rd, 2010
Runtime: 11 hours
Videos: 41

During the Gamecube era, Mario Party got into the habit of releasing one game per calendar year, and Mario Party 7 was no different. In this rendition, Mario and his friends have gone on vacation, but when Bowser doesn’t get invited, Mario and his friends better think twice about who they exlcude, because Bowser is now going on a spree of rage, ruining whatever destination they travel to.

This Mario Party project had the unfortunate timing of taking place during one of my “computer decides to crash” phases, and as a result, was put on hold for a period of time. One of the most unfortunate aspects of this crash was the fact that during the course of this playthrough, my appreciation for this game had actually increased, when before, it was probably my least favorite of the Mario Party series.

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Mario Party 6

Mario Party 6

Game: Mario Party 6
Start Date: May 15th, 2010
Runtime: 10 hours
Videos: 64

The entity of the Sun, Brighton, and the moon spirit Twila, have been playing too much Kirby Super Star, and much in the same fashion as the sun and the moon in that game, the two siblings start to argue and put the world in a state of a day-night hybrid. Mario and his friends are once again in the middle of this dispute, and decide to play Mario Party, but this time with a day and night twist!

It was that time of the year where I knew Mario Party was going to be in demand again, and being the Mario Party nerd that I am, I had no reason not to endulge. With the success of Mario Party 5, I knew I had some big shoes to fill, but at the end of the day, all you need to do is party hard, and then the rest will follow! As usual, I covered all the Party Mode boards and all of the extra features and bonus games.

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