year another Mario Party. Too bad Super Mario or Zelda
can't show up with this kind of frequency, but you'd
have to settle for a slightly improved version of
the previous installment, just like sports titles.
Mario Party 6 is simply more of the same except with
one small difference: MP6 comes with a microphone
which gamers can use in the Mic-Mode, which is, come
on, pretty hit and miss. Mostly miss.
story if you want to get into semantics, involves
the sun and the moon feuding over who is more important,
so the inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom set out
to harness the power of the stars to settle the argument
once and for all. Works for me. These stories aren't
even close to making sense anymore, so ignore them.
Just play the game and forget about why. The only
real reason you are playing Mario Party 6 is because
Nintendo released it and you feel a need to buy it
or your kid will be "missing out" on life.
biggest change to the gameplay comes in the way of
being able to alter the game in many different forms
before you start playing. Players can select the types
of mini-games that you'll encounter, turn off bonus
stars, decide how players will team up and of course
set the length of the game between 10 - 50 rounds.
50 rounds of Mario Party is the world's cheapest alternative
for a frontal lobotomy. Trust me, after going through
a couple of these painfully long rounds with my kids,
who were so super impressed to be playing Mario Party
6 before it was "released" that I now need
to wear a drool cup because it's involuntary.
you head out onto the open "board" you'll
be pleasantly surprised that the game boards seem
to be teeming with activity and the gameplay seems
a tad faster as promised. Locales and inhabitants
are all based on various Mushroom Kingdom adventures
that will be familiar to any Nintendophile aged 5
and up. Playable characters include Mario, Luigi,
Yoshi, Princess Peach, Wario, Daisy, Waluigi, Toad,
Boo, Koopa Kid and the all new Toadette. Will we ever
see a Prince Peach? Hmmm....or Bowserette? Maybe next
players can jump right into Mini-Game mode right off
the hop if that's what your little heart desires.
With over 70 new mini-games in MP6, there will be
a lot of playtime doled out over the next few months.
microphone included with the game at no extra cost,
plugs into the Memory Card slot and is used in Mic
Mode, which involves speaking into the mic and issuing
simple commands like "Run" to the onscreen
player. This is one of those peripherals that instantly
looks like pure "cheese" to the parent but
the kids can't get enough of, even when it doesn't
recognize what they say until it's too late causing
them to lose. Considering all kids want to do is boss
people around, it's no surprise that they'll dig this.
If someone invented a game where kids could boss parents
around with a microphone ("Clean your room! Walk
the dog!"), it would sell a million.
problem with trying to "review" a game made
entirely for children of a certain age who will love
this product no matter what, is that whatever I say
is completely beside the point. Who cares about my
opinion? Mario Party 6 isn't for me and it's not for
you....it's for the children. Are they deriving any
sense of pleasure or entertainment from it? Of course.
Are they downstairs having a good time playing it
and not annoying you constantly? Yes. So it's win
win. Does an 8 year old care whether the moron on
CCC or IGN or Gamespot or Gamepro says that Mario
Party 6 is like all of the other ones and that this
one is only slightly different because of the new
minigames and microphone? No. And anyway, to them
those ARE the reasons they want it. That and it has
a pretty new picture of Mario on the box.
are you reading this review in the first place? Do
you really need to do some extensive research on Mario
Party 6? (Insert fatherly voice) "Now, Billy
and Sally, you know that we don't make a purchase
decision in this household without checking what the
professionals have to say about it....hmmm...it says
here that there it's a lot like the last game....that's
not very good...BUT it does have more minigames....and
more minigames means more fun, right kids?.....the
gaming professional on CCC says that the graphics
or "visuals" are on par with last years
effort....that doesn't sound good....BUT it does say
that there is a new picture of Mario on the box...and
I know how you kids love Mario! Alright, we'll get
else do you need to know? Anything between reading
this review and buying Mario Party 6 for your kid
is just useless busy work. Kids are smart. They don't
care about reviews, they just want to play the damn
thing. That's why it got all 5's...because it just