Mario Party 10
It wouldn’t be a Nintendo console without the Mario Party franchise gracing the console at some point and usually in multiple sequels. The N64 had Mario Party 1, 2 and 3. The GameCube had 4, 5, 6 and 7! And the Wii had 8 and 9, with the GBA, DS and 3DS all getting one each. Now it’s the Wii U’s turn! And why not! With the lack of software from third parties I’m sure we will also see Mario Party 11 on the Wii U but that’s for another article! Let’s see what Nintendo has for us in the 13th version of the series.
Announced at E3 2014 in June with a 90 second trailer, the game reuses the vehicle mechanic to travel around the boards which was first seen in the GBA version, and once again players have the goal of collecting Mini Stars and also item shops make a return from Mario Party 7. However, in addition to the traditional Party Mode, a new mode called ‘Bowser Party’ has also been confirmed. In this mode, up to five players are supported at once with a player using the GamePad to play as Bowser, to defeat the other four players using wii remotes while they play as Mario, Luigi, Peach, Wario or Yoshi and possibly more to be announced later. In Bowser mode mini stars are replaced by hearts, the goal of Bowser is to deplete all the other players hearts, while Mario and his friends try make it to the end of the course with at least one heart between them. Bowser will roll multiple dice, depending on the number of other players available.
So far, two boards have been shown off for party mode, the first being an amusement park with Peach’s Castle and several attractions resemble Yoshi Park from Mario Super Sluggers. The second is in the sky where players try to take down airships looking a lot like Meringue Clouds from New Super Mario Bros. U.
To date, the mini games include:
- Fruit Scoot Scurry – A minigame in which players need to collect as much fruit as possible in a Layer-Cake Desert type area.
- Beeline Shrine – A minigame in which players must jump to avoid bees.
- Cheep Cheep Leap – A minigame in which players (in their invincible form) must jump to hit Cheep Cheeps.
- Petey’s Bomb Battle – A Boss minigame in which the players must throw Bombs at Petey Piranha.
With a lot more to be unveiled in the coming months this is shaping up to be another great entry in the franchise, along with Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad’s: Treasure Tracker and Yoshi’s Wooly World Amiibo support is coming for Mario Party 10 in 2015. This is one game to look forward to for any multiplayer fanatics out there wanting there board game fix in early 2015!