System: Nintendo 64
Release Date: 1997
Price: $29.99 (1985)
Mario Party is one of
the few games that can be enjoyed by people who normally hate video games.
Usually, that happens in a party-type setting, so it's fortunate that
Nintendo bills this as a party game.
Mario Party's premise is
pretty simple. It's a giant, living board game, featuring characters from
the Mario universe. You roll dice to see how far you will travel, and then
good or bad things will happen depending on which route you choose, and
where you move to.
Sometimes, moving on
certain squares will trigger a mini-game event. This happens when more than
one person is occupying the same spot, or, certain factors will cause all of
the players to be pulled into the mini-game. These are various one-on-one or
team oriented games. The winner(s) get tons of coins, while the losers get
The original Mario Party
was a great game, but the newer versions, particularly Mario Party 3 and 4,
are supremely better, and therefore you probably only want to pick this one
up, if you're a die-hard Mario fan.