I have to have the new features were pretty impressive on the first run , I'm a long term fan of mario party games I'll try not to spoil the plot too much, the story starts out with having to get Mini Stars from bowser and the only way to do so is play 6 different boards. the new feature that allows everyone to be apart of the game by having them all ride in the same car and everyone taking turns by rolling the dice instead of other players falling asleep when its not there turn keeps it entertaining all the way through, also the mini games have that same fun thrill feeling as they did in the classic nintendo era. I would have given the game a 10 but sadly before it reached the finished line of the epic game race it tripped on a rock and rolled into a side ditch, the stages are still too short you can complete story mode in a day and 1/2 , the dice blocks go from 1-6 instead of the standard 1-10 , 1-10 blocks are now known as "special" blocks I guess to lengthen the game play time spent on each stage but I think what bothered me most was the mini games 80% of them are dependent on luck and I mean"Luck" not really any type of skill and same goes the stages as well I say this game is good if your playing by yourself because its easier to deal with getting mad at the game rather then your friends having a punch up because someone got a 6 and someone got 1 for the 5th time in a row stealing all there stars . your probably thinking " wait theres the mushrooms that lets add 3 blocks or 2 blocks together right? " wrong those are all gone all you have that are special are " 4-5-6" ,"1-10", "1-2-3" , and "1-0" not so much special and more like ftw is this. Alright I still have to admit Mario Party 9 is still fun ti play all the way around the mini games are creative, the new gimmicks add some fun little twists still the fact the remains all the games are solely based on luck and I wouldn't recommend it to people with gambling problems.