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They should have stuck closer to the ds versions formula because this one falls far short in both fun and content. Some of the features aren't even unlockable without multiplayer or streetpass. There aren't even as many mini games let alone game boards as the ds had. The worst part is that all of the boards are short and depend more on chance than strategy because of this they didn't even include the ablity to save midgame. If they used all of the memory on graphics instead it was a complete waste, the ds version looked as good in it's own way, if not better. It's worth a rental but has no staying power and is pretty boring after you've tried everything once.
I liked the fact that they added some variety to the game. They change the objective of the game from just getting stars to being the last to make up the mountain, or have the most houses on the block etc.
posted by alexiscool (San Francisco, CA) Apr 12, 2014
Member since Aug 2005
I only had to play the first stage to know this Mario Party game was not fun. All I had to do was roll a high number to win the game. But I didn't. Then CPU Mario came up, rolled the high number and won the game with me right behind him. I have never seen a game depend on luck this badly.
I have played Mario Party 4 through 9 and DS. All of these games follow the same concept of getting the most stars (mini-stars for 9, but it's still a fun game). This concept was fun and was amazing they were able to bring it from the console to the handheld and make it play just like the console games.
Mario Party: Island Tour entirely disregards the concept of stars and just makes it a race to the end with stars not existing in the game at all—something that no Mario Party game has ever done. Couple that with games being short compared to regular MP games and some of the stages not available because they require 3 human players to work and this does not feel like a Mario Party game anymore and is certainly not worth the $40 price being asked for it.
I was really excited to have a Mario Party game for 3DS that I could play with all my friends because of Download Play. But this is not what Mario Party is about.
Get Mario Party DS instead for a more authentic Mario Party experience and one that friends can play together on a long car trip.