Mario Party 2
I'm probably as big a Mario Party fan as they come. Even when the rest of the staff grew up and moved on, I was still playing it one-player. Now that the sequel's here, I'm both happy and disappointed. On one hand, the game has been improved. All of the boards are more interesting with the addition of Koopa Banks, Item Shops and events that can steal your coinage or toss you around the map like a rag doll. One-on-one duels and battle mini-games add spice to the mix as well (see this issue's MP2 preview for more details). And with 44 new mini-games, you have what seems like the perfect recipe fora worthy sequel. Problem is, all of these improvements are minor, at best. It also doesn't help that 20 of the 64 competitions come from Mario Party 1 (that's almost a third...you'll feel like you're playing the original game a lot of the time). I'm also bummed the longer-term goals are gone (saving coins to buy new boards, trying to earn 100 stars, etc.)--they provided some fun, extra incentives to keep playing new games. Even though Mario Party 2 should probably be called Mario Party 1.5, or Mario Party: Director's Cut, it still provides a decent time. If you don't mind that this cart isn't full of new surprises, and you're looking for more four-player party game goodness, then by all means, get it.
Mario Party 2 packs just as much goofball fun as the first game--but I'm not so sure this sequel's worth grabbing if you've already played the original to death. Too many of the mini-games here feel like refurbished versions of the old ones, and you'll find few enhancements to the rules. Still, only the most jaded Mario-bashers among you would snub this expertly crafted multiplayer experience. It'll keep you and three pals partyin' for months.
Party games like Mario Party 2 are the best. It makes kicking back with a group of your favorite chums for a night of tainted beverages and gut-splitting laughs all the easier. Sure, the game is a little childish and silly in spots, but it'll entertain you again and again. Even with all of the rounds of MP 2 we played, the variety of boards and kick-ass mini-games had us coming back for more. If you entertain guests who game, this title is a sound investment.
I didn't think Nintendo and Hudson could improve on the original Mario Party, but they've done it. An excellent follow-up with enough new mini-games and twists on some from the first kept me coming back. Each board has its own personality, but it's not quite as easy to screw other players over in the star department. Do not play this game alone. All that's missing are Nintendo's other characters, but I guess it wouldn't be a Mario party then, eh?
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP