Parents' Guide to

Mario Party 10

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun party game with mild violence promotes socialization.

Game Nintendo Wii U 2015
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age 18+


it’s terrible with all the bowser going RRROOOARRR! and all the characters throwing temper tantrums when they lose. it has. way too much waiting around and all the minigames are no fun. how did this get 4 stars? please note that is the same rating as twilight princess but mario party can’t even compare to that,

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (8):

Anyone familiar with previous Mario Party games will be instantly at home with Mario Party 10. The boards -- standard Mario locales including airships, castles, underwater seascapes, and rolling hills -- feature familiar events such as bricks that can be bashed to reveal treasures and Whomp barriers that need to be beaten down before players can keep moving. Many of the mini-games are recognizable, too, including activities that see players dodging hammers, racing along tracks, and vying to be the last character standing above a pit of lava with a shifting floor. This apparent lack of innovation may turn off players who feel they've already had their fill of Mario Party in previous games.

But Bowser Party may be enough to keep them playing. This lopsided mode fosters a sense of camaraderie among the four players being chased by Bowser. They're all in it together and will be rooting each other on -- all the more so because Bowser is a big cheater. The player in control of Mario's dreaded enemy can do things such as roll again if he or she isn't satisfied with the first roll and try to trick players about to make choices (which chest to open, which path to take) into choosing badly by drawing distractions on the screen. Both sides are fun to play and likely will see rivals and teammates laughing out loud and shouting in disbelief. It's a relatively small change to a well-established formula, but it could be just enough to convince even people who thought themselves finished with Mario Party games to give this new one a go.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii U
  • Subjects: Hobbies: board games
  • Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building, listening, speaking, Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: March 18, 2015
  • Genre: Party
  • Topics: Friendship
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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