Mario Party 4

 
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Great game to have for a mixed group of kids.

What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a great game to bring out when you have a mixed group of kids because both boys and girls enjoy this game, and it can be played by everyone from second-graders to teens (even parents enjoy it.) Games can be "handicapped" for more even play between age groups, and the variety of Mini games guarantees lots of choices.

What's it about?

The popular characters of Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi were introduced in the original Mario Party and have been faithfully brought back in every version since. The game is based on the board game model of play, and you compete by forming teams with other players to compete in a series of Mini games, with 50 games in all to choose from.

Styles of games vary from racing to games of chance, where each player moves across a 3D \"board\" with game pieces. The ultimate goal of the Mini games is to win each contest in order to collect the \"birthday prize\".

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

None of the games is particularly difficult to figure out in terms of how to play, but they are challenging enough in terms of skill to keep even teenagers happy, especially if they are competing with another player or, better yet, three other players. Even though there's little complexity involved in terms of character or skill acquisition, the fun of playing in groups, either as teams or in a free-for-all, more than makes up for the rather simplistic story line and characters.

This is not a game for serious thinkers who like lots of interesting visuals and story line, but as far as having fun with other players goes, it's unbeatable. If you are looking for a way out of the often isolating routine of role-playing games, MARIO PARTY 4 is the way to go.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the playing games alone or in groups. Which do you enjoy more? How does this virtual game compare with real board games?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo GameCube
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:October 2, 2002
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for (Nintendo GameCube)

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Teen, 17 years old Written byoldschoolman July 25, 2012
 
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Best in the series!!!!

THE BEST ON THE SERIES. 5/5 STARS. Lottery,Roulette. Best mario party ever
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Easy to play/use
Kid, 6 years old May 25, 2012
 
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