Mario Party 8

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Still a good kids' party game, now Wii fun!

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a typical tame Nintendo title. Players are pitted against each other, but any violence is cartoonish -- at worst, expect to see characters being squashed or falling off a ledge. On the positive side, while playing on the Tycoon Town game board, characters will stop and look both ways before crossing the road.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTawnAndDawnTheS... August 28, 2018

Great

It is the right thing for kids to play.
Parent of a 10, 12, and 16-year-old Written byHendo H. U January 13, 2018
Hard to play without lots of practice with game and Wii
Teen, 17 years old Written byMandee3 July 27, 2018

An ok game

I like this game but it is very boring to be honest.
Teen, 15 years old Written byspixmacaw101 May 20, 2017

Fun but hard to play.

I love playing this game! But it is so hard I always have to do handicap settings.

What's it about?

MARIO PARTY 8 lives up to its name by offering a decent multiplayer experience. Play is structured like a board game where up to four players compete both against each other and in teams by rolling dice, landing on spaces with various consequences, and participating in Mini game challenges to earn coins and stars. Familiar Nintendo characters like Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, and Wario are all playable this time around, with the ability to unlock several more as the game progresses. Mario Party 8 boasts more than 60 new Mini games, and several innovative new boards including DK's Treetop Temple, the pirate-themed Goomba's Booty Boardwalk, and the bustling metropolis of Koopa's Tycoon Town where players invest money in hotels to earn stars, much like Monopoly.

Is it any good?

Many of the Mini games in Mario Party 8 incorporate the touch-sensitive Wii remote in creative ways, letting it double as a paint brush, hammer, dart, stamp, and lasso to name a few. It's accuracy as a pointing device also comes in handy, and it makes it that much easier for novice gamers to jump right into the fun without having to familiarize themselves with a complicated controller.

Mario Party 8's biggest issue is that it relies too often on elements of random chance, which might prove frustrating for more competitive gamers. Another disappointment is that Mario Party 8 still looks like it did almost 10 years ago on the Nintendo 64. That being said, if gamers are able to look past these issues, there's still a great party game to be found that's made all the more fun thanks to the intuitive Wii remote.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork since this game allows players to form 2-on-2 or 3-on-1 teams for certain Min -games. What makes a good team player? How can you apply the principles of teamwork to everyday life? This game has an element of random chance. Do you think the randomness makes the games more or less fun?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: May 29, 2007
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: December 2, 2019

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