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Mario Party 8

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Still a good kids' party game, now Wii fun!
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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.

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Kid, 10 years old February 12, 2014

Mario Party 8

This game is the best game I ever played. The game has various candy's to help you win the game. Also, there are stations to play. The game has different characters such as Mario and Luigi. It is for the Wii and it is easy to play and use. I really enjoy playing this game with my brother and sister.
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Easy to play/use
Teen, 15 years old Written byMoviefan101 November 6, 2009

Cool Nintendo Wii title!!!!!!!

Mario Party 8 is the first Mario Party game I played. This game is easy to play and the only time when you have to know the controls are when you play the minigames. This game is cool for the Wii because it feel's like your in the game.
Teen, 13 years old Written byKinbJune June 27, 2011

Mario's Cheating 8

I don't exactly have much to say on this title. It's fun, the games are creative, and the graphics are astounding. However, lets just dive into how fun this title is. It's not really all that fun, considering that you have to use strategy instead of luck to beat this game. I'm not kidding, you actually have to strategize if beating this game is even conceivable to you. The reason you have to strategize is because the computers cheat--A LOT. You have to plan ahead with your moves, and be ready for ANYTHING, because if you make one wrong move, you will find that the computer will win in 3 turns. This is a good title, but if Nintendo wants to make ANY sequels, they should first fix the computers, because they know how and when to get the star! It's just plain cheating!

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