Mario Party Advance

Game review by
Kimberly Reyes, Common Sense Media
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Lots of Mini games, but only moderate fun.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

To get to the party games, you must first decide to help townspeople in their quests; in a way, all of the games within the game are rewards for being a good samaritan.

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Consumerism

Part of the popular Mario series of games (and more). Some multi-player options require GBA Game Paks.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the fun here has little to do with plot. But the storyline briefly introduces a good vs. evil theme, and players are encouraged to help townspeople along the way. The game has multiplayer options that allow kids to compete, as well as trade Mini games and gadgets. Parents should note that the massive number of Mini games won't do much to strengthen short attention spans.

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Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 17 years old Written byoldschoolman July 25, 2012

Bad just bad

Totally violent in some scenes. Iffy for 6-10. The minigames and boards are getting extremely boring. Do not buy this. Very horrible. I would rate this 0 stars

What's it about?

MARIO PARTY ADVANCE is the latest addition to one of the longest-running series in the entire Mario family, and marks the first time it's been available for the Game Boy Advance. In the main Party World mode, players select one of four familiar Mario characters. They strive to recover the games that nasty Bowser has scattered around Shroom City and bring them back to Party World. They must eventually face off against Bowser, who has the remaining few games.

Players move around a large game board playing Mini games, such as properly operating an elevator or catching bunnies. They earn mushrooms (which in turn earn Mini games), and gadgets, such as a magic lamp. Once players have earned enough Mini games and gadgets they can go to Play Land to play with the gadgets they've earned, to Party Land to play Mini games against other players (GBA Game Paks are required for some of these), or to Challenge Land to play casino-type or other Mini games.

Is it any good?

While this version's focus is on the single-player mission, players can join with friends and play against each other in a variety of ways (one duel allows up to 100 people to play at once on a single GBA). Players can also transfer Mini games and gadgets to others. On the downside, once players have completed all the tasks in Party World, playability is limited to the Mini games, which won't keep their attention for more than a month or two.

The strength of the Mario Party series isn't in its cleverness (like the Wario Ware games), but in its multiplayer competitions. Unfortunately, Mario Party Advance, especially when using multiplayer modes, is a lot more fun and immediate on the big screen; Mario Party 4, for example, makes for a great party game. Mario Party Advance is a decent miniature addition to the family, but not as fun as its big-screen counterparts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sportsmanship and remind kids what it means to be a good winner (and loser) before they play with friends. What should you say if you win? What should you say if you lose?

Game details

  • Platforms: Game Boy Advance
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: March 30, 2005
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E

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