Parents' Guide to

Mario Party DS

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

It's fun minigame madness with friends on the go.

Game Nintendo DS 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+


I think this is one of the best video games in the world. it is so much fun! i play it with my kids

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 2+


Tons of stuff to do here. You can do the main game, play minigames, do competitions and more. Definitely one to buy.

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (19):

Mario Party feels as though it belongs on the DS. The second screen gives players a bird's eye view of the game board at all times so that they can keep track of the locations of other characters and important board features, including pitfalls, shops, and, of course, the coveted stars needed to win the game. And nothing has been lost in translation from console to handheld. The game still has the same engaging 3-D view of the action on the bottom screen, not to mention just as many game boards, play modes, and minigames as any of other Mario Party titles.

Plus, the touch screen allows for some interesting new minigame activities. Favorites include drawing circles with the stylus to twist a music box crank in an attempt to play the classic Super Mario Bros. theme at the proper tempo; blowing into the mic to control the speed at which a bomb fuse burns; tracing the mugs of famous Nintendo characters; and swiping the stylus back and forth across the screen as quickly as possible to shear slices off a cucumber. Simply put, Mario Party hasn't felt so satisfying or fresh since the original debuted on the Nintendo64 nearly a decade ago.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: November 21, 2007
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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