Parents' Guide to

Mario Party: Star Rush

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun party game encourages social, competitive play.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2016
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If you enjoy playing games with friends, and most of your friends own a Nintendo 2DS/3DS, then this game is a pretty safe bet. Despite including a couple of modes intended for quick solo sessions -- ideal for, say, a quick back seat ride to the grocery store -- Mario Party: Star Rush is at its best when played with a group of one, two, or three friends. Once each player has downloaded the "Guest" version of the game from the eShop (for free), they can connect with the player who owns the game card for full access to all the multiplayer modes. While these modes still have some of the series' well-known -- and sometimes frustrating -- end game bonuses that can take the lead away from a skilled player, the sense of competition remains strong throughout. Players will be sweating with intensity one moment as they tap buttons and slide styluses trying to win games, then laughing with their friends the next.

As is usually the case with Mario Party games, though, how much fun you have is tied to whether you like the new modes and mini-games Nintendo's designers have come up with. Die-hard franchise fans will probably appreciate that this entry includes modes that allow players to roll dice and move separately from each other rather than as a group. They'll probably also like that some of the new mini-games -- like a pinball-themed game that involves paddling Koopa Troopa shells to collect coins -- are refreshingly original. But the fact that much of the content is unlocked only through play is a bit of a drag, especially if a new mode you've just played a couple of hours to unlock turns out to not be much fun. That's the case for Rhythm Recital, which has terrific music but is otherwise just kind of blah. Still, the bulk of what we eventually gain access to is well worth playing -- especially if you can round up a few 3DS-owning pals to share the fun.

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