New Mario Party 9 Details

The new issue of Nintendo Power in North America has some new details about the upcoming Mario Party 9.  It’s coming out in March for the Wii.  So, what have we learned?  Thanks to some people over at the Mario Party forum, we’ve got the details.

– instead of moving around the stage separately, all players ride together in a vehicle
– only the player who is taking a turn gets the rewards
– collect as many Mini Stars as possible before the end
– earn them by landing on special spaces and playing mini-games
– purple mini Zstars remove stars from your inventory
– variety of dice: high number dice, dice that only roll 0 and 1
– board details: Toad Road has a broken bridge that cannot be jumped unless all players roll a sufficiently high number
– if you fall off the bridge, you enter a Mini Ztar-filled canyon
– Bob-omb Factory is littered with conveyer belts that change your course
– each board has a miniboss and a final boss
– in Bob-omb Factory, fight against a giant Whomp
– each player stands on a rotating platform while attempting to avoid being flattened by the stone creature
– mini-games include memory games (quickly count a horde of Goombas as they rush into their homes) to tests of your button-pressing skills (tap the proper buttons to climb a mountain) to more-physical activities (swing the Wii Remote to throw toppings on a pizza)

A few things we’ve heard before, and several we haven’t.  Sounds like they’re trying to mix up the ‘Party’ formula a bit, which is good.  I’m curious as to what they’re going to do for Mario Party 3DS, which they haven’t announced yet.



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Micah has been playing games since his first pong machine, and has been writing for as long as he could grip a pencil and not drool on the paper. So, for about a week.

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