Posted by Evolve on Jun 17, 2018 | In: General News
It may be hard to believe right now, but there was a time when the Mario Party franchise was one of the most popular franchises in the Nintendo library. The game debuted on the Nintendo 64, and during its lifespan cranked out very successful sequels. The use of a party board game mechanic, mixed with dozens of mini-games and play for up to 4 players led to a very popular franchise. The problem though, was that the series soon got complacent, and started to delve into more and more gimmicks rather than fun gameplay. However, with Super Mario Party on the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo seems to be turning things around.
First and foremost, the trailer for the game re-emphasizes the desire to play the game with your friends, as that was what helped the game shine in the N64 era. Showing four different people playing Super Mario Party together is a great visual. Furthermore, Nintendo is wisely using Super Mario Party to continue pushing the Switch's versatility. For in the trailer, the four people are playing together via two Switch's and the four Joy-Con controllers. Which leads to arguably one of the coolest aspects of the game, being able to move around the Switch screens and linking them up to create dynamic maps for certain mini-games.
This was shown in the trailer via a tank mini-game where the people debated about how to do the layout for the map so that they could have the most fun and be the most fair for everyone. We also get to see the screens being used for 2v2 gameplay, which further shows the title using the Switch screens to their full potential. Speaking of using to the fullest potential, the game also appears to use the motion controls of the Joy-Cons as well, including for motion to move characters, a cooking game where the player needs to move the pan, a flight mini-game, and more.
One of the biggest complaints of past Mario Party games was that the games started to not let the players move around on their own. Instead, they would ride vehicles to get to where they need to go. As gameplay proves, characters roll the dice like the games of old and move around the board appropriately. This including running backwards if you land on the wrong spot and trigger a stage hazard.
Nintendo is promising that Super Mario Party will not only be like the games of old but also have deep strategy elements to them. For example, each character, of which there are many to choose from, will have their own dice, which will no doubt help in choosing what to do. There will also be many new modes for players to choose from, one of which is called "Toad's Rec Room."
At present, it's unclear if the game will only be playable through local co-op or if there will be online modes. The release date is scheduled for October 5th, which is a month after Nintendo Switch online is set to arrive, so it is possible. Either way though, this title seems to want to bring Nintendo gamers back to the party in a big way.