Friday, December 3rd, 2021

The biggest feature of Mario Party Superstars is the board game sticker

Mario Party Superstars is a nostalgic trip with iconic boards, bumper balls, and new improvements to the original Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube games. I recruited three colleagues to participate in the 2000s Mario Party 2 N64 board Horrorland play. It’s very crazy to see Bird and Waluigi roaming this classic board, which I played for the first time 21 years ago. Horrorland has a day / night cycle every two turns and includes new transition animations as time changes. This board also allows Whomps to finally take a good night’s rest and you can’t wake them up and go through. At the 2018 Super Mario Party, a star only needed 10 coins, but at the Mario Party Super Star, you need 20 coins to buy a star. After all, Toadette needs to adjust inflation.

My absolute favorite new feature of Mario Party Superstars is stickers. That’s right, a sticker! Think of it as a quick chat feature while playing on the board. Sure, it’s fun to scream and laugh directly with your friends, but it can be very rewarding to communicate through Nintendo emoji in essence. Just by tapping the control stick, you can send a toad that shouts “Gah!” And an angry Goomba that shouts “Bring It!”. You can also select your own character who shouts “Whaaat ?!” which is suffering. The best part is that every time you send a sticker, your character’s quick sound effects will play. This makes it even more fun and engaging than traditional quick chat. You can send stickers at any time on anyone’s turn, and you can unlock even more stickers with the coins you collect. You will see a (very large) sticker next to the player icon in the corner of the screen. You can send the same sticker every few seconds as a distraction, hoping your opponent will mistakenly select “No, thank you” when buying a star. (I can dream, right?)

Screenshots of Mario Party Superstars

Superstars is the first Mario Party Nintendo Switch game to play in handheld mode. The 2018 Super Mario Party had motion controls, so it wasn’t possible to play the game with the Joy-Con controller connected. Mario Party Superstars has removed that rule, allowing you to play all boards and mini-games with button controls, preserving the original Mario Party game experience. You can also play Mario Party Superstars natively on Nintendo Switch Lite (no need to pair a Joy-Con controller), and finally you can use the Nintendo Switch Pro controller. No more angry waving around Joy-Con trying to throw basketball into Cheep-Cheep’s mouth.

Everyone knows that boards can be busy in the last five turns, but Mario Party Superstars allows you to add turns to your existing board games. If you are in the last place and you can convince your friends to give you the opportunity to catch up, this option is for you! You can add turns at any time by pressing Pause (Toad can only do that, except for the last turn). In the pause menu, you can also change the text speed etc. from “normal” to “slow” or “fast”. If you’re like me and have played a lot of Mario Party games, you can skip NPC conversations and get to mini-games even faster. Other quality of life upgrades include saving board games and allowing them to resume where they left off. Make 30 turns and play a long game. You can save up to 10 different board game sessions at one time. When the game is over and the winners are announced, Toad will comment on a particular playstyle and display custom artwork that shows all players in turn. It’s very cool. I took a lot of screenshots using the switch’s capture button.

Mt. Minigames is a new place where you can instantly play all 100 mini-games in different modes such as free play, coin battles, daily challenges, survival, sports and puzzles, trio challenges, tag matches and more. Of course, the first thing I did was run free play and play the bumper ball 10 times in a row. The great thing about bumper balls and other specific mini-games is that you can choose the variation of the stage you actually play. With bumper balls, you can choose between a dreaded lava-based stage, a slippery ice-based stage, or a rocky island. Bass stage. When you’re done playing the bumper ball (impossible), you can jump into the trio challenge and play all the tricky 3 to 1 mini-games. I’m a solo player and I love to see if there are pros and cons to minigames.

Old and new Mario Party fans can enjoy Mario Party Superstars. This game is like a love letter to some of the most iconic boards and mini-games of the N64 and GameCube era. My favorite little detail was that every mini-game you play, along with a cute N64 or GameCube icon, shows which Mario Party game it came from. Never forget where you came from!

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