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Last call! It may be the end of Mario Party – and we will actually miss it

Like the socially inept guest who still hangs around your house even after you go to bed, Mario Party may have overstayed its welcome (Ed: actually, most of us never get invited in the first place, but you get the point). Signs are pointing to the possibility that the streamers are coming down, the confetti’s getting swept up, and the long-running series has reached its end.

The team that was behind the development of Mario Party has disbanded, and it seems everyone started getting tired of the series, and review scores started dropping. That may very well be the last straw for a franchise that was already missing in action for years.


Above: Average Metacritic review for every game in the Mario Party series 

There's also the fact that Nintendo will soon bring the game Wii Party to the US. It’s a pretty blatant carbon copy of Mario Party except without the charm or legacy, but it’s selling fairly well in Japan and should fit well with the generic, Wii Sports/Wii Play crowd.

Mario Party 8 was released for the Wii in May of 2007, followed a few months later by Mario Party on the DS. Ever since then, Nintendo hasn't even uttered the phrase "Mario Party." It seems there's not even a chance of the original Nintendo 64 titles coming to the Virtual Console. Alas, it appears this is in fact the end of an era.


Above: The "Tug of War" mini-game in the original Mario Party required players to twirl the N64 joystick as quickly as possible. It was notorious for giving blisters to gamers who placed their palm on the joystick and spun it around while simultaneously destroying the controller

We aren’t the only people old enough to have the guts to say this, but we loved Mario Party, even in the latter years. It was one of our favorite games to play with friends, although we were admittedly annoyed that there was never any online connectivity in a series that practically stands up and slaps you in the face as an obvious online party game concept.

That being said, we'll never forget the terrible voice recognition gimmick in Mario Party 6, the time we spent going to the kitchen while everyone else took their turns, and of course the bloody blisters from the the first Mario Party's joystick-spinning mini-games.

Source: Cubed3 

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37 comments

  • wiigamer024 - August 10, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    awwww... i really liked Mario Party! My sister and I used to play it all the time when i was little! What's really sad is that i've never played the original N64 versons. The first MP game i played was i think Mario party 4 on GC. My friends and I were i love with Mario Party DS! Im upset that the series is gone now... :'(
  • Limbo - August 10, 2010 3:37 a.m.

    The only one I actually own is 6, which I find to be really enjoyable if you don't use the mic. I've played the first, and its amazing. Unfortunately, I've also played the last. Dear God.
  • HardlyBirdman - August 9, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    >shudder< my palms hurt just from the mention of Mario Party 1. I played the heck out of it though, and was victorious against my brothers. But at what cost? ....at what cost? Seriously though, Mario Party 2 is pretty awesome still play it. Though it's hard to get my dude friends to agree to playing it knowing that I'll kill 'em all in the mini games. But (as with Mario Kart) as the years went on, the games got more and more random to give the scrubs a game they felt 'good' at. I'll miss the skill games though... R.I.P. Crazy Cutters, Bumper Balls, Shock Drop and Roll, etc Good ridance to the stupid (purely) random mini games : Day at the Races, the Bowser bomb one, the string cutting one....so bad
  • Waldo - August 9, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    One of the few games I could actually play with the wife and still get points for "spending quality time together". We will both miss this series.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 9, 2010 7 a.m.

    Have no love for it, no care for its death. Whatevs.
  • shadowarrior99 - August 9, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    alot of the games were good, especially when played with a family, i would win most of the time. But i remember getting a gigantic blister in my right hand from the tug a war in mario party, it was terrible! I was only about nine, it looked as if all of the skin moved aside to make room for the hole in my hand... but i never lost the mini game :D Anyone else remember that mini-game?
  • sklorbit - August 8, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    only the n64 ones were good in my oppinion. when i bought 4 on gamecube i was disappointed and never bought another one again. cant tell you how much time i spent playing the first 3 with friends
  • Soxboii - August 8, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    I still play Mario party 2 often. 6 was fantastic, and I just played 8 with my sister last night. It's sad to know that I will never hear toad yell "NEW RECORD!!!!!!" on a new console. I wish I could find the mp3 of that from mario party 2.
  • Harmonator - August 8, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    OH. MY GOD. As much as I love the first mario party (and I REALLY do), I cannot forgive it for being responsible for breaking all of my N64 controllers. Had it not had those rotating the stick minigames, I would still have decent controllers to play smash bros. with. I feel that those minigames were a console generation too early (GC's controllers could've handled it)... I still love that game, it's just... Smash is a LOT harder with broken controllers caused by one game...
  • kermit15 - August 7, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! at least bring 1-3 to the virtual console
  • alexkirk - August 7, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    Mario Party 5 used to be my favourite game :)
  • Peloun - August 7, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    finnaly!
  • markshell - August 7, 2010 2:27 p.m.

    Need. Original. Mario. Party. Right. Now. Man, after this, they have to put the original in VC. It was the best of all
  • Felixthecat - August 7, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    DON'T DIE MARIO PARTY, I DON'T WANT YOU TO GO!!! :'(
  • TalkradarLikesAreApe - August 7, 2010 9:39 a.m.

    I only ever had 1 and 6, 6 I played somewhat sparingly, where as 1 I played to death and actually tore the skin (or rather the top layer) from the palm of my hand on some flyguy minigame, I was determined and succeded (I think), but at a painful price because quite simply it hurt as much as you'd think it would (ALOT)
  • Onepersonwithnoopinion - August 7, 2010 7:30 a.m.

    Looks like chance time has finally ended. Good riddance for the most part(minus the first 3).
  • Robusken - August 7, 2010 5:58 a.m.

    Ive played all of them, kinda sad to say but its one of those things from my childhood that i didn't care about until it finally died. I will say 2 was probably the best
  • WillisTron - August 7, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    The original 64 Mario Parties have a lot of good memories for me, it is sad to see the series slip away
  • CurryIsGood - August 7, 2010 4:42 a.m.

    thank god
  • Axcleblade - August 7, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    I actually liked the DS version.

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