Nintendo's not leaving the
Wii to the depredations of third-parties just yet, with the upcoming
Mario Party 9 reminding players that Mario still loves them (at least until they upgrade to a Wii U). Set for a March release, the game's
central feature is the new Party Adventure mode, whose vehicular
board-traversing is previewed in this batch of new shots.
The Party Adventure portion
of the game ties together some 80 minigames, ranging from pizza
construction (because Mario is Italian-American, see) to
ghost-evasion (because King Boo is Supernatural-American, maybe).
Minigames will be accessible independently or from the Party
Adventure game board, and included with boss battles to mix co-op
with competitive points-grabbing. Mario Party 9's due to release
March 2 in Europe, with a US release following on the 11th.