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Get Your Party on With "Mario Party 8"

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A "gamer" since way before the term was coined, I have been playing video games in one form or another since the 1980s.

"Mario Party 8" Video Game Review

"Mario Party 8" was initially released on the Nintendo Wii platform during the summer of 2007.

While many mixed reviews tout a number of different pros and cons, the 8th installment of the series has gone on to be one of the top 10 best-selling games on the Wii.

The style of this game is like many of the previous installments, but also relies on the use of the Wii motion-sensor controllers to provide more interactive gameplay while exploring the various minigames throughout.

Read on to find out why I like this installment of the Mario Party series so much, and recommend it to all Mario fans.

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Mario Party 8 Title Screen

Mario Party 8 Title Screen

Initial Look at Mario Party 8

Fun for all ages and skill levels.

The object of the game is quite simple: be the player that collects the most stars by the end of the competition. You can earn these stars in several different ways, ranging from buying them with coins on the map or stealing them from other players, to winning them by various means at the end of the game.

Where the game shines the most is the ability to use personal strategy while on the game board or during the minigames. You can strive to be the winner of as many minigames as possible, try to collect the most coins, or even use candy to attempt to win the bonus stars at the conclusion.

The minigame system is generally fun but can prove to be difficult for the youngest of players. While some games are simply point-click-and-shoot, there are more difficult games that require players to have above-average dexterity and gaming smarts.

Mario Party 8 Chump Rope

Mario Party 8 Chump Rope

A Few Pros and Cons of the Game

The use of the microphone system isn't a whole lot more interesting than in the previous installments of the game, but the overall control of the motion-sensor controller is generally fluid and refined.

Some of the minigames tend to be a bit on the bland and repetitive side, but there are a lot of them that shine overall. Any player can tell you what their personal favorite minigame is, and it's likely that it will vary greatly person to person.

The game boards are quite diverse in this installment. One of the most interesting boards takes creative ideas from the Monopoly board game, having players invest coins they win in areas of the board to win stars.

Another board involves a simple race to buy the star first, while the Bowser-inspired board makes players steal stars from other players by the use of candy. These different boards give the players the ability to pick based on mood, but it leaves little option for playing a similar board when you get tired of or have mastered a particular one.

Welcome to the Star Carnival

Welcome to the Star Carnival

A Few Final Thoughts on Mario Party 8

Playing multiplayer games is the way to go with Mario Party 8. The solo play is often repetitive and boring, and it doesn't provide much satisfaction for winning.

The computer-controlled characters are often based on luck, but quite often make very stupid choices in strategy and mini-game play.

Only until you raise the difficulty of the computer-controlled players to "master" do you really get a challenge, but often the minigames seem stacked against the human player, leading to a bit of frustration for the younger gamers at times.

Multiplayer is the best part of the game, especially with the great controllability of round numbers and handicaps for players.

I give Mario Party 8 an eight out of a possible ten.

Most of the minigames are fun and interesting, and this installment of the series utilizes the Wii motion-sensor controller very effectively.

"Mario Party 8" Trailer

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Hal Gall (author) from Bloomington, IN on September 04, 2014:

Yes, and Mario is a favorite across many generations.

TransplantedSoul on December 23, 2012:

Nintendo continually has some of the best games.