The Mario Party series is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. Super Mario Party brings back the classic mini-game experience while taking advantage of the console's motion-control capabilities. The series has always been about having fun with family and friends, and Super Mario Party is no exception.
Released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, Mario Party brought together Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Princess Peach, and Wario to take part in four-player board games which involved players facing off in a series of competitive mini-games. Mario's archenemy, Bowser, served as an obstacle who would punish players for landing on his spot on the board. Multiple sequels have been released in the years that followed. The latest installment, Mario Party 10, launched in 2015 for the Wii U. According to Nintendo, the franchise has sold nearly 40 million units.
During Nintendo's highly anticipated E3 presentation, the company announced Super Mario Party and released a trailer for the upcoming game, which puts an emphasis on the local multiplayer experience. Super Mario Party will keep the four-player board game and mini-game format. The trailer reveals that it's possible to combine two different Switch tablets to reconfigure and enlarge the game map for a variety of strategic possibilities. For example, connecting two screens can split the four players into teams of two. Alternatively, the screens can be linked to double the size of the map. The Joy-Con's motion-controls are used in certain mini-games. In one game, the controller has to be shaken in order to get the characters to move quickly. This is just one of over 80 mini-games featured in Super Mario Party.
The classic roster of Mario characters are joined by Dry Bones, Waluigi, Shy Guy, Bowser, and Goomba, who have occasionally been available as playable characters in certain Mario Party titles. Donkey Kong's nephew and sidekick, Diddy Kong, is joining the game for his first appearance in a major Mario Party installment.
The announcement of Super Mario Party will understandably be overshadowed by the reveal of Nintendo's monster-sized project, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a game which will shockingly include every fighter who was ever featured in a Super Smash title. Nintendo even added Metroid's Ripley to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a character that fans of the game have wanted for years. Though most eyes are on Ultimate during E3, Super Mario Party does promise to provide a fun and unique multiplayer experience which will most likely be enhanced by the portable nature of the Nintendo Switch.
Super Mario Party launches on October 5 for the Nintendo Switch.