Mario Party Superstars review | Nintendo Switch gaming brings new fun
The Mario Party Superstars release date is almost here, which means the embargo on Mario Party Superstars reviews has been lifted and we can finally talk about the new Mario-branded board game for Nintendo Switch.
Bringing together five sets and 100 mini-games from the history of the Mario Party franchise, giving them all a fresh coat of paint and adding an online game for modern audiences, Mario Party Superstars is somewhat of a victory ride for the popular series of virtual board games.
If you’ve played Nintendo Switch’s original Mario Party game to death – 2018’s Super Mario Party – then Mario Party Superstars might be just what you’re looking for: a bunch of new boards to play with your family and friends, filled with little ones. fun challenges and those trademark twists that can tear any family apart.
In that sense, when it comes to the core components you’d expect to enjoy with any new game in this franchise, Mario Party Superstars is a complete and utter success. If you want to challenge your loved one in a rivalry race around a digital board game world, with the goal of seeing who can collect the most stars and coins without being ruthlessly ganged up by everyone, you will certainly find exactly what you are looking for here.
The mini-games you’ll face along the way range from the sublime to the ridiculous (much like they did in Nintendo’s other recent board game release, WarioWare: Get it Together), and we bet that Casual gamers and newcomers to the franchise will find plenty to enjoy here, with the little challenges on offer spanning everything from Scalextric-type races to a standoff that’s not a million miles away from Squid Game. .
However, if you’re a die-hard fan of the Mario Party franchise and were hoping for a full compendium of all of your old favorites, it’s important to be clear that you’re not going to get it here.
There are really only the five boards – Peach’s Birthday Cake and Yoshi’s Tropical Island from the original Mario Party, Space Land and Horror Land from Mario Party 2, Woody Woods from Mario Party 3 – and there are none left. way to unlock.
There’s always a chance the DLC will bring more boards to the game later, but that hasn’t been announced yet if it’s planned. And with decades to choose from for Nintendo to choose from, some fans might end up thinking it could have been more to blackmail this collection. You also cannot unlock additional characters.
The decks that are here look great, however – graphics have been updated throughout the collection, bringing the decks from each era up to modern standards in line with what you’d expect to see in Super Mario Odyssey, Luigi’s Mansion 3, or any other from other Nintendo Switch games.
A few screenshots from the classic games are included as Easter Eggs (you’ll see them right before each match), and the difference is truly staggering – it’s not just a basic port of those old maps, but a remake of each with brilliant visuals to die for.
Interestingly, this is a different strategy than the one Nintendo employed with its Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection last year – this game brought a range of older Mario 3D platform games to the Switch, but it didn’t. didn’t do much to remaster them on a visual or technical level.
The graphics aren’t the only ones that have changed, either. Music sounds better than ever, and a nifty feature lets you replay tracks between matches. And another treat you’ll find on the main menu is Mt. Minigames, where you step in for a few quick games rather than engaging in a full turn of the board.
Here’s a fun addition we’d love to shout at: When it’s not your turn, at any point in a match, you can now express your character’s emotional state using emote-like stickers, which you can purchase from the in-game store. It’s an interesting little quirk that gives you something to do while other players have their turn.
In terms of the gameplay and feel of playing Mario Party Superstars, it really does the job perfectly. their stars and won’t stop raging about it for the rest of the night.
It’s fun and frustrating for the whole family, basically – a joyous adventure through the history of Mario Party. It feels like Nintendo could have done more to truly pay homage to the years and years of archival content this franchise has amassed, but you’re still going to get plenty of fun multiplayer nights – both locally and online – if you can handle stressful times!
Mario Party Superstars releases October 29, 2021 for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, and Nintendo Switch OLED, and you can order your copy now. We looked at the OLED model.
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