Mario Party 10 Reviews
The new Bowser Party mode puts one player in the role of Mario's shelled nemesis chasing four other players. He's an evil cheater, and he makes the game
While there are some moments to be had with Mario Party 10's minigames, it doesn't have the depth or the challenge to hold your attention for long.
Mario Party 10 is fun with friends. Running around a field with water balloons is also fun with friends. Watching two squirrels run up a tree is also fun with friends. Out of those three, I wouldn't take Mario Party 10 first.
When playing a good skill-based minigame it can be a blast, but these moments are far too fleeting. It's a fun game to stick on when you've got company round from time to time, but don't overdo it or it won't be long before people stop accepting your party invites.
While Nintendo could definitely have done more in terms of the new features it's implemented and the level of unique content, the overall package is good, honest fun, and the standard Mario Party mode still has a lot to offer. It's a great starting place if you've never played a game in the series before - if you want a light-hearted game to enjoy with a group of friends, regardless of their skill level, you could do a lot worse than this.
Amiibo Party is a welcome step back towards the franchise's more enjoyable past, but the main modes aren't proper board games – they're just plain boring.
Mario Party 10 still offers the same fun and random time that the series is known for. However, it isn't looking to fix any of the previous flaws of the series. If you want more of the same, with a cool new mode thrown in then definitely check this out.
Such is the nature of a game that's trying to offer something for everyone; invariably, there's never going to be quite enough of the stuff you like. And perhaps Mario Party's desire to be truly inclusive will always hold it back from being a classic. This is, at least, in the upper echelons of the series: a little short of the Hudson Soft heyday, maybe, but better than every entry since the fifth, and certainly superior to the anaemic eighth entry and the pointless handheld versions. Wii U owners already have deeper and more substantial multiplayer options, but few - if any - of them are quite so welcoming to all.
ND Cube repeats some of Mario Party 9's winning formula, but loses focus in trying to incorporate the GamePad and amiibo figures. Ultimately, it's more snake than ladder.
Mario Party 10 has an admirable bundle of minigames and sidegames, but the lack of interesting boards and half-measure amiibo Party mode hurt the overall package. There is simply not enough meat on the core game modes, seemingly in favor of adding in a hodgepodge of concepts that are isolated from one another. It's time to give up the vehicle concept, Nd Cube, as it inherently limits the sprawling nature of the maps we once played for years on end.
If you're looking for a Mario Party game to play, you're likely better off trying to find Mario Party 9, as that 2012 release features more boards and mini-games than Mario Party 10. The Wii U debut of the series is a big disappointment, with little reason to throw too many celebratory Mario parties to play it.
Mario Party 10 isn't a bad game, but it's not a great game that it should have been for the anniversary of the series.
There isn't much in Mario Party 10 to justify an upgrade over previous Mario Party games, but what's there is still just as enjoyable as before and Bowser Party ensures that at least one of your friends will have a great time.
Overall, however, Mario Party 10 is a nice entry into the series that makes some nice additions as opposed to just a simple tweaking of the formula. Amiibo functionality adds something different to the mix while Bowser Mode feels like a new and welcome experience, especially when controlling Bowser. If you're looking for fun party game to play with friends and family and want to humor the inner troll within, Mario Party 10 is one bridge you'll want to cross.
Mario Party is good at creating an excuse for jovial arguments and competition with friends, but it continues to favor random chance over identifiable mechanics and tactics
Mario Party 10 is a packed game. With three main game modes, tons of mini-games, and Amiibo support there's lots to do. Unfortunately Nintendo chose to continue to dumb the game down to an uninteresting board-fest broken up by only a couple of mini-games.
Mario Party 10 feels a lot more like a lazily produced cash cow than a game that was made with pride and consumer respect.
If you appreciated the streamlined vehicle approach introduced in Mario Party 9, and have yet to bored silly by mini-games you'll probably enjoy the vast amount of content that on offer here. It's hard, however, to shake the feeling that we've seen, and played this all too many times before.
Great party game to play with non-gamers.