Excerpt: Annualization became a major subject of debate with the likes of Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed , but years before these two series got big, Nintendo was releasing a new Mario Party almost every single year during the Nintendo 64 and GameCube generations.
Mario Party: Island Tour Review: Family bored game night
25 November 2013
Excerpt: Many nights were spent in my household squabbling over Mario Party minigame losses and “cheating.” Shy Guys switched colored flags after I had mimicked them perfectly. The Deep Bloober Sea was dark and inviting, and we always had time for a rematch.
Conclusion: Mario Party is continuing to see sequels and unfortunately it isn't seeing much change. In its 3rd portable experience, Island Tour, I had hoped for more enjoyable single player and internet multiplayer to keep players interested when they can't get their friends around.
Conclusion: Mario Party: Island Tour’s single-player campaign is laughably bad, and the ambitious, content-rich multiplayer options and unique game boards are ultimately dragged down by mostly boring minigames and unfortunate system-jerking motion control.
Pros: Download Play, Unique board rules
Cons: Poor single-player campaign, Uninventive minigames, Motion control