Excerpt: The long-running Nintendo party franchise comes to the DS Lite but just because the screens are smaller doesn't mean the action has to be! But be warned: you won't full mileage out of this game unless you have three friends around you at all times.
Pros: Mario Party has gone handheld! Take your party anywhere, any time.
Excerpt: The Mario Party series has finally hit the Nintendo DS. The franchise had been on a downhill slide in quality for a while. Mario Party 8 for the Nintendo Wii started a decent shift toward better gameplay, and thankfully the DS version does so as well. As far as board games go Mario Party is the brand of choice, and its DS installment could very well be one of the best of the series.
Excerpt: Name: Mario Party DS Genre: Party Game Platform: Nintendo DS I have a weird relationship with the Mario Party games. Nintendo usually strays from incremental upgrades to their major series, but Mario Party has always been the exception. While fun and usually fairly polished, Nintendo rarely takes risks with the franchise. Every year another Mario Party game comes out with more minigames and maps and it feels more like Nintendo is giving us expansion packs than sequels.
Conclusion: Mario Party DS does a great job of bringing a successful franchise to a new platform while keeping to its roots. It would have been nice if the majority of minigames actually used the innovative hardware of the Nintendo DS instead of recycling some past ideas, but it still excels as a thrilling party game.
Excerpt: In Mario Party DS, five sky crystals fall from the sky and one just happens to land in the Mushroom Kingdom. Nintendo’s plump plumber comes across one of these crystals and shows them to everyone in the Kingdom. Just when everything seems fine, Bowser appears and shrinks Mario and company into miniature versions. Turns out Bowser wants all the crystals and he isn’t going to let anyone get in his way.
Pros: Visuals and sound are trademark Mario., Plenty of new features throughout., Re-playability lasts for a long time., Mini Games are fantastic
Cons: Addition of touch screen style mini games would have been good., A little tedious at times.