Summary: Mario Party DS, like the rest of the Mario Party bunch, is a series of Mario-themed board games where four players, either human or computer AI, roll the dice and wander the field scoring points and competing in challenges of action or chance. The Nintendo DS version is one of the first games to feature an overall "theme" to its universe: all the heroes have been shrunk down (by Bowser, of course), and the board designs and all of the mini-games put this idea to use.
Summary: Decently-Solid Mario Party game. The only handheld version in the series. Board design could be better. Only 2 of the 5 boards play with regular "20-coin-moving-star"; rules. Story is unique but very short and simple. Unlockables are present but only used to look at. Mini-games are great! Some are easier than others yet the DS's dual screen, mic, and touch capabilities are used nicely. Some 2v2 games have terrible to amazing AI so is sometimes unpredictable.
Summary: I bought this game for my five year old great nephew. He has many video games for his Nintendo DS and this is the one he plays the most. This is a game with a lot of fun activities inside (races, puzzles, find an object, etc.). The graphics are very good and the games are very well made (interesting, fun and clever.