Summary: The Mario Party games popularized the trend of board game bonanzas with an assortment of varied activities. Each shindig was like having dozens of games in one, and Mario Party 4 is the wildest multiplayer get-together Nintendo has ever thrown. Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and an all-star cast of Mushroom Kingdom regulars have been invited, and there's never a dull moment as one to four players compete in 50 all-new minigames.
Excerpt: Creating a mini-game filled party title looks deceptively simple. Take a mascot or four, toss them into a board game setting, add liberal amounts of button mashing mayhem and poof, there you have it. Of course, it isn't this easy. Just look at Pac Man Fever or Sonic Shuffle, both which lacked that certain something that makes a fun party game.
Excerpt: When it comes to the Mario Party series, it seems gamers occupy one of two camps: Either they wholeheartedly love the “action-packed four-player mini-game mayhem,” or they despise the “repetitive, overly simple tasks and confused layout” more than the looming threat of mass genocidal Armageddon. While I wouldn’t go so far as to associate myself with that second camp, I must admit that the franchise never really did it for me.
Conclusion: And in terms of variety, MP4 scores high. There are games based on timing, luck, reflexes, button mashing, coordination, cooperation, path finding, and aim. No complaints about the mini-games besides the fact you have to unlock them through the competition or story mode before being able to practice them. There are more than 50 mini-games (including some hosted by Bowser) with an assortment of boards to conquer, including two run by a couple of Thwomps.