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.
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.
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.