Excerpt: <b>Mild Cartoon Violence:</b> Mild instances of cartoon, slapstick-like violence.<p></p><b>Mild Spiritual Content:</b> Ghost and skeleton character(s) appear, NPC holds a magic wand and flies broom, character uses what appears to be magic
Excerpt: For a good number of gamers, the Mario Party series often elicits two wildly different reactions. Some fondly remember hours spent with friends huddled around a console -- be it a Nintendo 64 or a GameCube -- while wildly spinning an analog stick and harshly teasing one another.
Pros: More balanced than ever, New, addictive minigames, Boss battles a nice touch
Cons: Linear stages get predictable, Some fans may miss random cruelty, Minigames can become infrequent
Excerpt: This Wii-exclusive, multiplayer game uses a board game base as mini-games, rewarded with mini-stars, spread across the landscape for all-ages fun. The Hype Grab your friends and family and captain the crew to victory!
Pros: several unlockables, entertainment value, control scheme, great variety, high replay value, skill level customization options
Cons: needs online mode, more motion-based actions
Summary: "Another Mario Party ? Good grief. Is there really any way this game could give us something we haven't already gotten from the Mario Party series? Is there going to be any reason to buy this game over the seven other Mario Party titles available on the Wii, or Wii Party , or any of the other...
Excerpt: Mario Party used to be a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I played the series most when it was on the Nintendo 64, with its boardgame meets mini-game collection hybrid proving to be ideal for multiplayer sessions.
Excerpt: You don't make it to nine in a franchise by being a slouch. Fans enjoy the game when you can make it to that number. Nintendo knows how to make party games, and Mario Party 9 is no exception. Nintendo is also not afraid to mix things up and try something new.
Excerpt: Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, reunions, graduations, or just for fun - all great reasons to have a party. However, in the Mushroom Kingdom the only reason you need to throw a shin-dig is because Mario said ‘Let’s-a-go!’.