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 mini-game collections that have flooded the Wii market since day one?
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. The biggest new thing in Mario Party 9 is all the characters travel in the same vehicle. We take turns hitting the dice and moving the vehicle.
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. Others remember it as an exercise in AI-driven inequality and unfairness, if not as one of the most obnoxiously pervasive franchises in Nintendo's long history that outwore its welcome years ago.
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: Mario Party has been a much loved and lauded franchise over the years. The very first Mario Party title was an absolute hit, and introduced gamers to an entirely new genre of gaming. The party game, with the emphasis on mini-games, was a relatively unexplored genre back in the N64 days. Fast forward a few years, and we now have the release of the 9th instalment in the Mario Party series, not including the handheld versions of the game (e.g., Mario Party Advance).
Simple party game creates great fun for the whole family.
Common Sense Media
28 April 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Mario Party 9 is a classic party game suitable for the whole family. Players engage in quick and simple games that kids even as young as six years of age should be able to understand and sometimes win. The game has some mild violence in the form of player avatars hopping on opponents' heads or enemies briefly squishing characters flat, but it's quite cartoony and none of the characters are ever seriously hurt.
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. I never thought I was playing an amazing video game, but I generally always had fun with friends. Since then the series has stagnated somewhat, but Mario Party 9 offers a refreshing new spin on the tried and tested gameplay.
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!’. As with any series that's been around long enough to reach its ninth mainline entry, you would expect a degree of innovation and key differences between games; something to keep players excited and wanting to come back for more.