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: 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: Five years seems like a long wait between installments of Nintendo’s popular Mario-themed party game series, but a new developer and some much-needed downtime has helped to freshen the antiquated franchise. Retooling the familiar multiplayer-focused board game fun with a deluge of new mini-games and some intriguing updates to the flow of gameplay, Mario Party 9 shakes things up just enough to merit another trip around the block, but you may find that all of the changes...
Conclusion: Excluding Wii Party, Mario Party 9 is the first we’ve seen in nearly five years of what was historically a perennial series. This break in the action has provided an opportunity for reinvention, and to some extent, that’s what’s occurred. What it all boils down to is a clever, unexpected, and much-needed reboot of a series that previously didn’t seem to have much left in the way of creativity.
Excerpt: It's time to smash controllers once again. Mario Party 9 busts on to the Wii, five years after the last main installment. This is the first game in the series to be made by Nd Cube Co. instead of Hudson Soft. The game feels very familiar as soon as you turn it on. We have been here a few times before. The characters are well known, and the core gameplay is something we have seen in the past eight games. Yet, there is surprisingly a lot of new content to be found.