Summary: I have been a big Mario Party fan ever since I got #4 on my GameCube when I was a child. I noticed that after Mario Party 7, things started going downhill. Mario Party 8 was a bust; it just didn't feel right. However, this one is still different as Nintendo got rid of the pay-for-star method and replaced it with mini-stars. This one is definitely better than #8, but it still does not feel like a real Mario Party game.
Summary: I bought this for my kids, because remember the ones for the 64. This one is somewhat the same but you cannot choose the number of rounds, making it more like a board game. Still fun with the kids.
Not up to the standards of past Mario Party titles
Amazon Customer, Amazon
13 February 2013
Summary: Our household has played Mario Party 4, 7, 8 over and over, sometimes obsessively, as a great family party game. Mario Party 9 is fun and brings a sort of cooperation/competition angle to it, since all players are in the same vehicle, changing who is captain. I find the boss battles repetitive, since you face the same challenge twice in each game (didn't we already beat this guy?) and none of the minigames really stand out in my memory compared to the other MP titles.
Fans of the series will at least want to rent before making a decision.
27 December 2012
Summary: This game does live up to the Mario Party standard. The first thing I noticed from previous Mario Parties is that you do not have to shake the controller to roll the dice. The game is simple enough that our 5 year old could play it if she didn't struggle with pointing the remote at the sensor bar. Some of the boards are long. Took me up to 30 minutes to finish a board, and there is no save point in between you must finish the board.
If you loved Mario Party 8, you probably won't love this!!!
J. Herzo "BargainZFinder2009", Amazon
7 October 2012
Summary: We are big Mario Party fans - it's like playing a board game on the screen, but with all the fun of mini games and challenges etc. Mario Party 8 and previous versions, had you traveling across a game board as individuals, trying to beat the other players. Sometimes my daughter played by herself against 3 computer opponents. It was fun figuring out the best strategy to beat the other people as you all rushed different ways around town, or the castle etc.
Strays from the series in negative and positive ways
Jennifer T., Amazon
2 September 2012
Summary: Mario Party is always that game you pull out for your non-gamer friends. Its appeal is its simplicity and how anyone can pick it up and learn to play it within a matter of minutes. This game seemed to emphasize that goal, making it easier than ever to win. That emphasis, however, did come with a cost: It's a game you can play through without paying any attention whatsoever.
5 stars for children under 10, 1 or 2 stars for adult players. Your mileage may vary.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
19 March 2012
Summary: So,... we played Mario Party 9 this last Saturday. My family is a strong proponent for the Mario Party games. We have been addicted to the series since Mario Party 4 came out on the GameCube, and we even went out and bought Mario Party 2 & Mario Party 3 for the 64 after the fact. We loved Mario Party 8 , and have been waiting for an update, ever since. After playing Mario Party 9, though, I have to say that the adult players were disappointed.