Since NDcube with Mario Party 9 Hudson Soft replaced the popular party game series as the developer studio, all entries in the series were controversial. Many fans were dissatisfied with the drastic change in the gameplay: Instead of moving individual pieces across the board like in a board game, all players now sat in a vehicle and took turns trying to get it to its destination.

NDcube also experimented with other gameplay variants on the 3DS around, but fans still want a new part in the style of the first eight Mario parties. With Super Mario Party on the Switch NDcube tried to deliver, but didn’t quite live up to expectations here either: The dice showed numbers from one to six instead of one to ten, there were few game boards and these were quite small, only ten coins had to be paid for one star instead of 20 will …

These and other problems by and large disappointed, but gave hope for the future of the series. Mario Party Superstars now promises a complete return to the tried and true Mario Party formula. But does NDcube actually manage to do justice to the fans this time?

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Mario Party Superstars | REVIEW | A reason to celebrate?

Mario Party Superstars (buy now € 59.99) goes back to basics not just in gameplay. All boards as well as mini-games became those from parts one




This mini-game is considered a classic with a high tension factor among fans.



This mini-game is considered a classic with a high tension factor among fans.

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taken to ten. Even the main menu is modeled on that of the very first part. The idea of ​​a Mario Party Best Of is not new: NDcube tried it out in 2017 Mario Party: The Top 100 on the idea of ​​reissuing the self-proclaimed 100 best mini-games in the series.

However, this game only focused on the mini-games. Mario Party Superstars now also features 100 well-known mini-games from the series, so it offers great variation. The choice of mini-games also differs from that of The Top 100.

The boards, however, are only taken from the first three parts – a missed opportunity to breathe new life into the game boards of the classic Mario party parts on Gamecube and Wii. Nevertheless: Both the chosen boards and the mini-games were all lovingly implemented and are still convincing today.





A Mario party has never looked more beautiful.  The colors really stand out!  But Waluigi doesn't seem too happy right now ...



A Mario party has never looked more beautiful. The colors really stand out! But Waluigi doesn’t seem too happy right now …

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The main attraction is of course the party mode, which can be played both locally and online with up to four players. If less than four players are involved, the remaining participants are taken over by the AI, which can be adapted.

Here you will actually find the gameplay of the classic Mario Party titles: The players roll the dice one after the other and move across a board. They collect coins through events on the boards and by winning mini-games played after each round.

The aim is to get the star placed on the game board, which can be bought for 20 coins. In the end, the winner is whoever has the most stars; if there is a tie for stars, the number of coins decides. If the number of stars and coins are the same for several players, the dice are rolled for victory, but this happens extremely rarely.

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If you play a board to the end, you will receive a wonderful final picture as a reward!



If you play a board to the end, you will receive a wonderful final picture as a reward!

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he fields of the game boards have different properties: If you land on blue fields, you receive three coins. You lose three coins on red fields. A roulette decides on lucky fields, but all options are positive for the player.

The effect of the event fields marked with an exclamation mark depends on the board and the position of the field. An item mini-game is played on item fields. On chance fields, the respective player is asked to decide in a game of chance which two players have to give up either stars or coins to each other.

On Bowser fields, the evil king of the Koopas decides how he wants to annoy the players. VS fields trigger a combat mini-game in which all players deposit a random number of coins and get them back depending on their placement in the mini-game. After that, the VS field turns into a regular blue field. The Koopa Bank is also making a return for the first time since Mario Party 5.

Whoever walks past it pays three coins. Whoever lands on the bank field receives all deposited coins. If the so-called bonus is switched on before a game, hidden blocks with coins or stars can appear on blue fields and bonus stars for special achievements are distributed after the last round.





Whether in distant galaxies or gigantic birthday cakes - Rosalina is always on the hunt for stars!



Whether in distant galaxies or gigantic birthday cakes – Rosalina is always on the hunt for stars!

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There are different types of mini-games: everyone against everyone, two against two and one against three. Which one is played depends on whether the players landed on blue or red fields. If someone has landed on a field that is neither blue nor red, chance decides whether they belong to the red or blue team.

The winners of the mini-game receive ten coins and the rest also receive a small number of coins, depending on their placement. Occasionally, mini-games also double the winnings. There are also mini-games which have no fixed winner and the number of coins won for a player depends on how many were collected in the game.





Most of the time you play against each other, but some mini-games call for teamwork.



Most of the time you play against each other, but some mini-games call for teamwork.

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In the last five rounds things change a little: On blue and red fields you win or lose six coins, the Koopa Bank collects five instead of three coins and if two players land on the same field, a mini-game duel is triggered. In addition, in this final five-round event, a player will be selected who will receive a small bonus.

The number of rounds played is determined by the players themselves before the start of the game. You can choose between 10-30 rounds in steps of five, the option of playing up to 50 rounds as in the old games is unfortunately not available here.

But for the first time in the Mario Party series, the number of rounds can be increased in the middle of the game. This only works once and is not possible in the last round. If you increase the number of rounds after the last five round event has occurred, the changed rules will be lifted from the next round and the event will happen again in the last five rounds.

It is not only in the mini-games that players can attack each other. Thanks to the one over the board




With the help of the new stickers, you can now be visibly happy if you steal your competitors' belongings.



With the help of the new stickers, you can now be visibly happy if you steal your competitors’ belongings.

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If you distribute Buu-Huus, players can steal coins or stars from each other. Even with various items that can be won through mini-games or purchased in the shops, players have the opportunity to create advantages for themselves or disadvantages for fellow players.

With the help of items you can, for example, use several dice in one round, be teleported to the star, summon a Buu-Huu, steal items and much more. The selection of items is not like any of the old parts: Compared to Mario Party 3, some special items are missing, such as the reverse mushroom, which you could use to get yourself or an opponent to run backwards.

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