As a true gaming family, were always busy enjoying some video games together in the evening.
The latest game to keep our Wii U well and truly knackered is the new Mario Party game – Mario Party 10.
Released last Friday 20th March 2015, the latest in the popular game series is simply the best yet.
I’ll be honest and admit that the last Mario Party game I played was way way back in the series at Mario Party 6 on the Gamecube, so to say the game has come along way since then is an understatement. However the fun gameplay that me and hubby spent hours playing years ago is still there in abundance, and now we have the children to play with too it’s even more fun!
Theres two new big gameplay innovations in Mario Party 10 – the addition of Amibo’s, Nintendo’s collectable figures with wireless play, and the ‘Bowser Party’ mode which sees all the players working together as a group to escape Bowsers clutches.
In the main Mario Party mode everyone works their way around the variety of different boards, each trying to reach the end square first. Along the way theres mini games to play, hearts to collect, and make sure to avoid the dreaded Bowser spaces as landing there is never a good idea.
I like that some of the mini games are a free for all, and some put you in teams with another players. This means that younger players who might not get the hang of every game should get a chance to catch up on hearts.
Even though the game is called Mario Party, The boys and I have found that we’ve definitely played the new “Bowser Party” mode more often. In this mode all the players work as a team travelling the board and playing the mini games collectively. You can choose that the computer plays as Bowser and does the dirty work, or you can choose one player to use the gamepad and play as Bowser. Thomas having a slight sadistic streak ALWAYS has to play as Bowser, he just loves it as it’s so hard to beat him. Bowser Party mode is seriously staked towards Bowser winning every time. I think out of maybe 15 times we’ve played that Jacob and I have won once.
We like the variety in Bowser Party and the fact that the player who’s Bowser gets to use the gamepad for lots of fun and devious things. The boys are both big fans of using the gamepad, so it’s great to have a new game that utilises it fully. One of the funest things that we’ve found with it is in the underwater Bowser party level where you have to try and trick your fellow players into going the wrong way down a path, and into picking the wrong boxes by drawing on the gamepad screen. It’s a brilliant use of the gamepad and is something really unique to the Wii U.
A totally different experience to the Mario and Bowser party modes is the Amiibo Party.
Each player uses their Amiibo character to play. It’s more like a board game than Mario party mode, but it’s charming in its own way.
Everyone needs to use a wii remote to move and play the mini games, but you use the gamepad each time it’s your turn to put your Amiibo on the NFC scanner and roll your dice.
As you play you can pick up tokens, new game boards and other rewards which you store on your Amiibo by tapping it onto the NFC scanner on the gamepad.
It’s a little tamer than the main games, but a nice change of pace, and a fun way to use your Amiibo’s.
A lovely hidden gem that you simply must not overlook are the awesome bonus games. We have literally spent hours playing Badminton, and jewel drop. Jewel drop in particular is an amazing little game, plus Jacob is so good at it I enjoy playing against him just to see his excited little face.
As a family we have had an awesome time playing Mario Party 10. The games are fast and never drag, are always full of laughs and excitement, as far as were concerned it’s a must buy game if you have a Wii U.
Disclosure: Were were sent a copy of Mario Party 10 as part of the Nintendo Family Bloggers network