Mario Party 8

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The world most popular party video game franchise is getting a lot crazier in Mario Party 8 for the Wii. Whether you're shaking up cola cans or lassoing barrels, you and your friends will be drawn into the action like never before using the Wii Remote!
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ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
Release Date 2007-05-29
Maximum Number of Players 4
Expert Reviews
Mario Party 8
3.5 Star Review  GameZone - Jun 21, 2007

“Mario, Mario! Wherefore art thou Mario?” “He’s climbing a tree!” “A tree? Is there a star at the top?” “Well actually, yes. But this isn’t his typical adventure. He’s not fighting Bowser and his Goomba minions for stars – he’s fighting his brother, his princess, and a crazy big-mouthed creature named Birdo!” “Sounds like a party. Can I come?” “No Zelda, you can’t. This is Mario’s party, and only certain ‘friends’ have been invited.

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Mario Party 8
3.5 Star Review  bonafidereviews.com - Jul 25, 2007

So you’re chilling at your place, just you and three of your friends, and one has just told an awkward joke that killed the conversation and has opened the gates for the terrible party killer “The Awkward Silence.” What do you do?

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Mario Party 8
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Mario Party 8 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.38 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #5,887 game of all time and #70 Wii game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 10 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Best Wii Party Game
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Oct 30, 2009

Bestcovery experts have rated the Mario Party 8 (Wii) as a best pick for the Best Wii Party Game. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Mario Party 8
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 27 expert reviews for Mario Party 8 and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Mario Party 8
0.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jul 5, 2009

Mario Party 8, as its name suggests, is the eighth installment in the Mario Party series. These games typically involve one to four players choosing from a cast of classic Mario characters and battling each other through a series of competitive mini-games. Mario Party 8 follows this formula exactly, adding to the mix new game boards, characters, and new mini games that take advantage of the Wiimote. There are six different modes to choose from, with the main mode being the Party Tent. This is the board game mode where one to four players choose from one of the six different boards and try to complete them. The boards are 3D interactive versions of regular board games with a beginning, ending, and spaces in between. Each player takes a turn rolling the dice and then moving ahead on the board. Different spaces have different results with many of the spaces triggering ... PROS: (1) The dozen or so minigames that actually use the Wii Remote in a fun way are awesome. ... CONS: (1) Most of the games do not use the motion control in an interesting way (2) It is all based on luck. Ex. You could be in first one turn, then last next turn. You cant add any strategy. (3) No real changes to the Mario Party gameplay, same old same old (4) Tacked on Motion sensing controls. (5) Looks like a Gamecube game

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User Reviews
Mario Party 8
4 Star Review   By member TheHobbit - Nov 29, 2007   

Strengths: Great game for the entire family!!!

This game is similar to the previous Mario Party games. Has lots of mini-games for everyone to enjoy. This game doesn't have the microphone like Mario Party 7 on the Gamecube. In this game, you earn carnival cards that you can use to unlock new games. All in all, this is a very good game to play with your friends and family. A must have for the Wii console. If you enjoyed the past Mario Party games, you would love this one too.

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Mario Party hits the Wii
3 Star Review   By member botticus - Oct 5, 2007   

Strengths: Great variety of mini-games

Weakness: Lacking in some aspects of the presentation

Mario Party 8 should be a known quantity for those who are familiar with the series. Dozens of mini-games, now adapted for the Wiimote, the game is a fine choice for those who have other people to play with. Lacking an online mode, anyone who tends to game alone in their household will find the longevitiy of this title severely lacking. While the fun is there for those with the people to experience it alongside, Hudson unfortunately cut a few corners where they figured people wouldn't mind. The lack of widescreen support is unfortunate.

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Mario Party 8 (Wii)
4 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Sep 29, 2007   

Strengths: Fun multiplayer games, better looking than past Mario Party games, more of the same

Weakness: Plays in 4:3 on an HDTV, not a lot of Wiimote type games, passable graphics, no real singleplayer appeal, more of the same

Mario Party 8 is the first entry of the series on the Wii. Unfortunately, it looks like it was a GC game ported to the Wii, as the game plays in 4:3 mode on an HDTV, not 16:9. Also, the graphics are better than past games, though not up to snuff with some of the other Wii games out there. It's the same type of gameplay as previous games, so anyone liking that should like this one. Most of the minigame controls aren't really Wiimote specific, though they're all pretty fun. Single player is a wash, and it's all about the multiplayer.

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Fun Multiplayer
4 Star Review   By member krunch - Sep 28, 2007   

Strengths: loaded with minigames

Weakness: Must play through to unlock most minigames

Even with the added Wii motion controls, Mario Party 8 feels too similar to past Mario Party games. The game isn't bad by any means, it's just feels like Nintendo could've done more with the minigames. Like past Mario Party games, most of the minigames aren't readily available when you first start the game--you have to play through and "find" them. Even with these little gripes, Mario Party is still a solid multiplayer game on the Wii.

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If You Liked Mario Party 1-7, You'll Like Mario Party 8 !!
4 Star Review   By member mike27112 - Sep 28, 2007   

Strengths: It's very similar to other Mario Party games. Lots of minigames. High replay value. Tons of fun! Kid-friendly.

Weakness: It's very similar to other Mario Party games. Only a handful of minigames that utilize the Wii's motion-sensing feature.

The best (and possibly worst) aspect of Mario Party 8 is that it's very similar to the first seven editions of Mario Party. In the main game mode, players choose a character from the Mario universe and then play minigames as they move throughout a themed gameboard like DK's Jungle or Boo's Haunted Castle. There are also a few other game modes like Star Battle which provide a different premise for playing minigames. Personally, I love Mario Party games. Yes, I know, they're geared towards 10 year olds, and they're very simple in graphics, design, and execution... but they're fun! And there's something to be said for a game that I can play with my college buddies as well as my younger cousins (without fear that I am subjecting them to mind-warping amounts of excessive blood and gore). If you own a Wii and you liked previous versions of Mario Party, you should definitely give Mario Party 8 a try! For those who don't share my enthusiasm for Mario Party, there isn't anything about this newest version that is going to change their minds. Their entertainment dollars are best spent elsewhere.

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Fun Multiplayer game
5 Star Review   By member mystic818 - Sep 24, 2007   

Strengths: similar to other marioparty games, fun, multiplayer

Weakness: Not full screen display

If you liked the other marioparty games, marioparty 8 on the wii is for you! I really enjoy the older marioparty games, and I liked this one too! It uses the controls of the wii nicely in the minigames. The best thing about this game is the hotel board and the haunted castle board because those two provide variability- every time you play, it's different! You never know who will win in the end. I wish they had more minigames this time around, but it's still just as fun. The only thing I wish this version had was a full screen display on my hdtv. The game shows bars on the side of the tv. Still, this is definitely one of our favorite games and I highly recommend it!

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Mario Party 8 for family get togethers
4 Star Review   By member aramirez - Sep 23, 2007   

Strengths: Lots of familair fun when having a party. Great controls.

Weakness: not wide screen, graphics

The game is over-all alot of fun, but unfortunately most people have wide screen tv's these days and the fact that is it 4:3 instead of 16:9 takes a little away from the experience. Over all though the game is alot of fun and would highly recommend.

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Party on Wii
4 Star Review   By member maxyuan - Sep 23, 2007   

Strengths: great for all ages easy to play with fun

Weakness: didn't work so well on widescreen need to unlock all mini games

This is still a wii/mario masterpiece. The children had so much fun at the PARTY. It is excellently designed for the use on the wii platform with the remotes. People of all ages can come together and enjoy the game for a couple of hours.

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Mario Party 8
4 Star Review   By member fox25 - Sep 15, 2007   

Strengths: Fun for the whole family, good use of Wii remotes, loads quickly. Mini games are well done.

Mario Part 8 is a lot of fun for the whole family...2 adults play with a 7 & 4 year old and have lots of fun. You can set up each game to determine how many turns will be taken allowing you to shorten games when time is tight. The game play is fairly simple and has been designed very well for the Wii remotes. The 7 and 4 year olds have been able to play in all of the mini games. This is a good solid game that the whole family can play and enjoy together.

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A Fun party game
4 Star Review   By member ncodedcode - Sep 11, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to learn, great for all ages, hours of fun!

Weakness: Have to unlock all the mini-games before they can be played by themselves

If you haven't played any of the Mario Party games then this is a must buy! Me and my friends had never played any of the old Mario Party games and this game got us addicted! It's a great game for when you have friends over! The best part is the board games - you will tons of fun. That being said, the only bad part about this game is that you have to unlock all the mini games before you can play them on their own. Also, they could have added more game boards! Other than that, I highly recommend this game!

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The world most popular party video game franchise is getting a lot crazier in Mario Party 8 for the Wii. Whether you're shaking up cola cans or lassoing barrels, you and your friends will be drawn into the action like never before using the Wii Remote!
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ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
Release Date 2007-05-29
Maximum Number of Players 4
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Mario Party 8
3.5 Star Review  GameZone - Jun 21, 2007

“Mario, Mario! Wherefore art thou Mario?” “He’s climbing a tree!” “A tree? Is there a star at the top?” “Well actually, yes. But this isn’t his typical adventure. He’s not fighting Bowser and his Goomba minions for stars – he’s fighting his brother, his princess, and a crazy big-mouthed creature named Birdo!” “Sounds like a party. Can I come?” “No Zelda, you can’t. This is Mario’s party, and only certain ‘friends’ have been invited.

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Mario Party 8
3.5 Star Review  bonafidereviews.com - Jul 25, 2007

So you’re chilling at your place, just you and three of your friends, and one has just told an awkward joke that killed the conversation and has opened the gates for the terrible party killer “The Awkward Silence.” What do you do?

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Mario Party 8
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Mario Party 8 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.38 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #5,887 game of all time and #70 Wii game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 10 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Best Wii Party Game
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Oct 30, 2009

Bestcovery experts have rated the Mario Party 8 (Wii) as a best pick for the Best Wii Party Game. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Mario Party 8
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 27 expert reviews for Mario Party 8 and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Mario Party 8
0.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jul 5, 2009

Mario Party 8, as its name suggests, is the eighth installment in the Mario Party series. These games typically involve one to four players choosing from a cast of classic Mario characters and battling each other through a series of competitive mini-games. Mario Party 8 follows this formula exactly, adding to the mix new game boards, characters, and new mini games that take advantage of the Wiimote. There are six different modes to choose from, with the main mode being the Party Tent. This is the board game mode where one to four players choose from one of the six different boards and try to complete them. The boards are 3D interactive versions of regular board games with a beginning, ending, and spaces in between. Each player takes a turn rolling the dice and then moving ahead on the board. Different spaces have different results with many of the spaces triggering ... PROS: (1) The dozen or so minigames that actually use the Wii Remote in a fun way are awesome. ... CONS: (1) Most of the games do not use the motion control in an interesting way (2) It is all based on luck. Ex. You could be in first one turn, then last next turn. You cant add any strategy. (3) No real changes to the Mario Party gameplay, same old same old (4) Tacked on Motion sensing controls. (5) Looks like a Gamecube game

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User Reviews
Mario Party 8
4 Star Review   By member TheHobbit - Nov 29, 2007   

Strengths: Great game for the entire family!!!

This game is similar to the previous Mario Party games. Has lots of mini-games for everyone to enjoy. This game doesn't have the microphone like Mario Party 7 on the Gamecube. In this game, you earn carnival cards that you can use to unlock new games. All in all, this is a very good game to play with your friends and family. A must have for the Wii console. If you enjoyed the past Mario Party games, you would love this one too.

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Mario Party hits the Wii
3 Star Review   By member botticus - Oct 5, 2007   

Strengths: Great variety of mini-games

Weakness: Lacking in some aspects of the presentation

Mario Party 8 should be a known quantity for those who are familiar with the series. Dozens of mini-games, now adapted for the Wiimote, the game is a fine choice for those who have other people to play with. Lacking an online mode, anyone who tends to game alone in their household will find the longevitiy of this title severely lacking. While the fun is there for those with the people to experience it alongside, Hudson unfortunately cut a few corners where they figured people wouldn't mind. The lack of widescreen support is unfortunate.

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Mario Party 8 (Wii)
4 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Sep 29, 2007   

Strengths: Fun multiplayer games, better looking than past Mario Party games, more of the same

Weakness: Plays in 4:3 on an HDTV, not a lot of Wiimote type games, passable graphics, no real singleplayer appeal, more of the same

Mario Party 8 is the first entry of the series on the Wii. Unfortunately, it looks like it was a GC game ported to the Wii, as the game plays in 4:3 mode on an HDTV, not 16:9. Also, the graphics are better than past games, though not up to snuff with some of the other Wii games out there. It's the same type of gameplay as previous games, so anyone liking that should like this one. Most of the minigame controls aren't really Wiimote specific, though they're all pretty fun. Single player is a wash, and it's all about the multiplayer.

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Fun Multiplayer
4 Star Review   By member krunch - Sep 28, 2007   

Strengths: loaded with minigames

Weakness: Must play through to unlock most minigames

Even with the added Wii motion controls, Mario Party 8 feels too similar to past Mario Party games. The game isn't bad by any means, it's just feels like Nintendo could've done more with the minigames. Like past Mario Party games, most of the minigames aren't readily available when you first start the game--you have to play through and "find" them. Even with these little gripes, Mario Party is still a solid multiplayer game on the Wii.

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If You Liked Mario Party 1-7, You'll Like Mario Party 8 !!
4 Star Review   By member mike27112 - Sep 28, 2007   

Strengths: It's very similar to other Mario Party games. Lots of minigames. High replay value. Tons of fun! Kid-friendly.

Weakness: It's very similar to other Mario Party games. Only a handful of minigames that utilize the Wii's motion-sensing feature.

The best (and possibly worst) aspect of Mario Party 8 is that it's very similar to the first seven editions of Mario Party. In the main game mode, players choose a character from the Mario universe and then play minigames as they move throughout a themed gameboard like DK's Jungle or Boo's Haunted Castle. There are also a few other game modes like Star Battle which provide a different premise for playing minigames. Personally, I love Mario Party games. Yes, I know, they're geared towards 10 year olds, and they're very simple in graphics, design, and execution... but they're fun! And there's something to be said for a game that I can play with my college buddies as well as my younger cousins (without fear that I am subjecting them to mind-warping amounts of excessive blood and gore). If you own a Wii and you liked previous versions of Mario Party, you should definitely give Mario Party 8 a try! For those who don't share my enthusiasm for Mario Party, there isn't anything about this newest version that is going to change their minds. Their entertainment dollars are best spent elsewhere.

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Fun Multiplayer game
5 Star Review   By member mystic818 - Sep 24, 2007   

Strengths: similar to other marioparty games, fun, multiplayer

Weakness: Not full screen display

If you liked the other marioparty games, marioparty 8 on the wii is for you! I really enjoy the older marioparty games, and I liked this one too! It uses the controls of the wii nicely in the minigames. The best thing about this game is the hotel board and the haunted castle board because those two provide variability- every time you play, it's different! You never know who will win in the end. I wish they had more minigames this time around, but it's still just as fun. The only thing I wish this version had was a full screen display on my hdtv. The game shows bars on the side of the tv. Still, this is definitely one of our favorite games and I highly recommend it!

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Mario Party 8 for family get togethers
4 Star Review   By member aramirez - Sep 23, 2007   

Strengths: Lots of familair fun when having a party. Great controls.

Weakness: not wide screen, graphics

The game is over-all alot of fun, but unfortunately most people have wide screen tv's these days and the fact that is it 4:3 instead of 16:9 takes a little away from the experience. Over all though the game is alot of fun and would highly recommend.

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Party on Wii
4 Star Review   By member maxyuan - Sep 23, 2007   

Strengths: great for all ages easy to play with fun

Weakness: didn't work so well on widescreen need to unlock all mini games

This is still a wii/mario masterpiece. The children had so much fun at the PARTY. It is excellently designed for the use on the wii platform with the remotes. People of all ages can come together and enjoy the game for a couple of hours.

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Mario Party 8
4 Star Review   By member fox25 - Sep 15, 2007   

Strengths: Fun for the whole family, good use of Wii remotes, loads quickly. Mini games are well done.

Mario Part 8 is a lot of fun for the whole family...2 adults play with a 7 & 4 year old and have lots of fun. You can set up each game to determine how many turns will be taken allowing you to shorten games when time is tight. The game play is fairly simple and has been designed very well for the Wii remotes. The 7 and 4 year olds have been able to play in all of the mini games. This is a good solid game that the whole family can play and enjoy together.

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A Fun party game
4 Star Review   By member ncodedcode - Sep 11, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to learn, great for all ages, hours of fun!

Weakness: Have to unlock all the mini-games before they can be played by themselves

If you haven't played any of the Mario Party games then this is a must buy! Me and my friends had never played any of the old Mario Party games and this game got us addicted! It's a great game for when you have friends over! The best part is the board games - you will tons of fun. That being said, the only bad part about this game is that you have to unlock all the mini games before you can play them on their own. Also, they could have added more game boards! Other than that, I highly recommend this game!

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Mario Party 8
3 Star Review   By member mojave - Sep 4, 2007   

Strengths: More wacky Mario Party fun on Nintendo's latest console

Weakness: Graphics seem to have taken a step back, use of Wii remote disappointing

Some have said the latest Mario Party title was clearly developed for the Gamecube and simply switched over to the Wii late in life. One indication of this is the relatively light use of the motion or pointer functions of the Wii remote. Many games control "classic" style with the Wii remote turned sideways and the d-pad used for control. If the games are going to be like that I'd much prefer to use a Gamecube controller (choosing the analog stick over a thumb-cramping d-pad) and simply play Mario Party 6 or 7. Sure, there are a few pointer-based games (mostly variations on target shooting) and those work fairly well. The other problem is the lack of widescreen. Inexplicably, the border of the screen on widescreen displays is filled with a pattern instead of being used for the game. Given that many games are played with the screen divided in 4 parts, it is critical in titles like this to make the most use of the screen space. It is also inexcusable for Wii titles, especially those published by Nintendo, to not support widescreen. The most disappointing thing about the game is that the graphics seem to have taken a step back from the last 2 Gamecube Mario Party games (6 and 7). The character models and animations on the board portions of play, in particular, seem very primitive. It seems this game could have undergone a lot more polish before being released. Hopefully any future Mario Party game will come with some vast improvements (I haven't even even mentioned online support which might be nice in the future as well). Another knock may be that it is the same old Mario Party gameplay we've had for years. I don't see that as a big problem, though, as you know what you are getting with Mario Party. But because it is the same gameplay as before, I expected the presentation (graphics, widescreen, etc) and control (innovative use of new Wii remote) to be the key improvements and was sorely disappointed.

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Party like it's 1999.
3 Star Review   By member The_Admiral - Aug 21, 2007   

Strengths: It's mario party. In general, very fun party game.

Weakness: Some fo the games are of inconsistent quality.

Mario Party 8 for the Nintendo wii is a very good party game. It's not necessarily the best in the system. I and friends have had a lot of fun with it. But I personally think some of the games are hit and miss. But it's nice to have a game where everyone can participate with the wii.

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Mario Party 8
4 Star Review   By member rarerules - Aug 6, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to pick up and play, lots of fun for people of all ages

Weakness: If playing on an HDTV, the image will be centered with bars on the sides of the screen.

Mario Party 8 is the first Wii version of the popular series, and it utilizes the strengths of the Wii remote very well. The game setup remains the same as past Mario Party titles. You control a character and roll dice to move him around the board. Like a real board game, different spaces produce different results. Every fourth turn, the game chooses a random minigame in which all players compete to win coins, which you can spend on the board itself. The game is a very fun multiplayer game, but as you can imagine it doesn't work so well if you play alone against the computer. Still, the game is highly recommended for parties or for families with lots of children.

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A lot of fun
5 Star Review   By member thenettavenner - Jul 25, 2007   

Strengths: lots of games to play

This game is really fun. They have lots and lots of minigames that you can play but the only problem is to unlock them you have to play the single player battle maps then you can play multiplayer on the minigames. They have lots of options for multiplayer like 2 on 2 or teams or duel so this is fun for everyone and everyone can play at once. I don't think you can play this game online but if you can i have yet to find it. The single player area where you unlock the minigames takes several plays through the map to unlock the games and the map isn't too long. but overall this is a great game.

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Mario Party 8
4 Star Review   By member Charlemagne7 - Jul 22, 2007   

Strengths: Great party game, multiplayer aspect (up to 4 players).

Weakness: Too much text and pressing the A button to advance the text. Some weaker minigames.

Mario Party 8 is the 8th iteration (who knew?!) of the Mario Party series. Unlike a lot of the reviews out there who have experienced the previous MPs, mine is from one who barely played any of them until now. Mario Party 8 is basically a board game that pits up to 4 players to win the most amount of stars. Players run around the boards playing minigames, collecting coins, and buying candy that temporarily gives them special powers. This game is definitely one you don't want to play alone. A lot of the minigames don't require the use of the Wiimote's strength, which is the pointer on screen. Many times a minigame will just require the player to turn their Wiimote on its side and use it like a regular controller. While this might seem to spruce up the variety of minigames, it seemed the developer might of been a little lazy. From what I read, MP8 was originally designed for the Gamecube. So there you go. For a party game, I really wish that players didn't have to hit A to advance through almost all the text while playing. It just seems to slow down the gameplay. Maybe an option to auto advance quicker or better yet turn it on would of been nice. Overall Mario Party 8 is a great game for those who haven't seriously played any of the previous versions.

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Great game for everyone
5 Star Review   By member losercher - Jul 15, 2007   

Strengths: many different levels and games, unique, colorful, keeps your attention

Weakness: not enough boards to play on

I love this game! My husband and I play it almost every night and have yet to get bored of it. It is a nice game to take the edge off and relax as you cannot help but have fun during this game. There are so many different mini-games, levels, and boards to play on that it takes a while before you have to repeat something. I would recommend this game for all ages and as a game to bring family game night to the next level!

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The Party Continues For The 8th Time
5 Star Review   By member Tricky02 - Jun 28, 2007   

Strengths: Mario Party 8 has plenty of minigames and some inventive boards.

Weakness: The graphics could have been better.

This year, Mario Party goes to the Star Carnival, which is run by the symbiotic duo of MC Ballyhoo and his talking top hat, Big Top. The primary mode still plays like a board game, with four players throwing the dice to move across spaces, collecting as many coins and stars as they can before they finish a set number of turns, and of course, playing minigames at the end of each round. Mario Party 8 doesn't have as many minigames as Mario Party 7, nor does it support eight players. It does, however, make generally solid use of the Wii Remote.

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More of the same is not necessarily a bad thing
4 Star Review   By member mrodger - Jun 27, 2007   

Strengths: Motion sensing adds to game, new boards, new characters, new mini-games, high replay-ability

Weakness: Not 16:9, so-so graphics, very similar to MP 1-7

If you’re a long time fan of the Mario Party series, you’ll likely enjoy the newest title in the series. The game looks and plays very much like the MP releases from the GameCube era. For those of you that loved these, that’s a good thing, but for those expecting something drastically new, pass on this release. There are new boards, new characters, new mini-games and some new twists in this edition. Most notable is the motion sensing added to some of the mini-games. This is a great addition most of the time, however sometimes the controls are a little finicky. Other than this, it’s Mario Party as usual. My biggest complaint with the game is that it does not run in full 16:9. Instead, the game runs in 4:3 with a stylized pillar-box to frame in the game. At this point, I feel that this is unacceptable. Also, the graphics seem a little lackluster on this one. Seems to be about on par with the GameCube releases, but this is not a huge drawback. You will want to buy this game if you own every other Mario Party release, haven’t played a MP since N64 or you have never played a game from the series and are looking for a good, fun multi-player game for your Wii.

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Mario Party 8 (WII)
3 Star Review   By member cotebryan - Jun 21, 2007   

Strengths: (1) Fun party game for a larger group to play together

Weakness: (1) Lacks Widescreen and Progressive Scan (2) Average graphics (3) Not a lot of fun unless you get 3+ players together (4) Wii controls could be much more creative/well done

Mario Party 8 is good, casual fun for more players than can play together in other Wii offerings. However, the motion controls are not as well done as they could be and this doesn't really feel that much different from the last offering. In fact, the lack of Widescreen and Progressive scan indicate that there wasn't a lot of optimization done to move this series over to Wii. Still, this game offers a fun mulitplayer experience if you do not expect too much else.

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Great party game
4 Star Review   By member PleasantOne - Jun 18, 2007   

Strengths: It's Mario Party... it's fun... what more can I say? Oh, and there are fun unlockables ;)

Weakness: It's Mario Party *8*... some people seem to not like that. Many of the minigames don't take advantage of Wii controls.

This game has gotten some, what I feel are, unjustified bad reviews. Many people don't seem to like the fact that Mario Party 8 plays similarly to 1 thru 7. I haven't played an MP game since #3, so that didn't bother me. Some say it has bad graphics... they look fine to me. It's not significantly different from other Mario Party games, but I find it fun. It's a great party game, if you're lucky enough to have friends that aren't fuddy duddies! If you don't like a long, casual gaming experience, you'll want to pass this one over, but for people like myself, I recommend it.

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Mario Party 8
3 Star Review   By member bulldog93 - Jun 15, 2007   

Strengths: More 3D graphics than previous Mario Parties.

Weakness: The series is getting stale.

The graphics are what you can expect from the Wii. It's not a Xbox 360 or PS3 game. The graphics are spruced up though. The series has become quite stale and needs a big makeover.

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Same ol' Party
4 Star Review   By member tpino84 - Jun 15, 2007   

Strengths: Motion controls add new gameplay to the game.

Weakness: After 8 parties, not much have changed.

Mario Party has always been one of my favorite series. With each game being the same, but possessing slightly different things it makes them all sorta unique. This game overall is a fun game. However, there isn't anything new. The mini-games, even with the motion control, don't seem all that unique and special. Maybe this was meant for the Gamecube and they just put this on the Wii & added the controls. Hopefully, Mario Party 9 will have that Wii feel to it. Don't get me wrong this is still an extremely fun game! If you have loved any Mario Party, you WILL enjoy this game. If you have never played one, then you will most likely still enjoy this game!

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Mario Party on Wii
5 Star Review   By member tungluh - Jun 13, 2007   

Strengths: Lots of mini games; shorter but more diverse maps

Weakness: No microphone games

A very nice party game on Wii with great graphics. Unlike Mario Party 7, this game does not have microphone games which are the most fun mini games in 7. In stead, this game has lots "Wii-style" mini games. Shorter map lengths make it more clear and hard to get lost. Highly recommend to own it.

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Mario Party 8 (WII)
3 Star Review   By member slider169 - Jun 11, 2007   

Strengths: Good for family fun, alot of minigames.

Weakness: no 1080p support. not even 1080i.

Mario Party 8 doesn't have as many minigames as Mario Party 7, nor does it support eight players or include a goofy microphone peripheral. It does, however, make generally solid use of the Wii Remote, and the number of palette-swap minigames seems lower. A good number of minigames will have you holding the remote sideways in standard gamepad fashion, but you'll also swing at baseballs, furiously shake a can of soda, do some tightrope walking, use a paddle to help row a boat, and more, all by gesticulating with the remote. There are also some good references to past Nintendo games couched in these minigames, such as a first-person ghost-hunting minigame that appears to take place in Luigi's mansion.

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Mario Party 8 Fun
3 Star Review   By member Stryker8 - Jun 10, 2007   

Strengths: Multi-Player Fun! Mini-games!!! Makes use of the Wii controller. Can use existing Mii's when playing Mini-game mode.

Weakness: Single player mode. Poor, cheesy graphics. Cannot skip Mini-game openers.

Overall, this is a fun game. Having the Wii controller make this game more interactive. There are many mini-games to play that take some skill, but not much. As many people have said, the playing this game alone is a bore. But there's a reason why this game is called Mario PARTY!

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Multiplayer fun
3 Star Review   By member tenjack - Jun 7, 2007   

Strengths: Same formula updated with Wii controls. Lots of variety. Lots of fun with 2+ players

Weakness: Outdated graphics. Could have been better.

The latest entry into the Mario Party series has hit the Wii. I've only played a few of these, and honestly, if you don't have anyone to play with; you may want to skip it as the single player experience isn't all that great. It makes good use of the Wii controls, and if you've got a buddy or two to play with, you'll be happy you bought it.

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the bomb
5 Star Review     

this is the bomb !!!! i totally recommend it to all people. it is very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very etc.... fun!!!!

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the best game ever
5 Star Review     

Strengths: you can do alot of new things

Weakness: nothing

it is very fun for the wii . It is one of the best games for wii . there is so many changes seance mario party 1 . mario party 8 is the best game for the wii .

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MaRiO PaRtY
5 Star Review     

This Is is going to be the best Mario party for the Wii it is going to be amazing with the good mini games also!!!if your if your a party fan "Buy It!!"

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Mario Party 8
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Mini-games, Multi-player and having fun.

Weakness: The Mini-games could have improved a bit, online would have been nice.

Mario Party has always been a trusted game name for me. Ever since the first one, I've been collecting them all. It might sound dumb, but once you play them. You'll know why I like them so much, Mario Party 8 has been one of my favorites so far.

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