"Aside from being the first release in Nintendo's long-running party game series, Mario Party's biggest claim to fame is its stick-spinning mini-games, which left many eager players with blisters on their palms. The series may have come a long way since 1999, but this title nevertheless features a diverse range of timeless mini-games and every aspect exudes charm -- except for its cheating CPU opponents."
User Reviews (11)
"The trendsetter that started the party of eclectic fun mini-games. Besides being the first, it also holds the distinction of being the most sadistic; players had more opportunities to steal coins from other players or get involved in real-world lawsuits over torn up hands. Besides these differences, Mario Party is a victim of not offering as much as future games in the milked series."
"A fun game that started the whole Mario Party craze, although 2 and 3 are better than 1. While this game can still be fun today, losing coins for losing mini-games was not great, the rotating stick mini-games was also not great, and the graphics aren't the best for N64 standards. The game does shine when you have 4 people together having a blast."
"Mario Party was the type of game that the system with four controller ports needed. You could put 4 people in front of it with little to no instructions, required very little gaming skill, and was a nostalgia filled fun time. Even with the fun though, the games seemed to drag on a bit long, and the game seems intent on wearing out controllers."
"Mario Party. Back in the day I bought it just because the box looked appealing to me (yeah, I was like that back then). To be honest, a digital board-game shouldn't work. But it worked! Even playing alone was lots of fun, thanks to all the cool and clever mini-games. The sequel did add capsules, but besides that I like this first one better!"
"No game resulted in more broken controllers, mangled thumbs and temporarily destroyed friendships than this cart. Despite all of that, this was probably one of the best entries in the series. The legacy of this game lives on in the number of sequels and clones that have been produced after it. After all these years, I think it still can stand up against them."
"Ah, the stick-spinning minigames, I miss those (not). Being the first title in the series this was also the one I played first. Combining dice board game and minigames was a fun idea. Nowadays there's just too many MP-games. While some of the later games were better, original is still fun to play today. Maybe that's because MP-games are so similiar to each other."
"How to start off but say how the world would never be the same without this little gem of a game. One of the earliest staples to kick off the party game genre, the clones this game spawned are still seen to this day. Some really fun, and not so fun (blisters) mini games, with some nice boards make this entry one to remember."
"Playing it again today may not be healthy for the hands but for a time this game was king of the living room in my house. In a way I hope to play it again through the Virtual Console with alterations to some controls in certain minigames, of course. It's the only one of the series that penalized for losing but that built character!"
"When this came out, boy it was a novelty, playing a board game with Mario... crazy! The first Mario Party was fun with friends and family, as most Mario Party are, but don't play it alone. Ever. The concept of minigames felt relatively new for us young players at the time. In my case, the sticks of my controllers suffered more than my hands."
"Mario Party plus three friends equals blistered palms and tons of fun. For all the shortcomings of the series, the original party was a breath of fresh air. With a minigame island and several different boards to choose from, the game has a plethora of content to satisfy that board game itch. Unfortunately no virtual console release means that few today will experience it."
"A favourite among my family as I was growing up. I loved the boards, simple games, and inevitable fall-outs along the way. Sure there were some less than exciting mini games but there were also some really great ones (I have most fond memories of the ball dodgem and flag raising ones). A boring experience on your own, but so much fun in multiplayer."
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