(Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Party 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Game Review

Mario Party 2 Review

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

It's party time!

The Mario Party series has become quite successful for Nintendo and has brought many gamers and their families together over the years. Nintendo, obviously still concerned over the taxing controls of the original Mario Party which caused more than a few blisters and hand cramps among players, have decided to skip straight to Mario Party 2 for the debut of the series on the Virtual Console. And while some will claim that the series is far too casual to appeal to the more hardcore Nintendo fans, it's tough to deny the family-friendly experience the game offers up.

For the most part, Mario Party functions much like a board game. Each character hits the dice in order to determine the number of spaces on the board they'll move each turn. Some spaces will add coins to your stash, whereas others will take them away. To liven things up, there are also quite a large number of special spaces that can win you specialty items and even allow you to do battle with other players. Once all four players have landed on a particular color, a mini-game will ensue. It's here where you'll be able to experience the competitive spirit of the game, not to mention win yourself some serious coinage.

The majority of the mini-games are extremely simple in design and execution. Most of the time they require little more than some minor moving around and making use of one action button in an effort to keep things simple and intuitive. These range from jumping on moving platforms to avoiding being struck on the head by a hammer. In truth there is an almost endless amount of variety between the various mini-games, so you'll never be at a loss for something new to try out.

The ultimate goal of the main game is to acquire more stars than your opponents before the set number of turns are taken. Not only can you trade coins you win for stars, but if you've set the Bonus Mode to be active during the game, you'll occasionally find special hidden blocks that contain stars as well. You can even swipe stars from other players with the help of Boo. Of course if you'd rather just play specific mini-games, you can purchase specific mini-games that you've played in the main game from Woody in Mini-Game Land.

The simple controls can sometimes make the mini-games a bit too simplistic, but it's easy to see the reasoning behind it. The developers obviously wanted to make the game as playable as possible for a wide audience of gamers, and in that respect they've been quite successful. It's definitely a game you'll want to have extra players on hand for, as the game can be a bit tedious sometimes as a solo experience.

Since Mario Party 2 is a Nintendo 64 game, you can expect things to be a bit blocky from a visual standpoint. Most of the playing fields are very minimal in design, but considering the type of game, they're able get the job done just fine. There are plenty of Mario-themed touches strung throughout the game, but perhaps not as many as you'd expect from the game's title.

The same can be said about the musical score, as for the most part you wouldn't even know it had anything to do with a Mario release. It's clear that the developers stuck with a "less is more" mentality for the game's audio/visual presentation, but it still manages to carry the game's lighthearted theme and gameplay.

Conclusion

There's just something about the simple fun of Mario Party 2 that makes it so difficult to put down at times. Sure the mini-games can be a tad on the basic side, but it works quite well in giving the game a more accessible gaming experience that should appeal to gamers of all ages and skill levels. The game tends to be a bit bland as a single-player experience, but if you can round up some additional players, and in truth that's what this game is all about anyway, you're likely to get far more out of the game and find it to be a nice diversion from the usual platforming fare normally associated with this cast of characters.

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User Comments (55)

Omenapoika

#1

Omenapoika said:

Me and my friends have had a sort of bittersweet tradition with Mario Party series. We have enjoyed almost everyone of them, except the darn 8! It just blows and hard. It's the only Mario Party I've seen players get the "dead-eyes"-look, you know what I mean. I just might get this, because it's the only one I've never tried :)

Monkeh

#3

Monkeh said:

This game used to be so much fun with friends! Real shame the Mario Party on Wii is so lame.

Xiao_Pai

#4

Xiao_Pai said:

I remember now, its 3 and 5 that are my favorite. xD
2 isn't bad, but...meh...lol

Sylverstone

#5

Sylverstone said:

I had the first 3 for my N64. I liked 3 the most.

Also, my favorite minigame had to be Skateboard Scamper.

Hokori

#6

Hokori said:

I have never had a Mario Party Game I may buy this because its not expensive like the others

rwq

#7

rwq said:

Thanks for the review, this was not even on my radar before now, might actually get it at some point.

Link79

#8

Link79 said:

I have never Played a Mario Party game in my life. I'd probably just be wasting my points if I bought this since I'd be on my own. Looks fun if you have a bunch of friends to play with though.

LordJumpMad

#9

LordJumpMad said:

Mario Party
Where Friend Kill each others for there Stars

It may have been a Game, but i never liked someone Stealing my Stars :P

CanisWolfred

#10

CanisWolfred said:

This was my least favorite Mario Party with the worst overall games, and I'll probably never rebuy it.

CHRISZ0626

#11

CHRISZ0626 said:

never played a mario party game.. but since im new to this site on the wii virtual console theres a bunch of classics ill live to play that i never played before.For instance super mario world, the old classics mario, and even LOZ ocarina of time.Which is better metroid or super metroid? which one is good to start?

fishman100

#12

fishman100 said:

I love the series and I'd love to see some minigames from this one go into the next MP.

Scarhino89

#13

Scarhino89 said:

8/10 :D Very very good. An excellent opus for Party-Game fans. Let's wait too Mario Party 3, the last N64 game in Europe. ;)

thaantman

#14

thaantman said:

mario party 2 is definitely one of my all time favorite N64 games. Me & my cousins used to be up late night playing this, sometimes it would be more than four of us and whoever got the lowest score on a mini game would have to give up the controller. There was times when we would gang up on the person with he most stars and steal their stars away. I can't really remember any of the mini games, but I know some of my favorites was on mario party 2. I kinda fell off mario party when it came on the gamecube, the only one i had was seven. I wouldn't mind grabbing this, but it's alot harder to find four ppl to sit down and play this game with.

geotrans89

#15

geotrans89 said:

Mario Part 2 and 3 were solid gold in my book. the rest was average compared to those two

DestinyMan

#16

DestinyMan said:

I loved the first and I rank it my favorite Mario Party, but 2 is just as fun. So many great memories were made playing those minigames and exploring the cool boards.

Big_A2

#17

Big_A2 said:

Thank god Nintendo stopped making a new Mario Party every year. I started at 4 and gave up at 7.

I do have very good memories of playing the games at my Grandparents house while my parents worked on the school holidays.

So Mario Party 2 probably isn’t worth m much to me.

Squiggle55

#18

Squiggle55 said:

I think i will get this to find out why people hate 8 so much. maybe mario party used to be a lot better and I never knew. i hear bashing all the time, but could someone elaborate why they hate mp8 so much?

LordJumpMad

#19

LordJumpMad said:

I have played every Mario Party game but 9.or the DS one.

I would like to see a New, with Online play

WanderFan91

#20

WanderFan91 said:

Great review, Corbie. :) I remember playing the first two Mario Party games a lot with my cousins when I was little.
Welcome to NintendoLife, CHRISZ0626. :) As for which Metroid game you should start out with, I (and I'm sure many others would agree) highly recommend Super Metroid. It's got a map, and it has a lot more action feautres and is a lot more enjoyable than the first game, imo.

irken004

#21

irken004 said:

I bought this today with some Christmas Nintendo points. Pretty good, though Wario whooped me on normal mode...

SKTTR

#22

SKTTR said:

@Squiggle55 I thought Mario Party 8 was the best one in the series. To put it short: MP8 has the best selection of boards and minigames, also the best controls and graphics.
Mario Party 2 is good too, if you have 4 Classic Controllers/Gamecube Controllers. In MP8 you just need 4 Wiimotes.

CHRISZ0626

#23

CHRISZ0626 said:

@starBoy91 thank you for a very nice greeting it makes me feel welcomed and thanks for the advice on metroid im going to buy super metroid take care

Objection

#24

Objection said:

Totally getting this right now. Thanks for the speedy review, Corbs.

@CHRIS-welcome. i agree that Super Metroid is a great place to start. Storywise it is "Metroid 3", with 1 and 2 being Metroid (NES) and Metroid II (GB) and 4 being Metroid Fusion (GBA.) The other Metroid games, like the Prime Trilogy and the recent Other M, fit in around said timeline.

Beau_Skunk

#25

Beau_Skunk said:

I kinda prefer the original MP game, (regardless of the blister-inducing "rotate the control stick as fast as possible" minigames) but this one still has it's own charm, and improvements over the original, I'll admit. It's still a great buy/download. Just got it myself, and lovin' it to, even when there's nobody around to play it with.

I do hope someday the first MP game will come to VC to someday. Of course, with the controls altered to the "rotate control stick as quickly as you can" minigames that created problems/controversy for keeping the game on store shelves back then.

RedYoshi999

#28

RedYoshi999 said:

I had never played Mario Party 2 until earlier this year, but I loved it when I played it. It's great to finally be able to own it. Mario Party 3 is my personal favourite, it has much more items, features, board maps, characters, minigames (including my favourite minigame of all time: Eatsa Pizza!) and even a Duel Mode but Mario Party 2 is still great. I hope to see Mario Party 3 next year and also hope the original can make it to the Wii. I would love to have all 3 on the VC. I would give this game a 9/10, Mario Party 3 a 10/10 and the original a 8/10.

TheLonelyGamer

#29

TheLonelyGamer said:

Great review Corbs, one of my favorite Mario Party games, probably my second favorite with the first one being my favorite.

Kid_A

#30

Kid_A said:

Mario Party is an under-rated franchise. Sure, it definitely over-stayed its welcome on the Gamecube (four games right? Insanity) but I've never understood that outright hatred for it that many critical outlets have towards the series. Good times. I'll probably download this one if I ever have any spare Wii points.

Bass_X0

#32

Bass_X0 said:

The Mario Party series got increasingly ridiculous and unnecessary as the series went on. The last three or four were cash-ins, plain and simple with poor quality mini-games. That said though, I would have liked Wii Party to have been Mario Party 9 - same game with same mini-games but with a Mario theme instead. Wii Party just really doesn't have a strong theme of its own.

Pokeman

#33

Pokeman said:

Wow, there was actually a mario party 2, I thought they just started with 4 because it was 2004 but I was wrong. I wonder how good the first one is.

romulos

#34

romulos said:

Easily my favorite mario party. I love the series all except for 8 which is just to easy. When this came out it was hard to win ,I mean you have to climb up that tree and dodge coconuts ,and also Hobby Horse (or was that just in 3). No matter what no doubt one of my favorite games.

Chunky_Droid

#37

Chunky_Droid said:

Awesome entry in the series.

Myself and the kids have actually been spending a lot of time on Mario Party 7 for the Gamecube for the past few months, lots of laughs and good times, and a great introduction to introduce the controls of different styles of games to my 4 year old daughter :)

TanookiMike

#38

TanookiMike said:

Oh God, great memories with this. I probably have more playtime on this than Team Fortress 2 or Dragon Quest IX.

Stuffgamer1

#39

Stuffgamer1 said:

I love this game. It's easily my favorite Mario Party, though 3 holds a close second. I downloaded it on release day and have already played five games with my brother. I won four of them.:D

Shadow_Chad6982

#40

Shadow_Chad6982 said:

i remember the first time i played this. it was at mcdonalds when they had N64 games in there. oh the fun eating fries and playing mario party with some kid you met in the ball pin. good times

Gameday

#41

Gameday said:

mario party 1 3 5 & 7 fav , ive never played mario party 2 as much but i see a few of the same games in part 2 nothing to special but great. Cant wait for 3 another insta dl

pikku

#43

pikku said:

just out of curiosity, why did they decide to bring out #2 and not #1?

WanderFan91

#44

WanderFan91 said:

@pikmaniac - the first game is said to have given gamers blisters due to (a) certain mini-game(s) that involved rotating the Control Stick using the palm of their hands.

Shirma_Akayaku

#46

Shirma_Akayaku said:

Favorite Mini Games
Mario party 2: Bowser's big blast
Mario party 3: Toadstool Titan
Mario party 4: Bowser's Bigger Blast

Capt_N

#47

Capt_N said:

@Starboy91: Those particular mini-games didn't suggest ppl using the palms of their hands, if I recall. Ppl just did it. I used the area of my hand slightly above my wrist.

I loved the 1st 3 MPs that were on N64. Had 4, sold it later(even if I ended up getting bored w/ it, I should have kept it.). Rented 5, liked it pretty well. Never tried 6/7. Rented 8 for Wii 2 years ago. Also had, but sold @ a yard sale months ago, the E-reader one.

AlphaNerd01

#49

AlphaNerd01 said:

I don't think MP1 would give gamers blisters now - the Classic Controller has a rubberized grip. Who's with me?

Linkgamer

#50

Linkgamer said:

to be honest i do remember mario party one givin me blisters (on a certan mini-game about a boat), but it really wasnt that bad in fact its one of my favs in the MP seires. just because it did that dosnt mean it more bader than the other ones. i also had MP2 but i gave it to a friend and he hasnt gave it back to me in about 10 years.so i vagliy remeber what it was about.---sob--- ;<

lex0plex

#51

lex0plex said:

Mario Party 6 was the . It had like 80 mini games x2 since they all changed a bit during the night. Could never tire of the greatness

dinkelberg

#52

dinkelberg said:

with Mario party 9 they have to bring back donkey kong and remove the problems with the old ones and bring back some old school maps and new classic style

Shotgunryugan

#53

Shotgunryugan said:

I bought this a couple of days ago,really good game,a lot better than the first MP game i bought(MP8),i was a bit disappointed that Waluigi isn't in this one,but overall the review was spot on.

TheN64Dude

#54

TheN64Dude said:

It's so hard to pick which of the first 3 Mario Parties is my favorite of all! But, this one has to be my favorite!

SkywardLink98

#55

SkywardLink98 said:

Wow, the last paragraph of the review was featured on Club Nintendo!

“There's just something about the simple fun of Mario Party 2 that makes it so difficult to put down at times... it works quite well in giving the game a more accessible gaming experience that should appeal to gamers of all ages and skill levels.”

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