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Mario Party Island Tour

 

 

SCORE: 85

Mario Party Island Tour 

 

Some people in the video game industry think party games and hand helds do not mix well. I keep my mind open to hand held party games. Good thing I do too, because Mario Party Island Tour shows what a hand held party game can be on the Nintendo 3DS.

Families only need one game cartridge to enjoy Mario Party Island Tour. Up to four family members can play Mario Party Island Tour together - as long as you have enough Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo 2DS machines. I am surprised there is no multiplayer on one machine. Meaning we pass the hand held around.

Modes is where Mario Party Island Tour really shines. There are seven different boards in Party Mode. You will need to adjust your strategy depending on the board you are playing. There is Bowser's Tower where we fight a boss every fifth floor. Mini games can be played in a free play mode, and there are Streetpass mini games.

As families play Mario Party Island Tour they will earn points. Those points can be spent on collectibles. In essence you play Mario Party Island Tour, earn points, and spend them on content that you unlock. This is one of the ways replay is encouraged.

There are eighty new mini games in Mario Party Island Tour. Some of them require skill, and some of them are based on luck. Mario Party Island Tour lets players practice any mini game first. I love this because it gives me a feel for the mini game, and allows me to develop strategies.

Families will get their moneys worth out of Mario Party Island Tour. Hours drain away while Mario Party Island Tour is being played. This hand held game saves frequently enough so it can be put down and picked back up at a later time. Especially Bowser's Tower.

Mario Party Island Tour does contain some comical cartoon violence. Characters getting hitting with hammers, knocked off ledges - things like that. If you are familiar with the Mario franchise - especially the Mario Party games then you know what to expect. If not, then think Looney Tunes.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 80%
Sound: 85%
Replay/Extras: 95%
Gameplay: 83%
Family Friendly Factor: 82%

System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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