Nowadays when someone mentions a party game, most self-appointed hardcore gamers will sneer and deem it shovelware, but Mario Party 2 (arguably the best in the series) is back to remind you that it wasnt always like this.
As with all Mario Party games, Mario Party 2 is essentially an elaborate board game. Pieces are residents of the Mushroom Kingdom and they move around themed locations, which serve as the boards. The winner is the player who has collected the most stars after a set number of turns.
A mini-game is played after each turn, with the winner receiving a bundle of coins. These are then used to buy a star when you reach it.
There are six boards in total, each based on a particular theme. In a nice touch, your character wears a different costume depending on their current location, so if you want to see Mario dressed as a cowboy, Yoshi as a pirate or Peach in safari gear, this is your opportunity.
Game For A Laugh
The mini-games are entertaining and Nintendo has wisely chosen to release this rather than the original Mario Party game as the first game was notorious for mini-games that made the player spin the Analog Stick over and over again. Such ridiculous games don't feature in Mario Party 2 with the collection ranging from straightforward to slightly mental.
The face of gaming has changed a lot since this was originally released in 2000. Nowadays it's expected that party games can be played and, crucially, won by anyone in the family. If youre the only gamer in your household and you play Mario Party 2 with everyone else, youre going to win every single time, because all the mini-games are based on pure gaming ability. This is something in which dedicated gamers will have the upper edge.
That said, if you have three other willing participants who all play games as much as you do, then (so long as you each have a GameCube or Classic Controller, since the game requires them) this is one of the best multiplayer games you can play. It's packed with fun mini-games and keeps the boards simple, rather than the convoluted messes that eventually emerged over the course of the Mario Party series.