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Mario Party 2 review

One of the best multiplayer games you can play now on Virtual Console

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.

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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.


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  1. Kooper Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 09:12

    I wouldn't exactly say that wii party could be won by any member of my family...

  2. EveA Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 09:41

    Surely Mario Party 5 is the best? No?

    Oh. You put 'arguably'.

  3. ploiper Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 10:11

    downloaded this last night, so far so good. it has bumper balls so already its awsome.

  4. LugiaGX Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 12:49

    This was the first mario party title I played so for me this is a download must. Hope that mario party 1 and 3 get released later on, played 1 which was fun (despite the rotating control stick games) but never got a chance to play 3 :cry:

    Don't really think it's fair to say not having nunchuk and wiimote is a negative point. Don't think any N64 games have used wiimote and nunchuk controls... Plus some of the button mashing games wouldn't work as well using wiimote and nunchuk.

  5. Ai64 Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 13:14

    I waited 10 years for this! I downloaded it straight away here on christmas eve. Really fun to play this game. :)

  6. Pikmin Freak Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 13:39

    Saying it's a minus that there's no Remote and Nunchuck controls is BS, because it's a virtual console game and none of the VC games have specific Wii controls.

  7. ClockMenace Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 13:39


    This is on VC?


    This was by far the funnest Mario Party ever.

  8. D.J Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 14:24

    Surely Mario Party 5 is the best? No?

    My fave was Mario Party 6.

  9. kirby711 Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 14:40

    I might download this depending on my points.

  10. yoshi1990 Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 15:27

    Mario Party 2 is my favorite but i will not download it because 8) I have it on the N64 and it still works!!! 8) I stoped playing the mario party games at five. 5 was the last one i bought. Even though 2 is my favorite 3 has my favorite mini games
    I better stop naming all my favorite mini games befor i name all 71 mini games in the game.

  11. imbusydoctorwho Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 16:04

    I might download it tomorrow looks pretty ace.

  12. layton lover Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 17:20

    I love Mario party 2, it's probably my favourite in the series. I will probably get this off the VC.

  13. ChrisONM Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 18:35

    Saying it's a minus that there's no Remote and Nunchuck controls is BS, because it's a virtual console game and none of the VC games have specific Wii controls.

    All the Mega Drive, NES, Turbografx and NEO-GEO ones do.

    It wouldn't usually be a big deal because most people interested enough in VC to get an N64 game probably have a GameCube or Classic Controller, but Mario Party 2 is the first on VC that's really designed for play with four players, so the likelihood of having four GameCube or Classic Controllers is lessened.

  14. MegYosh Saturday 25th Dec 2010 at 18:31

    I remember playing Mario Party (1) With my brother. It kept us entertained for years and years, and the mini games were ace. My Fave had to be 'Mushroom Miz-Up'. It was hilariously entertaining and you can just sit playing that one over and over and not get bored. Sadly, I never bought Mario party 2. So, Here I go!

  15. Gameking53 Sunday 26th Dec 2010 at 22:14

    I may download this. Mario Party 5 is my personal favourite, followed closely by 4.

  16. Everegreen Friday 31st Dec 2010 at 16:18

    the only mario party game i played was the ds version, which i still have. i love the puzzle mode in it, especially mario's puzzle party :D

    i thoroughly enjoyed it, but i don't think i'm going to get any other mp games - im more of a single player, anyway, and aren't really into games designed for multi-play

  17. LaytonMario3 Tuesday 4th Jan 2011 at 14:13

    Looks good.

  18. MetalMario23 Thursday 6th Jan 2011 at 20:59

    I remember when I was 7 or 8 and my Aunty bought me a stategy guide for Mario Party 2 as a gift. However she thought it was like a magazine so I wound up with a strategy guide for a game that I didn't even have!

    I still read it though and I got really hyped about how fun this game would be to play. However this was a time when it was the Gamecube/PS2 era so it was difficult to even buy N64 games from a shop. We checked every shop and we had no luck finding it. :(

    I still read the strategy guide as it was enjoyable and interesting to read, also I read it just in case my luck changed.

    But as the years went by the strategy guide eventually started to get torn and pages falling out of it so it got thrown away in the end. Still, Mario Party 2 was stuck in my head and my eyes lit up as soon as I found out Mario Party 2 was being released on VC.

    I now finally have this game after so many years of wanting to play it, and I still remember most of the strategies from that guide!!

    (True Story)

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