During E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, we received a ton of announcements of new Nintendo Switch games. Among them was Mario Party Superstars, which is now available to pre-order. It’s not a completely new Mario Party, it’s like a mix between a collection and a remake, as it features boards and minigames from previous Mario Party entries. Am I still confused? Let’s dive in.
What is Mario Party Superstars?
This is the latest Mario Party game in the franchise. Rather than being an entirely new entry, it’s actually a collection of remade popular boards and minigames from the series. For example, there are five boards from the N64 era along with 100 minigames from the entire series. The game is saved after each round, so you can pick up where you left off.
What are Mario Party games like?
Source: Nintendo (screenshot)
The way these games work, up to four players roll dice and travel through a virtual board game. If you don’t have enough players, some of the characters will be controlled by the computer. At the end of each round, players are divided into teams or must compete against everyone else in silly minigames. Things tend to get pretty wild when you play with friends.
The winners of each minigame receive coins, which can be used to buy stars or other items on the game board. The player with the most stars at the end of a predetermined number of rounds wins.
Players can also get special items on the board or steal stars from others. The boards you play on offer different challenges and advantages, so you will have to strategize differently depending on which one you choose.
What’s new in Mario Party Superstars?
While this is a collection of previous boards and mini-games, there are plenty of new items to help make the game fun.
- Online game: Besides local play, you can play online against others.
- Seals: Each character has a set of stamps that portray different emotions. Place them during someone else’s turn (either playing locally or online) to show all other players how you feel at any given moment.
- Automatic saving: The game is saved at the end of each round, so you can stop playing when you need to and come back later.
- Updated graphics: The desserts in Peach’s Birthday Cake look so decadent and all the characters have so much more texture and detail than in the original games.
- Route countdown: In addition to knowing how many more moves you have left from your dice roll, the game tells you how far you will be from the Star depending on the paths you take (as seen in the image above).
- New Characters: When the original Mario Party games on N64 released some characters were unplayable or, in Rosalina’s case, they hadn’t even been created yet.
Mario Party Superstars Characters
I made this list of characters by looking at screenshots and videos. There may also be additional playable characters. but we will update if we learn more.
- Donkey kong
Mario Party Superstars Boards
We know there will be five classic plates from the N64 era. The ones we know so far are Space Land and Peach’s Birthday Cake.
Each board offers different advantages and challenges. For example, the Space Land board features a countdown in the center and each time it reaches zero, the Bowser Coin Beam triggers and removes the coins from any player it hits.
Mario Party Superstars Minigames
We know that there will be at least 100 minigames in Mario Party Superstars. I made the following list by looking at the videos that Nintendo has released so far. The minigames always have a short tutorial before starting to make sure everyone knows how to play. It also lists which Mario Party game the minigame first appeared in.
4 player minigame
- Storm chasers
- Messy memory
- Mushroom mix
- Bowser’s Big Bang
- Shy boy says
- Crazy cutters
- Go carefully
- Mushroom pit
- Hammer drop
- Bumper balls
- Slot car derby
- Honeycomb chaos
- Rockin ‘raceway
- Snowball summit
- Cheep cheep chase
- Wicks marathon
- Umbrella plumb
1 vs 3 minigame
- Set aside
- Tidal toss
- Pebble ball
- Coconut conk
- River raiders
2 player duel
- Came with me
- Ticktock Hop
Can I play Mario Party Superstars on Switch Lite?
Yes! Mario Party Superstars is designed in such a way that Switch and Switch Lite owners can play. This is good news considering that Super Mario Party was initially unable to support the Switch Lite game unless owners used external Joy-Cons.
Does Mario Party Superstars have online multiplayer?
In addition to local co-op mode from the couch, this latest game also supports online play. That way you can always find someone to compete with. As always, you will need a Nintendo Switch Online membership in order to participate in online activities.
Can I use a Pro controller?
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Yes, unlike Super Mario Party when it launched, Super Mario Superstars does support Pro Controller. Enjoy the game the way you want, whether in portable mode, with Joy-Cons or with the more traditional controller.
Source: Nintendo (screenshot)
Mario Party Superstars retails for $ 60 and launches October 28. 29 of 2022. That’s just in time for an incredible Halloween party! Play with your friends and you will surely have a great time.
Silly game night
Mario Party Superstars
The perfect party game
Mario Party Superstars brings five classic boards from the N64 era along with 100 minigames from across the series in a fun new package. It’s perfect for game nights or family gatherings.
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