Lately with the E3 hype dying down, I’ve noticed there hasn’t really been much said about Mario Party 10 for the Wii U. Oh sure, Mario Party Legacy and a couple of other fan sites about the series (some of which we here at Nintendo 3DS Daily endorse as affiliates) hyped the hell out of it. But that’s their job (so to speak), and the coverage about the game from other, more mainstream news outlets has honestly been kind of non existent to mediocre.
But I actually think Mario Party 10 looks great. Why? Because practically speaking, Mario Party is THE series the Wii U was made for.
It’s true. Whenever I think ‘asymmetric multiplayer’, I think Mario Party. I think 1 vs 3 minigames and players being complete jerks to one another in the most meanspirited ways possible.
And Mario Party 10 looks like to amplify that by about a million. Why? Bowser:
Rampaging through boards, smashing the hell out of player carts, trying to blow characters up in the most over the top ways possible… I have a feeling playing as Bowser will be an absolute blast. Especially if you get to set up four difficult CPU players and spend the next hour or so trying to make them suffer horribly to repent for their crimes in past Mario Party and Mario Kart games. Or I guess if you’ve got a bunch of ‘friends’ you don’t really enjoy of the company of all too much. Basically, it’s a griefers dream game.
What’s more, it’s pretty much the perfect marketing tool for the asymmetric multiplayer concept. Oh sure, Nintendo Land exists, but a bunch of Miis running around in Nintendo costumes does not sell. It doesn’t appeal to anyone, Nintendo fans or casuals alike. Game & Wario exists… but it’s usage of the GamePad ranges between decent and utterly abysmal, and Nintendo’s marketing for it was roughly as good as that for the likes of Delgo (or [insert another horribly crashed box office bomb here]). This on the other hand… could be a pretty good way to market the mechanic. After all, Mario Party fans already know how this asymmetry works, they just know it as ’1 vs 3 minigames’. And the rest? Well, they have to admit that being able to play as a giant turtle dragon thing and wreck other people’s games is a pretty good selling point, right? Whereas Nintendo Land was mostly tech demo and Game & Wario just confused, this game could work by appealing to people’s dark sides.
Above: How to destroy friendships very, very quickly.
Hell, you know what would really sell this game? Asymmetric Bowser mode online. Oh sure, they’ll never add it, because the concept is anti social as heck. But come on, imagine the interesting possibilities you’d get if you could join random people’s games, play as Bowser and just wreck everything. Or if they’re real cruel, if you could join ‘friends only’ games as the designated antagonist and just cause absolute mayhem. Forget Pikmin or Nintendo Land, this game could (in theory) have made for a far more interesting Wii U selling point, an online game specifically designed to encourage antagonistic play and jerkass behaviour rather than punish or prevent it.
So yeah. Mario Party 10 looks pretty damn good to me. Especially the possibilities for ‘anti co-operative’ player potentially allowed for the Bowser Party game mechanic.
Remember Mario Party 10/3DS, the new 3DS exclusive Mario Party game that was announced at a Nintendo Direct early this year? The one which I even feared had fell off the radar altogether due to the complete lack of information about it?
Well it seems like we’ve finally got some new information about it, including the box art, release date and even things like official artwork. So the information drought is now over!
First of all, the release date. This game will be released in the US on November 22nd 2013, and just November 2013 in other regions.
Secondly, here’s the box art:
Which looks pretty good if I say so myself.
Finally, here’s some artwork of the game, which shows both the scene used on the box and some of the characters. Enjoy!
As you can see, the dice block seems to be a tad modified from the norm, having only about six sides rather than the older games ten and in the case of the special one above, perhaps even only four or five sides due to the Banzai Bill activate one being added.
The larger scene also shows a few new characters we don’t know about. Like Boo as a playable character again, Bowser Jr, Flutter (the flying Wiggler from Yoshi’s Island) and even the likes of Waluigi and Kamek as playable too. And wait, is that Rosalina? Does this confirm she’s playable in this game rather than just an NPC?
All in all, there’s some interesting info and things there, and it makes Mario Party Island Tour look like a fantastic game. Perhaps even one that might get me interested in the Mario Party series again or something…
A few months back, a new Mario Party game was announced for the 3DS at a certain Nintendo Direct event. It was shown to have Augmented Reality using mini games, a system based around racing rivals to the finish line rather than the standard board game navigation or car gameplay of the first nine games and some pretty interesting levels based on games like New Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Galaxy (with one level being a reference to Rainbow Road from Mario Kart too). Here was the trailer:
We may have a Mario Party title for 3DS as revealed at Nintendo Direct, but is it also possible we might be seeing a 10th home console game in the series being released this year as well? I think it’s fairly plausible based on the history of the series so far.
For example, back in 2003 we had Mario Party e in February 2003, and Mario Party 5 in November 2003. In March 2003 we had Mario Party Advance while we then got Mario Party 7 in November of the same year. And in 2007, the release date gap between Mario Party 8 and Mario Party DS was absolutely tiny, with the former being released in May and the latter again in November (just under six months apart).
Above: Could this two Mario Party games pattern hold out again?
And so with this pattern of each handheld title being released the same year as a home console one being so prevalent, could we see it again in 2013? With Mario Party 3DS being released in late 2013 and Mario Party 10 being released either a month or so later or in early 2014? I think we could and here’s why:
1. Mario Party is a consistent seller that doesn’t require a significant amount of effort (at least as far as Mario games go) to make. Add this to a system which is off to a slow start, and it seems likely Nintendo will release new versions of every single remotely popular franchise they can to get it off the ground.
2. Wii U Party is lined up for autumn this year, but it doesn’t quite appeal to the same people as Mario Party does. So perhaps Nintendo will make a Wii U one to sell some of those fans on the system as well.
3. The classic Mario Party formula is perfectly suited for the Wii U system and tablet controller (especially the 1 vs 3 mini games).
So could we see a Mario Party game on Wii U fairly soon? After all, Wii Party has obviously not become the complete replacement for the franchise Nintendo might have been expecting it to become, and it seems like a good ‘easy’ game to release to get a few quick system sales from the more ‘casual’/party game fan.
If you’ve been reading Nintendo 3DS Daily for a while now, you may remember that I wrote an article about how the 3DS’s AR features were going ignored by Nintendo and how so few games seemed to make any real use of them. If you missed it the first time, you can read that article here:
But now that Mario Party 3DS and this whole ‘Photos Together with Super Mario’ thing have been announced, could it be the case that Nintendo are finally ready to actually do something with the feature. I think so, and I think that the way Mario Party is implementing this whole Augumented Reality business shows that Nintendo have quite a bit more confidence in it than they used to.
How is this? Well look at this Mario Party screen and tell me what’s different about the whole AR setup used:
That’s right! Actual moving characters and gameplay that seems like it’s based on button controls in an Augumented Reality generated scenario! Prior to this, all AR stuff in Nintendo games was pretty much non interactive. Oh sure, you could press buttons to shoot things or vaguely interact with the generated imagery, but every single game was basically done in First Person View with the 3DS itself being moved as your main control scheme.
This on the other hand seems to be different. Mario and Toad are moved with the control stick and buttons on this net surface completely independently of how you move the 3DS. Heck, it even seems like you’ll have to move the 3DS camera ‘around’ the virtual object to see them on the other side! It’s seeming proof that actual GAMES can work with AR functionality, stuff that’s more than a cross between Pokemon Snap and a theme park shooting gallery.
So it could well be indication Nintendo is going to use AR for ‘proper’ games as well as mere ‘app’ like experiences such as Face Raiders or Pokemon Dream Radar. Something allowing you to controls characters seperate from the camera like the above mini game could be the preclude to all kinds of neat things. Like making Super Smash Bros 4′s characters seemingly fight on your desk/bed/wherever like kid from the Nintendo 64′s game’s intro! Or heck, use it for better versions of real life toys or something. Can you imagine how cool it’d be to have a Lego game use this (or something like Minecraft)? You could end up building virtual block structures and interacting with them like in a game world! Complete with none of the mess or clearing up or awkwardness gained from the real thing! Other great possibilities that await with this type of AR usage include a strategy game similar to Pikmin (seriously, can you imagine if someone used either Pikmin or that old Army Men license for something based around Augumented Reality? Could be huge) and real life Pokemon/Yugioh/whatever style battles that appear to be taking place in front of you in ‘reality’! Just make both player’s consoles generate the same image through the camera and have what appear to be Pokemon Stadium style battles in your room/backyard/school! That could seriously make millions…
But even ignoring the possibilities, you know the other great thing that having AR mini games in Mario Party 3DS and working on stuff like this Mario camera app proves? That Nintendo haven’t given up on the feature like I’d feared. That Nintendo might plan on implementing it in more of their recent games and actually try using it for some of the ideas listed above. Either way, it seems my worries about Augumented Reality being abandoned may have been too premature and I’m very much interested in seeing what creative uses Nintendo can come up with for the technology!
Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct sure was something. You had a new Zelda game announced in the same style as A Link to the Past, a new Yoshi’s Island and even more footage of Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros to round it all out among a ton of other stuff. But here are my thoughts on each of the games and announcements from yesterday.
Mario & Luigi Dream Team
First game up is Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros, and I have to say I find myself super excited for it. There are two reasons for this.
The first is that the game actually adds new content, places and characters. Considering that the best part of any Mario & Luigi game has always been the fantastic script and all the new things it adds to Mario’s world, I’m extremely happy to see that AlphaDream haven’t gone down the Paper Mario Sticker Star route and ripped the soul out their series to please some imaginary ‘anti creativity’ casual audience. Not to mention we get to see Broque Monsieur from Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story return as Mario and co’s tour guide. Got to love how this game doesn’t just assume the rest of the series never happened.
The other main reason I’m excited for this game is that it has just the right blend of old and new to both feel like a classic Mario & Luigi game and open up new possibilities. On the one hand, the whole basic RPG gameplay and style is right from Bowser’s Inside Story complete with both 2D side view and three quarters view sections. The battles are familiar with Bros attacks being used to take down hordes of enemies. And the story and setting looks as wacky and creative as ever (complete with both block people and Beanbean Kingdom citizens making a return).
Yet at the same time it’s very different and unique. You’ve got the fantastic new graphics style and the ton of detail it adds to the world, the sort of upgrade the series needs to stand proud alongside the likes of Pokemon X and Y. You’ve got improvements to the basic structure that have things like battles actually taking place in 3D battlefields complete with more dynamic camera angles and involving attacks. And the whole dream idea with you interacting with Luigi in his own mind? Absolutely fantastic
This game is a definite must buy, and a game I will most certainly be purchasing come this summer.
Mario Party 10/3DS
Mario Party 10 looks great. No seriously, I think this new Mario Party looks like a fantastic installment in the series and actually looks like it’s worth buying. Mario Party as a franchise gets way more hate than it deserves.
Why do I like it? Well for one thing, it has boards based on actual Mario games for once. That mountain board looks like it’s straight out of New Super Mario Bros Wii and the space one takes inspiration from both Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road tracks and Super Mario Galaxy. Can you really complain about that? Heck, even Rosalina makes a cameo appearance!
So the new Mario Party definitely gets the Mario theming right. But what else I like about this game is that despite it having more ‘linear’ boards with a goal to reach the end first, you’re roaming around on your own again. Sure the car in Mario Party 9 wasn’t the utter disaster some fans made it out to be, but it really takes away from the whole point of a board game to have all four players go travelling around together as a group. It’s great to see Nintendo toss it out the window while maintaining the more interesting board designs from the ninth game.
Hence count me as optimistic about Mario Party 10. It’s not the most interesting Mario announcement around, but it looks like a great return to form for what’s otherwise been a dying series.
New Super Luigi U
For a level pack this looks nice. The levels look interesting, the new Luigi gameplay mechanics look creative…
But it’s not really convinced me so far. I’ve been a Mario fan game scene and ROM hack player for a while, and I know what people can achieve by modifying a game’s engine or improving on a past open source one. And while the idea of about 90 new levels made by Nintendo is appealing, I really do want to see more ‘new’ content before I decide this DLC is worthwhile.
Add a few new bosses. Some new enemies. New music. Something actually new that’s not just ‘extra levels with same resources’. If amateurs working on their own free can make the likes of this:
New Super Luigi U does look great, but I honestly think that in this day and age, companies need to be able to show their downloadable content can at least stand up to the stuff fans can make in their free time for nothing. In pretty much the same time frame.
I will only buy DLC when it has truly ‘original’ content not found in the old game, namely resources, features and other such things. Not level packs.
Mario Golf World Tour
Looks like a fine golf game with great online multiplayer options and a good variety of characters and courses, so it definitely looks like a great game for those interested in that sort of thing.
But eh, I’m not much of a golfer myself and my knowledge of the sport is nearly non existent, so it’s probably not a game I’ll be buying in future.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
This game is looking quite a bit better than I expected. Seriously, I was originally a bit hesistant to even consider this game given how much like a basic port it looked, but the extra world of levels may just have sold me on the title.
Seriously, we’re getting a proper Golden Temple people! A whole world of bonus levels instead of just a single one! This is EXACTLY what should have been the case in the original Wii game, and we’re finally getting what we should have got to begin with.
The new items could be useful too. Hell, I know the Crash Shield is going to be useful in many of the more difficult mine cart and rocket levels, namely Crowded Cavern, Bombs Away and the final rocket section before you face Tiki Tong.
Unfortunately, there is one thing I’m not sure about, and that’s how the old ideas for secret levels seem to have been scrapped. Sure the new world is nice and all, but did we really have to toss away such ideas as a Virtual Boy inspired mine cart ride or a Super Mario Bros 1 inspired wacky wonderland in Donkey Kong Country style?
Still, even getting some new content is much better than getting none, and the amout of new stuff included here is making me really want to buy this version of the game as well.
Yoshi’s Island 3
The game I certainly wasn’t expecting to see at all, this new Yoshi’s Island title looks pretty good. It’s got all the unique stylings of the first game and Yoshi’s Story, new mechanics that really take advantage of the system and much more. And come on, it’s a third Yoshi’s Island game for me to play!
However, I do have to say I’m going to be a bit cautious in regards to this title. For one thing, there’s a definite roughness around the edges when it comes to graphics in some levels. For instance, the grass lands look good:
But the caves need way more detail to stand out and look interesting:
The background just looks too empty above. I see what they might be going for, the style does look a bit remniscient of the underwater backgrounds from Donkey Kong Country 1:
But it doesn’t look right for a Yoshi game. These titles need loud, detailed backgrounds. Like the waterfall one from the first Yoshi’s Island game, ones which stand out and look amazing, not more subtle ones which blend into the foreground.
The other concern I have is that we don’t know whose making the game. Are Nintendo behind it? Good, but I don’t want to see a company like Artoon ever make a Yoshi game ever again.
So I’m cautiously excited for it, but will only definitely purchase it if Nintendo can prove a qualified internal studio are behind the title rather than a no name third party like the (now defunct) Artoon.
Lego City Undercover on 3DS doesn’t excite me at all. It looks like a good game, it’s just not my kind of game. I’m also curious to how it’ll stack up to the Wii U version of the title, since portable versions of games like this tend to be treated as ‘cut down extras’ rather than the definitive version to buy.
It’s nice to hear that Bravely Default is coming to the US and Europe.
Fire Emblem Awakening was nice to hear about, but I already knew most of what Nintendo were saying about it due to the game already being out in both Japan and the US beforehand. It’s a great game though.
Animal Crossing New Leaf looks good, and the fact we really are getting the special 3DS XL that goes with it is fantastic news.
As for the others, I didn’t really listen much in regards to Guild 02, none of the games interest me at all. Shin Megami Tensei IV looks good, but again it’s not a title I have much interest in.
The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past 2
A huge surprise all things said, I am quite literally shell shocked we had a new Zelda title was announced prior to E3. And it’s a 2D game in the style of A Link to the Past that takes place in the same world? Wow, that sure is something!
But I do have to admit I’m a bit skeptical about the whole thing. Sure it looks nice and the gameplay looks mostly good, but I’m not quite sold on the style of the graphics in this yet. Don’t know, maybe 2D sprites would have worked better than 3D character models for a game like this.
Above: It does look good though.
Either way, I like all the throwbacks, I like how Nintendo are finally making a proper 2D Zelda game after all these years without the crappy gimmicks used in the DS titles and I especially like how we’re getting a brand new Zelda game instead of just another average remake.
So there are my thoughts on every game and announcement mentioned in yesterday’s Nintendo Direct (the European version).
Well, it’s probably going to be called that given that it’s a brand new Mario Party game that’s being released on the 3DS before the end of the year, but it’s not official. But wait! Before you act like this is an average announcement, please keep something in mind!
They removed the car gimmick in general and made the boards work more like the levels from a normal Mario game! Our major problems with Mario Party’s formula are basically over!
Yes, not only does everyone move independantly again with the classic formula from the first eight games, but they’ve actually gone and made the boards based off actual Mario locations! Like Rainbow Road from the Mario Kart series or the mountain world from New Super Mario Bros! The rainbow board lets you blast along in rockets and the mountain one has you hide in caves to dodge Banzai Bill attacks from cannons on the sides of the mountain.
Mini games return too. Like this:
And some other interesting things are here too. Like how Bumper Balls from Mario Party 1 and 2 makes a long awaited return!
Or how mini games involve the system’s AR cards, like this one!
So us on Nintendo 3DS Daily wondering why Nintendo isn’t releasing any games that make use of AR functionality finally have our answer… they are now!
Finally, here’s a trailer:
All in all, it looks like a great new game! And unlike many other Mario Party titles, it actually makes good use of the system hardware! Add to this how the game is apparently faster than it used to be, and it looks like the first Mario Party game in years that I may actually buy!
Ever since Mario Party 9 was a success in 2012 and the Wii U concept lent itself very well to the Mario Party series, people have been wondering when a new Mario Party game would be released for the Wii U. But could this day really be coming soon? A domain Nintendo owns might well suggest it could.
Yes, Nintendo apparently own the domain name ‘MarioParty10.com’. Go to the address and it redirects you to Nintendo’s official website. And a quick WHOIS lookup suggests that the domain was indeed registered to Nintendo of America by standard Nintendo associated company Melbourne IT:
So could this be evidence of a new game? It’s not the only Nintendo owned URL that hints at a possible Mario Party title, they also seem to own the domain ‘marioparty3ds.com’ too. Here’s what you see when you go there:
This Internet address is being managed by Melbourne IT DBS for one of the world’s top brands. At the present time there is no active Web Site for the address. It may be under construction, or the owner may have reserved the address for future needs.
However, a few things do make me skeptical. For example, note the registered on and expiry date addresses. The former were in 2010 and 2011, the latter are both due later this year. So while Nintendo does indeed own them, the early registration gives quite a bit of credence to the theory that they were just planning to stop domain name squatters holding them hostage for a large of sum of money or scammers trying to pass themselves off as Nintendo with official sounding website names.
Still, it’s not all bad news. I mean, the Mario Party 3DS domain was registered long before anyone had even considered the idea possible, so it does make me think Nintendo or someone associated with them may have considered making such a game early in the console’s lifespan. And while these ‘similar’ domains are indeed owned by Nintendo, it’s not as if their anti cybersquatting efforts have been too successful elsewhere.
Mario Party Wii U.com? Owned by an anonymous person called ‘Yazan Barghuthi’. Mario Party U.com? Not registered surprisingly enough. And some bandwagon hopping people trying to make quick money have apparently registered the domains for Mario Party 11, 12 and 13. Maybe Nintendo are indeed working on something and registered the domain for the 10th game on purpose, it’s not like they’ve done much about most other possible names.
So could Nintendo be working on a new Mario Party game? And more interestingly, could it turn out the game’s for the 3DS given that a 3DS related Mario Party domain was also registered a few years back?