Mario Party: The Top 100 Review

Mario Party: The Top 100
Release Date: November 10, 2017 (NA).
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nd Cube
Genre: Minigames, Party games
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
MSRP:$39.99 USD
Official Site: https://marioparty100.nintendo.com

Waiting for the bus. Riding the subway. Waiting for the laundry to dry. Crowded into a car during that family trip to grandma’s house. We have all been there and done that. Whether you are a hard-core or a casual gamer, extra time means game time, and that’s the idea behind Mario Party: The Top 100 for the Nintendo 3DS.

Collecting the most entertaining mini-games from the Mario Party series, Top 100 is not just a time-killer’s dream as you would expect it to be. There are four special modes, as well as the ability to play against friends, whether they have a copy of the game or not.

In Minigame Island, you have to clear four gameplay worlds. Each step or game on the island requires you to finish in first place or you must go back and repeat the challenge until you do.

Minigame Match mode can last from 10 to 50 turns. Like all of Mario Party series, Top 100’s modes, except for Minigame Island, are the Mario Party boards themselves from the Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, and Wii U versions. There are also dedicated Sports and Action packs as well thrown in for good measure.

Championship Battles are for all the marbles. The player who has the most wins across three or five battles takes home the championship. The games are randomly picked.

In Decathlon mode you play a set of 5 or 10 minigames aiming to set new record or high score.

If you are weary of playing against A.I. opponents and want some human competition you can challenge others who own the game, or those who don’t. In game share mode, four other players besides the main player can participate.

The minigames themselves are an assortment of every type imaginable. There are memory, racing, arena battles, timed, sports, and shoot ’em ups. Mario Party: The Top 100 really has something for everyone no matter what your taste might be.

It should be noted that not all of the 100 games are available when you start. You have to play the various modes to unlock them all. For me, that was a disappointment. There are already enough engaging game modes, therefore there is no reason in my mind to lock any of the games.

In a world where internal cell phone memory is drained more and more by gluttonous apps, Mario Party The Top 100 offers gamers one central hub to compete against your friends or those pesky A.I. players. It offers simple, challenging, obsessive fun, all in one convenient place.

THE GOOD
A wide-ranging collection of minigames.
A great time-waster.
The ability to play with others who don’t own a copy of the game.
The different modes give a purpose and objective to playing.
THE BAD
You either like minigames or you don’t.
Some of the games need to be unlocked.
7
Good

Review Summary

Mario Party: The Top 100 is a great collection of time-wasters for any taste.

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