The second and final part of our Mario Party 10 is up! We did a lot better this time round, I feel. Less lava may have something to do with it?

I also asked the guys to write up their thoughts on the game after our playthrough:

Kyle: Bowser mode was a refreshing change from the traditional Mario party. It was pretty cool to see the battles be fought for lives rather than being a simple win/lose.  All it really needs is a 3-4 more mini games to keep away the repetitiveness and it would be perfect.

Lachlan: Mario Party 10 seems to walk the balance between the classic, lose-your-friends-and-make-an-enemy brutality exemplified by early titles in the series, and the new, run-of-the-mill blandness that has been typical of the last few instalments. Gone is the arbitrary Super Star bullshit that always left you raging – say hello to a general feeling of balance. Whilst I miss the really competitive vibe of new games, I haven’t had this much find with a Mario Party since Mario Party 2. It has it’s flaws, but it’s a party game well-worth the purchase price.

Tom: I’ve been playing Mario Party on and off since MP2. MP10 is a nice slick addition to the MP franchise and uses the Wii U peripherals quite well. I miss the old style more competitive Mario Parties (maybe I’m just that kinda guy). I much prefer classic Mario Party mode over Bowser mode, mostly because of the limited amount of Bowser games and my play style is better suited to free-for-all minigames. But overall, a great game and good to crack out when you have friends around.

Dan: I’ve considered Mario Party to be a bit of a guilty pleasure for a while now. I’m not a particularly talented gamer. My ability to line up a headshot and frag a noob is sadly limited, however I sure can wiggle a joystick and I sure can press a button very fast. This is a lasting hangover from my childhood playing Commodore 64. So it has been that I’ve come to love the silly series of button-mashing, wiimote wiggling stupidity. The new addition to the series seems pretty solid, though the Bowser mode can feel a bit limited, and certainly I felt a little cheated playing Bowser in some of the less well-balanced minigames. Nonetheless it seems to be carrying on the franchise well, and I will probably be making a trip to the games shop to buy my own copy at some date soon.

Troy: I am a huge fan of asymmetrical multiplayer done well, and while Bowser Party definitely has a few kinks, it all round feels balanced enough for everyone to feel like they’re having fun. Which is really what games, and perhaps this one in particular, are all about- fun. You can over-analyse, look back nostalgically at Mario Party games gone by, but all up, we had fun with the game. Maybe it’s just easier to overlook the flaws when you have 4 loud friends to play with?

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