Mario Party: Island Tour

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Mario Party: Island Tour
Mario Party Island Tour boxart.png
North American box art
Developer(s)Nd Cube
Publisher(s)Nintendo
SeriesMario Party
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s)
Genre(s)Party
Mode(s)Single player
Multiplayer[4]
 
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Mario Party: Island Tour
Mario Party Island Tour boxart.png
North American box art
Developer(s)Nd Cube
Publisher(s)Nintendo
SeriesMario Party
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s)
Genre(s)Party
Mode(s)Single player
Multiplayer[4]

Mario Party: Island Tour (Japanese: マリオパーティーアイランドツアー Hepburn: Mario Pātī Airando Tsuā ?) is a party video game for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the thirteenth game in the Mario Party series and the third game for a handheld console. The game was announced by Satoru Iwata in a Nintendo Direct presentation[5] on April 17, 2013.[6] It features 7 boards,[4] each with their own special features, and 81 new minigames.[7] The game was released on November 22, 2013 in North America, and will release on January 17, 2014 in Europe.

Gameplay[edit]

One of the minigames with four players.

The gameplay is similar to previous installments in the Mario Party series. By rolling the virtual dice, the player advances on the game board and triggers a minigame.[8] The minigames can be played any time, even when not on a game board; the game also features AR (augmented reality) and StreetPass.[8] Cards replace special dice and candy from Mario Party 9 and 8, respectively. The board games have different themes, such as an outer space race, a Bullet Bill strategy type, a village one, and a woods-themed one with a Chain Chomp.

Reception[edit]

Mario Party: Island Tour has received mixed reviews. It currently holds a score of 62.92% at GameRankings,[9] and 61/100 at Metacritic.[10] Game Revolution gave the game 3/5, praising the seven new boards and boss minigames, but the repetitive gameplay, character voices and board music was criticized.[11] GamesRadar rewarded Mario Party: Island Tour with three stars out of five, claiming "Island Tour isn't the Mario Party you remember, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. That said, there are definitely some missing pieces that keep it from being a memorable entry in the franchise."[12] GameSpot rated the game a 7/10, commending the game's usage of four-player local download play, great minigame designs, and also Island Tour 's single-player mode, but criticized "a few bad games in the bunch", and the lack of online play.[13] IGN scored the game 5.5/10, stating "Mario Party: Island Tour’s rich multiplayer options are sullied by boring minigames and unfortunate motion control."[14] Nintendo World Report scored the game 8.5/10, listing Island Tour's pros as being the game boards, "extensive" single-player mode, and the fact that it utilizes almost all the Nintendo 3DS features, and the cons as the fact that the difficulty of Bowser's Tower is not changeable, the instruction screens, which they described as "repetitive", and also that there is no online multiplayer.[15] Pocket Gamer UK scored the game 6/10, summarizing "Mario Party: Island Tour will provide you and a bunch of mates with a great evening of laughs, but most of the time you'll be laughing AT it rather than with it."[16]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings61.00%[9]
Metacritic59/100[10]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Game Revolution3/5 stars[11]
GamesRadar3/5 stars[12]
GameSpot7/10[13]
IGN5.5/10[14]
Nintendo World Report8.5/10[15]
Pocket Gamer UK6/10[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mallory, Jordan. "Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour hit 3DS Nov. 22". Joystiq. Retrieved August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nintendo Direct Presentation - 13.11.2013". Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "NINTENDO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH DATES FOR ANTICIPATED Wii U & NINTENDO 3DS TITLES FOR 2013". Nintendo Australia. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b JC Fletcher on Apr 17th 2013 10:10AM (2013-04-17). "New Mario Party coming to 3DS this winter". Joystiq. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  5. ^ April 17, 2013 7:12AM PDT (2013-04-17). "Mario Party 3DS revealed". GameSpot.com. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Mario Party Coming To Nintendo 3DS". Cinemablend.com. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  7. ^ 4/17/13 10:11am 4/17/13 10:11am. "Mario Party Coming to 3DS This Winter". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  8. ^ a b Whitehead, Thomas. "A Mario Party is Getting Started on 3DS This Winter". NintendoLife. Retrieved April 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Mario Party: Island Tour for 3DS". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  10. ^ a b "Mario Party: Island Tour for 3DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  11. ^ a b "Mario Party: Island Tour Review". Gamerevolution.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  12. ^ a b "Mario Party: Island Tour review". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  13. ^ a b "Mario Party Island Tour Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  14. ^ a b Scott Thompson (2013-04-17). "Mario Party: Island Tour Review". IGN. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  15. ^ a b "Mario Party: Island Tour Review - Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  16. ^ a b "Mario Party: Island Tour review - 3DS reviews". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 

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