Howdy peeps and welcome to Day #21 of Month of Nostalgic Video Game Reviews 2! This is a blog series where I review video games from my childhood. Today’s game is one that provided me with many occasions of fun and arguments with my friends, I am of course talking about Mario Party 2!
Mario Party 2 was a party game released in 2000 for the N64. The description for the game was as follows:
“Mario and the gang are back for another round of Bowser-bashin’ party action! Watch as your favorite Nintendo characters don different duds for each of the five all-new Adventure Boards! A slew of new tricks and devices bring new levels of challenge and excitement to board game play. New board maps, new Mini-Games, new action and new surprises means a whole new batch of fun! Get ready to unleash your best Hip Drops, hammer swings and high-flying high junks for another round of frenzied multi-player action!”
There are 65 mini-games in Mario Party 2. They are divided into four-player, one vs. three, two vs. two, and battle games. The type of mini game is determined by the color of the spaces players land on. If all 4 players have the same color panel, whether it’s red or blue, a four player mini game begins. If 2 players have a blue panel, and the other 2 have a red panel, then it’s a two verses two mini game. If one player has a blue panel, and the others have a red panel, or vice versa, then a one versus 3 mini game begins. If a player lands on a battle space, a battle mini game begins.
The mini games have varied objectives. For example, the objective of “Mecha Marathon” is to get your wind up toy the furthest distance by repeatedly tapping A+B at the same time. Some mini games (such as “Face Lift” using the main characters instead of Bowser) have been edited and transferred and/or also retitled from the first Mario Party. Although many are identical, some have different objectives and/or change appearance in some way.
Oh my god Mario Party 2, this was the game that really made me fall in love with the Mario Party series and is my favourite that came out on the N64. Graphically the game was nice and it also featured a wonderful soundtrack with a great collection of songs that I can still remember up until today. I normally went over to my school mate’s house to play this after school or play it over the summer when we stayed over and it was some mental stuff. I normally played the game with my two school mates and my sister because that’s how we’d normally playing most game together. A great deal of the mini games were hilarious, exciting and chaotic. But for all the fun you had playing the game there was a dark and evil side to this game. Like the Mario Kart series, the Mario Party series is infamous for causing the break-ups of many friendships. If you’re doing four-player free-for-all then you’re bound go up against each other and when one wins the others will be soon to complain and after a few more mini games the chaos begins. I recall having many arguments with my sister and friends over this game along with the other Mario Party games too. I guess that’s why we never played the game too often haha.
So in conclusion Mario Party 2 is one of the best party-based games I’ll ever know, it was kick ass fun in my childhood and was one of those games you just had to play with your friends. However you’d have to be ready to squabble and argue during and after the game was over. It is one of the finer games in the Mario Party series and if you can get a hold of it get it a try yo! 😀
Well there’s another game review done only 9 more to go! If you have experiences with this game or any of the following ones do comment below! I’ll see ya tomorrow with another nostalgic video game review yo! 😀