Mario Party 8

Published by Nintendo, Developed by Nintendo

Genres: Party (4 players)

US release date: May 29th, 2007 | EU release date: Jun 22nd, 2007

Mario Party 8

The world's most popular party video game is getting a lot crazier in Mario Party 8. Whether you're shaking up cola cans or lassoing barrels, you and your friends will be drawn into the action like never before using the Wii Remote.

  • Play with motion control: Players row their way through a river race, punch a statue to pieces, steer race cars, mopeds and go-karts and handle a balancing pole while walking a tightrope.
  • Play using the Pointer: Shoot at Boos in a haunted house, rag and drop toppings in a cake-decorating competition, select the correct answers in game show challenges.
  • Play using the Wii Remote's buttons: Players jump and pummel their way through a football brawl, hop and run across a field of spinning platforms
  • Mario Party 8 also includes dozens of new minigames, six new party boards and many new game modes. In a series first, players can transform their characters into many forms, such as player-smashing boulders and coin-sucking vampires. Mario Party 8 also includes "extra-large" minigames like Star Carnival Bowling and Table Menace. One to four players can play Mario Party 8, each with a Wii Remote.

Game storyline: In Mario Party 8, a whimsical ringmaster has invited Mario, Peach and the rest of the crew to his carnival, a perfect setting for the dynamic spectacle of the Wii game play. Mario Party 8 keeps the surprises coming with minigames that draw upon the Wii Remote's motion, pointing and button control in a variety of ways. Players always know how to jump into the action by watching an animated tutorial that shows how to use the Wii Remote.

How to progress through the game: Following tradition, Mario Party 8 takes the social, strategic game play of board games and adds breaks for quick, action-oriented minigames. In the main mode, players travel across six boards in search of Stars, landing on spaces that are helpful (example: giving coins) or a hindrance (example: sending Bowser in to mess with the player). Several variations for these boards tweak the main goals to enhance game play for solo sessions, two-player games and three- to four-player games.

In addition, Mario Party 8 includes four more minigame-infused kinds of board games, such as Tic-Tac Drop, where players earn the right to put the next mark on the board by winning a minigame.

Characters: Mario Party games are a celebration of all things Mario, so you can play as 14 classic characters, the widest selection yet for the series, including newcomers Hammer Bro and Blooper. You'll also bump into many old friends and foes that span 20+ years of Mario games.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Beyond using the Wii Remote's motion and pointer control, this eighth game in the Mario Party series goes its own way with two major changes:

  • Players can transform their character using candy power-ups. Examples: When Peach eats Bowlo Candy, she'll turn into a Peach-faced ball and bowl over characters to get their coins. When Wario eats Vampire Candy, he'll sprout wings and fly off to suck the coins from all other players.
  • A more engaging view of the action puts the player "on the board" with his traveling character, no longer far above the whole board looking down.
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Someone said:

Games will be even more intense on the Wii, can't wait for this one.

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Gary The Snail said:

I love Mario Party! Thinking about earlier N64 editions though. Wouldn't it be a little hard to play on the Wii? It would surely have to limit the mini-game types, wouldnt it? Mind you I haven't played the recent Mario Parties on the Gamecube.

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ganondorfrules said:

Mario Party 5 is really good. I've never played Mario Party 6 or 7 yet but plan to really soon. Also I've played Mario Party 1, 2 and 3. They are probably my favorites.

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Captain Jamesman said:

Just like on Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (where it had Final Fantasy Characters), this game should have characters from another game! I'd prefer either the same as Mario Hoops or characters from a Capcom game like Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Mega Man or Viewtiful Joe.

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ladeda said:

This one will be great with the remote but if you ask me the games become less and less creative as it goes on.

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DarkVic said:

If this goes online, I'll kick all of your asses!

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ganondorfrules said:

You hope you can but I doubt you would.

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Captain Jamesman said:

Since this is made by Hudson (I'm not too sure if they still do), this game should have Bomberman in it!

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Captain Jamesman said:

You know what sucked about Mario Party after the 4th one? It's that Donkey Kong was taken out of the character list and did his own mini-games. I'll admit that the mini games were fun, but it's better to play as DK.

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Jess said:

I honestly can't wait. Having Mario Party parties every Saturday night is surely something else. I hope it starts going uphill again though, being the fan that I am. I want the release date so I can sleep over outside the place that gets it first a couple days before. That's how stoked I am. As for DarkVic, I'll battle you if it's online. Bring it on.

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chees502 said:

With Mario Party 3 I rubbed my thumb raw. What the hell is going to happen to me with this?

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chuck norris said:

All the mario party's rock.

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ganondorfrules said:

Mario Party 5 was only good for a few weeks.

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Ja-Mez said:

I agree that Mario Party is fun. The only ones I haven't played are 3 and 7. Number 5 is ok. The mode where you create a ship is cool as well and the Story mode wasn't half bad. But number 6, the minigames got more and more boring. Hey I like the mini game where you run around on that star thingy in the sky and all these fish come and break it and you have to dodge em and all that.

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joe said:

But now we have the wii mote.

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DarkVic said:

I accept Jess. If anyone whants to battle me, I'll name my name for wi-fi will be DarkVic. I hope this game has better characters than 7. That was horrible!

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Captain Jamesman said:

Oh come on! Doesn't anyone like Donkey Kong!? Aw well. Oh yeah! And Bowser should be playable in this too!

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Wii Masters said:

I have hated every single Mario Party game that ever came out, well except for 5. Mario Party 8 should be awesome because of the Wiimote. This is going to be the best Mario Party ever and I can't wait to play it next year.

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AL said:

I hope Mario party 8 will be like 3, 3 was really good but the party series will get old if they go past 10.

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ganondorfrules said:

Mario party 5 was my most hated of them.

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Scooby!_Jew said:

8?! God, I hope they make that many Super Smash Bros. Unless they start repeating themselves. That would suck.

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waiting for wii said:

Yea 5 sucked bad. I hope this one really blows you away.

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wii-mote dude said:

Yeah, I got 4 & 5 and enjoyed them for a few weeks (I was 9). Not until now have I realized that they have absolutely no replay value whatsoever! I mean, at least other games have some. One hour is enough to look good in comparison to these games. They are good for multiplayer mode though, so wifi will be an awesome addition to this series. I'm not kidding. Once you can play multiplayer all the time, these games will rule supreme!

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1# wii fan said:

I have all the other Mario parties and the mini games are great. Just think of how these are.

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waiting for wii said:

They are going way too far with this damn game. Oh well, it's their game.

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Captain Jamesman said:

Yo, anyone suggest any 3rd party characters for this game like Mario Hoops 3-on-3 did?

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master a said:

I love princess peach!

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Donkey Kong! said:

Enough Mario Partys more platform and RPG games.

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Garth said:

Yea I don't like mario parties platform games all da way!

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Captain Jamesman said:

Yo Donkey Kong, you're only saying that because you haven't been playable for 3 Mario Parties straight! I hope that you are playable in this one. And don't be so mad about Mario Party, it rocks! Besides, you won't be in any Mario platformers or RPGs.

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someguy said:

I've played every Mario Party game.

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wiifan said:

YES! Another Mario Party game. Can't wait for this to come out.

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stinky12694 said:

I like mario party. And every other mario game, BUT that's NOT THE POINT. The point is this has super-sweet potential.

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floopy doop said:

Hey darkvic. Just want to be the center of attention don't we?

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manboobs said:

Mario Party 8? How many more do we need!

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O_0 said:

No more mario parties for a while!

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moon said:

The game screenshots look interesting. Japan got to play it on 11/3.

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mieie said:

Mario party is cool.

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floopy doop said:

I don't care what anyone else thinks, but I'm getting it.

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wii-mote dude said:

Mario Party is WAY overrated. As I said before, it's good for multiplayer. In fact, it would RULE as a wifi game but for a single person wanting to play it, it is not entertaining at all.

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Harock said:

I think this will be great, it will take skill rather than button bashing.

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floopy doop said:

Manboobs, I know you love Mario Parties. Don't deny it.

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Wii Boy said:

Please don't suck, please don't suck.

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kool said:

I love all Mario Party games!

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O_0 said:

I like the Mario parties but come on! They keep coming up with one after another way too quickly. Every new one is pretty much the same as the last one. They need to slow down and make up newer ideas before coming out with a new game.

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#14 said:

These minigames will be way better than the ones for Gamecube.

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Toad!!! said:

I played 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. I really wanted to play 1 but it was wasn't in stocks. I was too late! I agree on most people here and the the Wii is coming in 3 hours. I saw it on a website, but I'm not 100% sure!

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Toad!!! said:

2 is very simple. 3 has too many items. 4 weird items. 5 like items not capsules. 6 good board maps. 7 good graphics.

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Alex said:

I think this game is really cool.

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link masta said:

Well I always liked Mario Party games. I might get it.

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i went wii said:

Anyone who thinks games will be limited on this game has a dysfunctional brain. Seriously you have regular buttons and the wiimote's sensory capabilities!

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Donkey Kong! said:

I don't like the Koopa Kid aka Mini Bowser, he's just another copy of the Koopalings, like Bowser JR.

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Toad!!! said:

Yeah donkey kong! I just would like mini bowser. The three koopas just took the fun out of everything.

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Crimson Demon said:

I think this game will be awesome! I sure hope Yoshi will be in the game, he is awesome. Kick butt Yoshi!

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Toad!!! said:

Yoshi is always in mario party. Go yoshi!

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Crimson Demon said:

I hope this the greatest Mario Party game ever!

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DarkVic said:

The Wii's unique control scheme will make this the best Mario Party ever!

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Toad!!! said:

All mario parties are the best!

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Captain Jamesman said:

I hope the 2nd New character will be Diddy Kong!

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Toad said:

Yes. I agree. Diddy kong is the best! Dixie could be a tour guide on one of the modes.

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