Although we expected Nintendo to appear with a handful of new games on the E3 2018 – including the coveted and still very unknown Metroid Prime 4 – Nintendo spent the vast majority of its time talking about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
But just before Nintendo started a 25-minute story in which each character was announced one by one, it announced something even more beautiful than we had ever imagined: Super Mario Party for Nintendo Switch.
The latest game in the series seems to lean on some of the original N64 games: there are competitive mini-games with four players, individual movements, movement-based items and the total destruction of youth friendships.
This is what we know about the game so far.
[Update: Nintendo has just teased a bit more about our favorite Mario-based party game during a Nintendo Direct Presentation. In it, we learned that there will be character-specific dice blocks, new single-player modes and online integration with Nintendo Switch Online. We’ll see the game in action in just a few short weeks when it releases on October 5 2018.]
Super Mario Party trailers
It's a bit worthless for parts, but the Super Mario Party trailer shown during E3 gives us an excellent look at how it will be to play the game on October 5th. Important points of the trailer are multiplayer for four people on a single console, four-person multiplayer on two consoles and the possibility to play as Bowser and Goomba.
View it below for yourself.
Release date Super Mario Party
Nintendo does not waste time releasing the next entry in the Mario Party franchise. Although it could easily have been waiting until next year, Nintendo says you can expect it to come true October 5, 2018. That will give it a month's lead on the new Pokémon Let's Go titles and two months for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which is scheduled for release in early December.
What we know so far
Local multiplayer for four players
Let's face it, could a Mario Party game exist without a local four-player cooperative? It could certainly be – just look at the 3DS version of the game – but it would not be very good.
Fortunately, Nintendo will not subject you to passing the Switch one person at a time and will instead allow you to use four Joy-Cons on the same screen in traditional board game mode. Ideally you use this in your living room, where everyone can see it, but if you want some extra space, because you are in a bar where it is difficult to walk around a small tablet, you can take a second times use Nintendo Switch in combination with the first for multiplayer with two screens and four players … but only in the Toad & # 39; s Rec Room mode.
Does this mean that a two-console full game experience is out of the question? No, but Nintendo has yet to confirm this.
But what if you have a friend who lives far away? Are you forced to keep that friendship safe? No, says Nintendo! No friendship is safe with Super Mario Party.
Although the details are thin at the moment, Super Mario Party will support a form of online play. This will probably take the form of competitive mini-games and leaderboard rankings instead of full two-hour sessions over long distances. Although this sounds like Nintendo is surviving a full experience, it makes sense. The online infrastructure of Nintendo Switch is still relatively new and if it goes off during an hour-long session, players will not be satisfied.
Early reports suggest that you can play with friends and strangers, but there is still no word about chat support.
So far, Nintendo says that you can expect Super Mario Party to have 80 new minigames in most of the categories you're used to in the franchise. There will be free-for-all, two-vs-two and three-vs-one mini-games (as seen in the controller) and possibly the return of the one-vs-cpu and four-vs-cpu games that we've seen in previous entries.
No more cars!
One of the worst design decisions in recent memory was the switch from players moving individually across the board to a shared car that players take turns driving in Mario Party 9. Said politely that it was a technician who was not very well received.
The good news is that Super Mario Party with free movement returns to the roots of the series, as well as items that change the speed of movement and add a low tactical strategy to the game.
Some new characters
In screenshots of the game we can confirm that Mario, Luigi, Daisy, Peach and the rest of the original crew return. If you are looking for some new characters, you can also look forward to playing as Goomba, Bowser, Koopa Troopa, Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong and Waluigi.
What we would like to see from Super Mario Party
Our friendships come out as one whole
But let's face it, that is not going to happen.
More characters and unique level designs
Here's a place where we wish the Mario Party franchise could take a page from Super Smash Bros Ultimate, since the latter is set to include every character from every title in the PLUS series of new characters such as Ridley and Inkling. As much as we like to play as Yoshi or Luigi, Mario Party has had about the same cast characters in the last two decades.
Similarly, some of the best (and most irritating) levels in franchise history were the most uniquely designed. Rainbow Dream in Mario Party 5, Woody Woods from Mario Party 3 and Luigi & # 39; s Engine Room from the original game all had unique personalities and strategies to come alongside. Boards have the potential to make or break a good Mario Party game, so it is wise for Nintendo to get their best designers to work to make this next set as perfect as possible.
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