There is no question that Mario Party has been one of the guiltiest pleasures Nintendo has ever came out for their systems all the way back to the 90's. It has been a class act with gameplay, fun and characters that everyone loves from Mario and Luigi and Toad, as gamers race across boards trying t master challenges and compete against the simplest of games.The games have done well for Nintendo's home consoles over the years, the Wii, NIntendo 64 and Nintendo Gamecube, with bridging and interactive fun with others in board games that are absolutely fun and challenging. But, the feeling couldn't be said for the handheld systems. They have been heavily overlooked for the NIntendo DS, and Game Boy Advance through the years, and people never gave it the drive to succeed. Now, a new party has finally reached the Nintendo 3DS, and the question is that is it worth it for this party? The answer is yes with the roll of the dice.
Mario Party: Island Tour takes in on the fun as you play with as many as 3 other friends through 7 different game boards, and a whole lot of fun in the game. The game takes on the fun that works well just like the classic Mario fun as you play with Mario, Yoshi, Luigi and Boo among others. There are many great games for you to play where you can test the fun of the NIntendo 3DS action from goomba wrangling to slot car racing. There are 80 great mini-games to play and each one is fun with others well. There are also great game boards to play on from scaling Banzai Bill's Mountain, to going through a road to the finish on the stars in the Rocket Road, all the way up to scaling Bowser's tower of fury as you try and get to face him through a fierce showdown. The game plays nicely on the 3DS with good graphics, but doesn't have as well-rendered graphics on the 3D effect. It works well in fun on the Nintendo 2DS too. The control works well on the stylus, but the tilt controls on some games takes a bit of practice to get used to on some games, but can easily be mastered with time. The multiplayer works nicely with others, but could've had a bit more challenge as it could've included online gameplay through Wi-Fi, but that hasn't happened yet.
All in all, what you have gotten with Mario Party over the past 2 decades of games from Nintendo, you absolutely have definitely captured fun. While the games have had a lot of highs, and some strong lows, it has always a great centerpiece with interactive board game fun. There have been knockoffs that failed, but Mario still reigns supreme in on the fun. I absolutely recommend Mario Party: Island Tour not only because it is a good game with others, there has been a real lack of great games fr the Nintendo 3DS this past year, but this works well with others. This island hopping will work well for your Nintendo 3DS library.
Sound: B 1/2+
Control: B 1/2+
Fun & Enjoyment: solo play B 1/2+; multiplayer B