Super Mario Party Switch Revealed at E3 (Updated!)

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Update (June 12, 2018): The E3 2018 presentation confirmed the existence of a new Mario Party game known as Super Mario Party.


Super Mario Party – Official Game Trailer – Nintendo E3 2018The Mario Party™ series is coming to the Nintendo Switch™ system with super-charged fun for everyone! The original board game style has been kicked up a notch with deeper strategic elements, like specific Dice Blocks for each character. The game also introduces all-new ways to play, including Joy-Con™ controller enabled minigames, and new modes to…2018-06-12T16:30:02.000Z

From the E3 trailer, it looks like there’s a bit more of a risk/reward factor. Each player can move across the board individually instead of all riding a car together like in previous games. The game looks to take advantage of the Switch’s features as the rumors expected. If you have two Switch systems they can interact with each other for different minigames and some minigames use motion controls. It looks like there’s also team play.

According to the description of the trailer, each character has specific Dice Blocks for deeper strategic play. It also promises new modes such as Toad’s Rec Room mode.

There’s a tank combat minigame, a baseball minigame, a fish catching minigame, a barrel rolling minigame, a horse riding minigame, a tennis minigame, a steak cooking minigame, and more.

Super Mario Party is coming October 5, 2018. The game was previously rumored to come out sometime in 2019.

Update (June 14, 2018): Super Mario Party will have an online multiplayer mode complete with leaderboards, a ranking system, and rewards, according to the Nintendo Treehouse livestream. The game mode will let you play five games to compete for the best score. You can play online with friends or strangers.

The Nintendo Treehouse livestream went into a bit more detail on how gameplay in Super Mario Party will work. Each character gets one normal die to roll a one through six but they also get their own dice with different numbers on each side of the die. For instance, Rosalina has a die that lets her get extra coins or move as high as eight spaces. Shy Guy’s dice has mostly fours. Boo’s dice can make it lose coins but it can roll pretty high. In team play, dice rolls combine the spaces each player rolled. Sometimes the map will have non-playable characters that you can ally with. In the livestream, Yoshi teamed up with Mario and was able to use his special dice block.

Looks like winning games is determined by how many stars players have. Coins can be used to buy stars and can be collected on the map. You can set the number of turns a game lasts.

Maps can have special events, such as the Bob-omb map shown in the livestream that has a fuse count down as players hit special dice blocks. Some maps will have lines of spaces like in previous Mario Party games and some maps will have spaces on a grid with players able to move around vertically and horizontally. You have to use up all of your spaces; you can’t just move and stop when you want. Going over an enemy player makes them lose coins.

Items can be obtained from item spaces and items can influence dice rolls, such as Dash Mushrooms that increase a player’s dice rolls by three and Poison Mushroom which reduce spaces a rival player rolls by two. Lucky spaces can do anything from making the rival team lose five coins, giving coins and items to the player, make coins rain around the player, and more. But be careful as there are also Bad Luck Spaces. At the beginning of a turn, Kamek showed up to add a hidden Bad Luck space. There are also hidden blocks that can give you stars.

At different points in the game you can high five your teammate with the motion controls and your characters will high five in game.

The livestream also showed off a minigame using two Switch systems on the table. A tank minigame has you putting two Switch systems together, linking the two maps via a finger swipe, and letting tanks cross the two Switch systems. You create differently shaped pathways between the two Switch systems depending on how you place them next to each other. The player could hind under the crease between the two Switch systems.


Original Story: The Mario Party franchise has been going strong since 1998. The second game especially was a favorite among N64 owners and took full advantage of its four built-in controller ports to deliver a fun yet cutthroat board game with iconic minigames played throughout.

But just like with most parties, the franchise got way less fun the longer it went. None of the modern games could exactly capture the magic of its predecessors. Mario Party: The Top 100 from last year was especially disappointing thanks to its lackluster map and it missing some key minigames.

But Nintendo can always turn things around with a Mario Party 11 on the Switch. And according to recent rumors, news of a Mario Party Switch may come sooner than later.

Note: This article is largely speculative. We are not claiming to have any official news about a Mario Party Switch reveal or release date. We are making educated estimations and speculating about the game.


What to Expect

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The rumor appeared to have began from an anonymous user on 4chan in February 2018. The user accurately predicted many of the games shown off at the Nintendo Switch Presentation in January 2017 before they were announced, according to our previous report. However, most of the user’s predictions for the games at the Nintendo Spotlight E3 2017 presentation turned out to be untrue.

According to the user, Mario Party 11 will showcase Nintendo Switch tech and will be developed by Nd Cube.

Marcus Sellars also said that ND Cube is developing Mario Party 11 and added that it will allegedly release sometime in 2019. Sellars predicted that Nintendo will host their latest Direct presentation on March 8 a day before it was announced, although Twitter user LeakyPandy predicted it a day earlier. He believes that many of the 4chan user’s predictions above are untrue.

Nd Cube Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Nintendo founded in March 2000, took over the Mario Party franchise starting with Mario Party 9 after the original developer, Hudson Soft, was absorbed by Konami in March 2012. They also developed Wii Party and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival.

Now I know what you’re thinking, or rather fearing. Nd Cube is indeed behind the car mechanic that’s been used in Mario Party 9 and 10, and it’s entirely possible that this mechanic will return in Mario Party 11.

As Polygon explained in their review of Mario Party 10, the car mechanic has all players taking turns driving a car instead of roaming the board individually. Everyone moves together but special spaces only affect the current driver.

The mechanic has been controversial with fans ever since its implementation, with many saying that individual player agency was reduced and games became shorter and more luck based. As Polygon explains in the Mario Party 10 review, watching competitors skip over spaces or events you wanted to see as you wait for your turn isn’t that fun. However, they found that there can be a lot of strategy with the mechanic, with players using special blocks to for instance move just before a point subtraction gate so that the next driver goes through it. However those moments don’t really matter since much of the game was decided by chance.

So will the car mechanic return in Mario Party 11? Who knows. It’s very possible that Nd Cube will try to tweak the mechanic to make it more fun and strategic. On the other hand, knowing Nintendo, they’ll probably toss it out for something equally experimental and gimmicky. Hopefully we’ll get an option between traditional Mario Party traversal and whatever new thing they have.

But lets get to the most important part: the minigames. How will they work? We’ll have to look at the Nintendo Switch itself for that.

Most of the Mario Party games were build around the gimmicks of whatever console they were on. Mario Party 1 took advantage of the four controller ports for four player action and a lot of its minigames showcased the analog stick (to the detriment of many a blistered palm). Mario Party 6 and 7 utilized the GameCube microphone for a couple of special mini games controlled by one’s voice. Mario Party 8 used the motion controls granted by the Wii. So it would come to no surprise that a Mario Party game on the Switch would take advantage of the system’s features.

Motion controls are an obvious feature to use, and you can even recycle and update some minigames from previous entries that used motion controls. But the Joy-Cons also have the HD Rumble feature that could make for some unique minigames. In 1, 2, Switch, for instance, players could move the Joy-Con and feel the vibrations to guess how many balls were in a virtual box. And let’s not forget the IR Sensor at the bottom of the right Joy-Con, which can identify certain shapes and movements. In 1, 2, Switch, there was one game where players made biting motions in front of the sensor to eat virtual sandwiches.

We’d be remiss not to talk about Amiibo support. The last game had its very own Amiibo-centric mode where players can scan their figure into the game and play as them on a simple yet traditional game board. You could even customize your character with a special one-use ability. We definitely see this kind of Amiibo functionality returning albeit with a few updates here and there.


When to Expect It

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According to the rumors, the game is coming in 2019. Based on the data, that seems to be a pretty reasonable estimate.

Mario Party games have been releasing at a nearly annual rate from 1998 to 2007. After a hiatus the series returned with Mario Party 9 in 2012 with the last mainline game being released in 2015. Since the last game released three years after its predecessor, it would make sense for the next game to release three or four years after that.

2018 sees a lot of big games coming out from the Big N, including Nintendo Labo, Mario Tennis Aces, Fire Emblem 2018, and Super Smash Bros. just to name a few. So a Mario Party game would be overlooked if released in that year.

We don’t know what 2019 will look like for Nintendo, but the only game confirmed from them for that year is Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey, a 3DS remake of the third entry in the Mario & Luigi series.

But we can get a bit more specific on the date. Mario Party games have launched in the west during the winter or spring until Mario Party 4 where the series started releasing late in the year. Then with Mario Party 8, Nintendo started releasing games in the spring again with the last two games releasing in March. So it would be safe to say that a new Mario Party game would release in March as well.

The Switch has seen the grand return of Nintendo’s major franchises from The Legend of Zelda to Super Mario with plenty more of their lineup on the way like Yoshi and Fire Emblem. So a game series as universally loved as Mario Party would have to join that list too. And honestly, being able to take a full, home console-quality Mario Party game wherever you go is a novelty too good to pass up.

Until then, we’ll have to wait and see if we get anything official from the Big N about a Nd Cube-developed Mario Party on the Nintendo Switch releasing in 2019. And we’ll be right here updating this article if that happens.

What do you think? How plausible are the rumors and speculations? Let us know in the comment section below.

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