Feature: Mario Party 9

The hidden monster call Mario Party

For your information, Mario Party 8 sold 5.16M copies, outselling all other versions. The next best selling is original Mario Party, at 2.7M (excluding DS version).

The reason for this, is very clear that Wii is the perfect console for casual gamers. While many people had talked about the big games – Galaxy, Brawl, MKWii, WiiFit, many had forgotten the many Mario Parties that will be released in Wii. Well, N64 had 3, Gamecube had 4, I won’t be surprised if Wii have 4 or more.

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Mario Party 8

Nintendo 24,294 7.46 5.16m

2
Mario Party DS Nintendo 10,056 7.80 3.86m
3
Mario Party Nintendo 1,790 7.61 2.70m
4
Mario Party 2 Nintendo 1,733 7.38 2.50m
5
Mario Party 7 Nintendo 1,652 6.00 1.53m
6
Mario Party 4 Nintendo 1,618 6.28 2.47m
7
Mario Party 3 Nintendo 1,422 6.67 1.91m
8
Mario Party 5 Nintendo 1,393 6.39 2.08m
9
Mario Party 6 Nintendo 1,341 6.13 1.63m
10
Mario Party Advance Nintendo 458 6.80 0.28m

Let’s take a look at Mario Party 8 first. Gamespot gave it a 6.5 – http://www.gamespot.com/wii/puzzle/marioparty8/index.html while IGN gave a 5.2 mediocre! – http://wii.ign.com/articles/792/792495p1.html

Why was the review scores that low for a high selling game? One reason of course is that the reviewers are hardcore gamers, their expectation of games are different from casuals. The other reasons, IMO, are that the graphics are only as good as Gamecube games, it doesn’t make much use of motion control and the game is too short, etc. Technical reasons.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Mario Party 8, and I had about 10 parties just playing this game alone. I don’t mind the graphics and the music much. I am happy that the game is fun.

Now if you add Galaxy’s graphic, Brawl’s character specialisation and Mario Kart’s tracks (as boards) to Mario Party 9, I bet the game could reach so much greater heights.

So while Brawl and MKWii can sell > 10M each, let’s not ignore the other game franchise call Mario Party. It could be in the top 3 Mario games in Wii, beating out even Galaxy. Well, if Party 8 has tremendous legs, who knows it may outsell Galaxy.

Unbelievable, but possible.

Who like me want to see the success of Mario Party 9?

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8 Responses to Feature: Mario Party 9

  1. Mart says:

    Reading other gaming sites and blogs online, a lot of people recommended Warioware:Smooth Moves over Mario Party 8 for a party game. The success of Mario Party 8 is probably because of the name itself. Nintendo found out that it can sell probably anything with “Mario” added to it.

    I don’t see myself buying Mario Party 8, but Warioware is on my to-buy list for future wii parties. Maybe I’m a bit biased due to the overwhelmingly poor reviews online, but a friend of mine (who is a huge Mario freak) has the DS version, and we tried playing, but I don’t find it fun. Some of the mini-games (I remember something like taking pictures?) are a bit lame too on the DS.

  2. kolslorr says:

    Agree with Mart, I much prefer Warioware Smooth Moves as a party game simply because of the hilarious factor, to me, thats the most impt thing for a ‘party’ game.

    As for Mario Party, I feel its more of a ‘Family’ game than a ‘Party’ game, I can imagine husbands and wife play together with a few of their kids and really have fun with it, but thats about it. Th pace of the game is a little too slow for a party title.

    And yes, the reason it sells has partly to do with the name too, and the fact that it is a Nintendo first party title. How much do u think it will sell if the game is called Monkey Party, and published by XYZ studio? perhaps 10 copies.

    Now do u know why SquareSoft loves to label all their games with Final Fantasy in it, even though the main game might have nothing to do with the FF universe.

    Using sale number to judge the quality of game is a really flawed argument, and there must be a reason why almost all review sites doesnt give a very good score to it, and not just IGN.

    Dun forget, Zack & Wiki is clearly not a hardcore title, yet it receives raving reviews from all over.

  3. metal_spider says:

    Side-tracking a little here, the accuracy VG Chartz numbers by itself is already controversial to begin with.

    Their methodology:

    “VG Chartz estimated sell-through figures are arrived at by tracking sample data from an ever-expanding panel of retail partners and benchmarking the sample data against known reference points (manufacturer shipment figures for example).”

    The participating outlets which contribute to the estimated sales data are not made known and VG Chartz numbers usually do not tally with those of professional market research groups such as the NPD Group (America) or Media Create (Japan).

  4. clouette says:

    I am not here to defend VGChartz. I just happen to visit their site since July 07. They do sometimes track off Media Create, Famitsu and NPD by a margin, but for most of the time they do come close in their numbers.

    Another thing is that they adjust their numbers when publisher numbers is released. So for past data, they are not off by much.

    It is one of the few sites that offer comprehensive sales statistics. One may argue they overtrack Mario Party 8. But I am using the data here more of a comparison. Mario Party 8 outsells Warioware by more than 2 to 1 and outsells all previous iterations of the game.

    If you check Media Create or Famitsu numbers in Japan, Mario Party 8 indeed sold more than 1m copies, more than Galaxy did.

    Mario Party is not very popular in Singapore, because, if you can see we are made up of largely hardcore gamers. I must say I am one of those casuals who really like party games like Rayman and Mario Party. If anyone thinks people like me are not true gamers, so be it. I just want to represent those casuals out there who dun always like shooters, racers and soccers.

  5. combatjammer says:

    Hmm… can I apply to be a hardcore casual gamer? 😀

    Honestly, not everyone enjoys playing games like GTA, or anything along those lines. I like playing stuff like Rayman, Mario, HotD, and will probably be addicted to Boom Blox when i start playing it (haven’t even taken the game out of its plastic)…

  6. kolslorr says:

    i play from MGS series all the way down to the silly Defend ur castle… so what am I? 😀

  7. Underwearman says:

    Sadly, I have to say Mario Party is NOT party friendly. It takes too long to read the rules, roll the dice, read the mini game instructions then play. Wario is a perfect example of simple pictorial and one-liner explanations. In my experience, i’ve not made it thru a full 10 turns when playing with guests who are playing MP for the first time.

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