N64 Review: Mario Party 2
Review by: Namek (namek@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: N64
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Board Game
 # of Players: 1-4
 Size: 256 Megabits
 Developer: Hudson Soft
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Controller Pak: No
 Rumble Pak: Yes
 Transfer Pak: No

 Release Date:
 US: Jan 24, 2000
 EU: Oct 13, 2000
 JP: Dec 17, 1999

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Final Score:
7.5/10

There exists in the world an economic principle of diminishing returns. I know, I know, Economics is boring and you don't want to hear about it at a videogames website. However, I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR! YOU'LL LISTEN AND YOU'LL LIKE IT!!!!!

Sorry. Where was I?

Ah, yes, the principle of diminishing returns. You see, this particular economic principle states that the more someone gets of one particular product, the less happy they are with the product. For example, if you were forced to eat only ice cream for a year, by the end of the year you'd be sick of ice cream and you wouldn't want anymore of it.

So, why am I teaching Economics during a videogame review? Well, the more you get of Mario Party, the less entertainment it provides…

That's not to say that Mario Party 2 is a bad game. Far from it. However, it isn't as fun as the original, simply because it is a lot more of the same. Sure, we're given new boards and new mini-games, but the concept and presentation is nearly exactly the same, and so this title feels more like an upgrade than a sequel.

This title uses the "Pokémon Sequel Principle", which states, if you can take a game, change it up a bit, and market it as a sequel, fans of the original are going to buy it. While hardcore Mario Party fans will definitely want to pick up Mario Party 2, the rest of you should know that Mario Party 2 is generally the same game as Mario Party.

Which means, you can generally read our Mario Party review, and get a great idea of what Mario Party 2 entails. It's a fairly fun multiplayer title, and there's little or no single-player fun to be found.

Some of the new mini-games are fairly entertaining, and the new boards are pretty cool, but, honestly, there's not much new about Mario Party 2. You walk around the game board trying to collect stars and coins. Again.

Like Mario Party, the graphics in Mario Party 2 are crisp and cheery. Like Mario Party, the sounds in Mario Party 2 are playful and generic. Like Mario Party, this game is fun for many and a bore for one.

Basically, this is Mario Party dressed up for Halloween…

Good Stuff:
New mini-games, New game boards...

Bad Stuff:
It's the same old Mario Party...

-- Namek (namek@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: Generally, the only players that are going to enjoy this title are those who just can't get enough Mario Party. If that describes you, then you'll want to pick up Mario Party 2. If not, give it a rental during a get-together, but definitely spend your money elsewhere.