N64 Review: Mario Party 3
Review by: GuyInGreen (guyingreen@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: May 7, 2001
 EU: Sep 16, 2001
 JP: Dec 7, 2000

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Final Score:
6.5/10

Reviewed on: July 14, 2001

Nintendo 64 has been around for quite some time now, but the final stretch is going to end with a party. Unfortunately it's a poorly developed party, by a highly respected third party, and is called Mario Party 3. With all those "party's", you would think the game would be good. Actually, it isn't.

Game Details

Mario Party 3 consists of many new play modes, like the duel game mode, where players get minions to attack each other on a gameboard, and single player mode, where you have to earn star stamps by winning board games. Mario Party 3 consists of two more characters, being Waluigi and Daisy. I must admit that its multiplayer mode is a lot more fun, with 70 new minigames. That's where the gameplay comes in though.

Gameplay/Replay Value

The 70 new minigames are probably the most innovative part of Mario Party 3. The mini games of Mario Party 2 were the same games from Mario Party, but a different version, which cut out a lot of gameplay. Mario Party 3 has 70 new, yes new, minigames. As unbelievable as it sounds, the lazy bastards over at Hudson thought it was time for some new games. Between the 70 new minigames and the two new playing modes, Mario Party three would appear to have good gameplay. Unfortunately it doesn't because Mario party needs completely new concepts, not board game related shenanigans. Remember, its not called Mario Party because it can only have board games.

Graphics

Unfortunately, being this is one of the last games for the Nintendo 64 it has the same graphics as Super Mario 64, and possibly even worse. You can't say much more about the graphics if they aren't any better then what they were 5 years ago.

Sound

The sound on this game is quite possibly the worst sound ever on any Nintendo 64 game I have played. Let's list the characters that have poorly made voices. Luigi's voice doesn't even sound italian. Daisy sounds nothing short of a man. Peach has a lower toned voice than Mario. And Wario sounds like a pirate with a sore throat. The music isnt too great either, but it passes as fair to me.

Control

The one thing this game does have is excellent control. The controls are very easy, and there is a new action mode, where you can actually move around on the game board when something happens. And with the 70 new minigames, new controls are required that are very original and quite fun to use in my opinion.

Final Comments

Mario Party 3 has many good aspects. But everything was already used in prior Mario Party games. That was the aspect I didn't like at all. Hopefully if Hudson were to make another Mario Party game for Nintendo GameCube, they will make a large scale of innovations through the game.

-- GuyInGreen (guyingreen@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: Although the control was great and the new features weren't that bad, everything else was horrible. All I can say is that, I bought this game, so somebody slap me now.