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Time to Party with Mario

Novemeber 8, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Mario Party Star Rush

Nintendo hosts a Girls Love Gaming Event in New York City featuring Mario Party Star Rush and Austin & Ally star, Laura Marano. (Photo Courtesy of Nintendo)
It is often said that simple is best and in that couldn’t be more true than with Mario Party Star Rush. That quirky plumber has returned as Nintendo brings the Mario Party franchise to the 3DS.

Mario Party Star RushTo mirror the console party experience, Nintendo has made multiplayer mode very accessible. There is the common Download Play concept which works well or there is a free or guest version of the game which can be downloaded as long as someone playing has the full Mario Party version.

While playing your pals is the ultimate Mario Party experience, Star Rush allows you to also compete against competitive A.I. players which are far better balanced than ones in the previous console installments.

Mario Party Star RushThe main Mario Party experience can be found in Toad Scramble. In the first phase, you move around a game board - which sometimes comes complete with ingenuous traps or puzzles - collecting power-ups, participating in duels with other players, collecting coins and recruiting companion players, with the goal of eventually reaching the boss battle square.

In the second phase, you compete as well as work with the other players to defeat the level boss in a varying mini-game, such as shooting explosive barrels using a cannon or ground pounding various targets.

Winners are declared and bonus rewards are handed out, such as being the player who went without a companion the longest.

If you are in the mood for something a little more casual, there is a mini-game section with a sizable collection to choose from. You can dodge Goombrats while carrying acorns on your head, race through a lava labyrinth, fire paint balls to cover a portrait and shoot piranha plants...and the list goes on.

For its $49.99 price point, Mario Party Star Rush is the ultimate pick-up and play title for those who want a laidback distraction or the occasional frenzied multiplayer experience.

Mario Party Star RushMario Party Star Rush
Format: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nd Cube
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone

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Rating: 6 / 10

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