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Super Mario Party ANALYSIS – In-Depth Classic Board Mode Gameplay! (Secrets & Old-school Mechanics!)

February 2, 2020

Super Mario Party is releases in about a month,
and Nintendo has shied away from showing a game in full. Until now, that is. Nintendo’s official Japanese YouTube channel
showcased a full round on the ruins board, not avoiding any events in the process. The comedy duo Yoiko has given us the best
look at the title so far. The result is something that feels closer
to the more classic games than the previous couple of outings. For starters, we get a look at all of the
characters that are playable. In demos for Super Mario Party at Gamescom
and PAX, four characters remained locked. In one shot of the footage, however, it does
seem that they are given away in full. The characters in question here are Pom Pom,
Dry Bones, Diddy Kong and Donkey Kong. This might be hard to believe, but this is
Diddy Kong’s first playable appearance in a console Mario Party game. The little chimp was, before this point, only
playable in Star Rush for the Nintendo 3DS. For Pom Pom, this is her first time in the
series. She even has a 1UP on her partner Boom Boom! After the characters are chosen, the players
end up in a plaza of some sort. At least, we think. The way the footage is cut up, you seem to
move to the plaza after selecting the characters. A series’ first if so. In either case, we do a couple of familiar
elements within the plaza. You will see Thwomp board, River Survival
and Mariothon in the Free Play mode. One thing that we don’t directly see is
the co-op mode, which retains the grid board feel of Star Rush. This could be the first option as the lack
of events on the image does line up nicely. The fourth option, is, however, the bigger
mystery. The closest thing it reminded us of was the
look of the rhythm game of Star Rush, but there aren’t any minigames shown in the
image. Could this be larger than before? The possibility is certainly there. At the end of the gameplay demo, a rhythm
game is shown, adding credit to the idea. This isn’t something that is expanded on
however. As we head into the plaza, the mode we are
entering is described as the Mario Party mode. It isn’t hard to see why. The board follows the more basic structure
of hopping from space to space. Next to this, it is filled to the brim with
events, which are certainly worth exploring. You have your standard Blue and Red spaces,
which will add and subtract coins as you land on them. Normally, this will be three coins, but at
the end it will be dialed up to six. A major return is here for the Happening Spaces,
which bring back the feeling of proper board events. Some change the location of Thwomps. You have to pay three coins to normally pass,
but this skips that step entirely. Another slew brings down a rock that chases
you down the board. The final ones, though that is more implied,
seem to bring you up to three chests where you play a game to earn something. What that is, we don’t exactly know right
now. The same goes for the VS space, which we simply
have no clue on. There are more modern wrinkles as well. The Lucky and Bad Luck spaces, found in the
more recent Mario Party game, seem to make a return. They weren’t actively showcased, but they
seem similar to their previous appearances. It will earn or lose you coins and stars,
which seem more critical as the board is smaller in size. The Ally Spaces make a return as well. It is here that a roulette wheel will start
to spin, and adds a buddy to your party. This will give you access to their dice block,
which we will get into in just a moment. Next to the Star spaces, the most strategic
opportunities come from the item spaces. This give you the chance to stay ahead of
the curve. While most their return, there are a few newcomers
that are absolutely worth highlighting. One of them is the Golden Pipe. If you remember the Genie or the Flutter items
in previous game, you will be pretty aware of its effects. The Golden Pipe will place you before the
Star space, allowing you to start your turn right there. With the stars being relatively cheap, they
are only 10 coins, you will find yourself taking the gamble quicker. Another important item is the Buddy Phone. This will instantly give you a character that
join you, together with his or her Dice Block. Please keep in mind that you won’t able
to choose to join you, unlike the Ally space. The final one I want to highlight is the Fly
Guy Ticket. This is the item that allows you to steal
items from other players. You can choose your target, or let the computer
make a pick for you. Speaking of picking, that was what new pass
by board events make possible. If you have enough coins on you, you can pass
by Flutter’s shop and buy a specific item you need right there. None of the prices are really all that harsh. A Golden Dash Mushroom is for an example 5
coins, while a Golden Pipe puts you back 10. The second type of pass by events are Lakitu’s. With his help, you will be able to steal coins
for free or get a Star for 30 coins. if you liked to rely on Boo, you could consider
this your second home. Last but not least, we have a Paratrooper
who will carry to an opponent’s space for measly 5 coins. Keep your friends close, but your rivals even
closer. The last important factor about guiding yourself
through the boards are the dice rolls. These act in a very similar fashion to Star
Rush on the Nintendo 3DS. You have the option between your standard
dice or a character specific one. The character ones come with bigger risks,
but that is great if you are up for a gamble. Take Bowser’s dice for instance, you could
run the risk of losing three coins, but on the other hand, you could also get a 8, 9
or 10 roll. As you stack allies, your options will increase
and the chance for big rolls become feasible. Shy Guy’s dice can be considered a very
safe pair of hands for your party. Most of his sides contain the number four,
ensuring that you move that bit faster around the board. The game is about getting stars, getting a
rag tag team together and staying ahead of the curve. This becomes important as you inch closer
to the final moments of the game. It is here that the scores are tallied, and
two additional Bonus Stars are given. During the gameplay demo, the stars were the
most helpful allies as well as the usual Happening Star. These can be the ultimate make or break moments
of the game, though in the gameplay demo’s instance, it was already decided way beforehand. After the game wraps, you can see the usual
graphs and stats so you can compare the journey between players. At the end of every turn, minigames are played. This is as old as time itself, but the pure
inventiveness of the minigames shown can’t be understated. Most of them make excellent usage of the singular
Joy-Con controls too. During the gameplay demo, 13 new minigames
were shown. Either in part or in full. Let’s run down them… This free-for-all minigame sees you throwing
colored balls in the mouths of Cheep Cheep robots. In this 2-vs-2 game, you will have make patterns
with a piece of string attached to you. Within the following 1-vs-3 minigame, you
will be hitting objects in a ring. These objects, placed in a diamond format,
must be hit to score points. You will need 20 total. The lone player is in the middle of diamond,
while the three are outside of it. It is all about bombs in this game. You will throw them around in a group of ten
characters. If the bomb explodes when you have it, you
are out of the game. This game takes three rounds to complete. This free-for-all sees you pumping water to
get it to the highest spot possible. A soccer game for teams of two. Just like the bomb game, more CPU players
are being added. Speaking of bombs, in this 1-vs-3 game, you
try to land bombs on your opponent’s field. Each player carries a racket, but the one
for the solo player is extra large. There is this adorable free-for-all game where
you have to grab pancakes and bring them to your plate. Normal ones net you one point, while star
crested ones give you three. Another free-for-all, but this is time it
is all about banana peels. You have to get yourself through a maze filled
of them and make your way to the middle. It is where a big stack of fruit awaits the
winner. More fruit in this 2-vs-2 game as you move
around a cursor and line up the fruit icons on the playing field. In the last team based minigame, 2-vs-2 once
again, Joy-Con will have to be moved into position. Two blocks will have to fit on top of each
other. This needs to be done three times to win. More Joy-Con motion action in this free-for-all
game. You have to move the Joy-Con up and down to
get a character into focus. Once again, this needs to be done three times. Depending on your ranking, you will get 5,
3, 1 or 0 points per round. Finally, in the following free-for-all minigame,
you will hold L or R and climb yourself up to the end goal. While that is all the major things we wanted
to point out, there are a few more things worth mentioning. The animations for the characters are some
of the best we’ve seen in the series. Everything from a high five to the reactions
of somebody getting a star, it is quite an incredible display of detail. At the end of the video, next to the rhythm
game we mentioned, they are teasing a look at the dedicated 2-vs-2 modes in Super Mario
Party. This images showcased of a Baseball game,
which gives us a weird Wii Party U give. That is all we have to say Super Mario Party. It is shaping up to be surprisingly fun game
with things that will make old Mario Party fans happy. If the game turns a leaf for a series, that
remains to be seen of course, but there is a solid hope behind it. The minigames look varied, and the various
ways to play make for an unique package. In either case, it will be interesting to
see what Nintendo will showcase more in upcoming gameplay demo. For now, thank you for watching. Be sure to stay subscribed to GameXplain for
more on Super Mario Party and other things gaming too. See you later, bye.


  • Reply 7b7Ben September 5, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Now if they could only bring back the Mario party 2 boards.

  • Reply seanmcbay September 5, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Lots of high hopes for this one. I hope it turns out well since the last few have had issues. I want it to be more like the Hudson games.

  • Reply Venemofthe888 September 5, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I hope its not just one board. Hopefully there are a couple

  • Reply Catriam Flockentanz September 5, 2018 at 9:56 am

    The game looks very fun. (And I would add surprisingly if I hadn't played it on GamesCom and already were pleasently surprised there.)

    But these parts of the gameplay demonstation…
    Who approved of this? They act like they're out of their minds…
    Not insane quite yet, but not far off it…

  • Reply jakinator September 5, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I'll consider this game now. Still kind of on the edge for a 60 dollar mario party though

  • Reply Gethan September 5, 2018 at 10:42 am

    bowser main btw

  • Reply Paperkirbs :P September 5, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Chance Time ?

  • Reply Jacob Goaterupt September 5, 2018 at 10:55 am

    No Boom Boom but having Pom Pom is weird

  • Reply Syncity Kirby September 5, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I dont like That Lakitu but Using Paratroopa may bring me some Luck

  • Reply J Godden September 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Get a script editor. Get a script editor. Get a script editor. Get a script editor.

  • Reply Nimzo25 September 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Remember, Nintendo. We had a deal about the Flying Galoomba to reappear in this game and have a modern reappearance. #thinkonyourdeal

  • Reply Undocumented Jones September 5, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I'm as excited about this that I am for Smash. They both look great

  • Reply Wacha Al Pharoh September 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I have actual hope for an enjoyable Mario Party experience again, also I always wanted Diddy in these games so I am glad he-s in this one. If this formula prevails and they make a second SUPER mario party, I hope they bring back the costume idea of MP2 fame.

  • Reply TravistheGREAT03 September 5, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    That board looks so small…..hope others are larger

  • Reply Homura Akemi September 5, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Hidden Block!

  • Reply Cal M September 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Could the mode at 1:26 be Toad’s Rec Room?

  • Reply OfThe Earth September 5, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Is there a different classic board other then the one shown in this video?

  • Reply SuperLuigi Land September 5, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I'm so excited for this game still and it has a mix of the classic Mario party formula and Star Rush mechanics. The plaza is quiet similar to Star Rush when you picked a mode and the items look pretty interesting.

  • Reply Lugmillord September 5, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Ehm… and you didn't point out the arguably most important aspect? Every board can be played as a standard Mario Party or team party. Notice how each board has a tiled ground. You see it in the ruins and the tropical board.

  • Reply Hyperstar96 September 5, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    This looks like the Mario Party I’ve wanted for years. It goes back to the old gameplay style, along with great minigames and visuals, but enough new (or Star Rush-inspired) mechanics that it’s not a rehash. And of course, a huge roster and playable DK.

  • Reply Devious Dan September 5, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Everyone hates Mario Party 8 for Motion control mini games

    Continues to love Super Mario Party for its mini games (which are mostly motion)

  • Reply patrick watkins September 5, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    pretty sure the VS spaces are going to be the duels.

  • Reply SuperYoshiGalaxy HD September 5, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Where are the boards though…? We've only seen one so far, I'm scared

  • Reply Bradyn tonelli September 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Why is pompom there but not boomboom?

  • Reply Hammerless penguin September 5, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Im just happy they got rid of the crappy car gimmick.

  • Reply leggomytoku September 5, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    the ONLY thing i am disappointed by is the lack of traditional style boards…i mean there's only one

  • Reply Jacob S September 6, 2018 at 1:34 am

    That bomb game is from Mario Party 7, they just changed it a bit

  • Reply Fernando David Guarnaccio September 6, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Everything is cheap in this game, the stars,the items

  • Reply 329link September 6, 2018 at 2:12 am

    shy guy's die is pure evil. sure, some, like bowser's, give harsher punishments, but if you use shy guy's, you NEED to move 4 spaces, meaning you're likely in a game making situation. rolling that zero will be SO much more devastating than other dice, where you know your chances of getting what you want aren't great.

  • Reply DogTime September 6, 2018 at 3:35 am

    My only criticism so far is that the UI and general art direction strike me as somewhat bland. I'm not seeing the same vibrant personality of the old games from much of what's been shown.

  • Reply JESS September 6, 2018 at 3:47 am

    WHAT!? You're telling me that FRICKIN PONPON (a character that a lot of people arent familiar with) is in the game, BUT THE KOOPALINGS AREN'T, NOR PAULINE

    this is that BS

  • Reply RondoOfBloodX September 6, 2018 at 4:09 am

    Diddy Kong was in MP9 as a boss.

  • Reply Blozzle the Balloon Alien Thing September 6, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Now watch, and learn. Here's the deal: you'll slip and slide on this banana peel!

  • Reply raifintune September 6, 2018 at 5:41 am

    I hope other boards dont have that "grid" like deisign to them. I could see them becoming stale real quick

  • Reply Andrew Smither September 6, 2018 at 8:46 am

    One thing I’ve always wondered is why some of these “side” games don’t have big rosters like we see in Mario Kart or Sluggers. Mario Party seems like the easiest one to have a big roster. That’s my only wish for this and Tennis, more characters to be added later.

  • Reply Rodmod September 6, 2018 at 8:48 am

    why did I get a labo ad and not a super mario party ad

  • Reply AtomicSuperMe September 6, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Hope there’s a way to play without motion controls

  • Reply Marcus Hunter September 6, 2018 at 10:05 am

    I really hope there are deeper/more complex boards. Everyoe acts very happy because boards are back, but (as someome who played all.MPs, including hannhelds), I was disappointed seeing a couple.of very small and basic boards so.far…..

  • Reply Underfell Sans The edgy skeleton September 6, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Finally a Mario Party game like the classics of 1-8 yet even though we have the special character dices like in Star Rush & etc

  • Reply TheFrostedfirefly September 6, 2018 at 11:05 am

    The only thing I'm worried about with this Mario Party is if we'll get good boards. Other than that, make each character wear their own costumes according to the boards like in the old games and I'm READY.

  • Reply ahums16 September 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Great roster, finally we can play as Bowser! Sad we don't get Toad and Toadette, though, admittedly.

  • Reply TurtleDragonSilent September 6, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    The animations were the best on the N64.

  • Reply Ben Baez September 6, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I'm not saying I dislike Andre, because he's freaking awesome, but your voice is pretty neato mosquito my man. Good on you.

  • Reply g00gly0eyes September 6, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I hope there's a demo of this game! =O

  • Reply Dalayzie1 September 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Wait, so if Bowser’s playable…is there still some kind of evil plot to this latest entry 🤔?

  • Reply Platinum The Masculinity September 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    All we need now is another Wii Party game. Though I doubt it given Nintendo is steering away from Mii's now for some alien reason.

  • Reply Ellivers September 6, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    7:32 Is that a HIDDEN BLOCK!?

  • Reply Mig September 6, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    6:21 The Shy Guy gets the pancake…

    this meme is dead

  • Reply Flaco Ultimate September 6, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Finally no more stupid car.

  • Reply New Meta Knight September 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    This is the first time Bowser and Bowser Jr. are playable too, right?

  • Reply Flaco Ultimate September 6, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Honestly the best mario partys out there are 5 & 6.

  • Reply MasterKagato September 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    At first I thought you said she had a one up IN her boom boom!! XD

  • Reply Dreamnox56 September 6, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    So is there only one normal board?? What the fuck

  • Reply Mason Jones September 6, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    shuyguy's dice has the japan equivalent of 666, shuyguy is the devil confirmed.

  • Reply Turtlelover300 September 6, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Where is the full video of the game

  • Reply Cali Klepto September 6, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    I miss the weird days, this looks too normal and the mini games look incredibly normal as well..

  • Reply Nathanael Arnold September 7, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Diddy Kong also appeared in the Mario Party DS story mode too!

  • Reply JugheadJones67 September 7, 2018 at 7:07 am

    *sheds tear* Hi childhood. Welcome back buddy.

  • Reply Meester Tweester September 7, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I can’t believe they’re actually giving their all into making a Mario Party game!

  • Reply Ceeberus Soladay September 7, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Awwwwwwwww, i want a guest star, dreambert and fawful.😔

  • Reply Mariah Sterling September 7, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Something is wrong with the game

  • Reply Hydrathermal September 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Lakitu now carries the friendship breaking torch

  • Reply MrHardcoreJustic September 7, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    3:18 what did he just call it…. the buddy WHAT!

  • Reply Rebecca George September 7, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Donkey Kong

    Well, looks like Chuggaconroy is in luck.

  • Reply Red yoshi squad September 7, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    I can’t Wait to October 5 cause I’m gonna buy it it’s awesome

  • Reply pokeperson1000 September 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Ooh, analysis without mention of the analysis machine

  • Reply SteelandSouls15 September 7, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I hope they show more maps

  • Reply Loser Shane September 7, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Around 2:46 you can see the 4 missing characters… >_> they didn’t even hid it that well..not sure no one pointed that out lol…

  • Reply Doodlestep Sarah September 8, 2018 at 12:39 am

    ok butliek isno on e callignout the board shown is paying BIG HOMAGE to the dk boardfrom thefirst mario party? coudl this eman…al ltheold mario party boards are coming bsack?

  • Reply Xavier Krantz September 8, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Now I’m excited

  • Reply Something, I guess September 8, 2018 at 4:19 am

    I’m just wondering what Goomba’s and Pom Pom’s Dices are going to be.

  • Reply Archant September 8, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Bowser and Bowser Jr are Playable Characters?
    Heck i'm going to get this game.

  • Reply Seniku Moonjewel September 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    This was a day 1 buy for me until I read that the pro controller is not supported.. a real shame as my family don't like the joycons so we have 4 pro controllers. oh well 🙁

  • Reply Mister100Percent September 8, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    This Mario Party is hype! Almost as hype as Sample S: Hole, Sample M: Bath, and Sample L: Maze returning in Smash Ultimate.

  • Reply yknowlikenia September 8, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    this game looks fun by itself, but… does it feel really lifeless to anyone else?? there's almost no characters or sights populating the board (unless you approach them), and the UI looks so uninspired. i would take a colorful, attention-grabbing UI over a transparent gray one anyday.

  • Reply Deltath Riylaan September 8, 2018 at 7:42 pm


  • Reply Joey Summers September 8, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Hope birdo is a dlc character I hate how she's not being represented on the switch! Not in Mario Kart, Aces, or Mario Party!

  • Reply Pob Lowe September 8, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    LOL who tf wants to play as Monty Mole/ Also,. it's nice to had more characters, but that means no more Bowser, DK or Boo spaces. I haven't seen anything past MP 7 tho so Idk if and when they added them as playable characters .

  • Reply MasterMoes September 9, 2018 at 12:49 am

    They need to make a Mario Party where you move from point A to point B like in Mario Party 9 and 10, but you move and get stars like Mario Party 1-8! That would make ALL fans happy!

  • Reply agent don September 9, 2018 at 4:29 am

    I have never played mario party like this before and it look so fun

  • Reply Tim Martin September 9, 2018 at 5:35 am

    It doesn't look as bad as 9-10.

    I was wondering if mario party would ever be good again.

  • Reply Spoofy Media September 10, 2018 at 3:17 am


  • Reply Psytrix Gaming September 10, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    But Birdo isn't in this one, aww ;-;

  • Reply Wolf Rine September 11, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    16 to start who cares what I can unlock Bowser is a choice from get go!

  • Reply Kirby Blirby September 12, 2018 at 2:02 am

    I never understood why the car style games are hated so much, both have their pros and cons, and nine and ten are more enjoyable than most of the older games to me.

  • Reply Kingnewcomer September 12, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    So happy to finally see the Mario Party franchise back to its original roots! 😀 And we don't have to wait much longer Super Mario Party to come out in North America either! ^^

  • Reply CoolDoominator September 12, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    So will we see an actual story mode like mario party ds? I am curious

  • Reply Dr. Rank September 13, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Actually, the Golden Pipe isn't new; it was previously seen in Mario Party DS, though I think it had the name "Star Pipe" back then.

  • Reply Dr. Rank September 13, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Another, often overlooked aspect is how the Minigame categories are decided. If you landed on a blue colored space in the last turn, you'll be on the Blue Team for the Minigame; if you landed on something red, you'll be on the Red Team; and anything else puts you on a random team. If all players end up on the same team, the minigame will be a Free-For-All.

    In past games, the total dice roll between all four players for the turn was also a factor; for instance, if it was a multiple of 10, the above conditions are overruled, and it triggers a Battle Minigame, where players paid Coins into a pot at the start. 1st would get back 50% of the pot, 2nd would get 30%, 3rd would get 20%, and 4th gets nothing. Considering that Super Mario Party awards Coins to all players in Free-For-All Minigames, rather than only giving them to the winner(s), it seems unlikely that this feature will return.

  • Reply Devin Whittemore September 13, 2018 at 3:43 am

    I need to know if this has online multiplayer

  • Reply Stephen Dias September 17, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Mario Pahtee

  • Reply Jimmy Aleman September 19, 2018 at 3:48 am

    I’m so glad I bought this game

  • Reply Cryena September 22, 2018 at 12:57 am

    6:03: reminds me of when figuratively you challenge your buddy in a pissing contest.

  • Reply Copo September 24, 2018 at 3:34 am

    can you play all the modes alone? or you will need to have more people to play all the modes?

  • Reply Mr.Party Kat September 24, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    I think that the vs space will be a battle minigame and I think that is how you play the buddy games were you have your allies to help you

  • Reply Pure Gamer10 September 25, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    spoiler alert

  • Reply Juan September 29, 2018 at 9:10 am

    why are the boards so small? :c

  • Reply dengamleidiot October 3, 2018 at 10:38 am

    That’s a bad cut. You missed it in editing.
    Probaly half a frame. You never see those when you playback the footage, until it’s to late.
    If not: Shame on you! Baaaad editor!

  • Reply Roto The Dragon Lord October 5, 2018 at 6:27 am

    It's so freaken adorable to see Bower enjoying himself and getting to fully participate

  • Reply Super Ultra Carmine November 8, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    I think that if we replace the space allies the size of the map would be perfect

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