Mario Party 3DS

Nintendo’s Mario Party series is making its 3DS debut. During today’s 3DS-focused Nintendo Direct, company president Satoru Iwata announced Mario Party for the handheld.

Mario Party is a series of multiplayer minigames. Players move around an interactive game board, taking on either the A.I. or other gamers. According to Iwata, Mario Party for the 3DS has a “Total of seven game boards, each with their own set of rules.” According to Iwata, “The gameplay changes dramatically on each individual board, and there are some maps where victory is decided quickly, making a game that is easy to enjoy even if you don’t have a lot of time.”

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For instance, one game board has players collect boosts and use them at the proper moment to catch up to other players when they are behind in the game. One board features giant Bullet Bills that shoot at the player, and you must decide whether it’s safe to move, or to wait before proceeding. Moving at the wrong time can put you behind the other players.

Mario Party for the 3DS has 81 new minigames. Some games use AR cards. Iwata said Mario Party for 3DS features “some [minigames] that test your speed, some that test your concentration, some that test your luck,” and others that use the “unique hardware features of the Nintendo 3DS.”

Mario Party for 3DS is the 11th installment in the series.

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