The seventh installment in an enduring party franchise was released on this day in video game history.
Mario Party 7, developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo, was released exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube on November 7th, 2005 in North America.
The game follows the basic gameplay formula of the previous six games in the series: players mainly compete against three others on boards with the aim of collecting the highest amount of stars. This is accomplished mainly by coins earned in mini-games, but also through board events, strategic items, and various other elements.
Mario Party 7 features some unique elements such as eight-player mini games where two players share two halves of a single GameCube controller. Like Mario Party 6, there are mini-games that make use of a bundled microphone, but these can be turned off in a player does not have one or simply prefers not to use it.
The game includes 88 mini-games ranging from the aforementioned mic and 8 player games to more traditional 4 player, 1 vs. 3, 2 vs. Battle, and others. The game would be the last in the series to be released on the GameCube, and would be followed by Mario Party 8 on the Wii.