A Mario Party title with a new format was released 5 years ago today.
Mario Party 9, developed by ND Cube and published by Nintendo, was released exclusively for the Wii on March 11th, 2012.
The title featured a major change in format for the series compared to the eight previous main installments in the franchise. Instead of four individual players taking turns across the board, all four travel in a single “car,” each taking their turn to advance the car across the board. The goal is to win the most Mini Stars, which are done by board events and through mini-games. Instead of mini-games being played after each player takes a turn, they are mainly triggered by spaces. This change was hotly debated among players, some claiming it was refreshing change while others wishing 9 had stayed true to the format set forth by the previous entries in the franchise, including 8 which was also for the Wii.
Mario Party 9 has 82 minigames in all, and features a variety of characters from the Mario franchise including Mario, Birdo, Wario, Princess Peach, Shy Guy, and more.
Despite the debate over the changes in the format of the game, it sold well over 2 million copies on the system. The next installment of the franchise would be released for the WiiU, Mario Party 10.