Mario Party 7 - GameCube

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Developer: Nintendo Soft. Co.: Nintendo
Publishers: Nintendo (US/GB)
Released: 10 Feb 2006 (GB)
9 Aug 2005 (US)
Ratings: PEGI 3+, ESRB Everyone
Accessories: Microphone, Memory Card


Mario Party 7 is, somewhat unsurprisingly, the seventh iteration in Nintendo's hugely popular Mario Party series. It's essentially a great party game for family/friends get-togethers, which you can play with up to seven other players. The number seven is key here!

The background story to the game is that our heroes are relaxing on a complementary cruise given to them by Toadsworth, along with two new characters to the series, Birdo and Dry Bones. However, those dastardly critters Bowser and Mini-Bowser find out that they haven't been invited and decide to seek revenge by wrecking the trip for everyone else. Typical eh!?

The game combines dice-based movement with an innovative microphone-input control system and loads of cool little mini-games. And we mean loads! In total, Mario Party 7 features a staggering 88 brand new mini-games, which can be unlocked and played in Mini-Game Cruise mode and a Duty Free shop where people can trade in their points in exchange for extra features.

Perhaps the coolest feature is that Mario Party 7 comes bundled with the Nintendo GameCube microphone, allowing players to give spoken commands to their on-screen counterpart and take part in question and answer quizzes. The microphone can also be used in multiplayer battles, with one player using the microphone to complete a task, while the other three use the standard game pad to compete with them.

The game's main Solo Cruise mode takes on a similar guise to other Mario Party games. The objective on each of the six game boards is to complete the tasks set within a set number of 'turns'. The goal is to collect a minimum amount of coins or stars, and players take it in turns to throw a virtual dice and move around the board. The spaces the characters land on determine whether a mini-game can ensue with coins and stars to be won.

Each interactive game board is totally different, ranging from Grand Canal - a classic European-style town featuring balloons and gondolas - to Pagoda Peak, a 4,000 year old Asian mountain, and then onto Neon Heights, a bustling metropolis filled with skyscrapers.

Once players have unlocked a further five game boards in the game's Solo Cruise mode, they can play them all with up to four friends in Party Cruise mode. MP7 allows up to eight players to play at once. Players are even able to share the pads so that two people can use the same one to play together! Deluxe Cruise mode features two exciting multiplayer modes: Freeplay, which is a co-operative two-man team battle; and Ice Battle, which is a free for all, allowing players to take part in selected mini-games.


Mario Party 7 - GameCube Artwork

Mario Party 7 - GameCube Artwork

Mario Party 7 - GameCube Artwork