"One of the best Mario Party games on the N64"

Mario Party 3 is the 3rd game in the series and the last one made for N64. This game brings back old features as well as new ones.

Story: 5/10
This was the first Mario Party game to have a story. Like all the future Mario Party games, this one is weak. Mario and his friends are arguing over who is the best. All of a sudden the Millenium Star crashes into the earth. The Millenium Star decides to hold a party to see what character is the best. Since this is a party game, the story is really weak.

Graphics: 8/10
The graphics in this game are better than the previous two MP games. All the Mario characters have been touched up on and look much better. The board and mini-game design is totally different though. The mini-game and boards have a cardboard and paper type appearance. If you ever have played Yoshi's Story you might understand what I mean. The design is alright, but it just doesn't look to interesting. I give Nintendo credit for trying a new approach though.

Sound: 10/10
The sound and music is the best in any Mario Party game that I have ever played. The music was done well on both the boards and mini-games. My personal favorites would be Woody's Woods and Deep Blooper Sea. The sound of the various character voices is done well too. If you liked the music in MP2, then you will like the music in this game.

Controls: 10/10
The controls in this game are pretty much the same as the last game. The board controls are easy to use and won't give you a hard time. The same thing for the mini-game controls. Although some mini-games have you pounded on certain buttons; those are the only ones that might give you problems. And there are no rotate-the-control-stick mini-games like in Mario Party.

Gameplay: 9/10
I will split the gameplay up by boards, items, mini-games, and modes.

The boards in this game are all new and original. Each board has the usual: Item Shops, Koopa Banks, and Star Spaces. The boards move much faster in this game than previous Mario Party games. One thing the boards carry more are the different events. A new feature Nintendo added to the boards was "Action Time." Action Time happens when a certain event starts. You are required to perform a certain task during Action Time. You might be required to jump over something or try to dodge something else. Action Time is a great feature to the boards formula.

All the mini-game types return from the previous Mario Party game like 4-player, 2 vs 2, 1 vs 3, etc. They have a new type of mini-game now called Game Guy Mini-games. What you do during this mini-game is bid all your coins to play a Game Guy mini-game. If you win the mini-game you might double or even triple your coin amount! If you lose then you lose all your coins. Mini-games are the bulk of Mario Party games. There are many type of mini-games like action, puzzle, luck, skill, etc. Some mini-games you might find extremely fun while others seem to put any character to advantage. They also have record mini-games in this game where your highest record is recorded.

Items make a return to this game. Now you can hold 3 items at once too! Nintendo added a lot of new items to this game, and many of them are not useless anymore. They also added different ways of getting items besides buying them and getting them from item mini-games. Most of the old items from MP2 return also, but some have been altered like you can finally get rid of Skeleton Keys.

This game features many new types of modes. For the first time Nintendo added Story Mode. Story Mode is a single player mode. You pick what character you want to use and you must complete the different trials of Story Mode. Story Mode is a good addition if you like to play by yourself.

They also added a duel mode. You and one other friend/computer player duke it out against each other on a special board called a duel board. The duel boards are different from the Party Mode board. The spaces are different and mechanics are different.

Pros:
- Two new characters
- Better board maps
- A story!

Buy, Rent, or Forget about it?
Still have your N64? Then I suggest that you buy it!


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 12/26/06


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