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No Longer a Party!

Nick Englehart

Posted on May 6, 2020 18:45

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A game ruined.

I write a lot about social inequity. Those events in everyday life that go overlooked as general truths of an unfair world. That is why I was so surprised to learn that there was a harrowing injustice sitting right under my nose. Satoru Iwata and those responsible for Super Mario Party on the Nintendo switch must eventually be made to answer for their crimes. To create a game that gives out stars seemingly at random! It’s an atrocity.

Mario Party is close to my heart. In my adolescence, I spent hours surrounded by Mario’s friends in the board game reality that is Mario Party. A game with dice roles and stars. Mini-games and coins. It filled my mundane youth with the power to play a board game by yourself. Something monopoly could never provide. At the time the game seemed fair. You rolled your dice, you traveled around the board, you competed for coins. With those coins, you bought and stole stars. The player with the most stars wins the game.

The original Mario Party had bonus stars as well. After the players had played, the dice diced and rolled, players were awarded for their achievements throughout the game. Won the most mini-games? Have a star. Collected the most coins? Have a star. You were awarded bonuses to mitigate a small amount of chance that existed within the rules. This new Mario Party, this new age Mario Party, throws caution to all it once held dear.

Every time I’ve played (and I’ve played four times so far) the game has snatched victory from my hands. Far ahead in skill and luck from the other players I managed to ravage the board of its stars. Putting me far into the lead. In the game's last minutes, it destroys itself.

Instead of rewarding extra stars for players' accomplishments, they gain stars for landing on the most coin spaces, or even worse, for moving the least. It seems like the best way to win at Super Mario Party for the Nintendo switch is to lose. Personally, that is enough to drain the appeal.

So I implore Nintendo to heed my words! Bonus stars are great. Everyone needs a little help when they’re having bad luck, but reward those stars for skill. For moments of brightness when the curtains were drawn. If your play has no impact on the inevitable outcome it’s less of a game and more of a way to waste time staring.

Nick Englehart

Posted on May 6, 2020 18:45

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