Top 10 Best Mario Party Games

The Top Ten
1 Mario Party 2

I've never actually played this game (I really want to get the expansion pass on Nintendo Switch), but I've heard all good things about it!

The best Mario Party game there is. This is the only Mario Party game to be based on a play. I like how Mario and friends are dressed in different costumes (that's what I meant by saying that this game is based on a play), and I love the boards and, most especially, the minigames.

This is also the only game to have some of the same minigames from another Mario Party game. I definitely like the music. Nintendo made the right decision by making the game look like this! Mario Party 2 was definitely a game I kept playing, even with my friends. Mario Party 2 rules!

2 Mario Party 6

This one should be at the top, simply because of how big and original it is compared to the other entries on the list. It's definitely the best GameCube game, and in my opinion, only 9 could rival this game.

The boards in this one are far more unique and diverse from each other than in the other entries, as the Day/Night mechanic really freshens up the games. The minigames aren't the strongest point in the series, but they're in no way bad. Just like 9 or 7, it has some really memorable ones like Lift Leapers and Jump the Gun. By far, one of the absolute greatest Mario Party games!

3 Mario Party 7

This game, in my opinion, is the best overall. The mini-games are fantastic, and the boards are creative and fun! Also, this game brought cool elements like an 8-player mode and Bowser time. Well, I hated Bowser time. The only problem I had with this game was Bowser time because it was just lame and unfair.

But anyways, Mario Party 5 was the first Mario Party game I ever played. When I got this game, I was really hooked on the series. I also like how every board is completely different from each other. From climbing an entire mountain for a star to paying Chomp Chomps to squish your opponents to steal their stars, it's the best game overall and has a great variety!

4 Mario Party 8

This takes me back to when I was seven, playing this at my aunt's house. My brother and I would invite the neighbors over, and we would play this game all day. The feature of the whole thing being a festival was interesting and cool. The mini-games are pretty much all fun, save for a few. Even though a lot of them included motion control, it made sense since it was the first series game to include motion. Honestly, it wasn't that much of a drawback to me. I remember trying to get all of the characters and feeling so accomplished when I did. The Bowser board was really interesting and fun, too. This is definitely the best Mario Party game for me, and it should be higher than #4.

5 Mario Party 3

My roommates and I will occasionally crack open a case of beers and play Mario Party games. It gets very competitive. MP3 is by far the best. It has what I like to call the perfect trifecta of balance.

The Luck Factor: The sensitivity, or lack thereof, in your old-fashioned N64 controller adds to the chaotic fun of the games. Of course, the dice can always land in or out of your favor, and there are a few mini-games that are based on pure luck. And of course, the dreaded Chance Time.

Strategic Factor: Even if you're struggling to win most of the mini-games, a few well-executed items, precisely won battle games, or coin steals can help you get back into contention. It expanded the effects of items set in MP2 by allowing you to carry more than one. I can't remember how many times a Plunder Chest put a complete stranglehold on the item game in Mario Party 2.

Skill Performance: This goes without saying, losing mini-games never helps. If you continue to perform well, you will rack up coins, and you will win the mini-game bonus star.

The two bonus aspects that MP3 has, which the newer installments lack, are:

Nostalgia Factor: I love the old graphics, the stiff controller, and the goofiness of the game. We love ripping on each other whenever something crazy happens.

Simplicity Factor: Sometimes it's best to just not overcomplicate things. Too many colors, rules, and random events take away from simple luck and competition.

6 Mario Party 5

This was great because not only were the minigames fun, but it also had bonus features like the battle cars. That was one of my favorite parts of the game. To top it off, the maps are ridiculously awesome.

Mario Party 7 was the worst. The maps sucked, and the microphone minigames were stupid, and it never understood you.

It's one of the most memorable games in the series. It has some flaws, but none that you can remember after you just had an amazing time.

It has a really good story mode that no other game has even come close to replicating. The minigames were amazing and most of the boards felt perfect. The only improvement would be to expand some of the boards that felt a bit small.

7 Mario Party 4

Mario Party 4 belongs at Number 1. It has some very unique minigames, such as Paths of Peril, Beach Volley Folly, and Dungeon Duos.

As if that weren't enough, Mario Party 4 also has a Present Room, where you can view all the presents you've earned in the game, including each of the characters' birthday presents from story mode and presents earned from minigames. This is by far the best Mario Party game the series has to offer.

Why is this not #1!? Almost every minigame is amazing, and DK is actually a playable character. The lottery is one of the best parts of this game, and Dungeon Duos is the best minigame ever.

The items are great, the maps are awesome, and the whole concept is amazing. I love this game, and it's one of the only Nintendo games I'll still actually play. This game is the reason I love GameCube. This game is the best Mario Party game by a landslide.

8 Mario Party DS

It's okay. Not the best, but up there in terms of the classics. I like how this game has an actually engaging story mode that is relevant to the overall big house theme of the game. The ending is really hilarious with Bowser joining the team playing on that DS.

With all that said, I kind of don't like the whole mini-world theme of the game. It gives the game an identity, but it's kind of not so colorful. Plus, the boss battles are a complete joke, even more than in Star Rush. But overall, it's a cool game and easily one of the more replayable ones.

9 Mario Party 9

Mario Party 9 is the most underappreciated title of the franchise. From a critical standpoint, I'd say it's the best the series has ever seen, even looking beyond my nostalgia. It has the most content overall out of any of these games, with a completely new Party Mode to make the game feel fresh, some really engaging mini-game modes (You can't beat High Rollers, Garden Battle, and Choice Challenge), and some extra content as well.

Even if you don't like the car, it's wrong to say the game is terrible just for that because there's so much more content.

10 Mario Party

This Mario Party, the original, certainly brings back the most memories. It had the most fun and memorable minigames, it's the most hilarious, the 1P mode was excellent and challenging, and the board maps were just so fun and big, you had to keep playing it.

I especially enjoyed the concept where you get to buy items from the shop and collect 100 stars to unlock Bowser's level and then beat him to unlock the final level called the Superstar. Mario Party the original has my vote.

People would like this game more if they worked together instead of raging at each other from all the trolling. OK, please hear me out: In this game, Bowser was a bigger troll than in any other, so you and your friends can work together to unlock Bowser's Magma Mountain (for 980 coins in the shop) so you can finally give Bowser what he deserves after all he's done throughout the game: a very painful explosion that will cause him to wail in pain!

I think it's a perfect way to "finish" the game.

The Contenders
11 Super Mario Party

Great game, and I love the fact they went back to the old style of Mario Party. Isn't that superb? Super Mario Party is one of my favorite Mario Party games of all time, as well as Mario Party DS. There are loads of characters to play as, and the boards are all great and exciting. Sure, there are only four, but Mario Party DS had five, so it's only one off. The mini-games are great, and that Don't Wake The Wiggler game is one jump-scaring game!

Super Mario Party has a sticker scene as well, so if you're getting frustrated with the mini-games and boards, go down to the sticker scene and create your own Mario scenes with the stickers. This is a fun game. Hope we get this sort of game again.

12 Mario Party Superstars

Easily one of the best Mario Party games of all time. It's almost flawless, bringing back 100 of the best minigames, five retro boards in HD, Birdo, etc.

The only real problem is the absurd number of lucky spaces, which makes it weaker than 3, 6, and 9 for me, but it's still one of the greatest.

This is the Mario Party I currently have! Very fun, and I can't wait to play the original N64 games!

This game is way better than this game's Walmart version (looking at you, Top 100).

13 Mario Party: Island Tour

It's a wholeheartedly underrated video game and Mario Party. Being completely subjective and personal, this is possibly my favorite Mario Party of all time because of how it helped me during hard times on a trip once. The soundtrack is fantastic! Even from an objective standpoint, it really isn't a bad game, and numerous classic entries have way more problems.

The main gimmick of this game is that each board has its own rules for winning, making it interesting to choose between them. Some boards are skill-based, some are very luck-based, and some are balanced. The mini-games are simple but not bad, thanks to the great music that accompanies the game. Overall, it's a great game.

14 Mario Party: Star Rush

Another underrated Mario Party game, and unlike with IT or 10, I really can't wrap my head around why people hate this game other than "it's not like the original" (which is a BS reason, by the way).

Mario Party: Star Rush is great because it isn't afraid of taking risks that pay off decently. The main mode is revamped again, this time even more freely than the classic layout, and it has its own little quirks. On top of that, there are six more minigame modes, which is just awesome as four of them are legitimately great! Overall, it's a great game!

15 Mario Party 10

Mario Party 10 is widely known as the worst Mario Party game outside of Advance, which I find exaggerated. Honestly, this game isn't even that bad. I can definitely see its many flaws despite my liking for the car gimmick, but it's not an abomination because it still has enjoyable elements.

The car was handled better in 9 due to that game's much more dynamic boards, but I think it works just fine here, even though the boards are pretty mediocre. Bowser Party and Amiibo Party have more issues that make them rather unplayable, but the former can still be fun if you're good.

I haven't gone over the best parts of the game: the mini-games and boss battles. They were actually really amazing in this game and not something to gloss over.

16 Mario Party: The Top 100

I really liked this game. It was pretty fun replaying some of my favorite minigames.

Excellent 4-player collection of the best minigames. Great for drinks with friends.

17 Mario Party-e
18 Mario Party Advance

This game is pretty awesome! I do not understand the hate going on here. Loved the quests! I like Mario Party 10 too. Why is Splatoon 2 on this list? Yoshi's dance in this is very cute. Why is this the last game on the list? I expected it to be before Mario Party 10.

I actually like this game for the nostalgia and the fun it brought me.

I know I sound crazy, but I kind of liked the whole Mushroom Town thing. Other than that, the gadgets were completely useless, they had a local multiplayer mode but it didn't even work, and they only had 1-player minigames. Shall I continue?

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