Unconfirmed Mario Characters Most Likely Return in Mario Party SuperstarsA couple of weeks ago, as of this list's release, I not only predicted what boards and characters I thought would make an appearance in the newly announced Mario Party Superstars, but I also ranked the likelihood of all unconfirmed N64 Mario Party boards returning in said game. So now I've decided to take it a step further, and rank the likelihood of characters being playable in this upcoming game. However, it will have to be a bit different. Because the storage of Mario characters is much larger than that of N64 boards, I'll only going to rank the ten most likely characters to be playable. No more, no less. So with that being said, let's get started!
And the most likely character to return is..., *drum rolls* Actually cut that, you already know what the #1 character spot goes to, it's Daisy, obviously. Like she might not have been confirmed in the announcement trailer, but can you actually imagine a Mario Party game without her playable? While Diddy Kong is likely too, he's only been playable in two Mario Party games so far. Daisy on the other hand, has been a staple in the Mario Party franchise ever since the third entry. Daisy wins this ranking, no contest. There's nothing else that needs to be said.
Would a lot of make sense considering her sporty, and competitive nature.
High chance of returning because she has been in every Mario Party expect 1 & 2
Honestly, who doubts in the return of a playable Diddy Kong? He's only been playable in two of the most recent Mario Party games, but yet he feels just as classic as playables like Donkey Kong or Wario, etc. The fact that he didn't make his debut as a playable until Mario Party: Star Rush boggles my mind, as Donkey Kong is the most blatant example of a Mario Party playable who hasn't had a natural partner until this game. Not much else to say. I see literally no reason why Diddy Kong wouldn't be playable, because he's not only a natural partner to DK, but he's also a good guy, and as we all know, Mario Party rosters have traditionally always been very homogenous in good guys. That gives him an edge even over characters like Dry Bones or Spike. Diddy Kong will certainly be a playable in this game.
If there is a Mario character with one of the largest fanbases of all time, it has to be Dry Bones. Looking over the internet, it's surprising what a huge following he has earned throughout the years. Or maybe not so surprising. But I think it's safe to say that the love for this character has contributed to how much he has been playable in Mario Spin off games, like Mario Party. So far he's been playable in Mario Parties 7, 8 and Super, and is NOT one of the confirmed non-playable characters in Superstars. Now, it might just be because there aren't many non-playable roles he can fill in, like Goomba or Koopa Troopa can, but come on, who was one of the three Mario characters added to the Switch port of Mario Kart 8? It was Dry Bones, and I don't think it was a random choice. Dry Bones is loved by the Mario community, and has made several appearences in the Mario spin-offs. I would be surprised at the lack of him in the roster.
He probably will return
In my opinion, one of the most positive surprises in the Mario Party Superstars announcement trailer was the return of a playable Birdo. While she existed in Super Mario Party as well, she was merely an NPC whose only purpose was letting you unlock the gold oar and a few stickers. A pretty lame waste, if you ask me. If you have the model, why not make it useful? So I'm glad they did so in Superstars. This makes me believe that and Cube will go a step further and make Spike playable as well, as he similarly to Birdo, was also a throwaway character in Super Mario Party, only serving as an NPC. After all, they already have the model for him, it would be most unwise to not use it to expand the playable roster. And he was playable in Mario Party 10 so it's not like he's completely new to the series. Overall, Spike is very likely to return as a playable.
Pauline was the original damsel in distress of the Mario franchise, debuting as the princess that needed to be saved in the original Donkey Kong game. But after Super Mario Bros., she's been largely obscure and unknown, only appearing in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. However, since the release of Super Mario Odyssey, she's made relevant return in the Mario series. First as the major of New Donk City in Super Mario Odyssey, but later also as a playable character in Mario Tennis Aces and Mario Golf: Super Rush. So I think it's about time she makes a debut in Mario Party as well. You might think she's not very likely to appear, as she didn't appear in Super Mario Party, however, neither did Rosalina appear in Mario Party 9, but is she still not playable in Mario Party? So overall, I think Pauline has a decent chance of making a debut in Mario Party.
Kamek is a character I would most certainly be surprised if he made it into the final game. In the Mario series as a whole, Kamek is typically the over-arching villain of the series as a whole, as it was he who raised Bowser into what he is today. Even in the Mario Party series this role isn't completely thrown off the track, because while he was playable in Mario Party 9, Super Mario Party saw him debut as the host of bad events, similarly to Bowser in previous installments, as Bowser was playable here. The good hosts included Toad and Toadette respectively, and they retain their roles in Mario Party Superstars. However, Mario Party Superstars, being a game mainly about bringing back the old days, most likely will see the return of Bowser being the big bad guy. So where does that leave Kamek? Why not make him playable? He was so in Mario Party 9, why can't he be again?
If you've been a Nintendo fan before the release of the Nintendo Switch, one thing that you're most certainly familiar with would be Miis. They were customizable people you could create and then use as an avatar in a game, or if lucky, even play as them. And Mario games are no strangers to Miis. They've been playable here and there, from Mario Kart Wii, to Mario Golf World Tour, and even Mario Party 8! Now as we know, Mario Party rosters have always traditionally been very homogenous. No non-Mario characters have ever been playable, and even bad guys need to be lucky to land in the roster. So the fact that Miis were playable in Mario Party 8 is quite a feat. Sure it was only for Extras minigames, but it's something. Miis could've been higher on the list, if not for two reasons. One, they haven't been heard of since Mario Party 8, and two, the Nintendo Switch has largely made Miis obscure. Sure you can still create them, but they have no real value anymore, and are hidden away in the ...more
One of the most interesting Mario characters for me would be Nabbit. This little fellow was originally introduced as a minor antagonist in New Super Mario Bros. U, from whom you could win items if you beat him. I definitely wouldn't bet that he'd be debuting as a playable in Mario Party from that though. However, since then, he's actually made a few relevant returns in Mario games. For example, he was a playable character in Mario Golf: World Tour, a supporting NPC in Mario Party 10 and an enemy in Mario & Luigi Paper Jam. That's quite a lot of appearences for what was originally just a random rabbit with bandana. I definitely don't think that we WILL be seeing him, however, there is a possibility, with how he was playable once, and even made a minor appearence in Mario Party once. He has potential, in my opinion.
Let's start off by discussing what is probably the most iconic character to be spawned out from Mario Party, the Koopa Kids. The name is self-explanatory. They basically served as Bowser's henchmen in the Mario Party series, filling the roles that Goombas and Koopas do in the platformer series. And that's typically his purpose. Later on, he's also playable in Mario Parties 5 to 6, before he was replaced by the much more developed Bowser Jr. and Kamek. This is why he's last on this list. Koopa Kid is a character whose sole purpose was to fill the role as a minion in a spin-off franchise, when there was no other character who could do the job. But now that Bowser Jr. exists, a character whose existence isn't solely dependent on a silly party game, it would be most unlikely if we saw the much more obscure Koopa Kid. This doesn't even include the fact that Bowser Jr. has already been confirmed as a non-playable in this game, so why would Koopa Kid have any better chance? In the end, Koopa ...more
Next up is Pom Pom. Now please note that just because a character is on this top list, it does not mean I think they're likely to return. There are just so few Mario characters that I feel like even have a chance in this game, and Pom Pom is one of those characters that just has a slightly higher chance than the rest. Frankly, I have a hard time thinking we'll see her. The fact that she was playable in Super Mario Party was something I did not expect, especially not without Boom Boom. She was one of those characters that just appeared once, kind of like Kamek and Blooper in previous installments. Now the reason this character is above Koopa Kid though is because in the event of the developers running out of time but still needing to expand the roster, they could just bring back Pom Pom. This is because Mario Party Superstars uses the same engine as Super Mario Party, and because they already have the character model for this playable, ready, they could just use it. I don't think it's ...more