Can you believe Mario Party is now twenty years old? With over 10 main games and handheld spin-offs, there have been hundreds of starts to be had! Friendship breaking, heated competitions and barrels of random fun. Board games have never quite been the same! To celebrate the milestone, we’ve picked out our top 10 Mario Party mini games – from Whack-a-Plant to Bowser’s Face Lift!
Bop the piranha in Whack-a-Plant
Those piranha plant are hungry. Hungry and ready to chomp through a party reveller with ease! A truly enjoyable single-player romp; and the perfect chance to stack up coins by bopping each one with well timed jumps!
Frosty slide fun in the Bobsled Run
Mario Kart: Double Dash, you’ve met your match! Okay, it’s not quite Mario Kart, but it Bobsled Run was one of the ultimate team races in Mario Party. Pair up and slide through the frosty slopes for Bobsled supremacy!
Before Wii Music, we had Mario Bandstand
If you’ve played this one before, I bet you can hear the jingle in your head! Before the Wii Remote waggling fun in Wii Music, we had this rhythmic mini-game to put on a show! Tap in time or feel the audience’s burn!
Dodge the scary Boo in Running of the Bulb
It’s like you and your mates out on the town on a Friday night! Team up to make it through the spooky corridor, and don’t get caught… or become zombiefied.
Poke for cash in Paddle Battle
Your palms could get a little bit sore with this one. Mario Party is known for the spinning of the control stick, and Paddle Battle was the absolute beast of spinning. Every time the boat skims the edge of the river, coins go to the other team!
Balls at the ready for Bumper Balls
Ever wanted to roll about on a little ball? Bumper Balls is one of the most iconic and painful Mario Party mini-games. You’re rolling about, bumping into each other – as you do – but only one competitor can survive. It’s ruthless. Friendship ruining. It’s Bumper Balls!
Toad’s a little confused in Mushroom Mix-up
7 colours, one toad, and a little flag. It sounds super-simple, but Mushoom Mix-up is a game all about reaction. Run to the colour shown on Toad’s flag before the platforms sink. Easy! Until you’re pounded by your fellow players…
Crazy Cutter is a truly unique way to draw
Pens, pencils, charcoal, paint. We’ve been there! Art-shops are home to all sorts of quirky tools, but you probably won’t find a jackhammer in your local! Crazy Cutter is a true test of analogue stick precision, with four players sketching out a familiar face!
Ever wanted to pump Bowser?
Armed with a devilish pump, it’s time for the evil Bowser to rise to the occasion! Timing is key with this one, as you pummel that inflatable balloon with enough air to be the first one to pop Bowser!
Give Bowser a pinch or two in Bowser’s Face Lift
Can you match Bowser to his new look? A super fun nod to Super Mario 64, where you’re giving Bowser a literal face-lift. Selfie camera at the ready! A super fun four-player romp to be the greatest N64 cosmetic artist!