Our first impressions for Nintendo’s newest couch coop dream, Super Mario Party, were glowing. Having played through the game countless times since it’s fair to say our impressions have continued to remain positive. 

Let’s break down what we liked and didn’t like about Nintendo’s latest party game (read: friendship-ruiner in a cartridge):

Liked: Minigames


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For a franchise that’s been accused of recycling minigames and tropes throughout the series, the minigames are on point in Super Mario Party. Typically, a good chunk of the games could be flagged as ‘missable’ in a Mario Party game, but not one of them was truly terrible or frustrating. Honorable mentions include: Candy Shakedown (the HD rumble shines!), Sizzling Stakes and Splaparazzi. 

Liked: Classic Mario Party Boards


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The most recent two Mario Party games featured the most disappointing one-car-we’re-all-in-this-together mechanic that zapped most of the fun out of the game. Super Mario Party brings back the classic game mode, allowing players to move independently on the board in an attempt to usurp their friends. 

Liked: River Survival Mode

A cute addition to the game, River Survival Mode puts four players in the same raft as they barrel down rapids; avoiding rocks, picking their path and hitting minigame balloons. Though it takes out most of the competitive nature, it’s a lot of fun. 

Disliked: The Online Mode

The online mode seems like an afterthought; one that could’ve had a lot of potential. In this mode, you’re thrown into a coliseum with three other players who are pitted against each other in a mini-game marathon. There are no instructions for the minigames, making it tough for players who are new to the game to succeed in the fast-paced competition. 

Disliked: The Amount of Boards


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Though I was pleased that Super Mario Party paid homage to the old school entries with the standard boards — four of them in total — it was frustrating to see that there wasn’t a huge selection (or a promise from Nintendo that we’d receive DLC boards). 

Overall, Super Mario Party is a worthy addition to the Nintendo Switch’s already fantastic games library. It brings classic couch coop to break up the monotony of single-player-focused games and sets the stage for some good-natured friends-turned-enemies situations. Have you picked up your copy of Super Mario Party?