No Online Play for Mario Party: Island Tour





Mario Party: Island Tour will not feature online multiplayer, according to a Nintendo representative at a recent demo event.  The game, however, can be played using one card in Download Play. Island Tour is Mario Party’s début on 3DS. The title marks the series’ third portable entry, preceded by Mario Party Advance and Mario Party DS.   Mushroom Kingdom’s beach party starts November 22 in North America, Winter 2013 in Japan and 2014 in Europe.

Source: Nintendo World Report

Rakim Reid is many things -- a blogger, husband, student -- but video games have been in his life longer than any of them. He has written about the video game industry over the years in his spare time and has plans to expand into the e-book realm. He is a avid Nintendo fan and continues to play the company's latest games. You can find him curled up next to his 3DS in his downtime.


  1. Heavily reconsidering my possible purchase.

  2. Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t Wii Party U have online? No reason for Mario Party not to anymore.

  3. Is someone else finally seeing that this company might not be going in the right direction? Lack of online play for this game is absurd.

    I’m not an Xbox fan, but check this out. They’re the “cool” brand, and Nintendo is in danger of being the “lame” brand. Actually maybe that’s already happened.

  4. Ugh…the last good Mario Party game came and went years ago, apparently. …Unless Nintendo does something about it. I still have a sliver of hope!

  5. Hey. MP9 was good. Don’t hate because it’s different. MP8 was pure garbage.

    And no Lou, MP not having online isn’t making me go insane and whiny and shutting down my Nintendo Government just because of one game’s lack of online.

  6. @MikeIsAPoet: Wii Party U doesn’t have online multiplayer either — another unfortunate case.

    @Holly: I played the first Mario Party all the time when I was a kid. But I haven’t picked up any recent entries in a while. Online multiplayer would help make my purchase easier.

  7. I thought I heard Party U had some sort of online function. Huh.

    Damn, now it looks like I’ll go without a MP game. That’s fine…my collection is already half-there. Still need MP3, 4, and 7. Screw 8 that game is the biggest piece of trash I’ve ever played. Love 9, it’s a great deviation.

  8. Well, the love of Mario Party is playing on your couch with friends or family. Yeah, online would be a nice function, but at the same time, I feel like it would cheapen the point of the game. But yeah, ultimately, it sucks.

    They’re gearing up to include online play, though. Sochi Olympics, Smash Bros., etc.

  9. @BornFlunky: I agree. Still, in the series earlier days, I dreamed to play this game beyond the confines of my living room since my friends lived in a different state.

  10. It’s so typical Nintendo! 🙁 They STILL don’t get online! 🙁

  11. Mattiac – I agree. What’s weird is that they did it for Mario Kart Wii very well. So it’s not as if they can’t. They must choose not to?

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