Could Wii Party be the New Mario Party?

IGN recently put up an article detailing some information regarding Wii Party. A game that was announced at an investor meeting by Satoru Iwata.

“Nintendo has not launched a marquee party game since Mario Party 8, launched in summer 2007,” said Iwata during the briefing. “However, since Wii is usually being played by several people at once and the global sales of Mario Party have reached 7.6 million units, a party title has great potential.”

From the details that were release… Wii Party is a game that will of course use all the mii’s on your system. While pitting them against various Mario Party-esque mini games. Now, I know Mario Party is a huge franchise and many people love that game. but the real question is…

Without the Mario characters would this be a game you would be looking forward too?

15 Responses to Could Wii Party be the New Mario Party?

  1. Fuzz says:

    The way I see it, they probably started developing a new Mario party, but figured they needed to have Mii’s. At some point they decided everyone would probably paly with their Mii instead of the Mario characters, so why not continue with their Wii branding for the game. I’d be interested to give this a try, and I’m sure it’ll sell boatloads.

  2. cpl1701 says:

    I’ll reserve judgment until I see it, but I would rather have a New Mario Party game.

  3. Cory says:

    As long as it means that everything is unlocked from the beginning; I don’t need online, being a party game, online would lose that meaning (online is never as good as same room play)

  4. -_Q says:

    This will be infinitely more successful than another Mario Party. The Wii _____ branding is much stronger at this point. They can always throw in a franchise character here and there for some spice.

    I’m actually pretty relieved to not see a new Mario Party in the works. Maybe Wii Party will allow some new ideas to finally seep into the formula.

    Seriously, Mario Party.

    That series has “The Land Before Time” Syndrome. Only the tiniest kids could be oblivious to the fact that they had about thirteen of the same movie on the shelf.

  5. rdaneel72 says:

    There is not enough beer in the world to make Mario Party fun; believe me, I have tried. My wife, and another couple, have forced me to play this game every few weeks since the N64 days, and they revel in my loathing of this series that makes me HATE VIDEOGAMES!!!!

    A name change is one thing, but this series needs some new gameplay. The board-game + minigames are tired after 7 sequels. And while I see the appeal of local multiplayer, this series needs an online option so the three of them can play without me!!!

  6. Sanne says:

    Worth a try, but not conviced this is the end of the Mario Party franchise

  7. EdEN says:

    I played the last Mario Party Wii game just the other week and it was a fun hour. Let’s wait until trailers are released for this game before trying to tell the world that it’s no good, ok?

  8. Mr.cranky says:

    Mario party was great, but kinda ran its course. Kinda like tony hawk. Almost yearly updates ran both series into the ground 🙁 but wii party could be the one pepole been waiting for. Without the mario branding, they can finally add something fresh. Since nintendo making it, theres garateed to have mario or other nintendo game refrences in there

  9. Jack says:

    “Without the Mario characters would this be a game you would be looking forward too?”

    It’s a fair question, Will. Right now I’d say maybe not, but there’s no denying the power of the Mii and the “Wii [BLANK]” franchise. Wii Music being the exception.

  10. Will says:

    Jack. Here’s the real question. Can the Wii Party game stand on it’s own without an add-on, console, or even a controller to push it?

    Maybe that is why Wii Music failed. It was a gimmicky game without anything else added on to it.

  11. Jonkind says:

    Will Wii Party be Motion Plus only?

  12. herogear says:

    Seeing as how Hudson isn’t behind it (and they did the terrible Mario Party 8), and that Nintendo has a pretty good track record with their 1st party games and Wii____ games, I’m optimistic. Not something I would go get on day one, but something I would buy for my girlfriend or folks.

  13. Burnberry says:

    This is great, because you can always make Mario Party character Miis.

  14. frstOne says:

    I think this will be Mario Party 9, just without Mario. Which is a great move, because people will see this game as something fresh, and not as the 9th entry in a stagnant series.

  15. ModestMrGreen says:

    I’m really excited for this because it’s being internally-developed. I think this game may end up surprising us with its content and quality. Hopefully there will be some MotionPlus functionality in it, too.

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