09. Mario Party 9 (Nintendo)
I never thought I’d write these particular words in this particular order.
It’s been a while since Mario’s last party.
In fact, four years have passed since Nintendo last published a Mario Party game. For some franchises, four years isn’t an extraordinary gap between releases. For a franchise that once spawned eight over a nine-year period, it’s as shocking as the first time you were told your princess is in another castle.
Spoiler alertâ€”she’s in the eighth one.
As unprecedented as the Great Mario Party Drought has been, it’s been even more interesting given its timing. If there’s ever been a console perfectly suited for a Mario Party, it’s the motion-controlled, online-enabled and family-friendly Wii. And that’s potential Mario Party 9 could finally fulfill.
A surprise unveiling at this year’s E3, details on Mario Party 9 are scarce. We do know, however, that the game is coming to Wii this year. Watch Nintendo’s E3 trailer to check out some of the minigames.
Spoiler alertâ€”yes, it has minigames.