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New Release: Mario Party 9

Submitted by on January 30, 2012 – 10:42 pmNo Comment
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Yes, Mario Party 9 is on the calendar. It’s to be released March 11, 2012 for $49.99, and will be available for Nintendo Wii only. It’s the ultimate board game, with mini-games perfect for entertaining competitive people of all ages and up to four players.

The party is back and bigger than ever in Mario Party 9, featuring all-new ways to play! For the first time in the franchise, boss battles crash the party and challenge players to compete to defeat a common enemy. In addition, players now travel across stages together in a vehicle towards a common goal – overcoming obstacles, battling bosses, and collecting Mini Stars stolen by Bowser and his minions. Featuring 80 new mini-games, adventurous new stages, and all-new ways to play that blend cooperative and competitive action, Mario Party 9 is the perfect way to get the party started.

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For the first time in the Mario Party franchise, each stage culminates in a Boss Battle. Collectively, players must combine their strength to defeat classic foes such as Bowser and King Boo while still playing competitively to boost their own individual scores.

In another first for the series, players ride across stages together in special vehicles. Players take turns as Captain of the vehicle by hitting Dice Blocks to move the party forward, hoping to land on lucky spaces. The vehicles also help to streamline game play and keep everyone involved in the action.

Unique Captain Events on each stage give players a new way to change the shape of the game.

In Mario Party 9, each themed stage has a clear destination point but with multiple paths along the way, so no two games will play the same. From Toad Road to Boo’s Horror Castle, players will encounter a wide variety of familiar Mario franchise elements in new environments that can be enjoyed solo or with friends.

No time to play through an entire stage? New mini-game modes let players enjoy the action in smaller chunks of time, and involve everything from making pizzas, to escaping haunted mansions, to racing snowmobiles.. They can hone their skills at any mini-game in Free Play mode or try the Extras mode that includes Goomba Bowling and the puzzle-based Castle Clearout.

Every time they play, players can earn Party Points that are used to unlock special items and features.

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