Mario Party
Mario Party (North American cover)
The North American boxart.
Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario Party
Release date JP December 18, 1998
NA February 8, 1999
EU March 9, 1999
Genre(s) Party
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer
Ratings ACB: General
ESRB: Everyone
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Previous game N/A
Next game Mario Party 2

Mario Party (マリオパーテ, Mario Pāti) is a video-game based on board games, and the first installment in the hit series. In this game, choose one of the six characters to play as, choose a board to play on, and then play and move around it. As you progress, you can collect coins and various items to help during your quest of finding Stars. The game's successor was Mario Party 2.


The game's plot is simple and barebones. One day, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and Wario begin debating about who in their group is the super star based on their personal abilities. Toad, who is literally at the center of their discussion, suggests the six of them determine who is the super star through a series of games placed on maps resembling board games. Whoever acquires the most stars in these games will be crowned the super star. With that incentive, they enter a warp pipe and the game begins.

Basic Information

As the first of the Mario Party series, this game set the stage for one of the most popular games to ever be released by Nintendo, with emphasis on the mini-game stages and the simple board game style of play. The gameplay setup has remained mostly the same throughout the series. The game has 6 starter boards, 2 the players can unlock, and one found at the mini-game house.


Playable Characters

Non-Playable Characters



Main Article: List of mini-games in Mario Party


In 2000, Nintendo was sued by many parents complaining on some of the mini-games in Mario Party (Such as Tug o' War and Pedal Power primarily). In said mini-games, players must rotate the analog stick to win. Many kids burned their palms and some had to be hospitalized. So Nintendo decided to give out gloves to every N64 owner and pay $80,000,000 for the hospital's funds. This was the reason why Mario Party was never released on the Virtual Console.


  • In this game, the Ground Pound was renamed to "Hip Drop." This is because there is a mini-game that is also called Ground Pound.
  • This is the only game in the Mario Party series in which the title screen changes depending on which character wins a board.
  • If more than one character wins a mini-game, it will be shown with an error, with the singular "wins" being used instead of "won." This was fixed in subsequent games.
  • In the Japanese versions of this game, Wario and Luigi both say "Oh My God!" when they get a miss or lose something. It was removed because of religious references and that 75% of America are Christians in which in the Bible (the book) they have an infamous commandment called "Thou not say the lord's name in vain."