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Mario Party 3
Mario Party 3 - North American boxart
The North American boxart for Mario Party 3.
Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario Party series
Release date JP December 7, 2000
NA May 7, 2001
EU November 16, 2001
Genre(s) Party
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer
Ratings ESRB: E (Everyone)
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Previous game Mario Party 2
Next game Mario Party 4

Mario Party 3 is the third installment of the popular Mario Party series and was released for the Nintendo 64. The game is centered around the Millennium Star, who replaces Toad as the host. Mario Party 3 has 67 all new mini-games, and players can now hold up to three items. It also offers a special twist to the game unique in the Mario Party series: duel boards, where players fight each other using partners.

Plot

A Star is Born: In the center of the vast universe, a remarkably bright star was born. It was the star that is born only once in a thousand years, the Millennium Star. According to the legend, whoever possessed the mystical star was destined to become the Superstar of the universe. However since the Millennium Star was but a newborn, it fell from the starry sky. Around that time, Mario and his friends were all happily relaxing when suddenly the Millennium Star came crashing down. Mario and his friends soon began arguing about who should keep the Millennium Star. Suddenly, the Millennium Star gave off a brilliantly bright flash of light. And with that bright flash, Mario and his friends were transported into a toy box! "Greetings. I am the Millennium Star. You must pass my test to prove yourself worthy of possessing me. You must journey across many lands and collect the Star Stamps. If you can collect all seven, I shall accept you as the top Superstar in the universe." Who will collect the seven Star Stamps and become the universe's top Superstar?

In Battle Royale Mode, players have to get as many Stars as possible. Stars cost 20 coins.

In Duel Mode, players have to erase the opponent's health. Every player have five pieces of heart as health.

Stamps

Stamp Requirements
Wit Clear Chilly Waters, then defeat Wario in Gate Guy.
Kindness Clear Deep Bloober Sea, then defeat Yoshi in Arrowhead.
Strength Clear Spiny Desert, then defeat Donkey Kong in Pipesqueak.
Love Clear Woody Woods, then defeat Peach in Blowhard.
Courage Clear Creepy Cavern, then defeat Mario in Mr. Mover.
Beauty Defeat Daisy in Backtrack.
Mischief Beat Waluigi and two other CPUs in Waluigi's Island.

If the player chooses one of five original characters, then Luigi will replace them on their own Duel Board, claiming that he deserves the stamp.

Characters

Playable

Character Duel Partner Favorite Item
Mario1Mario2 Koopa Troopa Golden Mushroom
Luigi1Luigi2 Goomba Skeleton Key
Peach1Peach2mp3 Toad Plunder Chest
Yoshi1Yoshi2 Boo Warp Block
Wario1Wario2 Bob-omb Dueling Glove
Dk1Dk2 Whomp Reverse Mushroom
Daisy1Daisy2 Snifit Cellular Shopper
Waluigi1Waluigi2 Piranha Plant Poison Mushroom

Non-Playable

Duel Partners

Partner Attack Stamina Salary Default Partner Unique Abilities
KoopaTroopaIcon MP3 1 2 1 Coin Mario Can attack in both directions.
GoombaIcon MP3 2 1 2 Coins Luigi None
ToadIcon MP3 1 1 1 Coin Peach Protects the player from having their coins stolen by landing on their rival's Basic Space.
BooIcon MP3 2 1 3 Coins Yoshi When attacked, counterattacks before disappearing.
Bob-ombIcon MP3 1 1 3 Coins Wario Attacks the player's rival directly, but only lasts one attack.
WhompIcon MP3 0 4 3 Coins Donkey Kong None
SnifitIcon MP3 2 2 5 Coins Daisy Can sometimes find two to four coins.
PiranhaPlantIcon MP3 3 1 5 Coins Waluigi Sometimes finds an Extra 1-3 Dice Block.
MrBlizzardIcon MP3 1 3 2 Coins None Attacks the character farthest away from him.
ThwompIcon MP3 0 2 4 Coins None Defeats a partner instantly.
ChainChompIcon MP3 1 2 6 Coins None Attacks the player's rival directly, jumping over their partner.
BabyBowserIcon MP3 1 1 3 Coins None Occasionally transforms into Bowser and does triple damage; otherwise, does nothing.

Battle Royale Boards

In Story Mode, the player's character faces three random characters on these boards to earn Star Stamps.

Duel Boards

In Story Mode, the player's character faces one particular character (depending on what board the player's playing) to earn Star Stamps. If you have chosen the character of that particular board, you'll face Luigi.

Items

Image Item Cost Effects
Sold by Toad
MP3 Mushroom Mushroom 5 Coins Allows the player to roll two Dice Blocks instead of one.
CellularShopper Cellular Shopper 5 Coins Allows the player to call Toad or Baby Bowser's shop at any time. Daisy's favorite item.
WarpBlock Warp Block 5 Coins Switches the user and another random player's positions. Yoshi's favorite item.
Dueling Glove Dueling Glove 10 Coins Allows the player to duel anyone they want in a Duel minigame. Wario's favorite item.
MP3 GoldenMushroom Golden Mushroom 10 Coins Allows the player to roll three Dice Blocks instead of one or two. Mario's favorite item.
Boo Repellent Boo Repellent 10 Coins Protects the player from from getting coins or stars stolen by Boo.
MagicLampMP3 Magic Lamp 20 Coins Summons the Mushroom Genie, who takes the player directly to the star (the player still needs to pay 20 coins for the star though).
Sold by Baby Bowser
MP3Reverseshroom Reverse Mushroom 5 Coins Makes the player affected by it go backwards the next turn. This item can be used by anyone, including the user itself. DK's favorite item.
MP3 PoisonMushroom Poison Mushroom 5 Coins Only lets the player affected by it roll a 1, 2, or 3. This item can be used by anyone, including the user itself. Waluigi's favorite item.
MP3 BowserPhone Bowser Phone 10 Coins Allows the player to call Bowser at any time to harm a player (including the user itself).
MP3 BowserSuit Bowser Suit 10 Coins Makes the player a dress resembling Bowser. Anyone the player passes will lose 20 coins to that player.
Lucky Lamp Lucky Lamp 10 Coins Summons the Mushroom Jeanie, who will move the star to a different location.
Plunder Chest Plunder Chest 10 Coins Steals a random item from a player. Peach's favorite item.
Boo Bell 2 Boo Bell 15 Coins Allows the player to call Boo at any time to steal coins or stars from a certain player.
Sold by Both
Skeleton Key Skeleton Key 5 Coins Allows the player to pass through special gates that only a player with the key can enter. Luigi's favorite item.
MP3 ItemBag Item Bag 30 Coins Gives the player three random items (can include rare items).
Rare Items
Wacky Watch Wacky Watch N/A Advances the game to the Last Five Turns. Can either be used to shorten or extend the game.
Barter Box Barter Box N/A Swaps the all the items of the user with another player.
Koopa Card Koopa Kard N/A Allows the player to earn all the coins deposited into the Koopa Bank simply by passing it.
MP3 LuckyCharm Lucky Charm N/A Forces a player to play a Game Guy minigame (can be the player itself).

Trivia

  • This is the first Mario Party game to feature a Story Mode.
  • This is the first Mario Party game to feature Daisy and Waluigi as playable characters.
    • This is Waluigi's second appearance in a Mario game. His first was in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64.
    • Waluigi, on a rare occasion, plays the villainous role instead of Bowser. He plays the villainous role in Story Mode.
    • This also makes this the first Mario Party game to have new playable characters. (As Mario Party was the first game, and Mario Party 2 only had the same characters from Mario Party, with no new ones added to it)
  • Waluigi is also the only playable character in Mario Party 3 who has a board named after him.
  • Counting the Duel Mode's boards, Mario Party 3 has more boards than any other Mario Party game.
  • This is the first Mario Party game to feature three different save files.
  • Waluigi and Daisy are the only playable characters in this game to have their own theme songs.

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