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Mario Party 9
Mario party 9 european box art
Mario Party 9's boxart.
Developer(s) Nd Cube
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario Party series
Release date Australia March 8, 2012
Europe March 2nd 2012
United States March 11, 2012
Japan April 26, 2012
Genre(s) Party
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer
Ratings ESRB: E (Everyone)
Platform(s) Wii
Previous game Mario Party DS
Next game Mario Party: Island Tour

Mario Party 9 is the twelfth game in the Mario Party series, including E, Advance, and DS. It was announced in the Nintendo E3 Conference 2011. It is the second and most recent Mario Party game for the Wii.

Story

On a night outside of Princess Peach's Castle, Mario and his friends came to watch the Mini Stars in the sky. As Mario peers though the telescope, he notices that the stars suddenly begin to get sucked through a vortex. It is then revealed to be Bowser and Bowser Jr. on a spacecraft, who are using a vacuum-like machine to suck the stars in the sky. Upon witnessing this, Mario and the gang set out to defeat them and save the Mini Stars. After they start their journey, Shy Guy and Kamek are seen coming out of the woods and then start to follow them, as part of Bowser's plan.

Gameplay

A new form of gameplay was introduced in this game, retiring the old format seen in the prior eight titles: players move all at once through the board in a vehicle (a car in Toad Road, a magic carpet in Boo's Horror Castle and a legged machine in Bob-omb Factory, for example). Instead of trying to collect coins to buy stars, players receive Mini Stars if they pass by them. New minigame types are introduced in the Mario Party series, one example being 2 vs. 1 minigames against Bowser Jr. Players must try to avoid Mini Ztars, which deduct their current amount of Mini Stars. In this game, the minigames don't appear after every four turns, but only when a player ends up on any of the spaces that triggers a minigame. Also, when receiving dice blocks, a minigame might pop up after as well. Unlike previous Mario Party games, where often only the winner mattered, all minigames are ranked from first to last place and generally all players receive Mini Stars, although the winning player earns the most.

Modes

MainMenu-MP9

The Main Menu.

Mario Party 9 has 5 modes in all. They are:

  • Party Mode
  • Solo Mode
  • Minigame Mode
  • Extras Mode
  • Museum

Minigame Mode

Blue Toad is the host of Minigame Mode.

  • Free Play: In the Free Play mode, the players can play unlocked minigames freely.
  • Step It Up: In this mode, players must win minigames to climb stairs. The player who reaches on the top first wins.
  • Garden Battle: The players must get puzzle pieces to fill their gardens winning minigames. The player who completes it first wins.
  • Choice Challenge: All the players choose three minigames from a group of five that they would like to play. These minigames are played and the player who get more points wins.
  • High Rollers: In this mode, the players must win minigames to roll a Dice Block to pass through a panel floor. The player who gets 500 points first wins.
  • Time Attack: The player must try to win 10 minigames as fast as he or she can.
  • Boss Rush: The players must defeat a series of bosses to win, similar to Boss Bash in Mario Party DS.

Party Mode

Once again returning from previous Mario Party games, Party Mode involves the players going around the board like with the previous games, but changed due to the new gameplay mechanics of Mario Party 9.

Solo Mode

The game's story mode, Solo Mode involves the players traveling across all six boards to defeat Bowser and save the Mini Stars.

Extras Mode

In Extras Mode, the player can play through various extra minigames such as Goomba Bowling, Castle Clearout, or Shell Soccer. There is also a mode called Perspective Mode, in which the player plays through various minigames with a changed camera angle.

Museum

The Museum is where the player can spend Party Points on various things such as constellations, game sounds, vehicles, extra game modes, or watch the credits. Once they return a constellation into the sky, the player can go back and see it in the sky.

Characters

MP9 Character Selection

Playable Characters

Mario Luigi Princess Peach Princess Daisy Wario Waluigi
MP9 Select Mario MP9 Select Luigi MP9 Select Peach MP9 Select Daisy MP9 Select Wario MP9 Select Waluigi
Yoshi Birdo Toad Koopa Troopa* Shy Guy** Kamek**
MP9 Select Yoshi MP9 Select Birdo MP9 Select Toad MP9 Select Koopa MP9 Select Shy MP9 Select Kamek
*Newcomer
**Newcomer that must be unlocked

Other Characters

Bosses

Toad Road Bob-omb Factory Boo's Horror Castle Blooper Beach Magma Mine Bowser Station DK's Jungle Ruins
Mid-Bosses
Lakitu Whomp Dry Bones Cheep Cheep Spike Bowser Jr. Diddy Kong
MP9 Lakitu Bust MP9 Whomp Bust MP9 Dry Bones Bust MP9 Cheep Bust MP9 Spike Bust MP9 Bowser Jr. Bust DiddyKong-Boss-MP9
Stage Bosses
Wiggler King Bob-omb King Boo Blooper Chain Chomp Bowser Donkey Kong
MP9 Wiggler Bust MP9 Big Bob-omb Bust MP9 King Boo Bust MP9 Blooper Bust MP9 Chain Chomp Bust MP9 Bowser Bust DonkeyKong-Boss-MP9
Note: King Bob-omb is called Big Bob-omb in the European version.
Note #2: Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are not actual bosses.

Board Maps

These are all the playable board maps in Mario Party 9.

Board Description Captain Event(s)
Toad Road Toad Road is the first board in the game, and is a simple stage with almost no gimmicks. It is designed after New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with features lush grassland, flowers and windmills. A broken bridge after Lakitu, prevents players from moving forward, and if the Energy Meter does not reach the required number, the players will fall to a lower route with Mini Ztar Spaces. 9 Island
MP9 Toad Road
Bob-omb Factory Bob-omb Factory is the second board. Players move around a room full of conveyor belts, and if the Captain lands on an Happening Space, the conveyor belts will move the group of players around, including spaces. Bob-ombs will occasionally intrude on the vehicle and will explode after 10 moves. Whatever the Captain happens to stop the Bob-omb's countdown, half of the Captain's Mini Stars are lost. Side-by-Side Zone
MP9 Bob-omb Factory
Boo's Horror Castle Boo's Horror Castle is the third board. Players move throughout a big castle, which is haunted with Boos. After a Captain passes a Boo Portrait, a Boo will come out of it. If a Captain is caught by a Boo, then a Boo will take away half of their Mini Stars. Boos will follow the players until they leave the current hallway, or enter an alternative room with lights. Before the players can face King Boo, the Captain must roll a number higher than the specified numeral on the gate. Scaredy Rat Race
MP9 Boo's Horror Castle
Blooper Beach Blooper Beach is the fourth board. Players travel along an ocean to reach the end goal. If a Captain passes by a Dolphin, he or she will receive five Mini Stars. However, Sushis will take away half of the Captain's Mini Stars. Huckit Crabs ship will turn all the Mini Stars on the stage into Mini Ztars if a Captain lands on an Event Space, and if they land on it again, the Huckit Crabs will turn them back. Sunken Treasure
MP9 Blooper Beach
Magma Mine Magma Mine is the fifth board. Which takes place in an active volcano where players mainly travel up and out of the mine. Players must escape rising magma that rises two spaces each turn, and is increased further if a Captain lands on a Magma Space. The Captain must avoid getting hit by magma, or the Captain will lose half their Mini Stars. Dice Block Chicken
MP9 Magma Mine
Bowser Station Bowser Station is the final board. Bowser Jr. and Bowser are the stage's mid-boss and boss. A Jackpot Machine here will increase in Mini Stars if a Captain lands on a Jackpot Space. If the Jackpot Machine happens to have 20 or more Mini Stars, a Jackpot Minigame will commence. Oddly this board has no actual hazards that will detract Mini Stars from the Captain. Heart Star Colony
Bingo Colony
Speed Star Colony
MP9 Bowser Station
DK's Jungle Ruins DK's Jungle Ruins is an unlockable board that can be purchased from the Museum for 500 Party Points. Instead of collecting Mini Stars, players collect Bananas while trying to avoid Z-Bananas. Players must make two laps before completing the board. Bananas and Z-Bananas are placed on each space rather than inbetween. The actual Boss Mini-games in this stage are done in form of a bonus minigame to collect Bananas. Barrel Choice
MP9 DK's Jungle Ruins

Mini-games

Gallery

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Trivia

  • This game is the first of Mario Party series that has been done by the Nd Cube.
  • This game was in production and development the longest of any game in the series.
  • This game is the first Mario Party not created by Hudson Soft.
  • This is the only Mario Party that does not have coins, stars, number of turns, and item shops. Instead, they use Mini Stars and Mini Ztars, the negative version of stars.
    • The golden star is only shown in the Superstar scene.

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