Like all Mario Party games, this particular installment of the series features a host of minigames that take place either on a board, or in the form of a time trial competition. Eight Super Mario Bros. Mario characters, representing Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, King Koopa, Wario, Toad, Daisy and the plumber's wife, make up the usual pantheon of character, and each of the players are given a board and a bag of course elements. Examples of course elements vary from time trials competitive races against the clock, to minigames such as a bowling game, a marching game, a tug-of-war and a tennis game.
Scattered around these game are locations, three-dimensional Mushroom World-like structures that process around a player as they progress through the game. These locations serve as portals to a variety of minigames within a single course. For example, immediately following the course's first race, players will need to enter a "Wario Warehouse", a mini-game area with a few minigames, before continuing with a race to the finish. Once all the course elements have been entered, a course's final mini-game is also available to make for an overall slower and potentially sluggish experience.
Mario Party's first game was released for the Nintendo 64 in December of 1998. TheN64 Basic Mario Party, as it was labeled in Japan, was later released in the West under the abbreviated form of the series's title to capitalize on the impending public debut of the Nintendo DS console. Despite the abbreviation, the game was as a stand-alone platform game to one of the earlier series of Mario Party titles, and was the first Mario Party game to use the Mario Party branding, rather than the generic "Mario Party" title (Nintendo of America gave the game the official title of Mario Party.
Story-wise, the game follows a group of four characters who, while not inherently antagonistic, spend most of their time bickering and attacking each other, rather than trying to support their partner. d2c66b5586