Mario Party: The Top 100

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Mario Party: The Top 100
MarioPartyTheTop100.jpg
European cover art
Developer(s)NDcube
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Director(s)Tsutomu Komiyama
Producer(s)Keisuke Terasaki
Toyokazu Nonaka
Toshiaki Suzuki
Atsushi Ikeda
Kenji Kikuchi
Designer(s)Takeru Sugimoto
Programmer(s)Shinji Shibasaki
Artist(s)Susumu Kuribayashi
Composer(s)Masayoshi Ishi
Sara Sakurai
SeriesMario Party
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
Release
  • NA: November 10, 2017
  • PAL: December 22, 2017
  • JP: December 28, 2017
Genre(s)Party
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Mario Party: The Top 100[a] is a party video game developed by NDcube and published by Nintendo for Nintendo 3DS. It is the fifth installment in the handheld series of Mario Party games, and is a compilation of the 100 best minigames throughout the series. It was released first in North America in November 2017, and was released in PAL regions and in Japan in December 2017.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Gameplay[edit]

Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Waluigi, and Wario competing in the "Peak Precision" minigame from Mario Party 9

Mario Party: The Top 100 features 100 minigames that were previously featured in earlier games in the Mario Party series, all of which are taken from the home console entries in the series. Most of the minigames are graphically updated from the originals. Many minigames that appeared in Mario Party games for the Wii were reworked to properly function on the 3DS, which lacks the Wii's motion controls.[7] The game features several game modes. In Minigame Match, players take turns moving around a board map, with the goal being to collect coins and stars.[8] The game, unlike earlier games in the Mario Party series, consists of only one board map.[9]

Minigame Island consists of playing through pre-selected minigames to advance along a linear path. The game also includes a freeplay mode in which the player can choose which minigames to play.[8] 24 of the game's 100 minigames must be unlocked by first playing through Minigame Island.[9][7] The game supports multiplayer for 3 additional players, either through the use of individual copies of the game, or through a 3DS digital download.[7]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic59/100[10]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid5/10[11]
Nintendo World Report4.5/10[9]
Hardcore Gamer3.5/5[7]

According to Metacritic, the game received "mixed or average reviews".[10] Kirstin Swalley of Hardcore Gamer criticized the game for featuring only one board map, and stated that the game lacked the "complex and competitive nature" of earlier games.[7]

Matt West of Nintendo World Report considered the single board map to be the game's "biggest disappointment", and stated that the original control setup for some minigames did not feel right on the 3DS.[9] Allegra Frank of Polygon felt that the Minigame Match mode was superior to Minigame Island, which she considered to be repetitive and lacking in fun because of the absence of a board map.[8]

Mario Party: The Top 100 sold 52,181 copies within its first week on sale in Japan, which placed it at #5 on the all-format video game sales chart.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ known in Japan as Mario Party 100 Minigame Collection (マリオパーティ100 ミニゲームコレクション, Mario Pāti 100 Minigēmu Korekushon)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mario Party will combine the best of the series on 3DS". Nintendo Life. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Sarkar, Samit (13 September 2017). "Mario Party's best minigames being collected in Mario Party: The Top 100". Polygon.
  3. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (13 September 2017). "Mario Party: The Top 100 Announced for 3DS". IGN. Ziff Davis.
  4. ^ "The 100 best Mario Party mini-games are coming to 3DS in one mega-bundle". VG247.
  5. ^ Pereira, Chris (14 September 2017). "Mario Party: Top 100 Brings Together The Series' Best Mini-Games For 3DS". GameSpot. CBS Interactive.
  6. ^ "Mario Party: The Top 100 release date brought forward to December 22 in Europe". Gematsu. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e Swalley, Kirstin (November 19, 2017). "Review: Mario Party: The Top 100". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Frank, Allegra (November 10, 2017). "Mario Party: The Top 100 is the series at its best and worst". Polygon. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d West, Matt (November 10, 2017). "Mario Party: The Top 100 (3DS) Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Mario Party: The Top 100". Metacritic. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  11. ^ Cooke, Caitlin (November 28, 2017). "Review: Mario Party: The Top 100". Destructoid. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  12. ^ Romano, Sal (January 9, 2017). "Media Create Sales: 12/25/17 – 12/31/17". Gematsu. Retrieved January 13, 2017.

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