Mario Party DS is the only Nintendo DS exclusive title in the Mario Party family; it was the last Mario Party game to be developed by Hudson Soft and was published by Nintendo in 2007.
Mario and his friends decide to attend a party hosted by Bowser who is attempting to apologize for his previous actions towards them; unsurprisingly, the party is a trap and Bowser steals the Sky Crystal that Mario has just discovered. The group are shrunk down to a tiny size so that they can't threaten Bowser as he attempts to find the other Sky Crystals. Mario and his friends must fight through a large world to complete minigames and earn the remaining Sky Crystals before Bowser finds them.
The party game places emphasis on multiplayer where up to four players battle to win the minigames featured in the game; players take turns to roll the dice then move that number of spaces along the board. Landing on a certain color will trigger a different type of minigame that matches that color or will unlock a special even that could help the players win the game or make it more difficult.
There are 74 unique minigames found in the game which are randomly selected in accordance to their color; the games are split into different types where they can be a free-for-all or work in a team-based fashion. Players earn coins by winning minigames and coins are used to dictate the winner of the game once a set number of turns have passed. Stars are also used to determine the winner of the game and bonus stars can be awarded to players who have filled certain criteria.
Multiplayer – Play with up to 4 players in one instance where the aim is to collect enough points
74 minigames – Compete in a wide range of unique minigames to earn coins and stars
Exclusive boards – Play on a range of different boards with their own unique settings and minigames
Collect items – Play the game to earn unlockable goodies and rewards
- Great range of minigames
- Simple controls and innovative use of the DS systems
- Multiplayer only requires one game cartidge
- Good single player experience
Players didn't like
- No online mode, only local multiplayer
- AI is weak and dull to play against