Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Throw a Mario Party! Nine Times! Hours Spent Partying in Mario Party 9.

Coffee Beans
Mario Party 9 released on the Wii in North America on March 11, 2012 with a MSRP of $49.99 in the U.S.

Mario Party 9, I believe, was the first game from the series to be developed by Nd Cube, instead of Hudson, and it was published by Nintendo. The game received an ESRB rating of "Everyone" with "Mild Cartoon Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many hours have Wii owners reported partying with Mario Party 9 since it released just over 3 months ago? Brew some coffee, and let's take a look!

Official U.S. Nintendo Channel data.
The Brew
Mario Party 9 has approximately 27,889 U.S. Wii owners that have reported attending the "party" in the last 3 months since it started, and the game has an average play-time per day/session of 2 Hours 24 Minutes. So, the average Mario Party 9, "party", is lasting about 2.5 hours.

What about reviews though? Is Mario known for throwing awesome parties? Well, many of the Mario Party games land in the 70% score range for review scores, except two: Mario Party 7 and Mario Party 8Mario Party 9's "professional" review score average is 75.23% though, based on 28 reviews from GameRankings.com.

What about your average Wii owners that have been partying with Mario Party 9, what do they think of the game? Mario Party 9 has a customer review score average of 76.41%, based on 78 customer reviews on Amazon.com.

Out of the two Mario Party Wii games though, 8 and 9, Mario Party 8 has a slightly higher customer review score average, sitting at 78.53% based on 259 customer reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have never played a Mario Party game, but I have been to the most awesome Mario related birthday party ever. Our oldest Bean's first birthday party. If you are not familiar with the Mario Party series (raises hand), the trailer below might give you an idea of what to expect from Mario Party 9:

Seeing the game already has more than half a million hours of game-play reported, in just over 3 months, I think shows Mario Party 9 is really being enjoyed by Wii owners.

To back that up, the average hours reported "Per person" being close to 20 hours shows Wii owners are playing the game pretty often.

Are any of you fans of the Mario Party series in general, perhaps even playing/owning every game in the series? If so, which Mario Party game do you think is the best? Mario Party 9 is the "best" of the series on the Wii according to the "professional" review scores, but not the customer review scores.

If you have Mario Party 9, does each party/game session last about 2.5 hours? Or, can you play a "party" a lot faster than that?

If you are interested in Mario Party 9 for the Wii, it is linked on GameStop.com and Amazon.com below:
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  1. Wow! How could you have avoided Mario Party all this time? Highly recommend you correct that as soon as possible! With that, don't begin with Mario Party 9. Get Mario Party 2 on the VC.

    Anyway, I must say I'm genuinely surprised to see the average of hourly playtime so high (at least, compared to other Wii games). That's encouraging to see, even if I'm not a huge fan of Mario Party 9's direction.

    To answer your questions:
    * For 2.5 hours, you could get multiple (maybe 3!) games in for that amount of time. It doesn't take that long just for one board, which is great! Whether you like Mario Party 9 or not, you need to respect this as proof that the changes were at least in some respects for the better.

    * I do think Mario Party 9 is better than Mario Party 8 for a variety of reasons, and that's after having played Mario Party 8 for years. But as for which one I think is the best, that would have to be Mario Party 6.

    Oh, and here's a plug for my review if you're interested:

    Also, in line with my feelings on the franchise as a whole, I hope you don't mind me also plugging this feature I did a few months back that I'm still very proud of: http://www.wiiloveit.com/features/dont-mess-with-my-game

  2. Mario Party 2 was the only MP I liked.

  3. Why's that? Wouldn't logic dictate that you would've liked MP1 as well?

  4. I think it's because I played it the most when I was younger. When I go back to play the first one, it doesn't have all the stuff 2 has. Then the ones after that just bored me. MP2 is where it's at. All others are free.

  5. Agreed. Mario Party 1 also had the ability to cause physical harm. Mario Party 2 didn't have the (literally) hand-destroying minigames.

  6. I've been a fan of Mario Party since its early days - I even got good play time out of the Wii game (the one most hate).

    I won't bother with Mario Party 9 though. I like these games because they're board games. The idea of everyone travelling around together doesn't appeal to me in the slightest.

    That, and Fortune Street is the perfect Wii virtual board game :)

  7. "How could you have avoided Mario Party all this time?"
    I don't know, before the Wii and the Rayman Raving Rabbids series, I just never really did mini-games/party games much, if ever.

    "With that, don't begin with Mario Party 9. Get Mario Party 2 on the VC."
    Thanks for the recommendation on that, as knowing Mario Party 2 is on the Virtual Console, makes me more likely to give the series a try...because I won't be afraid of losing much money if I don't find the game enjoyable. $10 over $50 any day!

    "For 2.5 hours, you could get multiple (maybe 3!) games in for that amount of time."
    That's good to know. Less than an hour for a game. What about Mario Party 2?

    No problem linking, and in your review for MP9 the Bowser Reverse Mini-Game option sounds hilarious.
    I thought it was interesting in the "Enjoyment" segment, you mentioned the "oversimplifications hold it back", but I wonder if that's one of the reasons it appears to be doing well. It's simple enough for younger ones to figure it out?

    Thanks for the feedback and comment! Greatly appreciated!

  8. Do you own the Virtual Console version of MP2? Or did you just play the original?

    Thanks for the comment!

  9. Yea, it's interesting that Fortune Street and this were released within 3 months of each other. I'm surprised Nintendo released this one in the last year of the Wii's life, as I would have liked to see Disaster: Day of Crisis and even Pandora's Tower here in North America first, and perhaps a Mario Party Wii U (probably will happen anyway) around the Wii U's launch to show off new GamePad controls in the board game setting. Sequels usually = $$$$ though, and if it has "Mario" in it's title that has instant name recognition.

  10. I'd like to see Trace Memory R/Another Code R and Fatal Frame 2 Wiimake ; ;

    Canadian Numbers

    Time 57,846 24,438 Times
    Per Person 16 hours 54 min 7.14 Times

    3422 Canadian Wii owners are reporting numbers.
    Or 12.2% of the US total!

    Another one that's skewing heavier in Canada.

  11. Maybe not "all the stuff", but certainly you can see where much of the improvements stemmed from. Don't get me wrong, I love MP2 and find some aspects of MP1 a bit boring now (sad to say). Just trying to understand why MP1 is, by your terms, seemingly not likable when MP2 and MP1 have a number of things in common.

  12. Very late follow-up, but in stumbling on this again, I realize I linked to the wrong feature at the end of my comment: http://www.wiiloveit.com/features/analyzing-mario-party



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