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Monday 21 October 2019

Super Mario Party review: Back to basics

(Switch) ★★★★ Age: 3+

Super Mario Party
Super Mario Party
Ronan Price

Ronan Price

The world probably doesn't need another Super Mario Party game - but we've got one anyway. This rendition of the long-running virtual board-game is equal parts simple, silly and sassy.

It follows the familiar SMP template of characters throwing dice to move around an animated board, interspersed with mini-games.

Thankfully, the fiddlier ideas of recent titles have fallen away and this Switch edition makes good use of single Joy-Con controllers for entertaining couch face-offs.

The boards themselves feel tricksier and less linear, something than compensates for the fact there are fewer of them in number.

Solo players will, as always, find little to detain them here but in groups of two to four SMP is a bit of a hoot.

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