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Mario Party 2 (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . There is an argument to be made that this series (which had annual sequels up until 2005) overstayed its welcome. If this was a review of a brand new $50 game, I would likely join that chorus of naysayers. But there's something about the price and timing that melts my heart. At ten dollars this sequel is now cheaper than most real board games, and this is the perfect game to play during your holiday get-togethers this weekend. It still fails as a one-player experience, but it's the perfect release this close to Christmas. Rating: 71%
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What Is It? Mario Party 2 is exactly what it sounds like, the sequel to one of Nintendo's most popular video board games. In this game you choose a popular Nintendo character to take around an ever-changing board collecting coins, stars and other Mario-themed items. From time to time players will be asked to participate in multiplayer mini-games, which include everything from button mashing events to memory challenges. What sets this game apart is how quickly somebody can go from last to first. All it takes is a few lucky breaks (and well placed items) to win the whole thing. But it doesn't matter who comes out ahead, because everybody is having a good time when they play Mario Party 2.

Does It Still Hold Up? I never thought I would be so happy to return to the days of "normal" game pads. While I may be in the minority, I was put off by the motion-centric gameplay found in both Mario Party 7 and 8. This 1999 release may repeat a few too many puzzles from the first game, but I was surprised by how much fun I had playing it again. Just be careful, because like all other games in the series, Mario Party 2 is not recommended for solo-gamers.

Is It Worth The Money? There is an argument to be made that this series (which had annual sequels up until 2005) overstayed its welcome. If this was a review of a brand new $50 game, I would likely join that chorus of naysayers. But there's something about the price and timing that melts my heart. At ten dollars this sequel is now cheaper than most real board games, and this is the perfect game to play during your holiday get-togethers this weekend. It still fails as a one-player experience, but it's the perfect release this close to Christmas.
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