Mario Party Superstars for Nintendo Switch: Ultimate guide

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Mario Party Superstars was finally released and quickly became one of the best Nintendo Switch party games ever. Up to four players can try out a digital board game, or simply enjoy mini-games together. It’s not exactly a new Mario Party – it’s kind of like a mix between a set and a new edition since it has boards and mini-games from previous Mario Party entries. Still confused? Let’s dive in.

What is Mario Party Superstars?

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This is the newest Mario Party game in the franchise. Rather than being a completely new entry, it is actually a collection of popular boards and mini-games remastered from the series. For example, there are five gamepads from the N64 era along with 100 mini-games from across the series. The game is saved after each round, so you can pick up where you left off.

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What are Mario Party games?

Mario Party SuperstarsSource: Nintendo (screenshot)

The way these games work, up to four players roll the dice and travel around a virtual board game. If you do not have enough players, some characters will be controlled by the computer, but you can choose their difficulty levels. At the end of each round, players are separated into teams or have to compete against everyone else in silly mini-games. Things tend to get wild when you’re playing with friends.

The winner(s) of each mini-game are awarded coins, which can be used to buy stars or other goodies on the game board. The player with the most stars at the end of a predetermined number of rounds wins.

Players can also get special items on the board or steal stars from others if you land in the right places or have the right items. The boards you play on offer different challenges and perks, so you’ll need to devise different strategies depending on which one you choose.

What’s new in Mario Party Superstars?

Countdown to Mario Party SuperstarsMario Party Superstars Peach Birthday Cake StampsSource: Nintendo (screenshot)

While this is a collection of the previous boards and mini-games, there are a lot of new items to help make the game fun.

  • Online play: In addition to local play, you can play online against others. If you lose your internet connection or need to get away from the game, the computer will take over your tasks so you don’t leave others playing on hold.
  • Stamps: Each character has a set of stamps depicting different feelings. Put them during someone else’s turn (either playing locally or online) to show all the other players how you feel at a given moment.
  • Autosave: The game is saved at the end of each round, so you can stop playing when you need to and come back later.
  • Updated graphics: The desserts in Peach’s birthday cake look very decadent and all the characters feature a lot more texture and detail than in the original games.
  • Track countdown: In addition to knowing how many moves are left from your dice roll, the game tells you how far you are from the star depending on the paths you take (shown in the image above).
  • New characters: When the original Mario Party games were released on the N64, some characters weren’t playable or in Rosalina’s case, they hadn’t even been created yet.

Mario Party Superstars Characters

Mario Party Superstars Mushroom Mini Jim Luigi FlatSource: Nintendo

These are all the playable characters in Mario Party Superstars.

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peache
  • Yoshi
  • donkey kong
  • Wario
  • Waluigi
  • Rosalina
  • bird

Mario Party Superstars boards

There are five classic boards from the N64 era, including Space Land, Peach’s Birthday Cake, Woody Woods, Yoshi’s Tropical Island, and Horror Land.

Each board offers different perks and challenges. For example, the Space Land board features a center descending dimension and each time it hits zero the Bowser Coin Beam explodes and removes coins from any player you hit.

Mario Party Superstars All the little games

Mario Party Superstars Extendable Face WagonSource: Nintendo

There are a total of 100 mini-games in Mario Party Superstars. Some games are free-for-all where everyone competes against each other, but there are also 2v2 and 1v3 games as well. In the case of private dueling, there are also 1-vs-1 options. The mini-games always have a short tutorial before they start to make sure everyone knows how to play. It also lists the Mario Party game in which the mini-game first appeared.

These are all fun, but in our opinion 25 Mario Party Superstars Minigames are better than others.

(Spoiler alert): You can click on the link below to see a list of all the mini games in Mario Party Superstars.

Mario Party – N64

  • Mushroom Mix
  • Cast away
  • drop the hammer
  • face lift
  • piranha fishing
  • sled run
  • tug of war
  • Handkar ruin
  • Drunk Tourney
  • shy man says
  • crazy cutouts
  • bombs away

Mario Party 2 – N64

  • look away
  • quicksand dugout
  • Sneaking and snoring
  • Cool Roll
  • Big Cart Explosion
  • Cake Factory
  • speed hockey
  • Derby slot car
  • Mika Marathon
  • balloon explosion
  • shell shocked
  • hot rope jumping
  • bumper balls
  • honeycomb ruin
  • Bumper Balloon Cars
  • Sky Pilots
  • spinning dance
  • Archer Eval
  • Dash dungeon

Mario Party 3 – N64

  • Rockin’ Race Track
  • River Raiders
  • Storm chasers
  • paddle pond
  • tides toss
  • Parasol Plummet
  • dig n catch
  • messy memory
  • tiktok hop
  • Boulder Bowl
  • panic picking
  • fine with me
  • swimming light spot
  • Ice rink dangers
  • Hide and sneak
  • Mario puzzle party
  • Chipshot Challenge
  • Chip Chip Chase
  • Coconut Konk
  • bounce n trons
  • motor rotor
  • mash pit
  • Itsa pizza
  • snowball peak

Mario Party 4 – GameCube

  • money belts
  • paths of danger
  • GOOOOOOOAL!!
  • Track the race
  • Beach volleyball crap
  • books
  • dungeons
  • Reverse bomb

Mario Party 5 – GameCube

  • Coney Island
  • Fear of the night light
  • Bill Blasters
  • ice hockey
  • squaring away
  • Later skater
  • Derby things
  • opportunistic penguins
  • Leaf Lip
  • Explode it or lose it

Mario Party 6 – GameCube

  • burn
  • rocky road
  • meteorite block
  • Dark In Crispy
  • The ease of the trap artist
  • Cachabolt
  • money belt
  • block star
  • Supervisor of staff and casino games
  • What is happening…
  • I catch you message
  • snow flew

Mario Party 7 – GameCube

  • Final countdown
  • stick and spin
  • spin doctor
  • Pogo-a-Go-Go
  • Monty’s revenge
  • Bucky Bommel

Mario Party 8 – Wii

  • Winner or dinner
  • Misbehavin . paint

Mario Party 9 – Wii

  • JUMBA SPOTING
  • Termination Processing
  • Manor of Escape
  • Shell Football

Mario Party 10 – Wii U

  • sugar skewer
  • flash forward
  • river fast racing

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If you prefer to play only small games, you can head to Mt. Minigames from the main menu and compete against others online or locally. You can either choose the games you want to play or play them at random. There are seven courses inside the Mt. Minigames, which basically offer different types of minigame combinations to help turn things around.

Can I play Mario Party Superstars on Switch Lite?

Mario Party Superstars Switch LiteSource: Nintendo

Yes! Mario Party Superstars is designed in a way that Switch and Switch Lite owners can play with. This is welcome news considering that Super Mario Party was initially unable to support Switch Lite playback when released unless owners were using third-party Joy-Cons.

Do you own Mario Party Superstars online multiplayer?

In addition to the local couch co-op game, this latter game also supports online play. This way you can always find someone to compete with. As always, you will need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to participate in the online activities. If someone you’re playing with has a bad internet connection or needs to quit the game, the computer will take over for them, so everyone who’s still playing isn’t left behind.

Can I use the Pro Controller?

Nintendo Switch Pro ControllerSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

Yes, unlike the previous game, Super Mario Party when it was released, Mario Party Superstars already supports the professional console. Enjoy the game the way you want, whether it’s in manual mode or with Joy-Cons or the more traditional console.

date of publication

Mario Yoshi's party stars get a starSource: Nintendo (screenshot)

Mario Party Superstars retails for $60 and released October 29, 2021. It’s the perfect game for a night in, a sleepover, or a family activity.

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Mario Party Superstars Boxart

Mario Party Superstars

The perfect party game

Mario Party Superstars introduces five classic boards from the N64 era along with 100 mini-games from across the series in a fun new bundle. It’s perfect for game nights or family get-togethers.

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