Sometimes I wonder where my love for video games comes from. Neither of my parents like video games (other than Wii Fit), nor does really anyone in my family. Some of my friends play games, but nowhere near to the extent that I do. I’m just the anomaly I suppose.
Unfortunately, when this is the case you miss out on some game experiences, specifically local multiplayer titles like the Mario Party franchise.
For years, I have looked from afar (my computer screen) at people playing Mario Party with friends. All of them with massive smiles on their faces as they play. I was so jealous. I wanted to play so badly. I knew I had to do something.
That is why, with the release of Super Mario Party, I was going to finally get my own Mario Party experience.
But in order to do this, I had to do two things first:
- Get the game
- Convince people to play the game
The way I pulled this off was by tapping into people’s weakness: money. I knew that if I got my parents to buy me the game, they would have to play the game with me otherwise they would feel they wasted their money. And lucky for me, I had an event coming up that meant my parents would willingly buy me a video game.
So with the game bought, and people willing to play, it was finally time for my own Mario Party experience.
Over the next few weeks, I went on to play several rounds of each of the games modes. And while the main board game is a blast, the standout was definitely River Survival.
The aim of this mode is to work as a team of four to row a raft to the end of a river. Sounds simple, however there are many obstacles in the way and you only have limited time to get to the end. And the only way to get more time is to complete mini games.
With a team of me, my sister, my mum and my dad, we set off on our raft and oh my… What a disaster!
We may be a family but we are an awful team. People were rowing when they weren’t suppose to, and weren’t when they should have been. I swear we must have hit every single rock we saw. And don’t even get me started on a mini games. Simple tasks like just moving a character with the analog stick were made to seem impossible my mother (I did say my family weren’t gamers).
But despite it being a disaster, I don’t think I have ever had more fun with a video game. I was belly laughing watching my family just trying to row the raft. I thought my belly was going to explode seeing them doing the mini games. We all looked daft doing it and it was hilarious.
Now after playing, I have to say that my first Mario Party experience was well worth the wait. I had so much fun, more than I even thought I would. Playing Super Mario Party with my family has to be one of my favourite ever moments playing a video game and it is a moment that I feel I will remember for a long time. But for now…