Zed has hand-picked an exciting and varied selection of games in his subscription box. Expect to receive some of the best games as well as a few surprises!

    Subscribe Now »

    Looking for the latest new releases? Then this is the subscription for you, each month you’ll receive an amazing box full of just the newest & biggest games!

    Subscribe Now »

    Our two new Mystery Box offerings will help you pick up some of the latest top of the range games and exclusive goodies, but at a much lower price!

    Order Now »

    Menu

    Buy 3, get 3% off - use code ZATU3 · Buy 5, get 5% off - use code ZATU5

    Buy The Game

    Awards

    Rating

    • Graphics
    • Multiplayer
    • Story (Career Mode)
    • Originality

    You Might Like

    • Hassle-free way to play a traditional style board game
    • Loads of mini games
    • Quirky elements added to keep the gameplay fresh

    Might Not Like

    • Gameplay isnt the best in smaller groups (of one or two players)
    • The end-game scoring system

    Have you tried?

    Find out more about our blog & how to become a member of the blogging team by clicking here

    Super Mario Party Review

    super mario party feature

    The Super Mario family of games is one of the most well known in the realm of video games and Super Mario Party is a welcome addition. Released in 2018, Super Mario Party beautifully combines the fun of rolling dice and moving around a board with the joys of digital animation. It creates a fun and frustratingly competitive four-player board game. With a host of minigames, Super Mario Party is a great way to keep party guests entertained, even if they don’t fancy a romp around one of the four main boards. It’s true that certain aspects can prove… irritating, but with a great deal more variation than in previous editions, there’s something for almost everyone here!

    Party Mode

    The main feature of Super Mario Party is its four main boards. Players move around collecting coins, gathering allies, and swiping the all-important stars. The aim of the game is the same no matter the boards. Collect more stars than your opponents and be crowned victorious. The boards themselves add unique challenges to the gameplay. Whether it’s a rolling boulder, an ever-changing path, or a ticking bomb, each board is different, and each game feels as exciting as the last.

    Each game is made up of four players. If you don’t have the full four, the game will generate however many are needed for play. This allows for single play, although I would strongly recommend against it given that the computer characters don’t go easy. In fact, they’re a bit of a pig to beat. Each round, players roll a die and choose where they want to move to. Once everyone has had their turn, each round ends with players being launched into a random minigame to win coins. With the sheer number of minigames, there is little need for repetition, so you don’t feel bored with the games presented to you. This cycle continues until a set number of rounds is done and then it’s on to end-game scoring.

    Party Pitfall

    This final scoring is unfortunately where Super Mario Party loses me. The gameplay itself is delightfully competitive, especially when there are four of you playing. At the end, bonus stars are awarded from a set of criteria such as most spaces moved. As the criteria used are random, you can never anticipate how to rig it, which does add an element of fairness. However, it can be quite disappointing, even if you end up winning.

    Players who collected no stars during gameplay can find themselves thrust to victory, making their win feel undeserved and leading to a sense of deflation from the other players. What's worse is, in games with computer-controlled characters, they can rake in all the bonuses and the actual players are left trailing in their wake. As I say, this is an attempt at adding an edge to games while remaining unbiased but, in reality, it’s just frustrating and makes players feel like they’ve just wasted their own time. There is also no way to stop this random giveaway at the end and so it just leaves a cloud over what would otherwise be a delightful gaming experience.

    Minigames and Characters

    Something that sets Super Mario Party apart from other party games is the sheer quantity of minigames. Across the whole game, there are a whopping 80 minigames. You can play these in Party Mode or at your leisure. Whether it's hoovering up dust in a mansion or racing to climb a flagpole, everyone will find something to enjoy. Super Mario Party also brings a charming and impressive selection of 20 playable characters, the largest selection in the series so far.

    Also, creators have spiced things up a bit! They have given each character a personal die which you can use when you play as them or gain them as an ally. These can offer unique perks, such as offering to move 10 spaces, but can carry risks, such as losing coins. This is a nice quirk that just adds an extra bit of variety to the gameplay.

    Final Thoughts

    Super Mario Party is a great game packed to the rafters with minigames and content that is devilishly competitive and just good fun. It brings the classic and physical aspects of board gaming we know and love and pairs them with a well-designed digital format. All of this makes Super Mario Party a winner in my books.

    The end-game scoring in Party Mode is at best frustrating and at worst disheartening. However, in groups of four, this mostly adds to the competitive nature of the game and doesn’t take too much from it. Admittedly, I would like to see this mechanic reworked or removed entirely but I can settle for it just being a nuisance.

    Also, as each player has one joycon, you only need two full sets and so you aren’t limited by the cost of joycons. In short, Super Mario Party provides an alternative to Mario Kart, although, despite its stellar concept, I don’t see it replacing its karting competition as a party favourite any time soon.

    Zatu Score

    Rating

    • Graphics
    • Multiplayer
    • Story (Career Mode)
    • Originality

    You might like

    • Hassle-free way to play a traditional style board game
    • Loads of mini games
    • Quirky elements added to keep the gameplay fresh

    Might not like

    • Gameplay isnt the best in smaller groups (of one or two players)
    • The end-game scoring system

    Zatu Blog

    Find out more about our blog & how to become a member of the blogging team by clicking here

    Join us today to receive exclusive discounts, get your hands on all the new releases and much more!

    Excellent
    08000075444
    Bowthorpe Main Centre, Unit 15, Norwich NR5 9HA
    Zatu Games is rated 4.86 based on 13107
    Reviews

    Excelente servicio, envían muy rápido y la mercadería llega en perfectas condiciones, muchas gracias!

    Excelente servicio, envían muy rápido y la mercadería llega en perfectas condiciones, muchas gracias!

    As an avid boardgamer, I always use Zatu to buy my games. The prices are very competitive and the loyalty rewards are always welcome. Unlike some other outlets, the customer service is first class.

    As an avid boardgamer, I always use Zatu to buy my games. The prices are very competitive and the loyalty rewards are always welcome. Unlike some other outlets, the customer service is first class.

    The price is nice, the product came out great and the client support is a big differential. Can't recommend it more.

    The price is nice, the product came out great and the client support is a big differential. Can't recommend it more.

    This is my 2nd order with ZATU Games and I want to describe my experience with them in some detail: Delivery: Fast and reliable, the ordered items are shipped quickly and all neccessary information (tracking) is shared, therefore 100% transparent 5/5 stars Contact: First I was a bit doubtful as a german customer (sorry for my bad english) because of stress with customs and delivery times through BREXIT concerns. However, after sending my questions I just had a good feeling. Friendly cusomter support, quick answers and an always welcoming feeling made it a joyful experience for me to wait for my packages and I am literally an impatient guy 5/5 stars Assistance: I just wanted to separate the overall impression of the customer support from a detailed impression after a delayed package at customs: They shared tracking information, contacted Royal Air Mail for me and helped me to find the package information. After all the work they had, they refunded me without hesitation to help me out of my situation. 5/5 stars Products: Perfect condition, not even a scratch on the product! In addition one of the widest product ranges in board games I had ever seen and always welcoming if you want to recommend another game to add to their store! I know, I repeat myself but I can just say: It's a joy to play their games and order there! 5/5 stars I am happy to be a Zatu customer and can't wait for christmas to come! Best wishes and stay healthy!

    This is my 2nd order with ZATU Games and I want to describe my experience with them in some detail: Delivery: Fast and reliable, the ordered items are shipped quickly and all neccessary information (tracking) is shared, therefore 100% transparent 5/5 stars Contact: First I was a bit doubtful as a german customer (sorry for my bad english) because of stress with customs and delivery times through BREXIT concerns. However, after sending my questions I just had a good feeling. Friendly cusomter support, quick answers and an always welcoming feeling made it a joyful experience for me to wait for my packages and I am literally an impatient guy 5/5 stars Assistance: I just wanted to separate the overall impression of the customer support from a detailed impression after a delayed package at customs: They shared tracking information, contacted Royal Air Mail for me and helped me to find the package information. After all the work they had, they refunded me without hesitation to help me out of my situation. 5/5 stars Products: Perfect condition, not even a scratch on the product! In addition one of the widest product ranges in board games I had ever seen and always welcoming if you want to recommend another game to add to their store! I know, I repeat myself but I can just say: It's a joy to play their games and order there! 5/5 stars I am happy to be a Zatu customer and can't wait for christmas to come! Best wishes and stay healthy!

    This is my 2nd order with ZATU Games and I want to describe my experience with them in some detail: Delivery: Fast and reliable, the ordered items are shipped quickly and all neccessary information (tracking) is shared, therefore 100% transparent 5/5 stars Contact: First I was a bit doubtful as a german customer (sorry for my bad english) because of stress with customs and delivery times through BREXIT concerns. However, after sending my questions I just had a good feeling. Friendly cusomter support, quick answers and an always welcoming feeling made it a joyful experience for me to wait for my packages and I am literally an impatient guy 5/5 stars Assistance: I just wanted to separate the overall impression of the customer support from a detailed impression after a delayed package at customs: They shared tracking information, contacted Royal Air Mail for me and helped me to find the package information. After all the work they had, they refunded me without hesitation to help me out of my situation. 5/5 stars Products: Perfect condition, not even a scratch on the product! In addition one of the widest product ranges in board games I had ever seen and always welcoming if you want to recommend another game to add to their store! I know, I repeat myself but I can just say: It's a joy to play their games and order there! 5/5 stars I am happy to be a Zatu customer and can't wait for christmas to come! Best wishes and stay healthy!

    This is my 2nd order with ZATU Games and I want to describe my experience with them in some detail: Delivery: Fast and reliable, the ordered items are shipped quickly and all neccessary information (tracking) is shared, therefore 100% transparent 5/5 stars Contact: First I was a bit doubtful as a german customer (sorry for my bad english) because of stress with customs and delivery times through BREXIT concerns. However, after sending my questions I just had a good feeling. Friendly cusomter support, quick answers and an always welcoming feeling made it a joyful experience for me to wait for my packages and I am literally an impatient guy 5/5 stars Assistance: I just wanted to separate the overall impression of the customer support from a detailed impression after a delayed package at customs: They shared tracking information, contacted Royal Air Mail for me and helped me to find the package information. After all the work they had, they refunded me without hesitation to help me out of my situation. 5/5 stars Products: Perfect condition, not even a scratch on the product! In addition one of the widest product ranges in board games I had ever seen and always welcoming if you want to recommend another game to add to their store! I know, I repeat myself but I can just say: It's a joy to play their games and order there! 5/5 stars I am happy to be a Zatu customer and can't wait for christmas to come! Best wishes and stay healthy!

    Amazing product on a fast delivery for a very good price? I'm sold.

    Amazing product on a fast delivery for a very good price? I'm sold.

    Very pleased with the. Speed of delivery items always arrive perfect happy customer would highly recommend

    Very pleased with the. Speed of delivery items always arrive perfect happy customer would highly recommend

    Excellent! Best game shop, highly recommended!

    Excellent! Best game shop, highly recommended!

    Amazing prices, fast delivery, a huge amount of choice and when you do need to talk to customer services they are so friendly and helpful I would highly recommend Zatu games to anyway it’s the best website I’ve ever discovered

    Amazing prices, fast delivery, a huge amount of choice and when you do need to talk to customer services they are so friendly and helpful I would highly recommend Zatu games to anyway it’s the best website I’ve ever discovered

    ordered a card game on here to play with my friends, we loved it!!! also came with a lot ot coupons i will be using!! 10/10 love love love this and will be recommending

    ordered a card game on here to play with my friends, we loved it!!! also came with a lot ot coupons i will be using!! 10/10 love love love this and will be recommending

    Read All Reviews