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Mario Party 2
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Mario Party 2 (マリオパーティ 2 Mario Pāti Tsū) is the second in a series of Board game style Video games for Nintendo platforms, featuring popular Nintendo characters. It was released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan on December 17, 1999, following a North America release on January 24, 2000. It was released in Europe on October 12, 2000. This is the second Mario Party game for the Nintendo 64. Nintendo has confirmed that Mario Party 2 will be released for the Virtual Console in 2010 for all regions.
 Playable characters
Mario Party 2 brings back the original six characters from the first game in the series (Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Wario, and Donkey Kong). The only difference is that the characters now wear costumes appropriate for the board you select (e.g., Cowboy costumes in the Western Land board)
 Game boards
- Horror Land - The characters dress as wizards while exploring a spooky and magical land that alternates between day and night, full of ghosts, tombstones, magic eyeballs, and disembodied laughter.
- Mystery Land - The characters dress up as archaeologists to explore ancient ruins.
- Pirate Land - The characters dress up as pirates as they search for treasure, facing sharks and the sword blades of their opponents.
- Western Land - The characters journey to the stereotypical "Old West" of the USA, where they face cactus, quicksand, and gun-slinging duels at high noon.
- Space Land - The characters blast off to outer space.
- Bowser Land - This board is only unlocked after the player has beaten each of the other boards at least once. The characters face off against Bowser on his own turf.
As is the staple of the Mario Party series, Mario Party 2 is very mini-game-orientated, and contains a fair number of games. They are divided into four-player, one vs. three, two vs. two, and battle games. The type of mini game is selected by what space the players land on. If all 4 players have the same colour panel, whether it's red or blue, a four player mini game begins. If 2 players have a blue panel, and the other 2 have a red panel, then it's a two versus two mini game. If one player has a blue panel, and the others have a red panel, or vice versa, then a one versus 3 mini game begins. If a player lands on a battle space, a battle mini game begins.
The mini games have varied objectives. For example, the objective of "Mecha Marathon" is to get your wind up toy the furthest by repeatedly tapping A+B at the same time.
 New features
All of the playable characters from the original game are still available, but this time, they are all dressed in costumes unique to the board players are playing on (except for Bowser Land, on which they wear their usual attire). Board characters include Toad, Baby Bowser, and Boo, with the notable absence of Bowser and Koopa Troopa (although both have roles in the game). Another new feature of the game is the introduction of buildings on the boards: the Item Shop and the Koopa Bank, as well as power ups such as rapid enlargement.
Mario Party 2 also features several new spaces, with the Mini Game Space and Mushroom Space absent: the Battle Space, the Item Space, and the Bank Space. The Item Space activates mini-games specific to the board that allow one to collect an item, which is now used to further players' board strategy (as opposed to items being used to toggle universal settings in the original Mario Party). The Battle Space triggered the newly introduced Battle mini-game, which pits players against each other for a giant pot of coins. The Bank Space gives players who land on it all deposits made in the Koopa Bank by others, who must deposit five coins if they pass the space. On Bowser's board, this is reversed: players passing the bank get 5 coins, and the player landing on the bank must pay back the balance.
The game also features seven brand new boards (including Mini-Game Coaster) with the return of Mini-Game Stadium. Forty-three new mini-games were introduced in Mario Party 2, while old Mario Party mini-games were updated (such as "Face Lift" using the main characters instead of Bowser) and some were also retitled. Three new types of mini-game were also introduced: the Battle mini-game, the Item mini-game, and the Duel mini-game.
 Other features
After a character wins a mini game the prompt "Won" was used instead of "Wins". For example if Mario won a Mini Game in Mario Party 2 it would say "Mario Won!". It also was the first time the player could practice a mini-game before playing it in-game.
GameSpot gave the game a 7.8/10 stating that it has much more Replay value than the previous game, and that the mini-games are much less annoying. IGN rated the game 7.9/10, saying that while the game had more content, and it "sticks with the same winning formula", "there really isn't enough new here to warrant another purchase".
- ↑ Mario Party 2 Review for Nintendo 64 - GameSpot, Joe Fielder, Jan 26, 2000
- ↑ IGN: Mario Party 2 Review by Matt Casamassina, January 24, 2000