Mario Party 9

LQ: 8.1


Brain grade: 8.0
Fun score: 8.2

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: , ,

Mario Party 9 is the latest installment in the popular Mario Party franchise. Staying true to the series, players will compete across a game board and collect “mini stars” by completing various mini-games, and whoever collects the most “mini stars” at the end of the round will win the game. Players roll dice to move along the game board, and minigames are accessed when players land on a specific space. These short games range from bumper cars, to boss battles and bowling. The winner is awarded with the most mini-stars, while the runner-ups receive less. Sometimes players will land on hazard spaces, which may cause them to lose stars. Each level culminates in a special boss fight where everyone must work together to defeat the foe. Because of the fun unpredictability Mario Party 9, players should expect to lose and gain mini-stars at a frequent, sporadic pace. This game simple to play and understand, and contains little cartoon violence, so it is recommend for kids 8 and up.

this game is good for kids who need help with:


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Mario Party 9 is packed full of different mini-games, requiring players to shift their appraoch to gameplay frequently throughout. By landing on a mini-game square, each player will compete in either a free-for-all, team, or 3-on-1 game. One game might have all players imputing specific button combinations to skip rope the fastest, while another will have them working together to jump and squash a giant enemy centipede -- with each game using a different control scheme. To place first frequently, players need to be able to master various forms of play, utilizing both the game's motion controls and standard set of analog buttons.

Working Memory:

Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

Mario Party 9 allows players to replay specific mini-games in a separate practice mode. Here, they can take the time to learn the various controls and mechanics of each game. That way, they can recall which methods and strategies worked best when the mini-game is encountered during regular play mode. Recalling this information quickly and accurately, then putting it to immediate use, can easily help players gain the upper hand needed to net more stars and move into first place.

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