Mario Party 10

Mostly safe, sometimes inventive, infrequently amusing. If you're after dependable, inclusive four-player fun, you could do a lot worse.

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Mario Party 10 review

Mario Party 10 review

Toy soirée.

For a game that has no pressing reason to be, Mario Party 10 makes a decent fist of justifying its existence. It still suffers from many of the same problems as its predecessors - repetition, inconsistency, outrageously underhand CPU opponents - but developer Nd Cube has at least attempted to inject some fresh ideas into a series that, as recently as two games ago, was beginning to feel well past its sell-by date.

There are three distinct game modes here, one of which is instantly familiar. The traditional Mario Party was shaken up a little in the last instalment by changing the way players move around the board: all four competitors travel in the same vehicle, but only the player in the driving seat benefits or suffers from the result of their dice roll.

For my money, it's a neat idea - it keeps everyone closer together, ensuring no one's left lagging behind by throwing a succession of ones and twos - but it seemingly divided fans of the series last time out, and it's unlikely its implementation here will change anyone's mind.

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Gold Mario Amiibo to be Walmart exclusive in US

Nintendo's upcoming limited edition Gold Mario Amiibo will be exclusively available from Walmart in the US.

The special statuette has yet to be formally announced by Nintendo, but has been spotted in a Walmart poster for the forthcoming Mario Party 10.

Before that, Gold and Silver Mario Amiibo figurines were first outed by listings on Nintendo's own support website - which have now been removed.

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Nintendo announces new Smash Bros. and Mario-themed Amiibo waves

Nintendo announces new Smash Bros. and Mario-themed Amiibo waves

Captain Toad, Mario Party 10, Code Name: STEAM support detailed.

Nintendo has announced another two waves of Amiibo figurines for use with 3DS and Wii U.

The figures include a further batch of characters from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, plus the first set of Amiibo figures not centred around Smash.

20th March will see the launch of new Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and Toad figurines with red bases (rather than the usual black).

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