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North American box cover.
Mario Party is a game that was released on the Nintendo 64, and is the first game in the "party" genre. In the game, players go across a board filled with themes and events. Once all the players have moved, a mini game will start, and whomever wins will get a certain amount of coins. The goal of the game is to get the most stars, which can be bought with coins.
The minigames are the highlight of the game. The game has 50 minigames. Each minigame can be found here.
There are plenty of boards on the game. Six of the eight boards are based on the playable characters in the games.
- Mario's Rainbow Castle - This is set way up in the clouds. There are ? mark spaces that, when pressed, will switch the Star granting Toad with Bowser, and vice-versa.
- Yoshi's Tropical Island - An island owned by Yoshi. The object of the game board is to reunite the blue Yoshi with the pink Yoshi.
- DK's Jungle Adventure - This course is owned by Donkey Kong. Obstacles include large rolling boulders that make the character about half way around the board to the other side, and Whomps.
- Peach's Birthday Cake - A large cake with a lottery that has two faces on it - Bowser's and Toad's. If you get Bowser's, you have to go to Bowser, which isn't good. If you get Toad's, you go in the direction of the star.
- Wario's Battle Canyon - A canyon owned by Wario with multiple cannons.
- Luigi's Engine Room - A complicated maze type of level owned by Luigi.
These mini-games can also be played in Mini-Game Island.
- Balloon Burst
- Bombs Away
- Box Mountain Mayhem
- Bumper Balls
- Buried Treasure
- Cast Aways
- Coin Block Blitz
- Crazy Cutter
- Face Lift
- Grab Bag
- Hammer Drop
- Hot Bob-omb
- Hot Rope Jump
- Mario Bandstand
- Mushroom Mix-up
- Musical Mushroom
- Platform Peril
- Running of the Bulb
- Shy Guy Says
- Skateboard Scamper
- Slot Car Derby
- Tipsy Tourney
- Treasure Divers
1 vs. 3 mini-games
- Bash 'n' Crash
- Bowl Over
- Coin Block Bash
- Coin Shower Flower
- Crane Game
- Paddle Battle
- Pipe Maze
- Piranha's Pursuit
- Tightrope Treachery
- Tug o' War
2 vs. 2 mini-games
- Ghost Guess
- Ground Pound
- Knock Block Tower
- Limbo Dance
- Memory Match
- Pedal Power
- Shell Game
- Slot Machine
- Teetering Towers
|4-player||1 vs. 3||2 vs. 2||1-player|
|Ducking and Dodging||Coin Block Blitz|
Box Mountain Mayhem
|Coin Block Bash|
Bash 'n' Cash
|Coins of the World||Musical Mushroom (NTSC version)|
|Coin Shower Flower|
|Move to the Mambo||Musical Mushroom (PAL version)|
Balloon Burst (PAL version)
|Dodging Danger||Skateboard Scamper||Piranha's Pursuit||None|
|The Wide, Wide Ocean||Cast Aways|
Shy Guy Says
|None||Deep Sea Divers||None|
|Saving Courage||Mushroom Mix-up||Tightrope Treachery||None|
|Taking Coins||Hot Bob-omb||Bowl Over||None||Slot Machine|
Knock Block Tower
|Let's Limbo||Hot Rope Jump||Paddle Battle|
Tug o' War
|Desert Dash||Limbo Dance|
|Full of Danger||Hot Rope Jump (Mini-Game Island)|
Running of the Bulb
|The Room Underground||Key-pa-Way||Pipe Maze||Bombsketball||Whack-a-Plant|
|Can It be Done?||Face Lift||None||Ground Pound|
|Faster than All||Balloon Burst (NTSC version)|
Slot Car Derby
|None||Handcar Havoc||Bumper Ball Maze|
|Let's Go Lightly||Platform Peril||None||Bobsled Run||None|
|In the Mushroom Forest||None||Memory Match|
|Slowly, Slowly||None||Ghost Guess|
Certain actions in Mario Party caused injuries to the hand, such as blisters, to some players. Nintendo got sued because of this, and was later found guilty. Nintendo paid fines to the families, and also had to supply them with gloves, as not to cause more injuries. This is likely one reason Mario Party 2 was released to the Virtual Console but not the first game.
- In the Japanese version of the game, Luigi and Wario say "Oh my God" when they lose a mini-game, lose a lot of coins, or suffer other kinds of misfortune, but in other versions, Luigi howls, and Wario says "D'oh, I missed!".  This is due to Nintendo's rules regarding religious references. "D'oh, I missed!" has become a popular internet meme.
- The box art can be confusing, as it depicts Mario punching a number block. Because of the position of the block, one might mistake the game for Mario Party 3.
- Luigi, Peach, Wario and Toad's voice clips in this game were taken from the Japanese version of Mario Kart 64.