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Bowser Loves to Troll You in Mario Party 10

Life’s not always a party, but it is in Mario Party 10. The next Mario Party entry will now have you testing friendships courtesy of the Wii U’s gamepad controller with all new ways to make mischief on and off the board.

The latest addition is the newly dubbed “Bowser mode.” At the start of the game, players can choose between it and the classic Mario Party mode. Once in Bowser’s domain, every minigame is run by the player who puts themselves in  Bowser’s shoes as he pursues players across a traditional looking game board with some untraditional mini-games. Not very comfortable shoes to be in, we’d imagine.

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In its live demonstration, Mario Party 10 tested four different minigames as Bowser with up to four other players using either Wii Remotes or Wii U Pro Controllers in tandem with one person (Bowser) on the gamepad.

These minigames act similarly to one-versus-three challenges featured in previous Mario Party entries, except Bowser now lords over his rivals to stop them.

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The first minigame places four players in a fenced-in stone square with two lines of fireballs criss-crossing through it. As Bowser, players tilt the GamePad in any direction to move the two lines of fireballs front to back and side to side in an attempt to trap players in the fire. Each player begins with five lives, with Bowser’s goal to knock out all twenty available lives, and by the demo’s end, everyone had lost to the mighty Koopa King.

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The second required holding the GamePad vertically and move it from side to side. On the TV, the four players were again trapped in a square with five lives each for Bowser to knock out. The gamepad had Bowser breathing fire at his four helpless victims, blowing steam until they were defeated, barbecue style.

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The third was a rather straight forward pinball mini-game using the gamepad’s tilt controls in much the same fashion, moving its spike balls from side to side with the gamepad controller to torment its captive Mario partiers. Spoiler: it didn’t end well for everyone.

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The fourth put Mario and friends in a rather sordid hamster wheel of a trap, with the Bowser player able to quickly spin the cage in bursts via the gamepad’s touch-screen to shake rival players off the cage and into its fire barriers for an instant toasting.

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At this time, Nintendo is mums the word on the main game board thus far and how players will collect points while Bowser is constantly trying to ruin them.

Mario Party 10 raises the roof  on the Wii U in 2015.



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