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. Mario Party 2 is followed by Mario Party 3. It has also been announced that Mario Party 2 is on the Wii Virtual Console, as it has been released in Japan on November 2, 2010, December 20, 2010 for North America and in Europe on December 24, 2010.
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.
- 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 played each of the other boards at least once. The characters face off against Bowser on his own turf.
There are 65 mini-games in Mario Party 2. 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 color 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 nudge wind up toy the furthest by repeatedly tapping A+B at the same time. Some mini games(such as "Face Lift" using the main characters instead of Bowser) have been edited and transferred and/or also retitled from the first Mario Party to this Mario Party, however some mini-games have different things in order to win the game and/or change appearance in some way. An example is slot car derby, which has a new background.
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