Mario Party 4

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Mario Party 4 (マリオパーティ 4 Mario Pātī Fō?) is the fourth installment in a series of board game style and is the first game in the series to be released for Nintendo Gamecube, featuring popular Nintendo characters. Mario Party 4 was released in North America on October 21, 2002, in Japan on November 8, 2002, and in the PAL region on November 29, 2002. It is the fourth game in the Mario Party series.

Mario Party 4 features eight characters from the Mario series, who can be directed as characters on six themed game boards in the game. The objective of the game is to earn as many stars as possible, which are obtained by purchase from a single predefined space on the game board. Each character's movement is determined by a roll of a die, with a roll from each player forming a single turn. Each turn in Mario Party 4 is followed by a minigame, which is competed to earn money for the character, used to buy items and stars.

Mario Party 4 received a generally positive reaction from the media, although there were several complaints regarding a lack of originality and slow pacing during games.[1] The game won the "Family Game of The Year" award at the Interactive Achievement Awards of 2003.[2] Mario Party 4 is followed by Mario Party 5.

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Gameplay

Mario Party 4 is based on an interactive board game played by four characters from the Mario series, which are controlled either by the player or the game's computer. The game features eight playable characters, although they do not have any different gameplay attributes from each other. For the first time ever in Mario party players can have teams, or play independently in a battle royale.[3] As with most board games, each participant takes turns in rolling a dice block (1 to 10) to determine the number of spaces moved on the board. A minigame follows each round of four turns,[4] which yields a coin prize for the winner. A set number of these are required to purchase a star, with the victor being the character with the most stars at the end of the game.[5] The length of a game can vary as the predetermined number of minigames is adjustable in multiples of five. Stars are usually attained by purchase at the specific space on the board where it is set, with the star location changing to another space after every acquisition. Three extra stars can be obtained if "Bonus mode" is switched on, with a star each awarded to the player with the most minigames won, most coins collected, and most "happenings" visited.[6] This mode also contains hidden blocks, which will grant either coins or a star when located and hit.

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