In the year 2007, six months after the Wii came out, Nintendo released the first Mario Party for the console – Mario Party 8. We all expected another one the following year, and the year after that, based on our past experience of the series. But the Nintendo of this generation is not the same as the Nintendo of years gone by. Instead, they waited an unprecedented three years to bring out a sequel, and they dropped Mario out of it, distancing it from the Mario Party series in the process. I’m not sure it’s better for not starring Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom crew, but it’s definitely better for taking longer to come out. This is the most enjoyable Mario Party I’ve played – there’s less downtime (this being the most important thing), more polished mini-games, and much more variety.