Mario Party 9 was just released, and it was unlike anything we'd expected. Nintendo took a chainsaw to our beloved Mario Party formula and re-worked the game from the ground up. Why? Because Mario Party was a franchise that had a whole lot of issues. Each game in the series was a blast right out of the box, but it got boring very quickly. Anyone who has played a Mario Party title before has had that one game that lasted for hours because no one could get the star and one friend would always insist on practicing before every minigame.