As the Wii enters its twilight years, Nintendo are out to prove that it can still party with the best of them with Mario Party 9, the latest incarnation of its long running virtual board game series. The tried and tested Mario Party formula remains the same. There are twelve characters to choose from including all the usual suspects such as Mario, Luigi and Yoshi, as well as two secret characters, Shy Guy and Kamek. The objective is to make it to the finish line with the most mini-stars in order to win the game. Mini-stars can be earned by winning mini-games, found scattered around the board or lost as you encounter whatever obstacles the game throws at you. However, there are a few notable changes.