Super Mario Party Just Got Proper Online Play, 2 Years Too Late
It’s pretty common for games to get free updates as they age, with games like Left 4 Dead 2 getting a community update which had a new community campaign for players to try out. Nintendo fans were in for a surprise today when it was announced that a free update to Super Mario Party would include full Online play for all the modes in the game, including the classic Mario party, and free play minigame modes.
A Twitter user known for gaming news and updates, @Nibellion, tweeted out at 3:27 AM EST “Looks like Nintendo releases a new Super Mario Party update today that allows you to play the main mode, 70 minigames and the 2-on-2 mode online”
The link provided in the tweet is a Japanese webpage discussing the update to Super Mario Party. Allowing for players to enjoy the game online, as well as partake in the other modes provided by the title.
However, it may be too late for Super Mario Party, as this feature was heavily requested by fans since the launch of the game in 2018. Many cited its lack of maps, and its Mario-athon online mode as downfalls of the game. Some would also consider Super Mario Party to be a step in the right direction for the Mario Party series however, as the previous titles Mario Party 9, and Mario Party 10, as well as Mario Party Star Rush, did not follow the original Boardgame styled gameplay that was a series staple since the first iteration of the series.
With Super Mario Party receiving mixed reviews at launch, as well as the game being well into Two years of it’s life cycle, many are concerned that while it’s another step in the right direction, it might be a little too late for the title to make a comeback.
Mario Party’s Community Never Went Anywhere
Fans who still owned copies of Super Mario Party seemed to be confused, but excited that the game finally added the one feature they were clamoring for since the game launched.
Twitter user @McTroid posted a meme of the game, with the caption “Super Mario Party really just got a big ass update after 2 years of radio silence huh Instant classic Nintendo moment”
Twitter user @supertoastymutt posted this in response to the update “nintendo updating super mario party’s online mode a full 2 and a half years after its release is hilarious”
With the reveal of the online mode for Super Mario Party, fans also believe that since Nintendo is willing to try to revitalize a 2-year-old game instead of making a new one, this gives other years-old titles in the catalogue a chance to get more updates and content, rather than expecting a new title altogether.
Twitter user and Nintendo Youtuber Nathaniel Bandy (@NathanielBandy1) had this to say about the update: “Mario Kart 8 un-ironically has a chance to get more DLC now lol”
Whether or not Nintendo is opting to support older titles in their library is up for debate. However, anyone who owns a copy of Super Mario Party is now going to be able to play the game with their friends over an online connection. Granted, their friends also must own a copy of the game as well.