The fam finally got around to playing Super Mario Party today and I must say it did not dissapoint.
I've only played one board so it's hard to say if theres anything as good as Koopa's Tycoon Town (favorite board in the series, from mp8) but the ally space / mechanic kicks butt. There's a dice specific to each character that can be changed from character's dice to normal dice during each roll, and then each ally give you the option of using their dice on top of rolling a dice themselves that adds to your dice roll. I liked it, by the end of ten rounds I had three allys following me around. They even show up in some of the mini games although it seemed just for vanity as i felt no real advantage to having them there.
My gripe with the game is that it only accepts the joycon. I have the pro controller and two joycons that came with the switch and it'd much prefer being able to use the controller. the joy con works much like the wiimote did but it's much smaller, it doesn't feel confortable to me. My child love it, and worked me in the majority of the mini games. I did end up beating him 5 stars to 3 stars in the end. The computer on normal had 2 stars and 1 star and that was only after the bonuses. it was 4,3,1,0 before the 2 freebies in the end.
Online looks to be dissapointing. You can play with friends but the board game portion isn't available. While I'll admit its much cooler to play with 4 people in the same room, it'd be nice to have the option open for online play. We'll have to settle for playing 5 rando mini games online...
Definately not sorry I bought it but I can't see it being the favorite of the series. It'll at least hit somewhere in the middle. If theres some cooler boards it may even rank higher in my book.