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Mario Party is one of the first games that try to tie real-life friends into the world of video gaming. The success usually depended upon whether or not the game's owners had any real-life friends. It's spawned a large amount of sequels, released mainly on home consoles, but there have also been GBA, DS, 3DS and e-Reader entries for the series.
- 1 Debug Menu
- 2 In-game debug menu
- 3 Memory usage meter
- 4 64DD support
- 5 Unused Mini-Games
- 6 No Game
- 7 Unused Graphics
- 8 Regional Differences
- 9 99 Stars Message
Use the GameShark code 800F09F7 0083 for the US version, 800EFE57 0083 for the Japanese version, and 800FD1E7 0084 for the European/Australian version. The game drops you right at the debug menu. (Disable it afterwards so you won't get stuck in here.) Note that the Donkey Kong render in the background is just a silhouette with a question mark in it, which may indicate the debug menu was created before Nintendo had obtained Rare's permission to use the Donkey Kong model.
This large list contains all of the game's mini-games, and then some. Selecting a mini-game with A goes to the character select screen. Press Left/Right to choose your character, A to confirm your character, and Start to start the mini-game. Also, pressing the R button changes the game mode.
Pressing Z on the game list opens the options menu, where you can set various player options.
Some special stuff is:
@MOTION CHECK (81)
This appears to be a test room. In the center of the room there is a large sunflower in the middle (from Coin Shower Flower), a slope where you can slide down, and a spinning thing that hurts everyone. Further to the left, connected to the slope, is a connected flight of steps. At the top of the steps and slope there is a bright blue rectangle sitting at the top that you cannot jump onto. At the top right corner of the room, there is a tall tower you can climb up via the slope in front of the tower, however it isn't hollow, so you fall right through it once you get to the top. At the bottom of the room, there are four different moving blocks with three different values written on them. The smallest is to the right where the dirt patch is located at the bottom right corner, and it has the value of "0.5". The second biggest is to the left near the slope and has the value of "15". The third and fourth sized blocks have the same value, but different sizes, and the value written is "25".
RANDOM PLAY (90)
This is a strange game mode. It works similar to the main game, but there is no board, instead random mini-games are played one after another. The tally screen displayed between the minigames doesn't otherwise appear anywhere within the game. It appears to use the same pictures that are used as the background in the debug menu, including the "missing" DK render. There are no explanation screens and no results screen. All kinds of games are selected; 4-player games, 2-vs-2 games, 1-vs-3 games and one-player games. The position of the players is determined at random, displayed on the screen using "MAIN" and "SUB". Pressing B changes the minigame which will be played, even allowing one to access the dummied out "All or Nothing" minigame detailed below. This was more than likely a debug test of the minigame randomiser which appears at the end of each turn.
This doesn't seem to be available via Debug Mode, but can only be reached directly by GameShark. After one game is played, it seems to return to the game no matter what. Otherwise, except for the background being orange, it is really similar to the Random Play above.
To warp yourself to this mode, use the GameShark cheat 800F09F7 007E. It is recommended to enable this code from the debug menu or else every character will be Mario.
Start a game on a game board. While on the board pause the game with Controller 2 during Player 1's turn and then with Controller 1 press D-Pad Up, D-Pad Up, D-Pad Down, D-Pad Down, D-Pad Left, D-Pad Right, D-Pad Left, D-Pad Right, B, A. You should hear Toad to confirm the code was entered correctly. Now press C-Left on Controller 2 to open the debug menu. (You can do the same steps with Controllers 3 and 4 instead of 2 as well.)
The top row denotes the map number and how many turns have passed. The next four rows show each player with how many coins they won in games, how many coins they acquired in total and what spaces they stepped on and how often, in the order happening, blue, red, 1-player, Chance Time, mushroom and Bowser.
Below that the game keeps track of how many minigames of each type were played so far (1-player, 4-player, 1-vs-3 and 2-vs-2) and how many stars were acquired.
To the right of that, the game keep track of how many times each special block has appeared, in the order Plus, Minus, Speed, Slow, Warp, and Event.
The meaning of "KM" is unknown.
Memory usage meter
The following GameShark code will display a memory usage meter on the screen:
- Japanese version:
- American version:
Mario Party supports the 64DD for a possible game add-on. While the US version displays a black screen when there's a 64DD attached to the system, the Japanese and European/Australian versions ACTUALLY recognize the 64DD and check for the disk. If it's the wrong disk, an error will appear in either Japanese, English, French, or German depending on the selected language. Link to the video
Here are all the graphics related to this black 64DD screen. Notably, it appears that there were error codes that could be displayed.
There are a few mini-games in the code that are never actually used.
All or Nothing
This mini-game is called いちかばちか (All or Nothing) and the explanation screen appears to be for an early version of Chance Time. Instead of various symbols to transfer stuff between players, however, according to the unused advice text, the blocks featured Mario and Bowser marks, and you had to get the Mario mark to win the game. This mini-game was likely removed because it depended too much on luck, although it can be accessed via the debug menu and Random Play. As can be expected, you are taken to the final version of Chance Time after leaving this screen, although due to the unusual means of access and the fact that the data processes it as a 1 player minigame when at least 2 characters will be featured on screen, it freezes in place after the blocks are hit. This minigame can be accessed with the GameShark code 810ED5DE 0001.
Tour de Mario
Called ツールドマリオ (Tour de Mario) in the game, this appears to have been a cycling mini-game. The preview icon, strangely, is a black image with the text "Now Printing!" on it. There's also large Japanese text overlaid across the explanation screen that says "under construction." It likely was simply not finished in time. Strangely, starting this minigame takes you to Bumper Ball Maze 1 as Wario. Use the GameShark code 810ED5DE 0030 to access this minigame.
In the ROM, one can find the string "Bungee Jump". However, the explanation screen of this mini-game cannot be triggered; the game freezes before it appears. It was most likely cut in the early stages of development. It can be "accessed" through the GameShark code 810ED5DE 0038.
This mini-game is actually fully functional, and can be played through the use of a GameShark code. It is a 1-player game which works just like the actual Same Game. The tiles are underneath your character, and you ground-pound to remove sections. If you manage to clear all of the tiles, you can grab the treasure chest underneath; otherwise, you must go through one of the doors, which nets you a single coin. To play this game in the North American version, use the GameShark code 800F09F7 0006.
An explanation screen doesn't exist for this mini-game, but a preview icon was created for it:
Yoshi's Tongue Meeting
This mini-game is partly functional, but obviously still incomplete. Characters sit atop a Yoshi on the left side (unless you are Yoshi, in which case you're just standing in the same pose without a rider), with a baby Wiggler on their tongues. The tongue extends to the Wiggler's mother and you have to unite them by pressing A at the right moment. Too soon, and they won't reunite, too late and the baby will kick its mom into the bush. The music and sounds are all broken in this mini-game, and there's debug text which shows whether or not you succeeded. Also, as with Same Game, no explanation screen exists. To play this game in the North American version, use the GameShark code 800F09F7 0008.
The following GameShark code will enable a particularly weird feature never used anywhere in the game:
8004CF47 0003 8004CF4F 0003 8004CF57 0003
On the board, when a character's turn ends, their Player Panel will turn yellow (a color not normally used, only red, blue and green occur naturally). When the turn ends...
...a big "NO GAME" sign appears, and the game moves on to the next turn, without playing a mini-game.
If it's the last turn, a GAME OVER will appear on the screen. The board ending will then play as usual.
These low quality character graphics, most of which are rips of official artwork from Mario Kart 64, are found in the ROM filesystem. Perhaps they were used before the final graphics were made.
There is an assortment of unused graphics grouped together. Many of these have a fancier / flowery appearance.
Region-Specific Unused Music
The track "Move to the Mambo" is used in the Japanese and European/Australian versions, but not in the American version. There are two mini-games which use the song, and their replacement songs are listed below.
|Mini-game||Song used in US version|
|Balloon Burst||Faster Than All|
|Musical Mushroom||Coins of the World|
GameShark code 800CDAFD 0018 will load "Move to the Mambo" in place of the current screen's music.
Two of the characters' voice clips have been replaced in the US and European/Australian versions due to religious references. These replacements are maintained in all versions of Mario Party 2.
Luigi: Losing a Mini-Game
Wario: Losing a Mini-Game
In the Japanese version, the background that appears in the Face Lift mini-game reads "Super Koopa 64" while all other versions read "Super Bowser 64".
99 Stars Message
If you somehow manage to get 99 Stars in one game, when you meet Toad, he'll tell you that you can not have any more Stars. Although the message isn't unused, it's very unlikely that anyone has ever seen it without cheats.