Mario Party 9
|Mario Party 9
Developers: Nd Cube,
BBL files have development text.
Mario Party returns for one more Wii installment! Hudson Soft, however, does not.
The game changes up the typical Mario Party gameplay a bit: coins can't be collected, you collect Mini Stars instead of Stars, and everyone moves around in a single vehicle, much like Mario Party Advance.
But it's still got mini-games!
Early Toad Road Stage
An early Toad Road stage can be found on the disc in the folder /common/bd00.
Note that unlike the final version's course maps, this is all loaded in one chunk. The final game's boards have separate chunks for each "section" of the level.
One of the most obvious features is that there's only one branching path in the stage—the fork in the road by the large star in the west portion of the map.
The start of the board. The star marker at the start was changed in the final game to look like it's growing out of the dirt instead of just being slapped on.
A ditch where a bridge would be is replaced by two tree stumps in the final game.
The prototype version of Toad Road has three mountains, not two. The third mountain (where the vine grows) was replaced with a hill surrounded by a spiraling "staircase". The bog standard bridge was replaced with lily pad platforms.
These ruins don't appear in the final game at all! What's more, they're part of the main path. In the final game, this was replaced with a small island that's completely separate from the main area.
The lower-left corner of the map is where a special Mini-Star filled area can be found. In the final this is on an island that's in the center of the main path, but this early version is completely removed from the main path and is landlocked.
The strange mushroom platforms (which aren't scaled correctly) leading to the boss room are completely absent from the final game, as is the space ditch where a bridge would be.
A picture of Wiggler marks where the Boss Gate is found in the final game. It seems that even in this early model, Wiggler was intended to be the boss of this board. Of course, the actual Bowser Gate isn't present at all in the early model. The image used for Wiggler is the official artwork from Super Mario World.
Texture difference between the prototype and final level models.
|The final version is clearly modeled after the vines found in New Super Mario Bros.
The early texture doesn't have a top at all.
|Same basic texture, but the final version is much shinier.
Some of the colors were swapped around as well.
|Final texture is much brighter and looks like it fits in a Mario game.
|Final graphic is in the graphical style of NSMB.
|Yet more texture brightening.
|The final door is more defined than the early texture's door.
The early texture (and level model) also have graphics for blue, green, and yellow Toad Houses.
All of the Toad Houses in the final game's level are red.
|A pretty massive upgrade in texture size and quality of the mountain road texture.
|Even this small rainbow texture got an increase in resolution and brightness!
|The new texture is transparent at the top.
|The final texture is simpler and doesn't have the sky color as part of the texture.
|Completely redone to look more like a Mario game's graphics.
|Larger waterfall = better waterfall.
|The final texture is silver but is shaded gold by the game's lighting.
|The early texture has graphics for a yellow windmill while the final texture does not.
Textures are stored in the file /common/board/pictures/mass.brres.lz
|A 10 Mini Ztar space.
In the final game these only go up to 5.
|A 10 Mini Star space.
In the final game these only go up to 5.
Textures are stored in the file /common/board/pictures/mass_mini.brres.lz
Early Stop Space
The "stop" texture is blue (helpful) in the mini-icon model file and green (event) in the final icon file.
Given the texture name compared to what it does in the final (Captain Event space) it's clear that the actual purpose of this space was changed.
Early Side-by-Side Zone
Within the .lz file of the captain event tutorial images for the Bob-Omb Factory board, an early image of the zone is leftover, revealing that the board was going to have an entirely different look. The mini-star count is also different, being much less than in the final version.
Early Heart Star Colony
Another early snapshot of a captain event can be found in the .lz file of the captain event tutorial images for Bowser Station. The heart zone underwent major changes, as the heart rocks, platform, arch, and crystals are either not present, or overhauled to a more sci-fi aesthetic.
Early Bingo Colony
An early snapshot of the Bingo Colony can also be found in the same .lz file. The early version had a hazier purple background, with the planets being aligned differently. The board itself had brighter numbers, and the solar arrays were smaller. UI is also visible in the early snapshot, which is not in the final.
Early Speed Star Colony
The Speed Star Colony also underwent some changes as well. The surface of it was green instead of purple in the earlier version. For the spaces, the longest and shortest paths were one space longer than in the final version. There are also reverse spaces present, which are replaced by dash spaces in the final version. Another difference is that there are blue Mini Star spaces present, which aren't in the final version.
Dummy & Placeholders
A balloon with the word dummy crudely written on it found in locale_us/en/mgm/layout/mgm_roulette_lc.lz/dummy.tpl in the USA version of this game.
Another balloon with the word mask crudely written on it found in locale_us/en/mgm01/layout/mgselect_lc.lz/dum_f.tpl in the USA version of this game.
Rip gifs of the animations.
Bowser Jr. has unused animations for using a vehicle. These may have either been for testing or he was going to be playable at some point.
Internal Project Name
The game is internally titled 9Stars given by the sound archive name and message project name, ns, likely short of the latter.