Mario Party 9 European Release Date Announced

By Sean Bamberger on January 18, 2012, 2:59PM EST

Nintendo have revealed the launch date for board game/party title/fan service hybrid Mario Party 9. It will be released on the 2nd of March 2012 across Europe simultaneously.

Boasting 80 brand new mini-games and new characters, this installment also expands upon the ever-popular Mario Party formula by allowing players to team up to defeat massive enemies in the Boss Battle mode. Alternatively characters can pile in, four per vehicle, and negotiate the boards with much greater speed under the charge of a chosen Captain in Party Adventure mode.

For fans of the previous games, this latest iteration looks to be much more of the same. Newcomers to the series, however, will find themselves playing what is probably the most feature rich party game available on the Wii to date.

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