Are you looking to be the life of the party your first year of college? If so, you are reading the right article. With these hit multiplayer video games you will host the party of the semester.
It’s not a party without Mario. For those of you unfamiliar with the franchise, Mario Party is a Nintendo video game where you, as one of the many Mario characters of whom you may choose, must take turns with up to three other people to compete to collect stars. To do this, you must first gather coins through landing on blue spaces to gain three coins, avoiding the red spaces that make you lose three coins and winning the mini-games that are played after each turn for 10 coins.
Each map available is a different board game with many different ideas and concepts behind it, but all sharing the same goal of collecting the most stars. If you turn bonus stars on, at the end of the preset turn amount, players can earn additional stars to improve the likelihood of them winning. These bonus stars are given to people who did anything from winning the most mini-games, to collecting the most coins, and even landing on a certain kind of space more than everyone else.
With nine games in the series, you can play Mario Party on nearly every home Nintendo console.
If collecting stars and coins isn’t your cup of tea, then maybe you should try a different drink. Super Smash Bros. is a one-to-four player fighting game that uses a vast assortment of characters from a plethora of famous Nintendo titles such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Star Fox and many more.
In this game series, each player chooses a character to fight each other with. Every character has a different move-set, as well as different speeds and special abilities that they can use to their advantage in battle. After picking the character you wish to fight with, one player picks a stage for everyone to fight on. Every stage is different and the majority of them are based off of the playable characters.
There are three different Super Smash Bros. titles, one for Nintendo 64, one for Gamecube and one for Wii.
If you prefer finding a place to crouch down and snipe your friends rather than using a baseball bat to launch them off of a floating platform (Super Smash Bros), then perhaps the Call of Duty or Halo series would be a better fit for you. Both COD and Halo are first-person shooter games that require a bit of skill as well as some strategy.
In these games the object is to go around and gather as many kills as you can from shooting down your friends. You can catch your copy of Halo on any Xbox console and COD on either Xbox or PlayStation.
Maybe your strongpoint lies beyond the standard controller. Dance Dance Revolution, commonly referred to as DDR, is a two-player game that allows you to take control with your feet.
In DDR, you go toe-to-toe with a friend by trying to press all of the arrows in time with the music using your feet. The harder the difficulty you choose, the faster the arrows move on the screen, but you will get more points depending on how well you do.
Another two-player musically-inclined game is Guitar Hero. In this game, instead of going toe-to-toe, you go finger-to-finger by pressing the buttons on the guitar shaped controller at the correct times as shown on the screen. The more notes you get consecutively, the better your score will be.
With the addition of drums and a microphone, Rock Band is another great party game. With the same concept as Guitar Hero, you and your friends can form your own band as well as compete for the most points.
If instrument-shaped controllers doesn’t cut it, then maybe your body is the best controller for you: Just Dance 1 and 2 for the Wii, as well as Just Dance 3 for the Wii, Xbox Kinect and PlayStation Move, is a game series that uses one’s body as the controller. In Just Dance, a player moves to the music to rack up the most points. Though the scoreboard is limited to four people at a time, the dances can be done by as many people as can fit in your room.
With these fun multi-player games, you are sure to throw a successful party. Whether you are trying to collect the most stars or the most points, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re collecting memories.
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