Wii Party
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Developer(s) NDcube
Nintendo SPD Group No.4
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Shuichiro Nishiya
Producer(s) Atsushi Ikeda
Hiroshi Sato
Series Wii
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s)
  • JP July 8, 2010[1]
  • NA October 3, 2010[2]
  • AU October 7, 2010
  • EU October 8, 2010[3]
Genre(s) Party
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Wii Party (Wiiパーティ Wī Pāti?) is a party video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console.[4] The game heavily borrows game play elements from the Mario Party series, another Nintendo franchise. It is also the first game in the Wii series that Shigeru Miyamoto did not produce.[5] The game was released in Japan on July 8, 2010,[1] in North America on October 3, 2010, in Australia on October 7, 2010, and in Europe on October 8, 2010. Wii Party was revealed by Satoru Iwata in a Financial Results Briefing on May 7, 2010.[6] It received somewhat mixed to positive reviews from critics and sold 9.33 million copies worldwide as of March 2019.[7] A sequel, Wii Party U, was released for the Wii U on October 25, 2013.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

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Friendly Face-Off, one of the minigames in Wii Party, in which players race to complete puzzles of their Miis' faces.

Wii Party features nine different game modes divided between three categories: Party Games, House Party Games, and Pair Games. Most of the game modes integrate use of Wii Party's 80 minigames. The game also offers additional modes that make exclusive use of the minigames.

Party Games[edit | edit source]

Party Games are games in which up to four players compete against one another.

Board Game Island

A player rolls dice and proceeds the indicated number of steps (Miis are used as players' game pieces). The order players roll the dice each round is decided by a minigame. Players who come in first, second or third win a bonus die to roll along with the standard die. The player who reaches the top of the island first wins.

Globe Trot

Players turn over numbered cards and move the indicated number of spaces. Players win coins in minigames (1st = 10, 2nd = 5, 3rd = 3, 4th = 1) that can be used to purchase vehicle cards to help them advance, or at airports and seaports to travel long distances. When players reach a hot spot, they can purchase a souvenir photo for 10 coins. After 10 rounds, overtime begins and the first player to reach a hot spot and take a souvenir photo ends the game. The player who has collected the most souvenir photos and coins at that point wins.

Swap Meet (known as Mii of a Kind in the European version)

Players take turns choosing a Mii from the middle to swap out with a Mii from their area. Players who collect three Miis with outfits of the same color in two different rows win points. Various bonuses are possible depending on how Miis are matched, so the points players will receive also vary. The player who has the most points after a set number of rounds is the winner.


Players take turns spinning a wheel to earn medals. Depending on where the wheel stops, players can win medals, lose medals, or add medals to the bank. Players can also win medals saved up in the bank by winning minigames. If two or three players tied, the winners split the bank. If all the players tie, nothing happens. After ten rounds, overtime begins, and the game ends after somebody wins a Bank Battle, or ten more rounds. The player with the most medals wins.


Players check off Miis on their bingo cards that match Mii balls that drop from a large bingo machine. If a minigame ball drops from the bingo machine, players play a minigame and the winner checks off a Mii of their choice. If there is a tie, a dice rolling contest decides the winner. The first player to complete a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row gets a bingo and is the winner.

Pair Games[edit | edit source]

Pair Games are designed for two players and are either cooperative or competitive.

Friend Connection

The players answer five questions before playing a cooperative minigame to test if they are a good pair or a bad pair. The default best pair are Matt and Lucia, with a score of 70, while the default worst pair are Tatsuaki and Abby, with a score of 26.

Balance Boat

Players work together to balance Miis on the sails of a ship. If the players successfully balance 20 Miis, they win the game. If the ship tips over, the Miis will all fall into the sea and the players will lose.


Players match up Miis wearing shirts of the same color into pairs to score points. Players don't know what color the Miis’ shirts are until they select them. If players fail to match up a pair, they lose a heart. If players lose all of their hearts, they lose a turn. The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

House Party[edit | edit source]

House Party Games are activities that focus on the players' environments. One of the games, Quick Draw, is exclusive to the Japanese version.

Animal Tracker

Find the Wii Remote that is making the sound of the onscreen animal.

Hide and Hunt

Find the Wii Remote. Every ten seconds, the Wii Remote makes a sound.

Time Bomb

Players gently pass the Wii Remote while holding specified buttons. If the Wii Remote is shaken too much, the bomb will explode.

Word Bomb

Say a word that matches a category and pass the bomb.

Buddy Quiz

After choosing a player to act as the "Buddy", the other players attempt to predict the Buddy's answers to various questions about themself and get points for predicting correctly.

Minigame modes[edit | edit source]

Free Play

Play any minigame.


Play a set of minigames.


Puzzle minigames.


A one player minigame quest

Spot the Sneak (known as Rule Reversal in the European version)

Players play minigames, earn points and take points from the "cheater", who can do things the other players cannot, giving them an advantage.

Development[edit | edit source]

After the development of Mario Party 8, several of Hudson Soft's key designers left to work for Nintendo subsidiary NDcube.[8] Wii Party was first revealed to the public by Satoru Iwata during a presentation to investors at E3 2010 on May 7, 2010.[6] In an Iwata Asks interview, NDcube said that "One of the attractions of Mario Party is that you can play with your favorite character", but they "thought that using Mii characters would strengthen the impression that you yourself are playing together with your friends." Iwata also hoped "people will play Wii Party for years to come as the new standard in party game software."[9]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 70.44%[10]
Metacritic 68/100[11]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com C-[12]
Eurogamer 7/10[13]
Game Informer 4.5/10[14]
GameSpot 8/10[15]
GameTrailers 7.9/10[16]
IGN 7/10[17]

Wii Party received somewhat mixed to positive reviews from critics, with an average Metacritic score of 68/100.[11] GameSpot awarded Wii Party a score of 8 out of 10, praising the wide variety of minigames and modes. GameSpot also added that the game's multiplayer mode "is a blast," and believe that Wii Party is "faster and better" than Mario Party.[15] Nintendo World Report also gave the game an 8/10, citing that "A common complaint about Mario Party is that it has too many things that slow gameplay down to a near halt, such as multiple traps on one game board and waiting for the player to finish his or her turn. Wii Party avoids this by speeding up gameplay".[18] IGN gave the game a 7/10, criticizing the graphics as bright and colorful, but "not exactly pretty", but praising Nintendo for doing a good job of allowing players to follow instructions to get through objectives.[17] GameTrailers gave the game a 7.9, saying "Aside from a few dud modes and some minor control issues, there isn't a whole lot to fault."[16]

Phil Kollar of Game Informer stated in a negative review that "Wii Party's 80-plus minigames share the same uneven quality I've come to expect from Mario Party, which makes sense given that many of them are iterations of games from that series. The metagames are even worse. Whereas Mario Party gave players multiple boards to play through, Wii Party features multiple game types, each less exciting than the last."[14]

Sales[edit | edit source]

In its first week of release in Japan, Wii Party sold 230,000 units and was the country's best-selling game that week.[19] As of October 5, 2010, Wii Party has sold 1,350,791 units in Japan.[20] The game has sold 9.33 million copies worldwide as of March 2019.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wii Party release date. Nintendo Official Magazine. 2 June 2010.
  2. "Gamescom: Kirby, Donkey Kong Release Dates Announced". IGN. 17 August 2010. http://wii.ign.com/articles/111/1113375p1.html/. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  3. "Make your Wii the life and soul of the party!". Nintendo. 11 August 2010. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/NOE/en_GB/news/2010/make_your_wii_the_life_and_soul_of_the_party_18726.html. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  4. Ronaghan, Neal. Nintendo Reveals Wii Party. Nintendo World Report. 7 May 2010.
  5. Iwata Asks: Wii Party, Page 3
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Financial Results Briefing for Fiscal Year Ended March 2010: May 7, 2010 Presentation by Satoru Iwata, President". Nintendo Co., Ltd.. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/100507/05.html. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Top Selling Software Sales Units". 2019-03-31. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/sales/software/3ds.html. Retrieved 2019-04-25. 
  8. "What Wii Party And Mario Party Have In Common". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5621293/what-wii-party-and-mario-party-have-in-common. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  9. Wii.com - Iwata Asks: Wii Party
  10. "Wii Party for Wii". GameRankings. http://www.gamerankings.com/wii/996170-wii-party/index.html. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Wii Party". Metacritic. 5 October 2010. http://www.metacritic.com/game/wii/wii-party. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  12. "Wii Party Review". 1UP.com. 5 October 2010. http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3181741. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  13. Christian Donlan (6 October 2010). "Wii Party Wii Review". Eurogamer. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-10-06-wii-party-review. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Phil Kollar (3 October 2010). "For The Love Of God, Don’t RSVP To This Party". Game Informer. http://gameinformer.com/games/wii_party/b/wii/archive/2010/10/03/for-the-love-of-god-don-t-rsvp-to-this-party.aspx. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Wii Party Review for Wii". GameSpot. 1 October 2010. http://www.gamespot.com/wii/puzzle/wiiparty/review.html. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Wii Party: Review, Trailers, and Interviews". GameTrailers. 6 October 2010. http://www.gametrailers.com/gamereview.php?id=13380. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "IGN's Wii Party Review for Nintendo Wii". IGN. 3 October 2010. http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/112/1125168p1.html. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  18. "Nintendo World Report:Wii Party Review". Nintendo World Report. 30 September 2010. http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/review/24178. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  19. "Wii Party Rocks Japan". Gawker Media. 18 July 2010. http://kotaku.com/5588287/wii-party-rocks-japan. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  20. "Media Create Sales: September 20 to 26". Nintendo World Report. 1 October 2010. http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/24183. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 

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