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Mario Party 10

Nintendo has updated their European My Nintendo reward site with 20% discounts for the newest additions to the Nintendo Select line, which includes Mario Party 10, Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Pikmin 3.

The discount code costs 30 Gold Points, and give you a 20% discount on the title of your choosing which would bring these down from €24.99 or £19.99 to about $20 or £16 each. Also worth noting is that you’ll be getting the 30 Gold Points spent to get the discount back from the purchase of the Nintendo Select title.

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Another Wii U game is on sale over at Amazon and Best Buy. Both retailers have Mario Party 10 for $34.99, which is $15 lower than the original asking price. Like with Splatoon, this price should be valid through Saturday.

One of the most prominent difficulties faced by the Mario Party development team was gameplay balance. That’s according to director Shuichiro Nishiya from Nd Cube and Nintendo producer Jumpei Horita.

Speaking with Nintendo Life, the Nishiya said:

Ensuring the gameplay was balanced was indeed the toughest challenge during development. The game is based first of all on the outcome of rolling dice, so depending on your luck, the game could end very quickly, or Bowser might never be able to catch up. We encountered a number of possible issues we had to resolve in order to balance fairness with fun. Through our test plays, we came up with various ways to help those lagging behind. For example, players who are out of the game can provide items to their team mates, Bowser Jr. can offer dice to Bowser when he’s falling behind, and so forth. Thanks to these additions, the outcome of the game is up for grabs right until the very end. Of course, even with all our careful adjustments, if you end up rolling nothing but “1” you still won’t have a chance of winning.

Horita also chimed in. According to him, “the outcome of the roll is 100% pure luck”, even though some have believed that the game controls it by some means.

I just want to add an extra point here. I often hear or read doubts about the fairness of the dice roll, that it might be controlled somehow by the game. I assure you that the outcome of the roll is 100% pure luck. That said, even when you’re down on your luck, you can still take advantage of the minigames to survive Bowser’s onslaught and stay in the running. There are plenty of ways to turn the situation around so I encourage you not to give up until the very end!

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The folks over at Smosh Games put together this Mario Party 10 video today. It’s supposed to be an “honest trailer” for the game – a bit of fun really!

Did you know that the gold Mario amiibo offers a little something special in Mario Party 10? Even though it’s not anything overly major, it’s a neat little nugget.

Reddit user “Fergood” tried out the gold Mario amiibo with Mario Party 10, and saw that there was a “set up” section where players can equip a Token. He then noticed that a “Gold” Token was already unlocked. You can obtain the token by unlocking all other gold Tokens, but Fergood was playing for the first time. He tried reloading Mario Party 10 with normal Mario, and the gold Token unlocked previously was no longer there. That must mean gold Mario can give players a little bonus!

Below are some photos showing how the gold Mario amiibo is used in Mario Party 10:

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