Not to be confused with Wii Party U.
Wii Party is a party game developed by NDcube and Nintendo and published by Nintendo in 2010 for the Wii. It is a game that features gameplay that often needs more than two players. Wii Party can be compared with the Mario Party series, mainly because it heavily borrows gameplay elements from those games. Wii Party is also the first game in the Wii series (Wii Sports/Wii Play/Wii Music etc.) that Shigeru Miyamoto didn't develop. The game was released in Japan on July 8, 2010, in North America on October 3, 2010, in Australia on October 7, 2010, and in Europe on October 8, 2010.
The host of Wii Party is Party Phil.
Wii Party has 4 different playable games sections/modes: House Party Games, Party Games, Pair Games, & Minigame Modes.
- Animal Tracker (2 to 4 players, 5 min)
- Hide 'n' Hunt (2 to 4 players, 15 min)
- Time Bomb (2 to 4 players, 5 min)
- Word Bomb (2 to 4 players, 5 min)
- Buddy Quiz (3 or 4 players, 5 min)
- Board Game Island (1 to 4 players, 45 min)
- Globe Trot (1 to 4 players, 60 min)
- Swap Meet/Mii of a Kind (1 to 4 players, 30 to 45 min)
- Spin-Off (1 to 4 players, 30 min)
- Bingo (1 to 4 players, 15 min)
- Friend Connection (2 players only, 5 min)
- Balance Boat (1 or 2 players, 5 to 15 min)
- Match-Up (1 or 2 players, 15 min)
- Free Play (1 to 4 players, 5 min)
- Battle Mode (1 to 4 players, 5 to 30 min)
- Solo Mode (1 player only, 15 to 60 min)
- Challenge Mode (1 to 4 players depending on the game, 5 to 30 min)
- Spot the Sneak (2 to 4 players, 15 to 30 min)
In Wii Party, there are a variety of Minigames that you usually play after every turn or every couple turns depending on what Party or Pair game you are playing. There are four types of minigames in Wii Party, in terms of how many players can play them: 4-Player, 1 Vs 3, and 1 Vs 1 and Pair. 4-player, 1 VS 3, and 1 VS 1 usually activate on special spaces, while Pair spaces only appear in Pair Games and cannot be played in Party Games. Minigame Modes allow the player to play all four types of Minigames depending on what mode they choose, as well as Challenge Minigames that can only be played by choosing Challenge Mode. Party Phil will occasionally commentate on what you (and your friends if you are playing the game with them) must do to complete every game.
Wii Party received mixed or average reviews with a score of 68, according to Metacritic. The highest critic score was from Play.tm which gave it an 89/100 (Citation needed) and the lowest rating coming from Metro GameCentral, which gave it a 30/100. (Citation needed). It was generally well-received by audiences, and has/had an audience score of 7.8. (Citation needed)
- In the Japanese version of the game, a robotic female voice will explain the minigame's controls and instructions. In the Korean version of the game, minigame instructions are explained by a male voice.
- A male voice will say 3 (san), 2 (ni), 1 (ichi), before it says スタート！ (Sutāto!) ("Start" in Japanese) as well.
- The location you start at in Globe Trot is based off of the region you’re in, for example, if you are playing in the USA you start there.
- There is something exclusive only to the Japanese version: a House Party game called Quick Draw.
- In some artworks of the game, some Mii characters are wearing outfits that correspond with their favorite color, as opposed to in-game, where a player Mii's outfit color will always correspond with their player color (Player 1 = Blue, Player 2 = Red, Player 3 = Green, and Player 4 = Yellow).
- In the channel intro, Andy, Guest E, Takumi, Abby, Nick, Maria, Saburo, Rachel, Chris, and Keiko all appear.