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. A sequel, Wii Party U, was released for the Wii U on October 25, 2013. Wii Party is often 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 produce. 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.
Wii Party has 4 different playable 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. 4-Player, 1 Vs 3 and 1 Vs 1 that usually activate on special spaces and Pair that only appear in Pair Games and can not be played in Party Games. Minigame Modes allow the player to play all four types of Minigames depending on what mode you choose as well as Challenge Minigames that can only be played by choosing Challenge Mode. The host of Wii Party is Party Phil who occasionally commentates on what is happening as well as telling players how to play the mode they choose if they want to.
Wii Party received mixed or average reviews according to Metacritic with a score of 68. The highest critic score was from Play.tm who gave it an 89/100 with the lowest coming from Metro GameCentral who gave it 30/100.
However, it was generally well-received by audiences, and has an audience score of 7.8.
- When you play with a Mii that has lipstick, its lipstick is always red, which happens to some of the CPU Miis as well (although the lipstick doesn't change when you pick a Mii that already has red lipstick).
- In the Japanese version of the game, a robotic girl voice will explain the minigame's controls and instructions.
- 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’re playing in North America you start in the USA, if you’re playing in Europe you start in Germany, etc.
- There is something exclusive only to the Japanese version of Wii Party: A House Party game called Quick Draw.
- In some of the game's official artwork, Miis are depicted 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.