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I was in college when Mario Party came out on the N64, because I am an old person. It was actually the best possible circumstance for the game, since I had roommates who were into the game as much as I was. But then things took a turn for the worse.
If you went back and played the original Mario Party today, you'd notice a few things. First, it doesn't look so hot anymore. Next, it's interesting to see how well Nintendo nailed the fundamentals of the series in the first entry. And then you notice the last bit: There's a lot of analog-stick spinning in this game. If you recall, the N64 had a strange little analog stick, which made it a perfect fit for the overall strangeness of the system's controller. That stick would also be the downfall of our entire household.
I shared an apartment with several roommates during my last few years of college. Like I said, they were all into Mario Party. Oh, how we would stay up, getting increasingly more intoxicated competitive. We quickly discovered that the best way to rotate the analog stick wasn't with a leisurely twirl of the thumb. Nope. The pros (us) would tightly grip one of the controllers' dumb little leg things with their left hands, put their right palms right on the stick, and spin it in a tight circle like they were trying to polish up a rusty trailer hitch. I can still hear the clickety-clacking sound of the stick banging up against its octagonal housing.
But then a horrible thing happened. We started getting sore spots on our palms. Then blisters. We played through the pain, even when bandages stopped helping. And don't get me started on that horrible Fly Guy windup thing. Finally, we stopped playing because it was warm enough to go outside again or something.
It's a pretty silly memory, but for a time there were five nearly grown men who winced their way through way too many games of Mario Party. I won most of the games, too, for what it's worth.
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Fight through the pain.
I really liked the original mario party, despite it's blister inducing pains. Now? Not so much... still fun to crack out sometimes though for nostalgia.
i wonder how long it took him to figure out using the palm is faster, that was like an instant perception for me lol
Yeah I remember those games, the trick was to do it in the dead center of the palm. You wouldn't get blisters there.
Im not much of a party game player but ive always loved mario party
I definitely did the same thing when I played the game, except I was like 9 when it came out. Me and my friend would end up with blisters on our palms roughly the size of a nickel. It was kinda fun to poke at until it popped and introduced a never ending world of anguish while being awake.
The ole palm technique
So are you going to be in the next Mario Party replay? I think Dan would appreciate an ally. Although it is fun to listen to the others suffer, lol. :)
Oh God, I remember how bad that hurt. My injury came from the Boo light bulb minigame. I haven't played a Mario Party game since.
I would always get blisters from that controller, but I sure would win all those mini-games! lol
My friends and I did that as well, when one of out hands got to sore we swapped to the other and by the end it looked like we all had Stigmata haha.
ah yes... Mario party.. I made the most of the game as I could since I always played it...alone.. same with sonic shuffle
the first mario party game I ever played was... 4. Yeah Mario Party 4
ha! my cousin's hands were covered in sores and blisters for a month from playing this game!
+1 for palm technique. Its the only way to rotate. What sucks is the noise you describe...something that the Gamecube inherited.
We should bring back the nintendo 64's and upgrade to nintendo 65 or something...same consoles and controller and game but 1 extra feature, online, if not then just bring it back i miss it, bring back to the stores
I used to use the palm technique to!
Lol! This is why I avoid party games like the plague.
They are decent games