The Mario Party Drinking Game

The incredible array of characters seen throughout the Mario Party installments.
The incredible array of characters seen throughout the Mario Party installments. | Source

Introduction to Mario Party

Chances are, if you're here, then you have probably at least heard of the Mario Party franchise. The Mario Party installments are some of the most popular and well-known video games not only in the United States, but in the entire world. Mario Party features some of Nintendo's most popular characters, including Mario and Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and more (though characters vary by game).

The very first Mario Party was released in December of 1998, about 15 years ago. The game series has been so successful and so popular, that Mario Party installments are still being produced. Mario Party 9 was released in December of 2012. The games have been produced for the Nintendo 64, Gamcube, Game boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Wii consoles, all providing a unique playing experience.

The continued success can also be attributed to the games incredible diversity and uniqueness. Over the course of the 9 games, users can play on over 20 different game boards and play almost 800 different minigames. With such incredible variety, no two games are ever the same.

So, without further ado, let's get to the game.

What You Need

  • A Nintendo 64, Gamecube, or Nintendo Wii and their appropriate cables


  • A copy of Mario Party compatible with your Nintendo gaming system


  • A Television, the bigger the better


  • Friends, family, your neighbors, your coworkers, your priest, or anyone you can find


  • A controller for each person, up to four (the more the merrier)


  • Booze, preferably beer


Mario Party gameplay
Mario Party gameplay | Source
Mario Party gameplay
Mario Party gameplay | Source

How to Play

Each Mario Party game is slightly different from one another, but follow the same general rules and goals: earn as many coins and as many stars as you can.

Start by simply picking a character and a board. Select a 20 turn game, unless you feel like playing a longer or shorter game. It's personal preference. Also, turn on the the Bonus Stars. These are Stars awarded to particular players that excelled in different aspects of the game.

The drinking game follows the same rules as playing a game without alcohol, of course, but instead, now we incorporate alcohol. Every starts with a full beer, and have the case close, because beer goes quick.

Now, the drinking rules I am about to provide are ones that my friends and I came up with. They always provide us with an entertaining night. Use these as guidelines, pick and choose which ones you want to play with, or make up more and add them to your game. Here are the basic rules:

1.) For 2 vs 2 mini games, the losers take 2 drinks.

2.) For 1 vs 3 mini games: if the single play wins, the losers take 3 drinks each. If the team of three wins, the single play takes a drink.

3.) In a free-for-all game, the winner gives out 3 drinks. He can choose to give each play one drink, one player 3 drinks, etc.

4.) If you land on Bowser, take 2 drinks.

5.) If you are affected by an action square, take 2 drinks. For example, the snow maps typically have a snowball that rolls at you. If it hits you, take a drink.

6.) If you earn a star, distribute 5 drinks like you would for winning a mini game.

7.) At the end of each turn, the person with the fewest coins drinks for the number of seconds equivalent to the difference between their coins and the player in third's place coins. For example, if you are in last with 15 coins, and the person in third has 20 coins, drink for 5 seconds.

8.) If Boo takes coins or stars from you, give the person who sent Boo 3 drinks. We consider Boo a cheapskate.

9.) If you fail to earn an item in an item game, shame on you. Take 4 drinks.

10.) If you roll doubles, give out the number of drinks that the dice add up to. For example, rolling sixes means you can give out 12 drinks to any combination of players.


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Summary

Like I said, these provided rules are simply the rules that my friends and I follow when we settle down for a few games. I am always willing to hear about any tweaks or additions that people incorporate into the game. So please, if you have any ideas, leave them as a comment and I'll be sure to use them in my next game.

Last but not least, this game involves alcohol, so you know how it goes. Be safe, drink responsibility, and be sure to designate a driver.

Have fun and stay afe!


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