100 mini-games from across the series are in Mario Party Superstars, including one that Nintendo probably should have left in the archives.
With 11 mainline games and four spin-offs to choose from, Nintendo certainly didn’t struggle to find mini-games to bring back for Mario Party Superstars. Essentially a remake, but only of specific boards and not whole games, it updates them with fancy new visuals and, perhaps most importantly, proper online multiplayer.
It’s not out until later this week, but the game has already leaked and wound up in the hands of some eager players. As such, screenshots and videos are popping up online and those who grew up playing the Mario Party games of the 90s have made a discovery that’s prompting some horrid flashbacks.
One of the mini-games included is Tug o’ War, which appeared in the first Mario Party in 1998, for the Nintendo 64, and has a team of three play against a single player in a Bowser costume. However, this mini-game has an unfortunate reputation for injuring children because of its controls.
Winning the game requires you to spin the control stick as quickly as you can. But at the time it was discovered that the best and most reliable way to win was to use the palm of your hand rather than your thumb. Numerous children wound up injuring themselves as a result, cutting their hands and/or gaining blisters.
Nintendo soon found itself in hot water over this and, according to the LA Times, sent out protective gloves to households which owned a copy of the game.
You’d think as a result Nintendo would sweep the mini-game under the carpet and pretend it never existed. But not only is it in Mario Party Superstars, it has the exact same control scheme.
Let’s also not forget that Nintendo has made a replica Nintendo 64 controller for fans to purchase, almost inviting a repeat of the situation.
Nintendo is attempting to cover their bases with an in-game warning. Before starting the mini-game, a message clearly states that players shouldn’t use the palm of their hands to rotate the stick. So, if you ignore the warning and develop blisters, you can’t blame Nintendo for it.
Mario Party Superstars releases for Nintendo Switch on October 29.
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