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So far Nintendo's casual focused games on the Switch have seen modest success, but nothing that can pull Wii and DS numbers. 1-2 Switch pulled a solid 2 million copies sold worldwide, and is a fun game in quick sessions, but the game is too niche to be played in many situations, and has a lot filler content you need to slog through. Nintendo Labo is a neat idea, but it's more aimed at kids, doesn't really have multiplayer, and is a more in-depth and involved product that requires a lot of time and commitment to enjoy, rather than something you can pick up and put down with ease. Creative efforts, sure, but neither of them have quite captured what made those Wii/DS casual games so attractive and special. But Super Mario Party seems to do just that. Recently, the game managed to hit 1.5 million in a few weeks, is on its way to outselling every prior entry in the series (sans 8 and DS) in just a few months, and is the game that single handedly boosted sales of Joy-Con. Super Mario Party looks to be Nintendo's first major casual game success story on the Switch.

There's several possible reasons we can attribute to this. Perhaps it's because it's the first Mario Party to return to the original Board game style, which draws a lot of Nostalgia for Young adults and Millenials. Perhaps it's the fact that you only need another pair of Joy-Con for less than $100 to play with 4-players. Maybe its the novelty of its dual-screen use in Toad's Rec room. Regardless, I think it's the first First-Party casual game on the Switch that really hits it out of the park. It's just the kind of game that's really great for house parties or because this is the Switch, pulling out at a restaurant or cafe with 3 other friends. It's simple, quick, to the point.



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It's a good Mario Party game. Of course it's gonna sell.



As long as Nintendo doesn't release another Mario Party too soon, then Super Mario Party is going to join the 10m+ Switch club.



I really hope Nintendo takes the DLC route with SMP instead of making a new one 2 years from now. This game could match the peaks of the series



"Casual" usually means a game that is not liked, so Mario Kart must be ruled out. Mario Party has been talked about in a bad way, yes.

But if we are honest, Breath of the Wild received a lot more hate. So that's my pick for Switch's first major first party casual success.

Last edited by RolStoppable - on 14 November 2018

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RolStoppable said:

"Casual" usually means a game that is not liked, so Mario Kart must be ruled out. Mario Party has been talked about in a bad way, yes.

But if we are honest, Breath of the Wild received a lot more hate. So that's my pick for Switch's first major first party casual success.

I hope you're being sarcastic



TheMisterManGuy said:
RolStoppable said:

"Casual" usually means a game that is not liked, so Mario Kart must be ruled out. Mario Party has been talked about in a bad way, yes.

But if we are honest, Breath of the Wild received a lot more hate. So that's my pick for Switch's first major first party casual success.

I hope you're being sarcastic

Not really. The most common definition of "casual" is indeed a game that isn't liked and that's basically what can be infered from your original post. The comparisons you draw include 1-2-Switch and Labo, and the closest you come to defining a casual game is the pick up and play trait. Said trait is fundamental to Mario Kart, but that game is suspiciously absent from your original post, so it's fair to conclude that your definition of "casual" includes the trait of being a title that is in general considered a lesser game.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club

TheMisterManGuy said:
RolStoppable said:

"Casual" usually means a game that is not liked, so Mario Kart must be ruled out. Mario Party has been talked about in a bad way, yes.

But if we are honest, Breath of the Wild received a lot more hate. So that's my pick for Switch's first major first party casual success.

I hope you're being sarcastic

You must be new around here. He was being RolStoppable.



RolStoppable said:
TheMisterManGuy said:

I hope you're being sarcastic

Not really. The most common definition of "casual" is indeed a game that isn't liked and that's basically what can be infered from your original post. The comparisons you draw include 1-2-Switch and Labo, and the closest you come to defining a casual game is the pick up and play trait. Said trait is fundamental to Mario Kart, but that game is suspiciously absent from your original post, so it's fair to conclude that your definition of "casual" includes the trait of being a title that is in general considered a lesser game.

Casual doesn't mean bad though. There are great casual games out there that can be just as entertaining as some of the hardcore AAA games. 



TheMisterManGuy said:
RolStoppable said:

Not really. The most common definition of "casual" is indeed a game that isn't liked and that's basically what can be infered from your original post. The comparisons you draw include 1-2-Switch and Labo, and the closest you come to defining a casual game is the pick up and play trait. Said trait is fundamental to Mario Kart, but that game is suspiciously absent from your original post, so it's fair to conclude that your definition of "casual" includes the trait of being a title that is in general considered a lesser game.

Casual doesn't mean bad though. There are great casual games out there that can be just as entertaining as some of the hardcore AAA games. 

Since I was apparently still not clear enough, I'd like you to explain why Mario Kart 8 Deluxe belongs in a different category than Super Mario Party despite both games sharing the traits of multiplayer and pick up and play.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club