The Free Play Arcade is the name of the mini-game mode in Mario Party 8. At the start of the game, the Free Play Arcade is virtually unusable as no mini-games have been unlocked. Over the course of playing the battle royal mode and story mode, mini-games can be unlocked and the arcade can be used.
Design and Usage
At the center of the arcade is a four panel video monitor where four of the playable characters can assemble. MC Ballyhoo appears in the center and lets the players chose whatever mini-game they want to play. The Free Play Arcade can be used with up to four human controlled characters. Any character not used by a human is automatically assigned to being a CPU. Mini-games are divided into seven categories and are selectable by the Wii Remote.