Mario Party 2 is the second installment and the sequel to Mario Party for the Nintendo 64. Mario Party 2 brings back the original cast from the first installment and adds innovations to the gameplay. This game is also the only Mario Party game with the separate boards as main menu options rather than selecting from a list after confirming it with Toad. It is the only game to have exclusive clothing in every different board.
This game begins with Toad telling the player a story about Mario and his friends arguing about Mario Land and that they should rename it. Toad then says that while they were arguing Bowser came and attacked Mario Land. He breaks the fight up by telling them that the first person to beat Bowser in the game will get to rename Mario Land. The game begins.
The main menu contains seven options:
- Rules Land - Learn the rules of "Mario Party 2".
- Pirate Land - Become pirates and scour a tropical island in search of treasure.
- Western Land - Become deputies in a tiny town of the Old West.
- Space Land - Become members of the Space Patrol and help keep the galaxy safe.
- Mystery Land - Become archaeologists in search of answers to the mystery artifacts.
- Horror Land - Become wizards and venture through the haunted forest.
- Option Laboratory - Professor Fungi's research center; set game options here.
This game also features a difficulty on the boards.
- Pirate Land: Easy *
- Western Land: Easy *
- Space Land: Medium **
- Mystery Land: Medium **
- Horror Land: Hard ***
- Bowser Land: Hard (unlockable after all 5 boards are played) ***
- Magic Lamp (Rare)
- Golden Mushroom
- Bowser Bomb
- Bowser Suit
- Warp Block
- Dueling Glove
- Boo Bell
- Skeleton Key
- Plunder Chest
Main Article: List of minigames in Mario Party 2.
- This was originally planned to be the first game Wario and the second Toad starred in. Since Wario was considered, he was a playable character in the first two games.
- This is the one of the three Mario Party games which have been released on the Virtual Console. The other two out of the three are Mario Party Advance and DS. They were released on Virtual Console for Wii U in Dec. 25, 2014 (Christmas) and Apr. 21, 2016.
- This is the first Mario Party game for the characters to have different outfits for each board.
- This is the first Mario Party game not to include the stick-spinning mini-games. The reason for this is because the first game caused blisters to many gamer's hands while playing them.
- This is the first Mario Party in which the characters can hold an item. In later games, characters can hold more items, usually up to three.
- The Goomba House shows up on every map in the game.
- This is the first Mario Party game to use the day/night feature; though, it was used exclusively for Horror Land. This feature was later used in Mario Party 6 as the main mechanic for all of its Party Mode boards.
- The majority of the minigames in Mario Party 2 are returning ones from the original Mario Party.
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