As you probably can tell from the title of this article, I am quite torn regarding this particular ISO. Make no mistake, the Mario Party series is a big deal. A lot of people looking to enjoy what’s so awesome about the Mario game series can expect a nice welcome change of pace when they download and install the Mario Party 4 ISO and other ISOs related to the Mario Party series.
You have to understand that what’s so different about Mario Party is that you’re not just playing Super Mario. You’re not just guiding him through maze after maze, landscape after landscape. In fact, the game party series transcends a typical gameplay and uses mini games. These are little puzzles that you play using Super Mario characters.
This deviation from the typical Super Mario game script kind of split the community apart in the beginning. A lot of people who haven’t played the game yet were too quick to dismiss it. They were saying that it was a travesty. They thought that it was some sort of monstrous, freakish departure from everything that is awesome, wholesome and amazing about the Super Mario series.
They’re thinking, “Why should you fix a problem that doesn’t exist? Leave well enough alone.” Other people are saying that you shouldn’t try to fix something that isn’t broken.
These are conservative people and they don’t want change. They’re uncomfortable with change. And the only change that they really could appreciate is a change, of course, in the console. As far as the gameplay, however, or internal game mechanics, they would prefer to leave things well enough alone.
On the other hand, there are people who look at the Super Mario platform as exactly that. It’s a platform. Just like any platform, you can build new structures, you can tear them down, or you can come up with new weird combinations. In other words, you kind of mix and match and go through some sort of trial and error until you come up with something that you like and a lot of other people like.
It’s not much different from throwing spaghetti at the wall. You throw it from many different angles, you move your wrist around, you move your fork around, and you twirl and aim the pasta. Sooner or later, you would quickly discover that a piece of pasta sticks.
That’s when you start backtracking. You’re trying to figure out how exactly you got it to stick. This might actually prove to be the most difficult part of this process.
The same applies to people who get excited about really radical departures from game predictability. They think that unpredictability is worth it by itself. They think that it is a value, in and of itself.
Again, purists or old school players will have a cow over this. They really will. They don’t quite see eye to eye with people who are very big on innovations and new experiences.
But you may be thinking, is there a happy medium? Is there like some sort of happy middle ground that we could all meet on? Well, that’s definitely the case that Mario Party 4 ISO brings to the table.
If you download and install this ISO, you can quickly find out that these mini games are a lot of fun. But they do not, in any way, take away from what’s so awesome about the Super Mario series. If you think that this is some weird way of having your cake and eating it too, you are absolutely correct.
While it’s too much to expect that, in most circumstances, people would be able to have their cake and eat it, I’m happy to report that when it comes to the Mario Party 4 ISO, that’s definitely the case. You can have it both ways.
You can enjoy everything that’s awesome about the Super Mario series, but you can also explore the same characters interacting in different games. You get the best of both worlds. You get both tradition and innovation disruption and creative destruction.
What is creative destruction?
It’s when you mix and match different elements, you blow things up, put them back together, come up with new combinations, until you come up with something stable. I’m happy to report that somehow, some way, Mario Party 4 ISO was able to manage that.
As you can tell, that’s not easy. Because it’s too easy for a game design, whether it’s platform-based or not, to remain kind of disjointed. It’s as if you actually have ten different games that are distinct enough from each other but you hold them together with a thin rubber band or with a few staples. Not exactly the definition of stability.
But I’m happy to report that all those fears simply went up in smoke when I downloaded and installed Mario Party 4 ISO. I know you probably have heard this a million times before, I’m kind of thinking why I should even say it, but this is one kind of game that truly delivers something for everybody.
I know, you’re probably rolling your eyes right now. You’re probably gagging from all the cheesiness, but it’s absolutely true. Somehow, some way, Mario Party 4 ISO truly recaptures what’s so awesome about the Nintendo brand historically.
The Nintendo has always been fun. It has always been light. It’s not pretentious. It tries not to come off as something more than it really is. It is confidently humble, that’s one way to put it.
However you want to cut it, Mario Party is kind of a departure because you get a really great mini game experience while at the same time enjoying what’s so awesome about the Super Mario series in the first place.
First of all, it helps you enjoy old school GameCube fun on your mobile PC. Remember GameCube? That is one of Nintendo’s many console products. In fact, the GameCube came and went, and Ninendo really only got its mojo back with the launch of the Wii.
Its recent mobile launch is also turning a lot of heads. It’s still too early to tell, but it seems we’re slated for another all too common and, if you think about it, all too predictable Nintendo reinvention.
Hang on to your seats. Buckle your seatbelts because it’s going to be yet another Nintendo ride. Will be a flop? Will it go nowhere? Or will people stand up and pay attention to it as it transforms the mobile gaming space yet again?
Nintendo tends to have a way of doing that. But with everything else being equal, here are just some of the reasons why you might want to consider downloading and installing Mario Party 4 ISO.
First, it enables you to enjoy old school ISOs using a DVD. You just use a player and you’re good to go.
There are all sorts of devices that play ISOs. You just use a DVD unit, install the game on your computer, and you’re good to go. Pretty straightforward.
There’s something easy, familiar and so reassuring about this whole process, and it all traces back to the fact that you’re using old school ISOs.
Next, you get to experience the game using a wide amount of flexibility because you can use a wide range of media players. You can download it, you can rip it into different formats – it’s so flexible. And that’s part of its distinctive charm.
Another thing that you get from this title is that you get to satisfy your Super Mario cravings by going old school. Don’t get me wrong. The fairly recent wave of 3D Super Mario characters are amazing. They kind of take the franchise to a whole other level.
You’re given the opportunity to look at Mario operate in one landscape after another from a completely different perspective. In fact, in many of the games released in the 2000s, Nintendo really went out of its way to present Super Mario from many different angles.
Generally speaking, the company succeeded in doing that. They sold a lot of titles, people bought a lot of games, and everybody was happy. However, from time to time, it does slip up. And for the longest time, a lot of people were thinking that maybe the Mario Party series will be the one that really does in Nintendo.
As you can tell, in the gaming world, players will continue to play and haters will continue to hate. That was true yesterday, that continues to be true to this very day, and I have no doubt it will continue to be the same long into the future. That’s just the way things are. That’s just the nature of the beast.
So how do you navigate this game if you have Super Mario cravings? Well, it’s all about going old school. That’s really what it boils down to because there seems to be some sort of dividing line in terms of game expectations featuring franchise characters like Super Mario.
For example, you would say that you can swear that prior to that game, this game looked clunky, backwards, primitive and not all that desirable. You’re welcome to make that judgment, but you might be shooting yourself in the foot because if you think that it is clunky, it may not have been that bad because you’ve been playing the arcade version since forever.
Do you see how this works? So you really can’t quite go overboard. You definitely cannot put the cart before the horse.
With that said, this game really gives you a lot of perspective because you can experience a classic gameplay while at the same time enjoying the mini games. This enables you to take a break from the more recent Super Mario titles.
I’m not just talking about enjoying the history of the franchise, but also recapturing a lot of what’s so awesome about the series in the first place. No joke. With this game and its modular and bite sized nature, you can celebrate the reasons why Nintendo is a classic platform.
Again, as I have mentioned above, Nintendo tends to reinvent itself periodically. It happens like clockwork. It’s only a matter of time. And that’s why it is so important for Nintendo to produce titles for its series. It has to produce the software to sustain the hardware.
It’s kind of playing a delicate balancing game because if it just focuses on cranking out console after console and there’s no software to play on the console, where is the incentive? Why would people want to rush out and buy the console? There’s really no reason for them to do that.
And the worst part to all of this is that Nintendo really can’t rely on third party developers. It would be great if it’s there, but it’s easy to understand why Nintendo doesn’t really want to be left at the mercy of third party players.
At the very least, it doesn’t want to put itself in the same situation as Microsoft where Microsoft basically had to pay off or incentivize, to use a kinder word, developers to produce titles for its platform. Not only can that be very expensive and awkward, but it can also put your brand under a bad light.
I mean, think about it, if your platform is so awesome and is the best thing since sliced bread, why do you have to do outreach with game titles? Maybe the title should come to you. Maybe the third party developer should step up and port their creation to your platform.
That’s kind of like the “chicken or egg” problem that Nintendo always finds itself in when it’s releasing a new console series. The time that Mario Party 4 ISO was released was no different.
This is why it’s really important to understand what’s going on behind the scenes and really put it all together. This way, you would be able to celebrate the reasons why Nintendo is a classic platform in the first place, and you also get to witness the amazing versatility of the Super Mario character set.
Believe me, when you’re playing a mini game that looks very different from a typical Super Mario game, you get to really appreciate what is distinctive, special and engaging about the different Mario character sets. Whether we’re talking about turtles or Wario or Luigi, there’s just so many different ways to appreciate the design versatility and overall quirky personality of this franchise.
Another reason why people should want to consider Mario Party 4 ISO has something to do with lore. Now, like I said earlier about this whole series, the Super Mario lore is not exactly a deal killer. It’s more of a graphic lore than anything else.
As long as you stick to the baseline of the main character, it’s relationships, and what characters are supposed to look like, there’s a lot of leeway there in terms of lore. It’s not like the typical open world game, like The Witcher series, where there might be serious repercussions when people too eagerly stray or deviate from accepted lore.
Game lore can be both a tremendous help, but it can also hold back and drag down the progress of the game. You want game lore to be inspiring. You want it to push you to a whole other level, but at the same time requiring just enough limitations. This is not an easy balance to achieve.
Part of me suspects that the reason why Nintendo is so big is because it’s able to do this. Not just once, not just twice, but consistently. Does it slip up from time to time? Of course. But by and large, it’s able to keep its act together and bless us with such amazing products.