The year is 1999. A Nintendo 64 console lies on the carpet, having been forcefully pulled from the outlet. Broken controllers are scattered all over the room, with four friends engaged in a violet screaming match while standing over the wreckage. What happened?
Not much. Just your typical game of Mario Party.
Nintendo's flagship party franchise, which released its 10th installment earlier this year, is one of the greatest multiplayer games of all time, but it sure did get frustrating. Each one is one large board game, with players rolling the dice, progressing around the board and trying to collect stars. Whoever ends up with the most stars by the end of the game wins.
Sounds simple enough, right?
But in practice, the game seemed designed to baffle and frustrate, leaving players in fits of rage and turning on their friends, like a much more colorful version of The Hunger Games. It was full of ways to gang up on and steal from opponents, so for middle schoolers, as they looked over in shock while their best friend stole all of their stars, the game was like a crash course in betrayal.
And while every time, we tricked ourselves into thinking the most skilled player would win, the game usually relied on pure luck more than anything else. Leave your sense of justice at the door. This is Mario Party.
Over the course of 17 years of totally unfair minigames and frustrating gameplay mechanics, here are 10 Mario Party moments that completely destroyed friendships.