Super Mario Party just got an update on the left more than two years after its release. The download suddenly expands the game’s online multiplayer options.
When Super Mario Party released in 2018, fans anticipate that it will receive updates and DLC. Oddly enough, updates never arrive, even as Nintendo offers long-term support for titles like Mario Tennis Aces and Arm. More than two years later, an update finally appeared and it delivered an update requested by many fans.
A free download is now available, and it allows fans to play online in three modes: Mario Party, Partner Party, and Free Play. Naturally, a Nintendo Online subscription is required to play online.
Super Mario Party’s super free fun on the Nintendo Switch with new online play options, now available through a free update. Enjoy Mario Party mode, Partner Party mode and dozens of online minigames!
– Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) April 27, 2021
When playing online, players can choose Make Friends or Private Games. The latter allows players to create a password protected match that anyone with a code can join. Players can also make use of the Switch’s Invite Friends feature, though that option isn’t available for the Mariothon Live mode.
It wouldn’t have been on Nintendo’s online integration without a confusing warning. Online play supports two specific profiles. Up to four players can compete from a separate Switch system or two Switches can be linked to two players per player. According to the update note, “If two players are playing on their own system, they cannot play against two players using the third system.”
All maps and characters are available in online play no matter what unlocked each player. Only 70 of the game’s 80 minigames can be played online, as no rhythm minigames are compatible.
Previously, online play was only available in the game’s Mariothon Online mode.
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