Mario Party 4 flash game (found online promo game; 2002)
|The home screen for the flash game.|
|Found by||Wayback Machine|
Mario Party 4 is the fourth installment in Nintendo's Mario Party series. The game was developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo for their GameCube system on October 21, 2002 in North America. It played similarly to its predecessors while adding new characters, boards, and mini-games.
Before the game's release, the two companies created a promotional flash game to coincide with it. The game stayed active for around three or four years after Mario Party 4's release.
The game was essentially a stripped down version of a typical Mario Party game, with only one player allowed, five boards, and a handful of minigames. Winning the minigames and landing on blue spaces would give you coins, which would allow you to buy things such as wallpapers and screensavers themed around Mario Party 4. There were also special spaces that showed a screenshot of the game and gave some info on what was going on in it.
While the site was taken down, it was eventually archived via archive.org's Wayback Machine. While only some character combinations work (player character plus the "host" which corresponds with each board), the game is the same for every character, and access to one board means you can play on all of them due to there being a board selector. However, many screenshots in the info spaces don't load and the store items can't be downloaded.