Nintendo has announced a new entry into the arcade market: a giant Mario Party machine. If you tried to think of which Nintendo property you’d most like to see turned into an arcade machine, “Mario Party” wouldn’t be the first one to come to mind. But when you think about it, the social aspect that the game needs to work is perfect for an arcade setting.
The Mario Party machine is reported to be a round, roulette-looking table with controls for six, surrounding a projector in the center. The mechanics and gameplay haven’t been changed: players take turns moving around a virtual board, rolling dice and playing crazy minigames to advance. How the game charges money is unclear. The typical Mario Party session can go on for some time, especially with the lead-switching twists they tend to throw in.
Mario Party: Mysterious Challenge World is the arcade game’s official title. It’ll make its world debut at the Japanese Amusement Expo on February 19. No Western release is currently planned. Nintendo’s last arcade game was Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, released in 2013.