Nintendo has made it clear that they are seeking to do some things differently in 2016 and part of that strategy is working with their partners like Capcom to bring more Nintendo content to the arcade space. Capcom and Nintendo came together on efforts like Super Mario Bros. Wii World Coins, Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom (at least on a hardware level), Luigi Mansion Arcade and now they are testing out Mario Party Fushigi Challenge World in Japan.
The Mario Party Location Test Teaser
Aside from this image above, little else is known about the game at this point. From the cabinet design, it supports up to 6 players and we can assume that it uses a variation of Mario Party 10 that was released for the WiiU. It is setup as what they call a “medal game” in Japan, i.e. their odd variation of redemption which is sort of gambling but only for more medals(tokens) and not prizes.
The aforementioned Super Mario Bros Wii World Coins was a medal game; such games have been converted into ticket redemption titles when they come over to the West, such as with Harpoon Lagoon and the new Ace Angler. Given that these types multiplayer games have been gaining popularity in the West, that does not disqualify the new Mario Party from coming over here at some point. However, that depends on whether or not an interested party like Sega or Bandai Namco would see it as a profitable move. Sega is presently doing that with Nintendo & Capcom’s Luigi Mansion Arcade so it I will not be surprised if this new title at least gets some US location testing done for it at some point.
What are your thoughts on this new game? Would you like to see it outside of Japan?