I'm noticing that its kinda strange that there are very few posts about Mario Party 8. Maybe because it hasn't been released in the UK yet? I picked it up...and honestly its a really good game if you like Mario Party. If you're not a big fan of mario party then the flaws will show a lot more in the game and you won't be a happy camper. Its pretty BS that there is no wide-screen mode...but it helps a ton if you change the aspect ratio of the TV rather than deal with the funky colored bars that they put in during wide-screen mode. I also would have liked to see more innovative games using the remote and less "Hold the remote sideways like a NES controller" games. I have hope that Nintendo will learn from its mistakes and Mario Party 9 will kick some serious ass.
the star battle is fun (single player) and if you go to the fun bazaar and unlock the test for the best (single player) it's kind of a competition against yourself, trying to out do what you did the previous time through, and it is most definitely one of the best multiplayer "party" games out there, sure it got bad reviews, and most people know what i think about that, but yea can't always go off reviews, if you like the type of game, then you'll definitely have a blast with this game