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In all party games, there are mini-challenges we love or we hate. I mean I can ace that flipping the steak cube mini-game in Super Mario Party with my eyes closed, any day of the week. But with the arrival of Mario Party Superstars comes the revival of a mini-game that everyone and their hands hate. Tug o’ War.
In case you never played Mario Party on the Nintendo 64, you won’t know the pain and anguish the words, “Tug o’ War” conjure in a lot of players’ minds. The minigame seemed pretty simple in theory - use the analogue stick to pull back on the rope and win against your peers. Seems easy enough, right? Wrong - what happened when players tried this is that they’d try so hard they’d hurt their hands and even on occasion cause blisters.
Nintendo is currently leaning into the N64’s history with the new paid expansion pack for players…
Now “Tug o’ War” is back in Mario Party Superstars and Nintendo has kept the control scheme the same. What’s even worse is that the developer absolutely knows the sort of carnage that mini-game can cause because it even included a warning about how to protect your hands when playing. Thanks, Nintendo. Really helpful, that.
THEY'RE BRINGING THE ORIGINAL CONTROLS FOR THIS GAME BACK, JUST WITH A PALM WARNING? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/NUZUkguvqk— Anthony (@KirbyCheatFurby) October 23, 2021
As KirbyCheatFurby tweeted, and ScreenRant reported, the game now includes a little alert before playing. It reads: "To avoid irritation to your skin and/or damage to the control stick, do not rotate it with the palm of your hand.” What it doesn’t say is how to win without doing that, and how using your thumb used to feel impossible.
So what will it be, Nintendo fans? Either accepting the jaws of defeat or once again putting yourself through pain to win the glory of a star or two? It’s up to you.
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