Mario Party 8 is a very solid game. It implores all of the charm of previous Mario Party games but also utilizes the technology of the Nintendo Wii to throw in some new curve balls. Playing it with my family is very enjoyable. My wife and 5 year old son will play this game every so often. Games last between 30 min and 2 hours depending on the settings we chose and we enjoy playing this game the way that it was meant to be played. The mini games are easy enough for a small child to be able to play them but competitive enough to keep adults entertained as well. The negatives on this game are that it seems that certain mini games show up more often so after a few plays though it gets a little repetitive. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with the game I may have been playing it too much but there is a limit on how much you can play it before you lose interest.