Mario Party 1 Injuries

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A mini-game screenshot of "Tug O' War", one of the mini-games that caused the controversy.

Mario Party for the Nintendo 64 is a multiplayer party game featuring a series of mini-games that spawned a sub-series of the Mario franchise. Though it is considered a good game, many of the mini-games required heavy rotation of the Nintendo 64's analog stick to win.

Due to the uncomfortable design of the analog stick, many players used their palms to play these mini-games. This caused many players to get blisters, friction burns, and lacerations on their hands.[1] Mini-games that rely on the constant rotation of the analog stick include Tug O' War, Paddle Battle, Pedal Power, and to some extent, Cast Aways and Deep Sea Divers.

Fortunately for Nintendo, no one filed a lawsuit against them but there were over 90 complaints made to the New York attorney general's office. Nintendo of America paid $75,000 for the cost of the investigation to the office[1] and offered gaming gloves to everyone who got injured. Since it was estimated that 1.2 million users had the game, Nintendo's expenses for the gloves was up to $80,000,000.[2]

Nintendo learned a lesson from the experience players were complaining about and since Mario Party 2, the analog stick has been used sparingly and by the time of the GameCube, Nintendo's analog sticks have gotten much more comfortable to use. Nintendo also did not create mini-games that rely on using constant rotation of the analog stick to win until Mario Party: Island Tour. However, because of the experience players received such as injuries when using the joystick, Nintendo never released Mario Party on the Virtual Console.

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ThePCGamer

6 months ago
Score 9

Me: (notices the picture)

Also Me: Donkey Bowser, or Bowser Kong
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MintypuffLove

5 months ago
Score 3
You get 7 funny points, I laughed after looking at the picture while thinking of this.
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Freddy83

4 months ago
Score 0
Ouch.
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Theworks84

4 months ago
Score 3
Fact: One Japanese commercial of this game has people using their palms to control the joysticks. That's right, their PALMS. Here's proof: https://www....HLJ6MMR3ZYE4
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VinnyRocchio

4 months ago
Score 1
Nintendo after seeing those injuries: D'oh we missed!
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Dorothy Nightingale

one month ago
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And see, this is also why Nintendo abandoned the practice of having the analog stick way down and soon followed the PlayStation/Xbox standard (2 sticks left and right and 4 analog buttons). C-Buttons were replaced with the C-stick, and so on.
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JDM4678

one month ago
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Atleast the Dualshock/Xbox controllers have bigger analog sticks so you would just simply use your thumbs

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