Since Nintendo doesn't really seem to care about games like mario party, and is just pumping out the same sh*t year after year because we all buy it anyway, here's what I propose. Scrap any ideas for Mario Party 9 and do this. Take the best maps, minigames, characters, and game hosts from every Mario Party game 1-8, Wii-ify the minigames (like using the remote to cut out goomba from Mario Party 1) update the graphics for some and you have a classic. They wouldn't have to worry about lame minigames that use the d-pad for 3d movement (I thought that trend went out with the sega saturn?! wtf) and any meth-head could put together a title with 50-70 interesting and immersive minigames with 8-12 really fun maps and an overall interesting game. Since they're not going to change anything, why not just take the best of them all, instead of getting some lame maps and minigames?