Nintendo announced that a free update is available for Super Mario Party starting April 27. The update adds online play to various modes including Mario Party, Partner Party, and Free Play. With that being said, to utilize these online features you’ll have to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. 

Super Mario Party Free Update Adds Online Play

A free update is now available for Super Mario Party. Through the 1.1.0 update, online play has been added to “the board game mode, 70 minigames, and the 2 vs 2 Partner Party mode” according to a tweet from Nintendo.

Nintendo also released patch notes for the 1.1.0 update that elaborates further upon the online play that’s been added to Super Mario Party.

Below, we’ve included the patch notes outlining the new Super Mario Party update with text courtesy of Nintendo


Ver. 1.1.0 (Released April 27, 2021)

Feature Added

  • You can now play the following modes over the internet:

    • Mario Party

    • Partner Party

    • Free Play (Minigames)

Important: To play over the internet, a subscription to the paid Nintendo Switch Online service is required.

Playing over the internet

  • To play over the internet, select either Mario Party, Partner Party, or Minigames, then select Online Play.

  • There are two ways to play over the internet: Friend Match, where you can play with Friends, and Private Game, where you can play with anyone using passwords.

  • The combinations through which you can play over the internet are as follows:

    • Up to 1 player per system (you can play with between 2 and 4 players)

    • Up to 2 players per system (you can play with between 3 and 4 players)

  • If two players are each playing on their own systems, they cannot play with two players using a third system.

  • Playing over the internet supports the Invite Friend feature. If you select Invite Friend on the screen at which you’re waiting for rivals, your selected Friends can join from the Online Play Invites on their user-page icon in the top left of the HOME Menu.

    • Online Mariothon does not support the Invite Friend feature.

  • When playing over the internet, all 20 characters and all maps are available, regardless of your current in-game progress.

  • When playing over the internet, 70 of the total 80 minigames are available to play.

  • The following 10 minigames are not available when playing over the internet.

    • Strike It Rich

    • Time to Shine

    • Take a Stab

    • All-Star Swingers

    • Rhythm and Bruise

    • Pep Rally

    • Wiped Out

    • Fiddler on the Hoof

    • Clearing the Table

    • Baton and On

  • Play data won’t be saved when playing over the internet.


It’s exciting to see Super Mario Party get a free update, and an unexpected one at that. Some of the highlights from the patch notes include having all 20 characters and maps available when playing over the internet regardless of your current in-game progress, and having 70 of the game’s 80 minigames available to play over the internet.

After reading through the 1.1.0 update patch notes for Super Mario Party, we’re curious what your thoughts are. Were you expecting an update for Super Mario Party? Are you planning to take advantage of these new online features? Let us know on our social media channels including Facebook and Twitter! 

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