Peach’s Birthday Cake was one of the original boards to debut in the first Mario Party game. Since that game the series has made some big changes and the design of Mario Party has come a long way so things have been changed slightly with the new board version of Mario Party Superstars. Here’s what you need to know about Peach’s Cake.
The stars and Bowser
In the original version of Peach’s Birthday Cake, you would browse the cake until you encountered a Goomba who planted a seed that would tell you whether you should buy a star from Toad or visit Bowser. Since the seed decision was completely random, this had to be adjusted for Superstars. From now on, you will always have the option of purchasing a star from Toadette. Peach’s Cake is very linear, so you’ll run into her eventually, and don’t worry, she doesn’t budge after someone buys a star.
As for Bowser, the Goomba is still on the map after passing Toadette. There is a one in four chance of going to Bowser while choosing seeds. If a player gets a seed that sends them back to the normal path, the odds will get worse for the next player until someone finally gets a Bowser seed. If you go to Bowser, there are a few red spaces, a lucky time space, and the villain will take 20 coins from you and hit you in the head with a stone cake. However, if you are the last one and you see him, he may give you coins. Leaving Bowser will put you in a direct line to see Toadette again, so it’s not that bad if you have a lot of coins.
There are groups of two event spaces along the outside of the cake. If a player lands on one, he will have the chance to plant a “strawberry”. Instead, you are planting Piranha plants. If you plant a small one, they’ll steal coins from anyone who lands in space. A big one will steal a star. If you land on your own plant, they will give you some coins and wait for a victim. Each Piranha plant will stay in its place until it attacks a person, then that batch is free to be planted again.
There is an event space that is not connected to the Piranha plants. It’s at the top of the cake after you reach Toadette and it’s a shortcut to the start of the board, so you don’t have to pass the Goomba.
Small Board of Chaos
Peach’s Birthday Cake is a small board, one of the smallest in Mario Party history. With that in mind, players are likely to accumulate coins and stars fairly quickly. Since there aren’t many spaces to land on, there is an increased chance of finding blocks hidden in those spaces. In our first game, we spawned five hidden blocks. Maybe it was fluke, but expect coins and stars to be thrown at everyone while you play here.