Super Mario Party now has an online-play mode, thanks to a free update

Nintendo Switch Lite Super Mario Party
Nintendo Switch Lite Super Mario Party (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Nintendo has announced a free update for Super Mario Party that will add online play to the game.
  • The 1.1.0 update has added online play to the Mario Party, Partner Party and Free Play modes.
  • The update will be rolling out across regions today.

Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Party will receive a free update today that will add online play with friends or with anyone with your lobby's password.

The newest update, 1.1.0, will add online play to the following:

  • Mario Party
  • Partner Party
  • Free Play

To play with others via the internet, players must select which one of the above modes they'd like to play, then select "Online Play". Players will have the option to select "Friend Match", which takes them to their Friends List and shows which friends are able to play online. Persons can utilize the "Invite Friend" feature, which allows their friends to join their game via the "Online Play Invites" page within the Friends List menu. However, Online Mariothon does not support the Invite Friend feature.

Players can also select "Private Game", where a password can be generated and given to anyone who would like to play online. Content creators like streamers, for example, could use Private Game to play online matches with their viewers. For those playing together online, all characters and maps will be available to select, regardless of how far any of the players have privately progressed in their own copies of the game. However, only 70 of the 80 available mini-games will be available to choose from in games played via the internet.

Are you excited for this update? Let us know in the comments! We're hoping that Nintendo will continue to support Super Mario Party just like they support their other multiplayer games on the Nintendo Switch.

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.