So out of nowhere, Super Mario Party got a new update on Switch that allowed online play. The catch? It was through private parties and friend list connections only.
You see, Nintendo is a little new to this whole online thing. No worries though, the community came up with a solution that works out a lot like the faux lobbies for Pokemon Let’s Go. Discovered via Caolan114 on Reddit, the simple solution is to go to the private online play option in-game, then enter “11111.” After that, mash A, and you’ll eventually come across “matchmaking” parties.
It’s basically a community-farmed solution to allow a jury-rigged matchmaking lobby that everyone agreed upon ahead of time. The more the method is shared and proliferated, the longer that Super Mario Party can live online.
It’s kind of a weird thing that requires people to get on board early to spark a wildfire, otherwise it’ll die out when people get frustrated that there’s no one to play with. So for this possibly brief moment in the game’s lifecycle, join in on the fun and play Mario Party online!
Despite the community’s efforts, it’s crazy to think Nintendo is so far behind with stuff like this, even in the era of paid online services.
Mario Party boards with randoms [Reddit]