As usual, GameSpot praised the minigames of Mario Party 4. It called the game “arguably the most accomplished entry in the series yet”, while further noting, “While more accomplished gamers may find some of the minigames too simplistic, this accessibility ensures that Mario’s party is one that just about anyone can enjoy. ” It also mentioned the improved graphics of the game while further noting that the character models of the game were more simplied compared to their counterparts in Super Smash Bros. Melee, released about a year before Mario Party 4. Game Revolution also noted the game’s improved visuals while explaining that they were not representative of what the GameCube can achieve and criticized the game’s textures, noting that they were not greatly detailed. Game Revolution did, however, praise its “happy” music but criticized the minigames, saying, “none really stand out”. IGN, however, praised the improved visuals of the game and noted, “Mario Party 4 is exactly how you would envision it on GameCube: all-new mini-games and better visuals”. IGN also called the game “an absolute must-rent if you have a few friends over for the weekend” and “definitely an ‘everybody’ title”.