Mario Party (マリオパーティMario Pāti?) (also known as Mario Party 64 or Mario Party 1) is a party video game for the Nintendo 64 game console, developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on December 14, 1998, in North America on February 8, 1999, and in Europe on March 9, 1999. The game was going to be released on the Virtual Console on the Wii Shop Channel, but was not due to its mini-games which involved spinning the N64 controller's central joystick in furious circles, resulting in many broken joysticks and blistered hands. In May 1998, Nintendo and Hudson began a partnership to design and develop games together for the Nintendo 64. Mario Party was the first of the games that the partnership released. Mario Party was followed by Mario Party 2.