|a game by||Next Level Games, Inc.|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 2 reviews|
|User Rating:||7.5/10 - 17 votes|
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|See also:||Mario Games|
Super Mario Strikers is an arcade-like soccer game featuring beloved characters and locations from the Super Mario franchise. Much like the other Mario-themed sports titles like Mario Tennis and Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Super Mario Strikers takes a complex sport and boils it down into a more simple formula. Across a handful of game modes, you'll pick your favorite Super Mario character and lead a team of athletes in 5-on-5 bouts of soccer. Featuring power-ups pulled from the Mario Kart franchise, four different difficulty modes, and entertaining cheat codes, this is a soccer game that should appeal to players of all skill.
Main Game Features
- 9 playable characters from the Mario universe
- Exhibition, Tournament, and Custom game modes
- Simple mechanics and rules
Unfortunately, Super Mario Strikers is painfully light on story. In fact, there's barely a story to speak of, which is disappointing when compared to some of the other Mario-themed sports games. Instead, Super Mario Strikers brings together most of your favorite Super Mario characters to settle their grudges in fierce games of soccer. Mario must face off against some of his all-time villains, including Wario, Waluigi, and of course, Bowser. Leading a team of their own as captain, the characters compete in a handful of championship tournaments, all battling for the trophy at the end. Whereas other Mario sports games like Mario Golf have rich, RPG-like stories, Super Mario Strikers is admittedly underwhelming. Luckily though, the gameplay makes up for it.
As long as you have a fundamental knowledge of the rules of soccer (or football, depending on where you live), Super Mario Strikers is easy enough to understand. Even if you're a bit rusty, the game has both a practice mode and tutorials to help you learn the ropes. In each match, two teams of five players compete to score the most goals by passing, shooting the ball, and using power-ups. Matches can run from 2 to 15 minutes, but are set to 5 minutes normally. There is a decent selection of game modes, including “Grudge Match” (basically exhibition play), “Cup Battle and Super Cup Battle”, as well as “Custom Battle”.
Whether you're playing solo or with up to three other friends, you'll spend most of your time in the Cup and Super Cup Battles, where you battle for glory in eight different tournaments. If you manage to reach first place in some of the tournaments, you'll even unlock new cheat codes! Cheat codes can also be used across every mode in the game and unlock things like Infinite Power Ups, extra-strong Perfect Strikes, and more. Speaking of power-ups, you'll often earn Mario Kart-style items during play, including Green Shells, Bananas, and Mushroom boosts. This helps add another layer of arcade fun to the gameplay, further distinguishing it from realistic simulators.
Even if you prefer Golf, Tennis, or basketball over soccer, Super Mario Strikers is still a good time. While the lack of a narrative might be disappointing, the gameplay is rock-solid, featuring a satisfying mixture of solo and group play. It's super fun to compete with your friends across the smaller pitches, dashing and using offensive items with glee. You don't need to be particularly skilled to enjoy the game either, as helpful computer players always contribute to the team. If you enjoy casual sports and love the Super Mario universe, give Super Mario Strikers a try!
- Easy-to-learn controls
- Family-friendly fun
- Fast-paced gameplay
- Lackluster visuals
- No story mode
Download Mario Strikers
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Mario already plays golf, tennis, and doctor, so clearly soccer couldn't have been too far behind. Strikers is exactly what you'd expect--perfectly easy to pick up and play, with the usual Mario-flavored power-ups and quick-and-easy controls.
It's just what soccer always needed: wild power-ups and random obstacles on the field. Seriously, this game will have broad appeal--controls are simple enough for the kiddies but powerful enough for skilled players to be able to really get tactical. Gorgeous looks and plenty of humor made for fun and competitive multiplayer in the demo I tried. If the single-player game also dishes up some rewarding action, I'm totally there.