Super Mario Strikers

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GAME TECH INFO

Computer Platform: Game Cube (Nintendo)
Produced by: Next Level Games
Price Range: $31-40
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: Children (Older)
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Patches / Upgrades: None
System Requirements: None

     Reviewed By: Sam
     VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Genre: Sports
Christian Rating: 4 of 5 (good)
Gameplay: 2 of 5 (poor)
Violence: 3 of 5 (mild)
Adult Content: 3 of 5 (mild)


Super Mario Strikers.  Illustration copyrighted.

Super Mario Strikers is basically Mario in yet another sports game. Soccer is now the Mario team’s favorite sport, and they are now competing for the coveted Bowser Cup. To earn it, you must compete against Mario, Luigi, Wario, Peach, DK, Yoshi, and all the other lovable Mario characters. Also, there is the Super Team, a gang of mean robots that play the villains in the game, that you must defeat to win. After winning, you earn the ability to play as the Super Team in VS modes.

The game of soccer has never been more challenging. Fast-paced action requires quick thinking and fast moving fingers. Also, power-ups, occasional Bowser attacks, and the ability to Big Hit players makes the game very challenging. A new twist is Super Strikes, which can only be performed by team captains. To perform these high-powered shots, one must have quick timing. You have to press the buttons at just the right moment to get the most powerful strike at the goal. These shots are worth two points if they go in and can be used for last-minute victories.

Super Mario Strikers.  Illustration copyrighted.

The game revolves around aggressive soccer playing. As for violence, the game is much worse than normal soccer. Nothing graphic, but kids may take after the examples set by the relentless goalies who pummel their opponents to the concrete ground without a second thought. Also, characters can be slammed into electrical fences. Once again, nothing graphic, but still worth noting.

As for adult themes, I was shocked when I saw Waluigi tell his opponents to ‘suck it.’ Also, Peach and Daisy wear very skimpy outfits that reveal a good amount of skin.

That’s why I think that this game should be rating E-1O+ instead of E. A good, challenging game, but there’s really nothing positive in it. Parental guidance is suggested. Also, a talk with your kids about how some things you can do in this game shouldn’t be repeated in real life wouldn’t hurt.

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Year of Release — 2005




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