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The game (just in case you've skipped to the last paragraph because of your ADD) is an overall delight. Perfect entertainment for two players or one, and can be decent for three or four in a pinch. The huge cast is terrific, and I'm sure fellow Nintendo devotees will agree. Selecting your team can be a delight in itself, taking into account batting order, character balance, and deciding which ones make the funniest noises. While you may have to take shifts between your four friends who were planning on a gaming party, the excellent gameplay and general tension that the game can produce is worth the patience.
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Mario Superstar Baseball is not the most technically advanced game, and if you're looking for all the hardball minutiae you're going to be disappointed. What it does have is gameplay that's easy to pick up, and a great deal of depth for those who dig. If you want something completely unique and completely fun, there's no better baseball game on the market.
Ich habe schon bei der Ankündigung gejubelt und danke Nintendo für den Mut, diesen exotischen Titel in Deutschland auf den Markt zu bringen. Der witzige Story-Modus mit den lustigen Zwischensequenzen, Minispielen und dem leichten taktischen Einschlag durch die verschiedenen Fähigkeiten eurer Teammitglieder gefällt mir hervorragend. Das Spielprinzip ist zwar recht arcadelastig, eignet sich aber gerade deshalb auch für Baseball-Laien hervorragend - mein Lieblingsspiel des Monats!
Speaking of characters, the cast of players is a noteworthy achievement, with a gamut of Mario's acquaintances - old and new - available to play. Standbys like Peach and Yoshi make an appearance, but so too do less recognized characters like Bones and Birdo. Younger players may not notice such extra effort, but those of us old enough to remember will no doubt appreciate Nintendo's infusion of nostalgia. Graphics too, are impressively done, with sharp textures and bright, colorful areas giving life to the game. Unfortunately, the sounds of Mario Superstar Baseball can't stand up to its graphics. Though certainly not bad, they are rather tepid, with the repetitious umpire calling strikes the most egregious of offences. As it stands, Mario Superstar Baseball is an enjoyable game that will no doubt appeal to Nintendo fans and casual gamers alike.
If not for the baserunning blunders and some misadventures while playing defense, Mario Superstar Baseball might have been yet another in a long line of superb arcade sports games from Nintendo. As it is, the game is still a lot of fun and offers plenty of charm to offset those gaffes while still presenting itself as a great pick-up-and-play baseball game. Depending on how many innings you set each game for, contests can go for 10 or 15 minutes, making Mario Superstar Baseball an ideal choice if you want satisfy a quick hardball fix.
I've been looking forward to Mario Superstar Baseball since I laid hands on it in May. After playing it for several hours, I can say that it was totally worth the wait. I was totally engrossed with challenge mode and had lots of fun with the mini-games. The core gameplay, which is quite good, is overflowing with that inimitable Mario charm. The gameplay, characters, and fields more than make up for any defects in the A.I. If you're looking for an arcade baseball experience or if you can't get enough of Mario and friends, then this is the perfect choice for you.
You know who we hate? Pianta. Unless you're a Nintendo nerd-for-life, you probably don't recognize the name, but all the same you undoubtedly know (and possibly despise) the character. We'll give you a hint. He's blue. He has a huge, undefined nose and tiny, beady eyes. Oh -- and he's also got a green tree sprouting from the top of his fat head. This hideously designed extra and many more unfortunately like him helped Nintendo's Italian plumber along the way in Super Mario Sunshine and although we had hoped he would be gone forever, he's not. You see, developer Namco, responsible for the Famista Baseball series in Japan, has a mean sense of humor. If you play as Nintendo's premiere mascot in Mario Superstar Baseball's unique challenge mode, a chunk of your teammates will be variations of Pianta. Only by successfully achieving goals and advancing can you eventually acquire better characters to replace him. And really, can you think of a better motivation than that?
Overall, Mario Superstar Baseball is a solid title, and good first entry in the Mario Baseball series. While there are other modes for players to dabble in, the Challenge Mode is the fruit of the game. The multiplayer is definitely more rewarding than the single-player mode. For the price (typically under $12), it’s a decent pick up. You won’t spend hours on end playing the game, but it definitely is a nice change of pace for the GameCube library. As a bonus, it can appeal to both kids and adults, so it may be a good place to get young gamers started in the Mario Sports series.
With a good single player mode and some fun multiplayer modes, Mario Superstar Baseball is solid addition to the non-platforming Mario library. However, gamers who've enjoyed a more realistic game of baseball in the past (i.e. any game from the MVP Baseball, High Heat, World Series 2K, All-Star Baseball, or Powerful Pro series) may have to let go of their perceptions of how a pitcher/batter interface should work in order to enjoy the game. On the other hand, casual baseball fans with a soft spot for Mario should have a great time with the game's simple mechanics and plentiful charm. Unfortunately, since the gameplay isn't quite on par with most of the other games, the fun won't be as long lived.
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This is supposed to be an arcade title, right? Even when you do make contact, the ball sails foul more than half the time! Hello? Didn't anybody bother to play-test this thing? Worst of all, the brain-dead base runners take off on any contact whatsoever, resulting in an inordinate number of double plays. The umpire that calls balls, strikes, and outs is extremely annoying as well. Several four-player mini-games are also included, but these are marginal. Mario Superstar Baseball is a nice break from those "realistic" baseball games, but it's still disappointing. A little fine-tuning could have gone a long way with this one.
But these problems are manageable, and Superstar Baseball was obviously meant to be played in short bursts instead of long sessions. (The lack of any sort of regular season mode ensures this.) And as this simple type of game that's neither too deep nor too shallow, Superstar's "swing at anything, steal all the time, watch out for the Thwomps in right field" brand of baseball is tough to beat. It might not be the World Series, but it's a definite wild card.
The game is fun for about 10 minutes, but in either single or multi player mode, you aren't going to get much more mileage out of it than that. I took this over to my friend's place and we played 3 games in span of about an hour. Neither one of us cared to play anymore after that point, because we'd both basically figured we'd seen everything the game had to offer. Single player lasted a little bit longer, but the coffin's nailed shut more permanently on that version, as after you beat it on one level (the only one available to you from the beginning) you're told to go through the game again, where you can build your characters up to a new power level, but you're done caring by that point. Why should I play through this game 3 times, just to unlock more skills? I didn't see the point, and you aren't likely to find one either.
Ich gestehe ganz ehrlich: Von allen Mario Fun-Sportarten gefällt mir Mario Baseball am wenigsten. Das liegt nicht etwa daran, dass ich nichts mit Baseball anfangen könnte, oder dass ich in letzter Zeit ein wenig viel mit Mario und Co geschwitzt habe. Der Funke will rein vom Gameplay her einfach nicht so richtig überspringen. Die Schlagphasen des Gegners präsentieren sich dank des stark zufallsabhängigen Schlag- und Wurfsystem richtig langwierig. Auch beim Fangen und Stationenrennen habe ich nie das Gefühl wirklich Herr der Lage zu sein. Viel witziger sind das schon die zig verschiedenen Minigames, die ich sogar ab und zu einer Runde Mario Party vorziehen würde. Alles in allem kein schlechter Titel, eine Kaufempfehlung aber nur für wirkliche Fans von Baseball und Mario.
Mario Baseball n'est pas le meilleur représentant de la gamme sportive estampillée Mario mais pourra tout de même vous servir le temps de quelques soirées entre potes. Bien que la jouabilité soit agréable et que les matches ne manquent ni de peps, ni d'animations loufoques, on se lasse assez vite à cause de modes de jeu peu inspirés. Reste un titre bien réalisé qui sera une bonne occasion pour découvrir une activité physique qui a depuis longtemps gagné ses galons de sport national au pays du soleil levant.
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Call me old school, but even in this day and age where developers are making great strides to capture the authenticity of the sport, I still feel that Baseball Stars, a game that released for the NES in 1989, is one of the most enjoyable baseball titles out there. Nowadays, we have different timing-based meters that determine release point, trajectory, and accuracy. We even have to keep an eye on fatigue and composure. Pretty soon we’ll have to make sure that the players are eating healthy meals and paying their taxes on time. Whatever happened to the day where you could just tap the button to throw the ball, then in a bid to make the batter look like a two-bit chump, change its trajectory mid-flight?
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You may feel inclined to pick this title up, but if Mario fever grips you, you'd be better served by playing one of his classic titles. The rest is just scenery.
Compared to other Mario titles at retail now, Mario Superstar Baseball is doesn't go out of its way to offer anything breathtaking. The minigames, which could have filled out the shortcomings of its multiplayer and single player components, were a major let down. Give the game a rental before you buy it and decide for yourself if it's worth the price of admission..
Décevant, Mario Superstar Baseball l'est clairement. Souffrant de quelques gros défauts de gameplay, il ne sera pas la référence en matière de baseball tendance colorée dont il se faisait le prétendant. Cependant, pour qui a des amis, ou pour qui, souhaite découvrir ce sport méconnu dans nos contrées, il occupera à merveille quelques soirées, et se laissera apprécier malgré ses lacunes. En espérant qu'une éventuelle suite rectifie le tir et fasse un homerun...
Despite this minor awkwardness, the exhibition mode is the most entertaining facet of Superstar Baseball. The squeaky eccentricity of proceedings leaves you charmed, if a little frustrated with the lack of a truly solid baseball game. It's never a great sports rendition, and nor is it a great arcade-tickling Mario game. The superficiality of the challenges and the clunkiness of general play mean it's a dissatisfying performance for Japan's most popular sport and its most popular plumber. It's a sad conclusion, but Mario really only ever gets to second base.
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Overall though, if you’re looking for sporting kicks on your Cube with Mario, Tennis and Golf are much better bets. Baseball has its moments, but it’s not a game that translates well to the Mushroom Kingdom. No strike-out, but far from a home run.