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Kid-testers, both girls and boys, loved this crazy, unpredictable soccer world. It's perfect for kids who have graduated from playing the gentler, but excellent Backyard Soccer. And teens who grew up playing in the Mushroom Kingdom loved this darker, edgier (Peaches and Daisy look somewhat risqué), and more violent Mario world. It's a perfect game for a bunch of teenagers to play because it's wacky, fast-paced, and just plain fun.
All the classic Mario crew take the field for a four-on-four version of soccer. This game is quick and frenetic, and it showcases excellent action. Sure, you're playing soccer with Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and the rest of the usual suspects, but on the soccer field they are fast, aggressive, and downright deadly. Strikers is sure to make you a soccer fanatic. It enables you to take on an aggressive A.I. in a variety of predictably named cup matches-Mushroom, Star, Bowser, and Flower. Beat these to open up Super Cup Battles, or you can organize your own custom battles.
If you're already good at FIFA or Winning Eleven, it can help you play Super Mario Strikers … but it won't save you. It doesn't matter if you know who the most popular striker on Arsenal is; some eight-year-old kid with the right sense of chaos will rattle your vision of a one-two pass into a header for the win. And that's the beauty of the game: even if you hate soccer (which entirely too many Americans seem to for my tastes), you will love Super Mario Strikers. It is among the best Mario sports titles on the GameCube and should immediately become a hit in living rooms and dorms across America for its multiplayer matches.
Armchair Empire, The
Super Mario Strikers is a no-brainer as a family purchase. (Although there’s “comic mischief” I have no problem recommending Super Mario Strikers as a great game that the whole family can take part in.) Strangely enough, it should also appeal to any gamer just looking for a fun time, with or without friends. Great stuff.
Although the multiplayer mode is great fun, the singleplayer mode is rather short and dull after some matches. Within a few hours, you’ll have played through the whole game. Of course, you can increase the level of the CPU, but that doesn’t change it’s replay value. The graphics aren’t comparable with these of a XBox360 game, but it looks good though. Nintendo has made the game a little darker than they are used to do and the character all look a bit more serious. This isn’t a thing that keeps a gamer awake at night, but it sure was a good move from Nintendo to do so for this soccer game. You would tackle an overly cheerful Mario with rainbow colours on the background for less!
Nintendo schafft es doch tatsächlich ernsthaft am Thron meines bisherigen All-time-Favourites Sega Soccer Slam zu rütteln. Anstatt eines billigen Abklatsches bringen Mario und Co eine ganze Sporttasche voller frischer Ideen mit. Das Kapitänfeature inklusive vernichtender Spezialattacken, zig neue Manöver und natürlich das geniale Setting heben den Titel von der Konkurrenz ab. Nicht zu vergessen sind natürlich die allseits beliebten Extras. Es hat schon was, wenn ein gigantischer Kettenhund den Rasen umpflügt oder ein roter Panzer das Spielfeld zum Flipper umfunktioniert. Das alles gepaart mit einer sauberen Spielbarkeit und perfekter Multiplayerkompatibilität – Fußballfan was willst du mehr?
Die Ähnlichkeiten zu Mario Power Tennis sind wirklich verblüffend. Am Anfang findet man die Items und Bowser-Auftritte noch ganz nett, später deaktiviert man sie. Die Power-Schüsse hingegen sind einfach genial. Erst beim Spiel zu viert kommt die eigentliche Stärke des Titels zum Vorschein.
The Video Game Critic
The controls are responsive, but maybe too responsive, as I always found myself making inadvertent extra passes. Finally, the intense matches are murder on your hands! But despite its shortcomings, Strikers stands out as one of the more entertaining soccer titles in recent memory. You don't even need to like sports to appreciate Striker's simple yet frantic brand of arcade action.
Playing the game for the first time confirms those assumptions: Super Mario Strikers is a lot like NHL Hitz Pro. Soccer leagues, get out of here! Rules, you are not welcome. Penalties – what penalties? Four-on-four gameplay, Mario-themed power-ups, and most of your favorite Mario characters make an appearance.
While Super Mario Strikers succeeds in some ways, particularly the edgier feel that it gives the series regulars; but the fact that the atmosphere is the most notable part of the game means that it also fails in some respects. Soccer enthusiasts and those who have little experience with the sport will probably be equally happy with the outing, but the title is probably best suited for those who will be playing it with others.
Il maggior problema di Mario Smash Football sta nella ripetitività dell’azione che sommata alle poche opzioni disponibili ne fanno un gioco discreto, adatto soprattutto per il multiplayer dove la giocabilità aumenta notevolmente, quindi ne consiglio l’acquisto a tutti coloro che hanno la possibilità di giocare insieme ad altri amici per sfide all’ultimo super tiro.
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No matter the party size, the controls are fluidly responsive, which makes using tackles irresistible. Passing, whether short or long, is just as easy, giving the game the pick-up-and-play quality that you'd expect from a Mario title. There's no chance anyone will confuse this for an EA game--the move set is compact and quickly learned--but since the game is geared towards instant action that's just fine. And Strikers definitely delivers instant action. Without some friends around it might be short-lived, but as a GameCube party game that isn't cutesy and polite, this one is primed for serious shelf life.
Such is the way of things with Mario Smash Football, but you can't help but fall hopelessly in love with it from the first time you chip the ball up to your man and see it promptly dispatched by like an Exocet missile blazing into the top corner. But when you realise it's developed by the same team that brought us the bizarrely unloved SEGA Soccer Slam, none of this disarming brilliance comes as any surprise at all. From the word go, you'll recognise the control similarities and many of the same gameplay principles that made it such an instantly playable game, and is every bit as crazily addictive as that particular lost gem.
Als ich im Sommer zum ersten Mal bei Nintendo Mario Smash Football anspielen konnte, war ich vom Klempner im Trikot enttäuscht - der Rhythmus war zu träge, der Spielspaßfunke wollte nicht überspringen. Aber das, was die Japaner jetzt abliefern, kann sich sehen lassen: rasanter und herrlich gemeiner Arcade-Fußball in explosiver Kulisse. Ihr könnt Peach in einen Elektrozaun grätschen und mit Yoshi zum Zeitlupen-Fallrückzieher ansetzen. Und vor allem zwischendurch mit Freunden macht's immer wieder Spaß. Allerdings kommt das Spiel zum einen nicht an das abwechslungsreichere Sega Soccer Slam heran und leidet zum anderen unter fehlender Variation - man erkennt kaum Unterschiede zwischen den Teams, man kann kaum etwas freischalten und Minispiele sucht man vergeblich. All das wäre notwendig gewesen, um in die erste Liga des Arcade-Fußballs aufsteigen und auf lange Sicht motivieren zu können. Unterm Strich dennoch ein guter Kick.
Game Informer Magazine
There's actually a decent amount of skill in getting good at the game, but darned if you'll know it once you start a four-player match and you have the chance to blindside your buddy as he tries to shoot. Sometimes the simple joys in life are the greatest.
The latest game to take advantage of this formula is Super Mario Strikers from Next Level Games. Diehard GameCube owners might recognize the developer as the same studio that brought us Soccer Slam a few years ago. That was a solid effort with a lot of good ideas, but it was also an incredible bomb -- according to data, approximately three people bought it. Strikers in many ways feels like Soccer Slam. It's designed so that it's immediately accessible. It's what we like to call "arcadey," which means that it plays fast and friendly, but lacks on options and depth. And the two games even share a similar visual presentation. They unfortunately also share most of the same technical shortcomings. As a result, Strikers -- like Soccer Slam before it -- proves to be a fun and enjoyable multiplayer title, but kicks a little short of the goal where the single-player mode is concerned.
Most everything you can do in Super Mario Strikers would earn you a red card or worse in a real soccer match--and that's just the point. Nintendo's arcade football game is big on manic pace and cutesy graphics, and it finds just the right amount of pick-up-and-play addictiveness. Unfortunately, its sometimes troubling frame rate and a lack of variety hold the game back from greatness.
Inconstestablement fun en multi, Mario Smash Football est un bon titre mais manque un peu de profondeur comparé à la richesse de Mario Power Tennis ou Mario Golf.
Overall Mario Smash Football is a pretty neat little package, its great in multiplayer but stumbles to go anywhere in single player. The general feel of the game is extremely solid, impressively well polished for a non-Nintendo developer. If your looking for a new high-action, arcade style party game for you and your friends, this is certainly worth a try. However, owners of Sega Soccer Slam should think twice before buying such a similar title.
If you game alone you probably won't find much fun with this title after the first few matches. However, those looking for a new game to play with mates this one will sit in your GameCube for weeks and weeks, begging to be played one more time.
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Despite being a little rough around the edges then, a worthy addition to the ever-expanding Mario sports range. Let’s give him a break though now, eh Nintendo? The poor tyke must be knackered.
The game is developed by Next Level, which is made up of employees of Black Box. These guys made the NHL Hitz series -- a favorite in arcade sports -- as well as 2002's groundbreaking Soccer Slam. For fans of the Sega-published title, the similarities between Soccer Slam and Mario Strikers are... well, striking. For those who haven't played the aforementioned games, this is all Greek to you, so let's move on.
Game Informer Magazine
Mario’s woes in the sports genre continue. First Nintendo delayed its sim-baseball title indefinitely, then Mario Superstar Baseball totally whiffed. At first glance you might be inclined to blame those events on the fact that baseball is a completely lame-ass sport – and you wouldn’t be wrong in doing so. But even with soccer, which is far superior, it’s clear that Nintendo has lost much of its magic touch.
Super Mario Strikers both surprised me and disappointed me at the same time: it looks good, it plays good, and it takes the dreadfully boring sport of soccer and makes it somewhat enjoyable. Whether or not you should buy it depends solely on what type of gamer you are: if you are the kind of gamer that prefers to go solo, then you should consider spending your money elsewhere: don't even bother with this. But for those of you that play a lot of multiplayer, Super Mario Strikers is a must-have. It's just too bad it couldn't have delivered on both the single AND multiplayer fronts because it’s hard to recommend a game that will only appeal to roughly 50% of its potential audience, and even harder yet to give a low score to a game that is, for the most part, not broken, save for the dreadful AI and lopsided difficulty.
It's basically Sega Soccer Slam
with a few - and we do mean a few - Mario characters bolted on. You choose one captain from a list of eight and fill the rest of your team with identical Toads, Koopas or whoever you fancy really. Then it's off to a bland stadium filled with cardboard cut-outs for a match of non-stop end-to-end fouling.
The best way to score is to hold down the shoot button long enough to make a golf-style swing meter appear. Stop it right on the sweet spot and you unleash a special shot that knocks the goalie (one of those Gex
-like Kremlings from Donkey Kong on the SNES
) into the back of the net and that will count as two goals! Yes, really - two goals! The rules of football are being re-written!
Super Mario Strikers might well fund Mario's rising creatine costs, but Nintendo didn't include enough extra fuel to give this otherwise fun endeavor the appeal of a Mario Kart. Like other Mario games before it, Strikers promises to reduce student productivity by groups of four, but don't expect it to last through finals week.
Mario envahit décidément les consoles Nintendo en cette fin d’année. Avec Mario Smash Football, vous aurez un jeu de foot « alternatif » sympa à jouer, surtout à plusieurs, quel que soit votre niveau ou votre âge. L’accessibilité a un prix : la simplicité. Certains pourront regretter que le peu de techniques offertes, qui entraîne une grande répétitivité des actions, d’autres adoreront. Titre résolument arcade et anti-fairplay, Mario Smash Football s’appréciera entre amis ou en famille, mais avec un plaisir largement emprunt de déception, tant la réalisation manque d’éclat. Il appartient à chacun de vous de voir sur quoi vous allez vous focaliser et si vous lui pardonnerez ou non ses quelques imperfections.
Il n'y a pas de miracle, Next Level Games avait reconnu disposer de délais très courts pour développer Mario Smash Football. Ca se voit. Moins drôle et moins fun que leur titre précédent, ce nouveau soft peine même à atteindre la diversité offerte par un Disney Sports Football. Nintendo, pourtant talentueux dans ce genre d'exercice basé sur l'amusement et le multijoueur signe ici une piètre performance.
Triste destin que celui du jeu sorti trop tôt. Mario Smash Football marque un déclin de qualité important dans la gamme des Mario Sports, déjà légèrement amorcé par Mario Superstar Baseball. Pauvre, que ce soit techniquement, au niveau du gameplay ou en contenu, il aurait bien bénéficié de quelques mois de développement supplémentaires. Ceux qui veulent vraiment du football arcade feraient mieux de se tourner vers Sega Soccer Slam, pas meilleur mais qui vaut surtout 50€ de moins.