Super Mario Strikers

aka: Mario Smash Football

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Mario plays soccer in this Mario sports game. There are no referees or rules in this version of soccer. The game is played in an arena enclosed within an electric fence, and the players can use items. Bowser shows up from time to time to shake things up. You can steal, pass, shoot, deke, hit other players, and more. Players choose a team captain, sidekicks, and a side. You can choose from play modes such as grudge match, cup battle, custom tournament, and a tutorial. A team captain can also do a super strike which counts as two goals but be careful because an opponent can still hit you. Sidekicks cannot do a super strike but can charge a shot for more power. Players can do a lob pass or ground pass. You can execute a one-timer by shooting as soon as a teammate passes the ball to you. You can hit any opponent but if you hit one who does not possess the ball their team receives an item. You can get an item by scoring a goal.


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Average score: 74% (based on 33 ratings)


Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 22 ratings with 1 reviews)

Well... it's soccer.

The Good
This game wasn't too bad. I do not like sports games very well, but I still had a fair time. The gameplay is basically soccer with Mario theme. Similar to the Mario Kart games, you can use power-ups such as mushrooms or Bob-ombs to help you win.

You also have several favorites to choose from, including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and the rest of the gang. They all have different stats. For instance, Mario is a "well rounded" character, while Donkey Kong is more of a power house.

There are also trophies you can win, such as a trophy for hitting players or a trophy for winning games. Getting these trophies can unlock things for you, such as choosing what the main power-up is in a "grudge match".

The Bad
I did not like the fact that there was hardly any music in the game. The only times music plays are on the menu screen and the intros and ends of matches.

Also, it can be a pain in the butt to get some of the trophies, like the "perfect pass" trophy. In order to do a perfect pass, you and a partner have to be at the corners of the apposing goalie box at the same time. Then you must pass it to your team mate and kick it while the "tail" of the ball is green. One problem: these can be hard to pull off at times.

The Bottom Line
Even though it is kind of boring for me, you might have a good time, especially if you like soccer AND Mario.

GameCube · by Beep (197) · 2010



  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #2 GameCube Game of the Year
    • 2005 – #3 Offline Multiplayer Game of the Year
    • 2005 – GameCube Sports Game of the Year
    • 2005 – GameCube Multiplayer Game of the Year

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Game added by gamewarrior.

Additional contributors: Patrick Bregger.

Game added January 31st, 2006. Last modified August 7th, 2023.