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GamesRadar (Feb 10, 2011)
Don’t judge Mario Sports Mix by some of the other variable quality sports gaming fare we’ve seen the plumber appear in; this collection has sturdy legs beneath it. The individual sports woven into this collection may not be quite as fleshed-out as you’d expect from standalone games, but there’s enough depth and variety to merit some marathon rounds alone or with friends. It’s easy to get sucked into a quick game or two and wind up blowing through hours of matches. Team Mario doesn’t strike out this time around.
80 (Feb 07, 2011)
Mario Sports Mix non sarà un party game perfetto, ma ci va abbastanza vicino. Gli sviluppatori di Square Enix hanno dimostrato di sapersi muovere con grande disinvoltura con i personaggi Nintendo, e hanno messo insieme una raccolta di sport che saprà senz'altro allietare le nostre serate con gli amici. L'approccio a ognuna delle quattro discipline è fondamentalmente semplice ed essenziale, dunque non bisogna aspettarsi chissà quale spessore dalle partite, tuttavia il risultato finale è davvero buono. La presenza dei minigame tematici moltiplica di fatto il divertimento, ma è l'ottima modalità multiplayer a costituire il vero valore aggiunto del gioco, che peraltro nasconde un gran numero di extra sbloccabili fra scenari e personaggi. Ci fossero stati anche il tennis, il calcio e qualche altro sport ancora, staremmo parlando di un piccolo capolavoro nel genere dei party game.
Nintendo Life (Jan 27, 2011)
While Mario Sports Mix may lack the depth of Mario Tennis and Golf, it’s a great example of a more casual Mario title that multiple players can enjoy. Not all the disciplines on offer will be to everyone’s taste, but there’s enough good stuff here to last you a fair while and Square Enix have given it oodles of imagination.
Video Chums (Aug 18, 2016)
Mario Sports Mix is just what the title suggests: a mix. There are a couple of very enjoyable sports and two that don't quite offer the same level of fun.
Digital Chumps (Feb 06, 2011)
Mario Sports Mix is nothing revolutionary, but in keeping with its franchise brethren, it does provide ample multiplayer entertainment should you happen to have a couple of friends willing to participate. Which sport is the best ultimately comes down to preference, but all four are wisely implemented with sufficient depth of gameplay and logical congruencies between each to allow for easy migration from one to the next. The biggest problem is the positively awful AI throughout the entirety of Tournament Mode the first time through, a puzzling oversight which effectively cripples an otherwise worthwhile (and, in fact, the only) campaign mode.
Single-player is a bore, but this is thankfully saved by local and online multiplayer.
70 (UK) (Jan 28, 2011)
As a whole package, this isn't quite up to the standard you'd hope for from Mario Sports, but it certainly doesn't damage the series' reputation.
Cubed3 (Feb 05, 2011)
Mario Sports Mix is a solid title but by no means is it astounding. It lacks the focus or complexity of a Toadstool Tournament or Power Tennis, opting instead for a more casual focused crowd that want a bit more than Wii Sports Resort can offer. Fun? Yes. Lasting fun? Not so much.
70 (Feb 07, 2011)
Als we nu al een nieuwe categorie voor 'de beste van games van 2011' mogen introduceren, zou Mario Sports Mix meteen genomineerd zijn voor ‘de meeste schizofrene titel’. Basketbal, volleybal en de multiplayermodus zijn fantastisch, de rest is ondermaats. En wij maar denken dat Mario zo’n evenwichtig persoon was...
Worth Playing (Feb 09, 2011)
Like any of the Mario sports games, Mario Sports Mix is best enjoyed with friends. The length of each minigame is good enough to be enjoyable without feeling like it's over too quickly, and the rules are simple enough to pick up and play. The fact that it has online multiplayer at all — let alone stable online code — means that you'll get some mileage out of the game if you crave human competition. However, if your Wii isn't connected online and you don't have many local friends who are interested in the game, the single-player mode won't do much for you. The tournaments are short affairs, and with such an easy default difficulty level, you'll unlock everything in no time.
WiiDSFrance (Jan 26, 2011)
Au final, Mario Sports Mix est une petite réussite pour les amoureux des soirées mouvementées entre amis. Un titre à découvrir !
Cheat Happens (Feb 15, 2011)
If you're looking for a fun multiplayer game for the Wii, that you'll be able to jump into quickly, you'll be pleasantly surprised with Mario Sports Mix, just don't expect to get much out of it as a single player experience. It's full of the charm and quality you've come to expect from Mario's side projects. Hey, at least you can chuck stuff at Peach's head right?
On reprochera surtout à ce Mario Sports Mix son manque d'épreuves. Quatre activités sportives et quatre mini-jeux, voilà ce que comporte le titre. C'est un peu maigre, mais vous oublierez sans doute cet inconvénient dans le mode multijoueurs en ligne, où on l'espère, vous rencontrerez assez d'adversaires pour réaliser de nombreux matches. Autrement, comme tout party-game se rapportant à l'univers de Mario et de ses compagnons, le titre de Nintendo se veut gai et festif.
NintendoWorldReport (Feb 14, 2011)
Overall, Mario Sports Mix is a decent title that serves well as a rental. The game mechanics are solid, and there is fun to be had in the multiplayer mode. Unfortunately, all four events feature the same mechanics, creating a feeling of redundancy while playing. The lack of additional modes and endearing mini-games also aid in making Mario Sports Mix a fun try but not a lifetime investment.
70 (Jan 25, 2011)
Ce Mario Sports Mix offre seulement quatre sports, le volley-ball, le basket, la balle au prisonnier et le hockey sur glace, mais arrive pourtant à intéresser le joueur grâce au fun qu'il distille, en solo, mais surtout en multi. Au final, on se retrouve face à une compilation qui n'est pas indispensable, mais qui a un charme non négligeable.
XGN (Feb 01, 2011)
Al met al is Mario Sports Mix een redelijk goede game geworden. Het is leuk om met de vertrouwde Nintendo figuren aan de slag te gaan. Vooral het ijshockey en basketbal zijn zeer de moeite waard om te spelen. Maar doe dit vooral met familie of vrienden of online, want in je eentje zul je de game al zo doorlopen, omdat het niveau erg laag ligt. Ook is het jammer dat de sporten niet even goed en leuk zijn uitgewerkt. Daardoor is Mario Sports Mix een prima tussendoortje: lekker voor tussendoor, maar al snel is de goede smaak weg.
Mario Sports Mix tries to do too much at once. It's a mixed bag of bite-sized pieces, and many of those pieces feel like they could have used a bit more polish. But I must admit, some of the pieces work exceptionally well. The bottom line: this has potential to be great party game if you can ignore the weaker sports on the disc and the shallow single-player experience.
IGN (Feb 07, 2011)
Mario Sports Mix feels like a weird cross between something like Mario Sluggers and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. It doesn't have the depth and appeal of one of the bigger sports game, but it's too barebones to be a cool mini-game party sports game. It's shiny and humorous, and for little kids or a single evening it could make a fun party game, but this is a pretty weak offering, especially compared to all the fun sports games Mario has starred in.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Mar 01, 2011)
Mario Sports Mix stelt eerder teleur in singleplayer, maar maakt gelukkig heel wat goed in multiplayer. Het haalt echter nooit het niveau van bijvoorbeeld een Sports Resort.
62 (Mar 02, 2011)
Overall, the game offers simplistic fun. However, unless you have a lot of friends regularly over, you’ll probably get tired of this game fairly quickly, with only four sports to choose from. If you only own a Wii and need a new title, Sports Mix may be worth a look. Otherwise, it’s just a good weekend rental for friends that get together.
Gamekult (Jan 26, 2011)
Mario Sports Mix est le produit type auquel on pouvait s'attendre. Ni plus, ni moins. Convivial, accessible à tous mais offrant tout de même assez de subtilités de gameplay pour que les parties soient intéressantes, il sera surtout agréable à pratiquer en la présence de quelques amis. Dommage tout de même que le contenu soit relativement mince. On aurait aimé un peu plus de disciplines également, ainsi que davantage de soin dans la présentation. Un jeu qui apporte tout de même un peu plus de profondeur et son univers, si on le compare à Wii Sports et consorts, mais qui dispose aussi de bien moins d'épreuves. Chacun ses priorités il semblerait.
Until you’ve played for several hours and had time to realize how repetitive everything ultimately becomes, Mario Sports Mix is enjoyable and occasionally it even feels like an excellent game. Certainly the anticipated personality is present, and the graphics on display range from better than average to absolutely gorgeous. Every character makes the right sounds, the menus are generally polished and easy to navigate and the play control is tight and appropriately simplistic. The problem is that everything on offer wears thin well before it should. The process of unlocking everything begins to feel more like a chore than a game. The AI-controlled characters start to feel cheap, not merely proficient or challenging.
59 (Feb 03, 2011)
Was ist das für ein schwacher Mix! Wo sind die großen Arcade-Sportspiele von Nintendo? Wie wäre es mal mit Qualität statt Quantität? Ich erinnere mich noch an die Zeit, als wir sie mit Awards gefeiert haben. Aber das ist verdammt lang her, irgendwo verschollen in GameCube-Archiven. Stattdessen gibt es für Wii mal wieder eine Sammlung. Die bietet zwar mit Hockey hitzige Unterhaltung für zwischendurch, auch Basketball kann man mal spielen, aber gerade Volley- und Völkerball hätte man sich sparen können - da gibt es ja bessere Minispiele in Mario Party! So bleibt am Ende eine kunterbunt inszenierte, einfach zu steuernde, aber alles andere als umfangreiche oder gar berauschende Mischung, die sich jeder Spielekenner getrost sparen kann. Für das schnelle Multiplayerduell mit Kind und Kegel reicht das vielleicht gerade noch aus, zumal es online spielbar ist. Aber alles, was älter als acht und jünger als 80 Jahre ist, wird hier mit Arcade light eingeschläfert.
Giant Bomb (Feb 09, 2011)
Even at the game's height of playability, Mario Sports Mix simply comes across like a bizarre copy of a copy. It's a fax-machine quality retread of such startling inanity that, at a point, you might actually find your fond memories of Mario sports games past overwritten by this blur of dispassionate mediocrity. We're a long way from the days of great games like Mario Tennis and Mario Golf, and with each progressively lamer franchise installment Nintendo thrusts upon us, that divide just continues to widen.
GameSpot (Feb 08, 2011)
Mario Sports Mix is rarely outright bad, but the whole experience is so utterly flat that it's hard to find the excitement. All of the sports control well and have their moments of fun, but they're ultimately so predictable that any sense of thrill is gone within the first few games. Mario sports games usually offer a goofy take on an established idea, but there's no such hook in his latest athletic attempt. This game lacks the depth of a more skillful sports outing and the joyful tug of anything-goes arcade action. Mario deserves a vacation for his hard work, but this is not the way to go about it.
40 (Jan 28, 2011)
Mario Sports Mix possède un gameplay à la Wiimote sympathique et le volley ainsi que le dodgeball promettent une après-midi multi rigolote. Mais après... Avec seulement quatre sports et une mécanique de jeu forcément répétitive, le titre semble radin à côté de Wii Sports Resort ou de la série Mario et Sonic. Sur Wii, Mario Sports Mix n'est que troisième sur le podium du genre.
Operation Sports (Mar 29, 2011)
Basically, this game really only works in the long term as a multiplayer game. Even then, while it might be fun in short bursts, there are much better options to scratch your “Mario sports” itch. There’s nothing new, or excitingly innovative, here either. Again, if you’ve played other Mario sports games, expect the same experience, just a more shallow one.
20 (Jun 13, 2011)
Before playing this I would have thought it almost impossible to ever experience a truly awful Mario Sports title. Even one of the weaker titles, Mario Strikers Charged, still managed to offer up a few laughs in multiplayer and Mario Golf (Gamecube) and Mario Tennis were all worthwhile additions to the sporting genre. How you can take a cast of recognisable characters with a world so varied, fun and colourful as Mario’s and turn it into a bad sports party game I still don’t know. But Square Enix somehow have. It’s certainly an achievement, but perhaps not one that they’ll want to be remembered for.
The Video Game Critic (Nov 27, 2012)
To say Nintendo was catering to pre-schoolers would be an insult to pre-schoolers! Five-minute games feel more like a half hour, especially when each score is followed by unnecessary celebration and score tabulation sequences. And by limiting the basic controls to "shake" and "press A", the games feel simplistic and unsatisfying. Playing Sports Mix with friends is like attending a Wii-mote waggle rally. Moves like diving for errant volleyballs are totally automatic. The passes in dodge ball are too soft and floaty. The extra "party" games are too random to be fun, and the musical one hardly qualifies as a game. Mario Sports Mix was loaded with potential but poor execution makes this a spectacular disappointment.