In 2005, Super Mario Striker was the last Mario game to appear on GameCube. It guarantees that the hum generated by my group of friends for this game was quite limited. Two years later, we did it Mario Strikers accused on Wii and 15 years later, it is offered to us Mario Strikers: Battle League for Nintendo Switch!
Game copy and images courtesy of Nintendo
Played on Nintendo Switch for review
For those who haven’t guessed it yet with the football field, football clothing and soccer ball, Mario Strikers: Battle League it’s a football match.
In this version of the sport, the teams are made up of 5 players including the goalkeeper, a Boom Boom that we do not control.
Among the controllable players on the pitch, we can choose from 10 favorite characters from the Mushroom Kingdom that we find in all the other games of our favorite plumber.
Our characters’ stats can be changed using accessories that can be purchased in the game shop for in-game money, no DLC at the moment! Uff!
A few modes are available, the campaign mode boils down to a series of storyless tournaments while a league system has been implemented in online games.
The big one intertwine of the game is that it is possible to do hyper strikes when certain conditions are met. You have the chance to score two points in one shot thanks to super football.
During matches lasting 4 minutes each, we can use objects, slide towards our opponents, make passes and shoot on goal. One of the goals of the game is to achieve perfect timing in each of these maneuvers.
These fairly simple actions allow us to follow the fast-paced action and busy screen while eight humans can compete at the same time!
I think that Mario Strikers: Battle League is a fun soccer game. The learning curve is quite steep considering the “complicated yet simple” mechanics. Serious gamepad gamers will quickly master the controls.
Then what appears to be very chaotic terrain will eventually become easier and easier for our brains to read. Between object handling and our characters chasing the ball, we end up getting used to the blazing-fast energy of the game.
Once I reached this stage, I felt a real pleasure in exploring different strategies and combinations of characters in my stable.
On the other hand, the fact that it is always the same game for 4 minutes, I must admit that I felt tired after about thirty minutes of play. Instead of feeling like a full game as such, I felt like I was still playing the same super long minigame.
Let me explain: with the terrain that never changes (except aesthetically) and a small choice of characters, the games often return to the same thing.
The strong point of the 4-minute matches is that they don’t last long, their weakness is that they prevent the creation of lasting tensions by removing their importance.
Each character has a unique animation for them hyper strike which is really cool, but after watching it several times, you can feel the effect of the repetition.
All the parts are a little too similar in the absence of story, stakes and depth.
I really feel Mario Strikers: Battle League it is a game made to be played with others while it transforms itself into a kind ofOvercooked athlete.
The game seems to me well balanced enough to avoid cheap shots, for example, to avoid tripping players without the ball by giving an object to the victimized team. That said, I feel that players with a lot of strength and shooting ability are favorites.
With fewer characters than the last game released fifteen years ago, I think this game was “the one” (you can’t see me, but I’m saying goodbye) to deliver an amazing gaming experience.
AI is a little silly at times. Alone, I have often wondered what my teammates were doing in a strange place on the pitch. Since the goalkeeper is also controlled by 0 and 1, the result of the shots on goal is very random.
In the end, what do I think? It’s fun, but repetitive. In my head, it’s more like Mario Party games than complex games like Super Smash.
The flaws of this game are its qualities and its qualities are its flaws. The choice was made to make this game simple and has all the advantages, but also the disadvantages. The game’s skeleton is fun as it is covered in beautiful skin, but it lacks organs and, more importantly, tone.
You’ll enjoy Mario Strikers: Battle League, but it’s best to play it 30 minutes at a time.