The handy analog for Mario Strikers: Battle League is found somewhere between its cousin franchises, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart.
The usual lineup of Mario characters is – starting with Mario, Luigi, Toad, Peach, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Rosalina, Wario, Waluigi and Yoshi – who knock on each other and destroy objects such as banana peels and turtle shells. put in each other’s way. ,
But a better comparison to Mario Strikers: Battle League is actually NHLPA Hockey ’93 on the Sega Genesis. Or, if you want to go more old school, ice hockey on the old Nintendo Entertainment System.
Mario Strikers: Battle League for Nintendo Switch
At its heart, it is a pass, shoot and score game. Everything else is just decoration and destruction. (If you’ve lined up a one-timer with Mario Lemieux at an old Sega hockey game, it’ll be a nostalgic experience.)
Among the decorations? Arena backgrounds resemble various scenarios from the Mario universe and have an animated “Hyper Strike” unique to each character.
Amidst the devastation? Electric fences that immobilize a player, the same types of destructible items found in Mario Kart, and slide tackle (the effectiveness of which depends a lot on whether you’re controlling Bowser or Waluigi).
Players who can successfully avoid collisions, bombs and anything else that can knock the characters off their feet will have enough room to share the ball and create scoring opportunities. The real thrill of the game comes through accurate passing and shooting.
It’s a simple game in concept, but it’s hard enough to avoid that mayhem – especially when playing against more experienced, higher-calibre players.
My family tried the game for the first time on June 10, about a month after its release, and my son – despite beating me well in almost every game – felt almost two months behind the online competition.
Other Mario Striker Game Notes:
- Add-on characters, such as Shy Guy and Daisy, and play-enhancing gear can be earned through gameplay.
- Up to eight players can play at the same time, so if you have enough fun and/or consoles, you can bring in a lot of friends and family.
- The game retails for $59.99 for a digital download or physical copy.