Mario-style football returns to Nintendo Switch 15 years after the last installment, here are our first impressions.
Undoubtedly a classic of the Gamecube, Mario Strikers managed to revolutionize a sport as popular as football by turning it into a violent and frenzied contact sport† With outrageous gameplay carried by a cast of colorful characters and insane special moves, this series is undoubtedly the sports spin-off mario the most intense.
After 15 years of absence since the last episode released on Wii in 2007Mushroom Kingdom football returns to Nintendo Switch with Mario Strikers: Battle League Football which will be released on June 10th† We had the chance to try the game in preview so we could give you our first impressions for our test. Sophisticated handling and cutting edge techniques are at the rendezvous of this highly anticipated sequel, but does the recipe still work as well as it did in the early 2000s? One thing is certain: boisterous evenings with friends await you around this new title.
Mario + sports = love
The inhabitants of the mushroom kingdom manage to sublimate all possible sports with each new spin-off. Mario Golf† Mario Tennis† Mario Slam Basketballso many derivative titles that have entertained us and transformed quite classic sports into real original games full of fun. Mario Strikers is no exception to this rule and offers its own version of football simply titled the “Strike†
The Strike is a bit like the Mario Kart of football† Fight on the ground, all shots are allowed and objects are needed to beat your opponents. The result is a real mess that is sure to make you explode with laughter or rage, depending on which direction the game takes for you and your team.
This new opus then takes everything that made the charm of the originals, while bringing some novelties that will brighten up your games with friends (and could end the friendships in question in the way of mario party† No mercy in this brutal game where you literally have to fight to score and win.
A game as clear as it is technical
The charm of Mario Strikers: Battle League Football living in its effective treatment† The game is quite easy to understand and it is enough to put the controller in the hands of beginners to start games without explaining everything in detail. However, the game also offers some pretty impressive room for progression, allowing you to play frenetic matches with all the higher stakes.
Indeed, a whole series of tutorials will allow you to improve your handling until you reach the techniques known as “pro† The gameplay of this new Mario Strikers is mainly located in the rhythm to be respected when performing the different key combinations† Your shots will be more powerful if you release the button in time on a loaded shot, or you can save energy by making perfect passes while anticipating the reception of the ball. In the time allotted to us, it was impossible for us to validate the professional tutorials because they are technical.
Launching your special moves also requires part of the strategyBecause if you put yourself in a position to prepare for a devastating attack, you’ll be at the mercy of the entire opposing team, who will then be able to retaliate without holding back. In this new version, special attacks are activated by picking up a power orb from the field. These orbs fall randomly and can be picked up by either team.
The first to collect it will get a 20 short second boost where you have to position yourself to fire. Once on the other half of the stadium, you can load your keystroke the same as in Wii and Gamecube episodes† A bar will then appear and your sense of rhythm is put to the test to determine the power of your special move† If you hit the bullseye, your ball will go to the opponent’s goal with superhuman strength and different powers for each of the characters in the game.
Full of novelties
Who says new version, says new functions. And on that side, Mario Strikers brings its share of the elements that give a real boost to the traditional recipe of the series† In terms of gameplay, we especially like the possibility to buy and personalize equipment for its characters. Far from being a simple cosmetic feature, this capability makes it possible to: change character traits†
So you no longer only play them for their fixed characteristics, but you can customize them according to your needs and play the characters you like the most† If you don’t like Bowser or Donkey Kong, but need a heavy and powerful player, you can equip Toad with the necessary paraphernalia to make him devastating and see him replace the role of the big boys in the game. you will collect during your different matches.
In the era of online gaming, this episode of Mario Strikers offers, of course, even more developed modes. The fashion club strikers will be a chance to create your own team among friends and participate in ranked competitions† Each week the seasons of play alternate, with a week of ranked matches after a week of friendlies, and so on. Up to twenty players can join the club which is fully customizable from jersey to field.
We haven’t had a chance to try out the game online to judge its performance, but we know it will soon be possible for anyone to tackle it. Indeed, like the Splatoon test fire or the recent test of Nintendo Switch Sports† Mario Strikers is entitled to his online test demo titled “first kick†† To participate in this test, you must be a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber and connect to certain predefined slots as usual with Nintendo in this type of testing phase.
The demo will be available to download from May 27, but you can try Mario Strikers: Battle League Football only on the following dates from your console:
- Saturday 4 June 05:00 – 06:00 CEST
- Saturday 4 June 13:00-14:00 CEST
- Saturday 4 June 21:00-22:00 CEST
- Sunday 5 June 5:00-6:00 CEST
- Sunday 5 June 13:00-14:00 CEST
- Sunday 5 June 21:00-22:00 CEST
Don’t worry if you ever don’t have the opportunity to test the game beforehand. Mario and his friends land on June 10th just a few days after this period of free testing. Soon you will also find our test to decide whether this is new Mario Strikers is made for you.