we chain the dribbles on Mario Strikers Battle League Football

Find Lilian every month to showcase the biggest video game release of the moment. For this June, we finally find Mario and his gang on the football fields, in Mario Strikers Battle League Football, available exclusively for Nintendo Switch since June 10, 2022.

Take the matches one by one

Since the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, Mario and his clique had made a good recovery in the sport, including Mario Golf: Super Rush and Mario Tennis Aces† But the people eagerly waited for the return of a license that marked a generation that still has fond memories of Mario Smash Football and Mario Strikers Charged Football† With Mario Strikers Battle League Football, it’s finally time to put your shoes back on!

And to say it right away, it is better to choose screwed. We are far from simulation at FIFA, and to succeed, we will have to get married the arcade dimension of the title and don’t hesitate to take on your opponents violently or use the most classic items from the Nintendo universe. at a game, two teams of five players compete against each other on a small football field. The team that scores the most goals wins.

Fifteen years after the last opus on the Wii, Mario and his friends return to test the round ball.©Nintendo

Nothing complicated on principle therefore, for a game that wants to be For everyone accessible, from the youngest to the oldest. It is possible to play alone against the AI ​​in the cutting modewhich acts as story mode and that allows you to progress, but also earn coins, which are especially useful for improving yourself, we will get to this later. For a little more of a challenge, it’s possible to play locally with up to eight players and online with up to four players.

A club mode Can you accommodate up to 20 people to represent your colors and bring all your friends together! Finally, a training mode is available to help you master all the intricacies of the game.

I choose the offensive solution

Because yes, even though the game is very accessible and you don’t need to be used to video games to have fun, the gameplay of this Mario Strikers Battle League Football is full of little techniques to master to get better. It’s mainly on the timing strikes, passes or even dribbles that will give you a chance to progress. For example, after a perfectly successful dribble in the right timing, your character will benefit from a small speed boost for a few moments to throw you faster towards the other target.

In addition to gameplay that may turn out to be technical, there are a few subtleties to spice up the matches, in particular super strikes that allows you to score goals that count double, and equipment which can increase your characters’ stats. Depending on their size, the characters benefit from different stats, for strokes, passing, technique, speed or even strength. But you can compensate for these by equipping yourself with armor that you have to get by collecting coins in the different game modes.

©Alexandre Manceau

While we wait for updates that shouldn’t take long to arrive, we inevitably regret it not yet able to play with four players online, each of which controls one of the characters on the field (the guardian is still controlled by the AI, for better or for worse). There is no doubt that this will be possible in the future, especially as new characters should land over the months to increase the content of the game.

Technical-tactical animations

As always for a Mario game, we find a very neat and varied artistic direction. Between the different armor, the different stages and the many jerseys that you can equip, there really is enough to customize your team to your liking

But what has always been the strength of Mario Strikers games are the animation† After scoring a goal, during a super strike or even before entering the field, each character has different animations, always very successful, and offers absolutely stunning cel-shaded designs† Overall, Mario Strikers Battle League Football is pleasing to the eye, thanks to its fluidity and designs, and a treat to share with friends, on the couch or onlinewhether you like football or not!

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