Mario Super Sluggers (Nintendo Selects)
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14 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Baseball, Mario-style Jun 06, 2011
By Tommy Sixx Morais
Nintendo recently released a series of budget game with Nintendo selects which offers some fun Wii titles for a low price. Mario Supper Sluggers is one of those Nintendo select titles. I remember when the first Super Mario Baseball game came out on the Nintendo Gamecube and how much I liked it, now that they made another Mario baseball game for the Wii using the slick controls it was a no-brainer for me to pick up this game for my Wii. I'll tell you right away I wasn't disappointed one bit, I'm not a baseball fan at all and I even hesitated playing the first game so you don't really need to be a fan of baseball to enjoy Mario Supper Sluggers. It's very much like Mario Super Strikers, as long you like Mario there are strong chances you will like this game, no need to be a sports fan. If you liked the first baseball edition of Mario you're almost guaranteed to like this one with everything the Wii brings to this game.
The best mode of the game is obviously Challenge mode in which you pick as superstar (Mario, Luigi, Wario, Peach...) as you play in baseball kingdom and challenge other teams one by one and earn some of their players along the way in order the face Bowser's team, it's pretty much the same as the original Mario Baseball, the concept remains the same. There is exhibition mode if you just want to play with some friends for some fun, Mini-Game mode is entertaining and offers some cool mini-games like Bomb-Omb barrel, Toy Field was interesting but I didn't like it as much and of course there's the training mode to perfect your play. That's what's in the game right there, after you finished Challenge mode there is still some fun to be had.
The controls are what you would expect; you pitch and hit the ball with the Wiimote in the same way a baseball player would, without the same intensity of course but you get the point. The controls are very easy to figure out and comfortable playing with, you'll get used in no time and there are practices just in case. There are many things to consider while playing for instance the special moves and when you can use them, the chemistry of the players which will make them do special abilities and the stadiums you play in because they're all different and some could make you lose or win some points depending on your chances ex: tornado hits the other team's player and you can score a home run while he's dizzy.
The game looks very good, better than the first for sure. There isn't a huge improvement between the Wii and Gamecube graphics but it's certainly there and noticeable, after all I'd rather play a fun game with average graphics than one that isn't nearly as fun with great graphics. The colors are vivid in that Mario fashion and the stadiums look very good, nothing wrong at all.
Don't underestimate this game it's harder than it looks and got me very frustrated at times because of the way the CPU would make a bunch of points in a row and beat me at the very end, that would be my small issue with this game. It can be an issue to some and not for others, some like the fierce competition and will see it as a challenge, some like me get frustrated but it remains an excellent game Overall.Mario Supper Sluggers is a very fun game and is worth at least a rental, if you make an impulse buy you may find out that you wasted money on a game you never even tried. That would be my advice; unless you loved the Mario Baseball game you should rent it before you buy, if you're not interested in baseball or sports for that matter it's still worth checking out. Did Mario belt a home run with this one? Not totally but let's say he scored a few points for sure! I really ended up liking Mario Supper Sluggers and do not regret my purchase, 4 stars. At this price this is well worth a shot!
17 of 20 found the following review helpful:
LOVE IT May 23, 2011
My boys, 10 & 5 love playing this game. There's not too many games that entice both of these age groups, usually its too hard for the younger or too easy for the older, but they have SO much fun playing this one together. 5 stars for Mario Sluggers!!!
10 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Baseball turns into adventure May 28, 2011
By Jack-of-All Games
Mario Super Sluggers is a motion-heavy sequel to Mario Superstar Baseball (Which I haven't played). The Exhibition mode is pure baseball action with lots of Mario characters. Heck, you can throw your Miis into the field. If you want, you can use special items while characters are chasing the ball. You can also use special moves to affect your batting and, of course, the ball itself.
The Adventure mode is an RPG, but with baseball matches instead of turn-based battles. It's pretty fun to play, and it sure helps unlock several parts of the game's content.
The minigames can remind you of Mario Party's minigames, mainly because they are kind of similar to each other. My favorite is the Bowser Pinball game.
Overall, it's a home run (He he, see what I did there?). Now let's see who can win in a baseball match: Miyamoto (Mii) or Mario.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Big on fun, and annoyances. Aug 13, 2011
By J. C. Rahn
This is a fun baseball game for the whole family. I believe people who don't necessarily like baseball will enjoy this. It's not what I'd call a "serious" baseball game in the way that Mario Sports Resort golf isn't a serious golf game compare to Tiger Woods games, for example. The most important thing people need to know is they should wear eye protection when playing Super Sluggers. When using the Nunchuk, which you must do if you don't want the CPU making all of your choices, beware the Nunchuk cord. When making baseball type motions like swinging a bat or pitching a ball it is very easy to get whacked in the face or possibly anywhere on your body which hurts...allot. When this happens you have to question the reason Nintendo didn't have a wireless Nunchuk, an alternate solution, or a longer cord on the Nunchuk.
The other complaints I have with this game are typical of most Nintendo games. That is that the unlocking system is totally undocumented with the included material and there are a tremendous amount of unnecessary dialog bubbles. Of course you can research how to unlock things on the internet but I don't believe you should have to do this. A manual should include this information or it should be included within the game somehow (Sega All-Stars Racing did this very well within that game). The dialog bubbles within this game are painful line after line of mostly useless diatribe. They take information that could be in one line of a dialog bubble and spread it out over several bubbles, thus requiring you to press A over and over again to get through it. This can become tedious very quickly and although it gets better as your progress throughout the game it never goes away.
Annoyances aside The game play itself is fun for everyone even though one important part of the game is single player only. There are lots of things to do from the different stadiums, team building, and mini games. There is a very nice tutorial as well that teaches everything you need to know for playing. It has all of the classic "cuteness" of most Nintendo games while having pretty good game play at its core. You can stand up and really get in to it, or sit on the couch and not break a sweat. With the "Nintendo Selects" price of $19 it's a fair price, but wouldn't have paid more than that based on what I know.
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Mario Strike May 16, 2011
By Michael Kerner
There is a whole lot of buzz around Nintendo lately, with a brand new system in the works. But with all that excitement around. There still is a lot of joy around for those who are new to the Nintendo Wii. There have been some of their classic gems reduced in price, but the gameplay is still as strong. That has been the case with reduced prices for classics like The Legend Of Zelda" Twilight Princess, and with Mario Super Sluggers. For Mario Super Sluggers, it has been honestly one of the most overlooked sports titles for the Nintendo Wii. It definitely showed back in 2009 that Mario was able to throw a real fastball fireball with a curved turn for a strike for gamers young and old. But now that it is available at a lower price, is it worth its money for new Wii gamers, absolutely.
Mario Super Sluggers, a part of the new Nintendo Selects series for the Wii, brings in the heavy pitching as Mario, Luigi, and all of the classic characters go head to head at fun baseball action, as you try to duke it out in a pitchers' duel of fun. The game is a absolutely enjoyable action-packed sports game, as Mario and friends do whatever it takes from stopping Bowser from ruining the baseball island. It is honestly not rough, but as you play, you can unlock and play with Mario favorites from Wario, Donkey Kong, and classic favorites like Toad, the adorable Petey Piranha, Princess Peach and Donkey Kong. The graphics handle well, but the control is very simple to maintain, as you use your Wii-mote and nunchuck to pitch and run the bases, without being caught out on the fly. As you play, you also unlock new stadiums to play from the classic Mario Stadium, to Wario City with exploding manholes, to Bowser Jr.'s Playpen, with drawings that come to life and can attack, all the way to the doom and gloom of Bowser's stadium. It is a fun and enjoyable game from start to finish that is thrilled with plumber-sized baseball action.
All in all, despite being overlooked in favor of other Wii games, Mario Super Sluggers is still a fun and challenging baseball experience for anyone who loves Mario and friends in a great baseball match. It still isn't too late to take a pitch with this fun Wii title, and it still is just as fun to play, as when it came out a few years back. I absolutely recommend this as a great buy for anyone whom didn't yet buy it for the Nintendo Wii, or for anyone who just recently bought the Wii, as a great game at a inexpensive price. Mario Super Sluggers is definitely worth the money.
Control: B 1/2+
Fun & Enjoyment: B for solo play, B 1/2+ for multiplayer
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