Mario Strikers: Battle League Review
5 October 2022
Nintendo has made Mario sports games for a long time, and some of them are very popular. Mario Tennis and Mario Golf, both for the Nintendo 64, were praised by critics when they came out. In recent years, people have been less enthusiastic about Mario sports games for many different reasons. New Mario Strikers: Battle League doesn’t match its predecessors’ excellent standards.
Mario Strikers: Battle League is the third Mario soccer game from Nintendo, after Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube and Mario Strikers Charged for the Wii. Nintendo Switch gets Mario Strikers: Battle League. The core gameplay can be a lot of fun, but the game doesn’t have nearly enough content to keep fans interested for long.
In Mario Strikers: Battle League, 10 characters from the Super Mario series play soccer against each other. Like other Mario sports games, soccer in the Mushroom Kingdom isn’t as simple as in the real world. The characters in Mario Strikers can use items to take out opponents, like in Mario Kart. They can also use powerful Hyper Strike shots, which have a crazy animation and are almost always worth two points.
Like most Nintendo Switch games, Mario Strikers: Battle League’s online multiplayer will differ for each player. With a wireless connection, matches can often be slow, but things get a lot better when you play with a hardwired Switch. Only those with a Switch OLED console or an Ethernet adapter can access the game’s online multiplayer.
Mario Strikers: Battle League participants can check out tournament cups when they’re done fighting friends and internet players. In Mario Strikers: Battle League cups, players have to win tournaments against AI-controlled teams. Different cups have different play styles that players have to deal with. The fact that you can play these tournaments with a friend is a nice touch, and even though the AI rarely poses as much of a challenge as real players, the games can still be fun, especially near the end of a tournament.
In Mario Strikers: Battle League, players earn coins while playing tournaments and other game modes, which they can use to buy gear. The gear system in Mario Strikers: Battle League lets players change the stats of their team members by giving them new helmets, gloves, armour, and boots. This might be fun for people who want to get into the game and manage their characters on a small scale, but ignoring it won’t hurt you significantly.
Mario Strikers: Battle League doesn’t have a lot of content, but those who were dying for a new Mario Strikers game will probably play it a lot. Those wanting more meat will be disappointed. The game’s core is fun, but that’s about it.