Mario Sports Mix
The friendly plumber in red & blue outfit is back! Even better, he’s brought all his friends along to play four competitive sports with you. Four isn’t a lot, though, and you soon realise that unfortunately. As a result you quickly have seen all there is to see in this game, but it’s quite entertaining and thanks to Mario Sports Mix you finally get the hang of all the rules. Or at least you get to understand what’s expected of you in these team sports.
What immediately gets noticed are the graphics of this Mario game. Wii-wise you get immersed in bright colors and not too many details. Still, the characters and playing fields are beautifully created. If there’s one thing this will do it’s put a smile on your face.
In the main screen you get to see the different sports and you can play with or against Mario and his friends in basketball, volleyball, dodgeball or hockey. With each sport you get the rules explained before starting, as well as a tutorial which you really need as otherwise you won’t really get the hang of the gameplay, let alone do special moves to score additional points. Luckily Nintendo knows their business and you get a small poster which clearly details the controls for each sport. These controls also offer you the possibility to play with either the remote, or combine it with the nunchuck.
We would suggest to go with the Remote alone as if you include the nunchuck, the controls usually end up with you having to shake a lot. And let’s be honest, there’s not much fun in shaking. Unless you like shaking of course…
As we’re used from Mario (think of Mario Kart) you need to “catch” question marks. Here you need to run into them and when you do, you get an aid to screw your opponent over with. There’s for instance the possibility to let him get overrun by green turtles. If you see golden coins appear and are able to catch these, you’ll get additional bonus points when you make your next score.
This game can appeal to both Mario fans and lovers of sports games. The first kind will have fun with Mario, his entourage, the graphics and the well-known Mario game style in general, while sports fans can fight with their own Mii character instead of with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and the others.
A positive thing in this game is that you can build your expertise in each game at your own pace. You can choose your team as well as your opponents and although this may not seem so special, it’s implemented quite good. You get to see all the strengths and weaknesses of each character and as such you can put together a stronger team of opponents as you get better yourself.
We end this review with a classic strength of the Mario games. As always you can unlock new areas as you progress in skill. Indeed dead people, there are certainties in this life!
Mario Sports Mix is again a party game as we’re used to getting on the Wii. In true Mario style the game brings four fun team sports that will keep you and your friends occupied. However, it should come as no surprise that the rules of the games are pretty simple and after a while things become quite repetitive. There’s too few sports present and those that are, are worked out too shallow to keep you interested for a longer time.
Nonetheless, we did have some fun with this game and it’s so easy that everyone will be able to play it.