Mario Sports Mix
Pit Your Miis Against Mario in the Latest Mario Sports Title
What It Is
The Mario Sports series of games always combine elements of traditional sports video games with wacky, over-the-top Mario-game action. Mario Sports Mix continues that tradition by featuring four sports—Basketball, Dodgeball, Hockey and Volleyball—and plenty of madcap power-ups and physics-defying action. The sports are played with the same basic rules and play styles of a regular sports game such as the NBA 2K games. In Mario basketball for example, you face off against another team and dribble, pass and try to shoot the ball through the opposing team’s hoop. The Mario element introduces wild power-ups throughout the game that will allow the player to perform stunts such as flying into the air for an amazing slamdunk.
Why It’s Fun
One of the most fun elements of this game is the fact that you can choose to play as any of the crazy cadre of popular Nintendo characters, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Toad, Yoshi, and Wario OR you can play as any of your Miis. You can create teams with mixes of Nintendo characters and Miis or stage a tournament with Miis versus Mario and friends. The combinations are limitless and kids and parents will have a blast picking the teams for each game. Once you have the teams picked, you choose a sport and hop into some of the fastest paced sports gaming available. All the sports are quick and easy to play because they remove the complex actions associated with a game like NBA 2K and create fun, user-friendly sports games.
In addition to playing one of the four sports, there is also a Party Mode where one to four people compete against each other in different minigames that are based on the four sports. For example, a minigame based on basketball has the players jumping up to grab balls dangling from the ceiling and then running up to a giant plant monster and trying to throw the ball into the plant’s mouth when it opens.
Who’s Going To Love It
This is an ideal family game because the age range for the game is wide open. Kids as young as five will be able to play on the easy setting with teens and adults able to have fun playing on the medium and difficult settings.
This is a great party game for fans of sports games and a great sports game for people that don’t like to play typical sports games.
What To Be Aware Of
There are so many visual elements happening on screen that it can sometimes get difficult to see what is going on. In basketball for example, the visual confusion makes it difficult for four people to play a game with strategy and instead it turns into a crazy, button-mashing experience where luck replaces skill.
A few more sports in this mix would have been nice because four is not enough. Let’s hope for additions down the road.
The Wi-Fi Mode allows you to play against other Mario Sports Mix owners in an online setting.
You can go back to this game over and over without having the same experience twice. Each sport has multiple options for playing that include a single game or an entire tournament. Anywhere from one to four people can play together in a variety of team mixes that include humans against computer players or combinations of both.
3 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Mario Sports Mix
System: Nintendo Wii
Players: 1 - 4
Launch Date: February 7, 2011
Date of Review: March 23, 2011