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Mario Sports Mix Serves, Sets and Spikes Europe in January

Posted by James Newton

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Sport and Mario is a classic combination, so we have high hopes for Square Enix's Mario Sports Mix, which just received a confirmed European release date of 28th January 2011.

Update: The UK release is set for Friday, February 4th.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini Land Mayhem is also due for release on the same day, making it a double whammy for Mario fans.

Here's the E3 2010 trailer alongside a brand new press release to sink your teeth into.

CALLING ALL SPORTS ACTION FANS! WHACK, BOUNCE, DODGE, TWIST AND TURN IN CRAZY NEW GAMES WITH MARIO SPORTS MIX

Pit your personalised Mii character against renowned Nintendo & Square Enix characters in high-octane action in all-new Mario Sports Mix on Wii

Get ready to hone your supreme sports skills with Mario this year, when the brand new Mario Sports Mix, an action-packed sports frenzy for all your friends and family, launches across Europe on 28th January 2011, only on Wii. Mario Sports Mix is a collection of four high-energy arcade style sport games; Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey and Dodgeball, with some unexpected twists and turns along the way, ensuring hours of crazy sporting fun. Challenge your friends to some fast-paced fun in quick fire rounds to get that adrenaline pumping and competitive spirit racing!

Play as famous Nintendo characters or challenge your own personalised Mii character to a match against of the likes of Mario, Peach, Yoshi or Toad. However, choose your stage carefully as it will affect gameplay in challenging ways changing the way the ball and your surroundings behave. During each game you will also find items that will scupper the opposition and coins that increase your score, so that the final result is never certain until the very end. For example allowing you to slip up your opponents with banana peel or shoot a green shell to stun another player for a couple of seconds so that they lose possession of the ball. Each character in the game also has a different special move, like filling the opponent’s side with flowers for Daisy or throwing a yellow “bomber shot” for Wario.

Mario Sports Mix can be played in single player mode or in up to four player matches in every sport where you compete for three different cups: Mushroom, Flower and Star Cup. Play as your chosen Nintendo characters and pit your skills against your opposition of 8 teams to become champion of each fast and furious sport, where additional stages and characters will be unlocked upon victory.

To ensure your experience will never be the same, when replaying a tournament, an alternative path may appear where you will be faced with special challenges or a mini game from the party mode to complete. Four different mini-games can be played, each inspired by a different sport. In the Basketball mini-game, Feed Petey you must grab low-hanging fruits from the ceiling and aim them directly into the mouth of Petey the piranha plant... In Smash Skate, you must push other players off a ledge using hockey sticks to perform charged shots and Bomb-omb Dodge requires you to dodge bombs that are shot by cannons at each corner of the Dodgeball court. In the final mini-game Harmony Hustle, different coloured volleyballs are thrown in line with the music onto the court - you must catch the one of your own colour and avoid a multitude of traps and balls to win combo points.

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User Comments (21)

cheesedude

#1

cheesedude said:

Nice. I've always enjoyed Mario Sports games, although few have really hit the heights of greatness. Mostly they've been pretty good with some flaws. Here's hoping this will be great!

James

#2

James said:

I've said it before and I'll say it again - if the ice hockey is as good as the mode in Mario Party 5 on Gamecube, I'll love it to bits.

Punny

#4

Punny said:

Mama Mia! Those are some spicy basket, volley, and dodge balls! What the hockey puck is up with this comment? :D

Either way, this game shows a lot of promise. Hopefully, it will be a major improvement over Mario Hoops 3-on-3. :)

Cipher

#5

Cipher said:

Actually - in a conversation I've already had with ONM :P - the game launches in the UK on 4 February. Everywhere else in Europe, yes, it launches 28 January, but the UK gets it a week later.

James

#6

James said:

@Cipher I wondered why it said that in the official UK press release but it didn't mention that in the other release. Cheers for the update though!

FonistofCruxis

#7

FonistofCruxis said:

It's annoying that the UK are getting it a week later but at least it's not longer than that. The same will probably happen with mario vs. donkeykong mini-land mayhem.

MeloMan

#11

MeloMan said:

Nice... they should've incorporated Soccer, Baseball, and Golf up in this... guess if it's successful, maybe next time...?

StuffyStuff

#12

StuffyStuff said:

I'm really excited for this game. I own most of the Mario sports games on the cube and have been waiting for another one to come out. If only there was another Mario golf on it's way :(

GamerZack7

#13

GamerZack7 said:

PunnyGuy wrote: Hopefully, it will be a major improvement over Mario Hoops 3-on-3. :)

Hey! I happen to like Mario Hoops 3-on-3! :)

In any case, I'm happy to see Mario Hoops make a comeback. I'd pick up this game just for the basketball!

RedYoshi999

#15

RedYoshi999 said:

Why a week later in the UK? Thats weird. I think Australia will be somewhere between the UK and Europe's release date. Great news for Mario vs DK too!

akacesfan

#16

akacesfan said:

I'm a hockey fan, so I'm gonna enjoy the hockey mode. Hopefully the goalies are smarter then they are in NHL11 (seriously goalie? You didn't see that unless you moved out of the way, that puck was gonna bounce off the back of the pads and into the net?)

FonistofCruxis

#19

FonistofCruxis said:

Nintendo have confirmed that Mario vs. Donkey kong: mini-land mayhem will be released on the same day and will also be a week later for the UK.

Codyshelby

#21

Codyshelby said:

With the Japanese release yesterday, I was able to play this game. No, i can't read Japanese, but it didn't bother me too much. This game is actually a very very fun game.

I know for a fact that Mario Kart fans will love this. It just has that feel to it....that nintendo feel that gives it that fun factor.

This game took Basketball, Volleyball, Dodgeball, and Hockey and made it into something great.

I'm already addicted. I can't wait for the US release!!!

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