"Mario Strikers Charged introduces nine sensational new stadiums, plus a host of new characters with their own special abilities and power moves. Players create their own teams by mixing and matching captains and sidekicks, then use the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ to face opponents in single-player or multiplayer modes. Mastering Striker Challenges or the tournament-styled Road to the Striker Cup will unlock new elements and cheats.

"Mario Strikers Charged incorporates unique Wii controls such as flicking the Wii Remote to tackle the ball from your opponent or using it to block shots on the goal," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "There's no better way to keep a game challenging and fun than to invite more people to join the action. With Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, we're creating a real community where players at any experience level can take part in the fun."

It's something I've never really understood, the Americans seem to only play their own sports, Whimp Rugby, Rounders and Netball. They simply don't understand the beautiful game like the rest of the world. Beckham seems to think he can change their mind, so alittle help from Mario won't hurt!

Released today, Mario Strikers Charged isn't really in the same division as Pro Evo, its great for getting new fans interested in the sport, hopefully this Canadian developed game will do well in the US. Check out our review of the PAL version from a few months ago.

[source mariostrikerscharged.com]