Mario sports titles have been a staple of Nintendo gaming since the days of the NES. From Mario Golf to Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games in more recent times, these titles are known to provide fun for the whole family.
It appears the house of Mario is raising the bar for this specific genre in Spring 2017, with the announcement of Mario Sports Superstars during the latest Nintendo Direct presentation.
This title is a five-sport compilation which includes full versions of baseball, tennis, golf, horse racing and 11-on-11 football (or soccer, if you prefer). The game will include entire single-player tournaments for each sport as well as local and online multiplayer modes.
There's no clear indication how these games will compare to past standalone releases of many of these sports, however, Nintendo believes the content on offer in Mario Sports Superstars is likely to pleasantly surprise fans.
What do you think about Nintendo throwing five sports games onto one game card? Do you like the sound of this, or would you prefer to see these types of experiences released individually as standalone games. Let us know in the comments.
It's certainly a game to keep my eye out for.
Looks really good thus far. Sure hope there are many different characters that are not exclusive to a certain sport and multiple arenas to compete in, too!
Not a day one title, but will get eventually.
This looks cool. Need to see the amount of content though after Ultra Smash.
I'll probably not bother with this. Mario Tennis Open was poo-noodles and I'm just not a big fan of non-motion controlled sports titles. Mario Golf: World Tour was fun for a while though (though it became much too hard much too quickly to hold interest).
This game could have been great on Wii U with motion controls. I don't know why they thought that this would be a good idea on a handheld, particularly with dedicated Mario Tennis and Golf games already being available on the system. :/
Looks like Camelot is taking the helm for this one.
I like the Mario Tennis & Golf games, I never played Mario Basketball, but I did not like the Mario Soccer and Baseball games......On the fence, we'll see what others say before thinking about this one.
This looks really promising - just hope its not too simplistic / one sided.
The inclusion of full-on soccer has me looking forward to this. The other sports are a bonus for me, really.
I'm intrigued, this is something I will definitely look out for.
I already own Mario Golf and really liked it so I'm wondering if it is basically the same game.
The horse racing game looks just like a Mario Kart but on horses and the football game looks interesting.
One to look out for I think
It looks like they're recycling individual sports games into a compilation here, that looked like Mario Golf World Tour and Mario Tennis Open in there, and the NGL developed Football and Baseball games from Wii.
If the games have quality of the Mario Tennis and Golf games on the 3DS, this could be amazing value, especially considering the online. Interested how horse racing is going to be...
Best surprise of the direct for me!
I can't avoid to worry as it sound too good for be true, but can't wait to hear more about it!
I have to say that I love the variety included in this game. I might even purchase this day one! I'm not regularly a sports gamer, so that's saying something for me.
The overlap with Mario Golf and Mario Tennis seems like a weird choice for this, seeing as both are on 3DS already. Nice to see football again, though.
This was probably one of the best things to come out of the Direct. Having a Mario Sports title that combines all of the most popular Mario sports franchises (and horseback riding, for some reason) makes a ton of sense, and this one shows a heck of a lot more promise than the last Sports compilation they did. Granted, Sports Mix wasn't all that bad in my opinion, but I will admit the sports selection in it was...odd. Mario Dodge Ball, anyone?
Sounds like Mario Sports Mix a bit. Not into Mario sports games much, but i'll keep my eyes open.
With so many games coming to the 3DS, I'm starting to think the NX will be a home console and will coexist with the 3DS for some time. Portable NX to come in 2018 at best.
At least this is what this Direct makes it look like.
I was really hoping hockey would be one of the sports. I'd just about kill for a portable hockey game, even if it's Mario...
Looks great value for money. But I'm also in the camp that prefers to play this sort of games with a Wii remote. It would be better suited for Wii U... shame.
Really excited for this!
this looks interesting so can't wait until it 2017
It's baseball not basketball. I, too, am scratching my head at why this isn't on the Wii U though. Will definitely get this though
Ok this is interesting
Let's hope that the Nx has those Wii remote like controllers that are rumoured and this gets ported to it.
Meh. I don't like sports.
I'd buy this for Wii U on day one.
I don;t want to play this on 3ds though -controls are not comfortable for me on the original model.
I don't know what to think of this, to be honest. I like how there's five sports you can play on the go, I mean who doesn't want that?
A couple things that worries me is the Tennis part, which strikes a resemblance to the two recent Mario Tennis games thanks to the purple spot that resembles the Chance Shots, which I absolutely loathe like the third plague. If this feature can be fully toggled throughout the sport, I'll be thankful. And then there's the horseriding sport, which I personally don't consider to be a sport at all. How about Dodge Ball from Mario Sports Mix instead?
Overall, I think this game has the potential of being something good if the developers actually give each sport enough polish and content to last my replay value for an eternity.
"Nintendo believes the content on offer in Mario Sports Superstars is likely to pleasantly surprise fans."
They better be right. I'm a huge Mario Tennis fan here and...boy oh boy, that series has been lacking that in Open and Ultra Smash (especially).
But... Camelot, you're supposed to be developing Golden Sun...
Well, at least I think this game is developed by Camelot.
Should have been on Wii U.
Think about it, that system doesn't have a golf game or a baseball game, and the console allows for much easier local and online multiplayer than the 3DS does.
Wait...this game has online? And Mario and Sonic at the Olympics doesn't???
Is baseball called basketball in Europe?
More excited about horseracing than I probably should be. This is a definite must-buy for me!
Horse racing? Surely another sport like, er, the other basketball (I believe you meant "baseball" when you wrote "basketball" in the article?) or American football would be a better choice?
Wii U: Mario Tennis with stripped out content
3DS: Mario Tennis with 5 other sports
It's been a while since Nintendo has made a sports game that I may actually look forward to. Amazing that this game has both online and offline multiplayer, while Super Mario Maker 3DS doesn't...
This one is looking really cool. Hope content is fine but with 5 games it already seems to be.
Will keep an eye on this one and there is a very high possibility that i will buy it.
Love this idea...I prefer Mario sports games to the platform erst. I love them all and can't wait for this one
Camelot are making the game, which is good news. Personally, I can't wait, this seems really cool, and it may finally have gotten each games' individual formula down to a tee.
@StephenYap3 Equestrian is well-respected sport. I can't see why you don't think of it as a sport. Skateboarding is a sport; rock climbing (at Tokyo 2020) is a sport. Why isn't equestrian, in your eyes?
Okay, now that I looked at the direct video, I see I had the wrong idea about the horse racing part. Seeing as I live by a race track, I assumed this to be the gambling spectator sport, but the players are actually the jockeys, making this akin to the racing segment in Ocarina of Time but better.
Still, they could have thrown in Basketball and/or the sport we Americans call football. As DLC maybe?
I'll most likely get this. Though this looks like a hiatus for Super Mario Strikers.
Baseball?!? What a pleasant little surprise.
@buildz Well, this is just my personal view, but when I think of the term "sports", I think of a ball that has to be moved somewhere to score a point, such as Basketball, Football, Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Volley Ball, Dodge Ball, Hockey (which doesn't have a ball), Tetherball, Bowling, etc, though Boxing comes to mind as well, despite not having a ball in it.
Of course, there are many other types of sports like the ones you mentioned, but because to my personal view that sports revolves around hard-gritted competitiveness and moving a ball around a field to score a point, I just don't really look at the others to be the type of sports I expected off the bat.
Forgive me if you're offended or anything, but this is just my view when I first think of sports. I've nothing against Horseback Riding, but I felt that Dodge Ball would have been the better choice to fit in alongside the other four sports in this here package.
Definitely hoping that this will be NX-game as well.
I agree. Ever since Wii Sports and Wii Fit I just don't find much appeal with sit-down-and-push-buttons sports games. =/
This could be a fun game. Hopefully it will turn out alright.
@StephenYap3 That is quite a narrow view. What would you say if I told you chess is considered a sport?
The soccer game looks like Mario Striker on GC. This game definitely looks more fun than the Olympic one.
@Samurai_Goroh I would nod and say "...okay".
I would buy this game for soccer and baseball alone. It seems somewhat redundant to have golf and tennis when there are already excellent Mario golf and tennis games on the 3DS, but I am not going to complain. Horse racing looks like it should be a fun multi-player game.
I'd be excited if this was a launch title for NX or even a (too) late Wii U release...but on 3DS? The 3DS has already had exclusive Mario Tennis and Golf releases and these 1st party sports series should really have one release per system, per generation.
On the plus side I love Mario Superstar Baseball on the GC and was gutted that Sluggers on Wii never got a PAL release - it's about time we got another Mario Baseball.
@sillygostly Then again, the non-motion controlled "Mario Superstar Baseball" on GameCube is generally considered the superior game to the motion-controlled "Mario Super Sluggers" on Wii. Sometimes you're better off with polished traditional controls over lazy motion controls.
This was definitely a cool announcement even considering my conflicting thoughts on the game. On one hand, five sports in one with their own game engines sounds awesome. On the other hand, I'm afraid the baseball and golf iterations won't be nearly as fun or polished as their predecessors. Plus, we did already get full versions of Tennis and Golf... But I love Mario Golf so much so I'm actually not too bothered by this.
@Dark-Luigi The Blue Ocean is in effect! Lol
Yep, I'm in for this one. Soccer formation options sells it completely for me, but golf and tennis are just the icing. Don't care about horse racing (!) or baseball, but I'll buy any game that even pretends to play a good game of soccer on the 3DS.
I will buy this, because I want a baseball game for my 3DS. And soccer and horse racing sound great.
BUT... I own a 3DS tennis and golf game already. You do realize Nintendo there is basketball, AMERICAN FOOTBALL, hockey, and other stuff you could have included instead of GOLF and TENNIS AGAIN.
But I get baseball. And I'm happy. And if Horse racing as as fun as that 3DS eshop horse racing game, awesome.
The best of this whole n direct to me. If the game holda up it could be awesome. Looking forward to this. Until its announcement I thought this was the worst direct I ever saw.
Sports games almost never appeal to me, and this is no exception. Still, it looks good for those that like this sort of thing.
@memoryman3 Wii U does have a golf game, and a baseball game.
This game looks great, but why no HD version on the Wii U?
Nintendo HAS to recognise that soccer is the biggest sport in the world and therefore make a fully featured soccer game, using a roster of players like Smash (but bigger), with excellent online play. In HD. It would be huge. I can only hope this is a stepping stone to such a game on NX.
they look kind of stripped down versions to me.
i loved the mario soccer and baseball games but these don't seem as fleshed out (not like we could ever hope for a wii u one of those )
Looks great, with a good assortment of sports.
Still doesn't have Mario Ballet
I thought we might get a sports title on Wii U for December and this would have been a great HD Wii U title, but Wii U is pretty much gone at this point. Too bad I would have bought this, but I dont game much on my 3DS so I won't be buying this.
Still looks like a good bit of fun with a lot of variety
Will be getting this day one.
I guess it will be nice to have Mario Football without that weird, dystopian Mad Max-ish style that they gave to Mario Strikers for some reason (which I always thought was kind of ugly and un-Mario-ish).
Why must soccer ?
I don't like that sport.
I wish it had REAL football 🏈🏈🏈😄
For a moment I was interested, until I realized it's a 3DS game.
Why are Nintendo making so many 3DS games and so few Wii U games? Oh yeah right, almost forgot, because 3DS games are cheap/cheap to produce.
@Anti-Matter Well, billions worldwide do love this beautiful sport (including me), so I think its inclusion is justified.
Anyone else think they should have picked two different sports besides Tennis and Golf, when we already have full fledged games for both on the system? That being said, I'd rather have had a Mario Strikers game than football plus 4 other sports.
Sorry, I'm different. I never like soccer (Worst sport ever, sorry, no offense. Just my honest opinion about soccer). I never like too mainstream sports like that. Instead, i like Boxing or Kickboxing or Muay Thai or K-1 (But i hate MMA because fighting in brutal way). I will melting by Bodybuilding (OMG... Muscular men are so mesmerizing to watch) . These are my proof if i like those sports (My galleries on deviantart.com).
I'm really excited for this. I love the Mario Tennis series and I'll buy this just for that. Glad they actually put online in this, since a bunch of other games announced today are off my radar for that reason...
Getting this day one. Need strikers action in my life again. I think the baseball, tennis and golf are a waste considering there are other games this gen that match that (although not particularly on 3ds) but I'm willing to pay for some mario soccer.
I really hoped that the last game would be (Ice)hockey - I am waiting for a Mario Hockey game for a long time. Now I don't know if I am buying this.
@StephenYap3 Hockey does have a ball. A hard white one.
It's actually referred to by most competing bodies as just Hockey. No one in the sport calls it field hockey.
So happy I held off on both mario tennis and golf respectively.
@shani If it ain't curling it isn't a sport!
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