Nintendo France has shared brand new gameplay footage for the upcoming Mario Strikers: Battle League, the first Mario Strikers title in the series for 15 years. In fact, this new footage is the first time we've seen a full match play out in-game.
Next Level Games' soccer game looks like it will be retaining the energy and character of previous Mario Strikers games. The match lasts about six minutes and gives us a glimpse at just how things might play out, be we also get to see how the characters move on the pitch and interact with the ball.
Bowser is up to some dirty tricks as he slaps the ball with his hands to score a goal for his team. We see Peach attempts a Charged Shot before having the ball taken off of her. Little Toad is scuttling around the pitch with his tiny legs. And it's almost impossible to miss the splendour of Waluigi striding around.
While we can see Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Bowser, Waluigi, Yoshi, and Rosalina on the pitch for this match, fans have been particularly worried about the smaller roster. Only ten characters have been confirmed so far, and fan favourite Daisy hasn't been spotted in any trailers thus far, leading to a lot of speculation and concern:
But, as is typical for this series, Mario Strikers: Battle League is bursting with personality. Every character's traits are amped up to eleven — and even the French commentator is really getting into the match! Does he come with the game?
We don't have very long to wait for Next Level Game's chaotic sports game, as Mario Strikers: Battle League launches on 10th June. You can pre-order the game down below, and US readers can also get 10% off a $50 eShop card from our store too:
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Let us know what your thoughts are on the match in the comments!
this just keeps looking better and better! So excited for next month
It feels wrong watching this video without gently cradling a baguette while nibbling on at least 14 different types of cheese.
These type of games are always too complicated for me to control but I have preordered this and look forward to trying it out as the other Mario games on Switch are such good quality. Mario Tennis Aces is one of my all time favourite games!
I just hope there's some sort of story mode, although the way things are going I'm not sure that there will.
I don't really need a story mode, but this better have some singleplayer cups we can work through like in the originals.
3:35 - Peach is quite flexible. Awesome.
It looks interesting, but I dislike Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer. On the other hand I had a lot of fun with Fifa Street. Could this be for me?
Even if I don't understand the heck they're saying, it's oddly satisfying listening to sports commentary in languages other than english.
Can't wait to get my copy!
It’s good that it doesn’t seem impossible to beat the keeper. And Bowser doing a Maradona seems appropriate
This game looks like it would be hilarious to do commentary for. Hopefully it gets good post launch support and a decent community.
I'm really liking how this one looks! It seems fast-paced and action-packed without feeling too chaotic, how Charged could be at times. I wonder if this game will have a good competitive scene?
this game is going to get stale very quick only 10 characters, 6 items and 4 stages you won't be able to keep people engaged with that for very long until they put it down and likely never pick Strikers Battle League back up
I assume the characters do have voices in the final game. They're oddly muted here. Anyway, it looks like a really solid football minigame, but Nintendo haven't shown anywhere near enough for it to be worth £50.
Peach of a goal for the equaliser at 1-1
Not sure why Mario’s goal counted for 2 goals but I’m sure he will take it
Best video yet. Still would like the game to look a little better visually. I understand it’s a top down soccer game. I think they are actually going for a simple look. Going to be interesting to see how this is released and what it does sales wise. Core Nintendo fans have been asking for a new one and they got one.
@KBuckley27 I agree, apart from the different stages this video pretty much shows everything the game has to offer.
@KBuckley27 how much were there in the previous games?
@RainbowGazelle that was also my thought. I like what I see but not really for full price. seems less content compared to other full priced games
I’m cautious about this. I loved the one in GCN, but hated the Wii sequel.
This game looks like it would be hilarious to do commentary for.
@DiggleDog I would pre-order the game if it included this announcer doing French-language commentary. I admire his ability to say something like, "Il prend feu, Toad, il prend feu!" in perfect seriousness... hahahha. "Tous les coups sont permis" indeed!
Peach is quite flexible. Awesome.
@SmileMan64 I was extremely unimpressed by Waluigi's silly walk/run until I realized that those legs of his would permit him to do a very interesting ballet with Peach. Just think of her floating, SMB2-style, while Waluigi tries to jump/walk after her...
@LUIGITORNADO well, it really seems more similar to the GC one: less chaotic, without gimmick for every field, only x2 special shoot (instead of 6),and so on.
I'm pleased for everyone that wanted this, but as someone that bought Mario Tennis and Golf already, this looks like the perfect hat trick of underwhelming Mario Sports games on the Switch.
I enjoyed Aces and Golf for a good few hours, but ultimately the longevity wasn't there. I'll see the reviews on this, but everything is suggesting the same.
I think anyone that didn't buy Aces and/or Golf, this is a good shout. Or if you really loved them both... then this is great for you too.
I do suspect the sales will be down though, and I think there's a growing group that aren't prepared to get stung again.
Usually means it's time for a new console, incidentally...
I mean... Is it just me that is struggling to see anything new about this one in comparison to the old ones. I'm doubting there is much single player stuff to do and considering how disappointed I was with golf and aces, I can't justify picking this up regardless of how much I enjoyed the previous entries. Underwhelming to me but I'm sure other people will find something to enjoy, especially if you haven't played a GameCube or a Wii.
Just like with Tennis Aces if you get into the multiplayer there might be some longevity, for singleplayer it will be a dud. But i guess that goes for most sport games since online became a thing.
I will buy this one IF....
this game has a league for points, and after...playoffs....this game structure is very important here.
Golf and Aces = ZERO replayability.
Good thing I cancelled my preorder.
@tanaka2687 To be fair, they've really only shown in-match gameplay. It would be concerning though if there's not much else to extend the single player mode beyond 8-10 hours of content.
This is a for sure meant to be a multiplayer game.
“And it's almost impossible to miss the splendour of Waluigi striding around.“
I barely noticed him. Zero contribution!
@nocdaes Oh, you are making a terrible mistake skipping out on Strikers. Mario football/soccer has always had a level of polish above other Mario sports games and it's also being made by the same team that did Luigi's Mansion (Next Level Games).
But to be fair, this looks pretty empty in terms of offerings other than multiplayer. Roster is very small (there's gotta be more characters, right?) and gameplay options look limited. Don't know how much replay ability you will get from this game.
Nevertheless, this game is still going to sell gangbusters. People like football/soccer, I mean FIFA always sells stupidly well every year and those games are void of content and are boring af. Speaking of FIFA, their deal has expired with EA so there won't be a traditional "FIFA 2023" game this year, giving Mario Strikers little in the way of competition. Tie that in with the 2022 Qatar world cup and it makes for a good sales push.
Soccer bores me to death as it's just running back and forth and maybe, just MAYBE there will be 2 goals scored in that 3 hours.
This looks decent..but still rather boring.
Is it just me or does this one look slower than Strikers on the GameCube?
I'm down...but not for full price without more themed fields with hazards or gimmicks. As others have said, without them it'll get stale quick.
Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of friends with a Switch. Can we start a NintendoLife club?
This looks like a good time. It’s really the only boy thing I’m excited for until splatoon I guess on switch. I’m hoping we get unlockable gear out the wazoo and a few characters/fields would be nice to. I miss unlockable characters in games. They’re still there but just not as much it seems. Daisy, bowser jr, diddy kong, birdo, petey pirahna, and king boo would be so nice.
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