E3 2008: Mario Super Sluggers Hands-On

We step up to the plate and take a swing with Mario Super Sluggers.

Just as Mario Strikers Charged Nintendo-fied the sport of soccer last year, Mario Super Sluggers is this year aiming to add a Mario twist to the grand old game of baseball. We managed to grab a quick bit of play time with the upcoming game at E3 2008, and it's looking set to deliver the same type of arcade fun as its soccer stablemate.

Just like Strikers, Sluggers takes the basic concepts of its sports and adds plenty of Nintendo characters, over-the-top special moves, and wacky arenas to the mix. It plays a little more casual-friendly than Strikers--the entirety of Sluggers can be played using the Wii Remote alone in a way that's reminiscent of the baseball minigame in Wii Sports. While there is the option to play using a Wii Remote and a Nunchuck, we stuck solely to the remote-only option during our play test.

Our demo level took place on a Princess Peach-inspired stadium, which was filled with various icy environmental hazards (such as slow-moving icebergs in the outfield that would freeze a fielder if he made contact with). Playing against the computer, our first task was to pick a team captain, followed by picking a lineup from a range of Nintendo characters. You can also choose to play with any Miis on your system, so with Yoshi as the captain and the Miyamoto Mii in the side, we took to the diamond.

Batting is as easy as swinging your arms with the Wii Remote as you would a real baseball bat. While waiting for the pitch, you can also lightly wave the remote (once again, like a real bat) to add a bit more power for when you eventually try to strike the ball. Timing was key here, as only well-timed connecting swings had any chance of making it to the outfield. Running to base requires you to quickly waggle your remote left and right. When fielding, fielders seem to automatically run towards high balls and grounders, with a quick waggle of the Remote making them throw the ball to a base. Pitching is probably the most fun--just like in baseball in Wii Sports, you need to wind up and throw like you were pretending to chuck a ball. Pressing A or B while pitching adds throw modifiers such as curves and pace, while pressing A and B at the same time will make the pitcher throw a special ball. In our team's case, pitcher Yoshi's special pitch showed a rainbow appearing between him and the strike zone, making it harder for the batters to see when they had to make their swing.

Mario Super Sluggers swings into stores on August 25, 2008.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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zeldagirl108
zeldagirl108

This game will be sooooooooooooooooooooooooo AWESOME!!!!! My dad is taking me to pre-order it today!!! I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hobobski
hobobski

if it has SSBB lag, the 9th inning will be over before the popcorn vendor even makes his rounds...

fig56
fig56

the game won't have any online at all..that's what nintendo power said anyway. they could change their mind and add it in last minute and then it would suck like SSBB.

cubits2x
cubits2x

well thats good for now...will make a whole lot of sense if this game has a viable online multiplayer mode.

Fan1134
Fan1134

Looks fun to me. I'll probably rent it before I buy it though.

j32l16
j32l16

Idk about this game, it looks the same as the other Mario baseball are there any different features?

twmilli
twmilli

I got the last mario baseball and loved it the multiplayer is awesome and the campaign mode gives you something to do by yourself. I'm hoping to get this game but I also need to start saving for animal crossing shaun white snowboarding and others so i'm not sure if I will get it. Looks awesome though

punisher2515
punisher2515

This game has some potential and I can't wait to get it. Hopefully next they make Mario Tennis which is by far the best Mario sports game. With the Wii mote it would be a whole lot of fun.

Mr_Tweedy
Mr_Tweedy

So Nintendo is making shovelware too, huh? Waggle-waggle-waggle. Everyone needs to go buy Okami. Support real games on the Wii.

Dman360
Dman360

I'm boycotting Nintendo, who's with me? :)

Giga-man
Giga-man

I don't think this is a good idea. I want a 2D Metroid and I get this?

Sonic7777777
Sonic7777777

This looks like it could really be fun, especially with the Wii remote and all. I like the idea of each captain having his/her own special kind of like in Strikers when you used your special.

Great-Wii
Great-Wii

seems good but i think it will just be lyk wii sports baseball but hey..u never know..it could be great

ishoturface
ishoturface

i wonder if it can use the gc controller?

jjrumbough
jjrumbough

Mario is awesome so is baseball this will be gold (i hope)

Gorthin
Gorthin

sweet! i would play with the nunchuk though being able to move the outfielderes and the pitches was what made superstar baseball for gc so great

MiiWiiNumber2
MiiWiiNumber2

i had strikers and it was very dissapointing i hope this is better

brawlzelda123
brawlzelda123

awesome game should have been in the confernce

megamaster32
megamaster32

Going to buy this one I have the mario superstar baseball for the gc might check this one out.

omega300
omega300

yes AAA rank yes a great game 2 collect

tyzwain
tyzwain

Not being a fan of baseball, this game looks okay. Might have to try it, as it looks PERFECT for the Wii Remote.

mustug
mustug

This looks like a pretty good game to me.

DarkFlareKin
DarkFlareKin

I liked playing Mario Super Star Baseball, so I hope this game brings an even higher, level of entertainment.

Gamewako
Gamewako

This looks almost as good as - Super Mario Backgammon: Double Dice Masters!

prototype24red
prototype24red

i love baseball, i love mario, i love video games im definitely getting this game.

enix165
enix165

Well, I liked Mario Superstar Baseball a lot, so if it's like that I'll get it. But if it turns out to be just Wii Sports Baseball with Star Hits and Mario characters, count me out...

MarioLuigi25
MarioLuigi25

Yeah!! Another Mario game. MARIO WILL NEVER DIE!! HE WILL LIVE FOREVER!!

ognen
ognen

This will be interesting

nettydorko
nettydorko

You know..Mario's pretty great..but having him in every video game is starting to die.

WiseWarrior101
WiseWarrior101

psychojosh, I'm sorry you're an idiot, but please be an idiot somewhere else, ok? Thanks. :)

WiseWarrior101
WiseWarrior101

psychojosh, I'm sorry you're an idiot, but please be an idiot somewhere else, ok? Thanks. :)

Manual91
Manual91

Another mario game! That's exactly what the mario-fans want... -.-' But who knows, this may turn up good,

Mehfuz
Mehfuz

another mario game, sigh

psychojosh
psychojosh

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gmax
gmax

Hmm... Quickly waggle... Eh, something for the Mario fans I guess...

Macgyver40
Macgyver40

mario and baseball is an awesome combination

gamingtrooper44
gamingtrooper44

This game sounds good but i hope they dont do to much to it beacause the last one was great.

shinian
shinian

I'm not touching this with a 10ft pole :lol:

darkgamingdude
darkgamingdude

If online was included, this would be a top title. Too bad they didn't include it though :(