Mario Sports Mix mixes it up February 7

Nintendo mascot extends athletic endeavors to hockey, basketball, volleyball, and dodgeball with four-in-one game compilation.

Nintendo's multitalented mascot Mario has a long history of athletic participation. The portly plumber has repeatedly put his own spin on golf, tennis, soccer, and baseball and even has a history of other sports cameos, from refereeing matches in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out to hitting the slopes in the GameCube edition of SSX on Tour.

Luigi is the LA Clippers of the Mario-verse.

The venerable video game icon will add a few more feathers in his ball cap early next year, as Nintendo today announced a February 7 release date for Mario Sports Mix, a four-sport Wii compilation including arcade-style takes on hockey, basketball, volleyball, and dodgeball, complete with power-ups and special moves. Gamers will be able to play each of the sports with Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom costars or with their own Mii characters.

Not all the events in Mario Sports Mix are unfamiliar to the iconic Nintendo mascot. In 2006, he starred in Mario Hoops 3 on 3 for the Nintendo DS and brought his posse along the year prior for a cameo in the GameCube version of Electronic Arts' NBA Street V3.

For more on Mario Sports Mix, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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42 comments
Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

How is this chubby short guy able to dunk,and I'm not?

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@HailToTheGun Sorry about the late reply. I agree that the series is all about the gameplay and that too much drama wouldn't suit it. That said, games these days are far more involving experiences than they used to be, and that, coupled with quality gameplay, has made for some outstanding games. Now of course a 5 year old wouldn't get it, but then again, neither do they completely understand a film like Toy Story 3 or Harry Potter or whatever, but they can enjoy the films lightheartedly whereas us adults can be more involved and moved by them. This is what I need from my video games now that I am an adult (or at 29 I like to think I am lol). Gameplay alone is no longer enough. I just want to clarify to whoever reads this that I am not saying that Mario games should change in the way that I describe. I'm just saying that they do not satisfy my own gaming needs anymore. For the rest of you, enjoy the series.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

I can't wait to see Toad fighting the Behemoth!

franzito
franzito

Still, Mario is chubby...

coylenintendo
coylenintendo

well dodgeball is the only new Mario sport. hockey and volleyball have been used in Mario Party from what I remember. there was already a basketball game for the DS. I can't imagine this being more than a simple sports game. even though I don't own a Wii anymore, I still like the Mario games but I've been disappointed by them. well other than SMG. the Mario sports games were pretty decent up until the Wii. Strikers Charged just seems like a Wii version of the one for Gamecube. Mario Sluggers was a kiddie Wii control version of Mario Baseball for Gamecube. and now this. they need to make the games appealing to sports fans and Mario fans. maybe make a better baseball game and definitely a football game.

Blaketoberfest
Blaketoberfest

@monson21502 Not possible, considering Mario is a Nintendo-owned property...

oneligas
oneligas

if mario can dunk that game is total BS

smeagol1117
smeagol1117

as long as it's not as frustratingly difficult as Super Mario Strikers Charged

Dreski83
Dreski83

The world could be in flames, families in turmoil, pigs flying, and Mario is always gonna be making some sort of money... pimping!

IrshDrkWlf
IrshDrkWlf

I don't care for sports games because year in year out its all the same thing, if you want some major improvement you have to wait every third year. The Mario sports games are actually good, fresh and a lot of fun to play. The problem with this article title is that it makes it sound like this is the first Mario basketball game. Strikers has been the best Mario sports title yet, and the volleyball worked in Mario Party. I will probably get this in the future. SquareEnix has done well with Mario in the past, but that was one of the best RPG's ever made I wonder how they'd do a Mario sports game though.

wahyudil
wahyudil

made by Square Enix .... I can't wait when knowing this ...

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

One step closer to Mario Mundane Household Chores. But hey! It's not as if its just Wii sports with Mario in it... riiiiiight?

monson21502
monson21502

meh. gonnna wait for the kinect version of this

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

I've always loved the Mario sport games, and it looks like this might be one of the best so far.

missonrs
missonrs

It's hard to say if this will be good or not. The olympics games they released were bad.

Anthrizacks
Anthrizacks

Cool, I'll enjoy playing this with my brothers. Especially basketball

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Also the Graphics of the characters really look great and look %80 like galaxy's and thats saying ALLOT

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Im not much of sports gamer but if anything Mario sports games makes me like them and Its great to play them with your favortie characters with Special Moves and creative courses. This game is actually gonna have the smallest Mario characters then usual and will have a more Final Fantasy Theme, this should be exciting!

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

@TheArcade Football (as in American football) On topic: Can't wait to chuck dodge balls at Waluigi as a Moggle!

EdwardoMario16
EdwardoMario16

"Can't go wrong with Mario sports!" Mario Olympics (both of them) prove you wrong.

HailToTheGun
HailToTheGun

@kavadias1981 That's like asking a 5 year old to act more mature. Mario games aren't supposed to be story-driven epics; they're all about the gameplay. Too much drama is not a good thing; you need a little recreation every now and then.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Not sure about getting it. It's just a sports game with mario in it.

TheArcade
TheArcade

What hasn't Mario done at this point?

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@wazzmalo Not too old. Just, have different tastes these days. I like a little more drama in my games now and mario games tend to be itsy bitsy fun but nothing terribly involving. I know a lot of fans disagree with that and i respect that. But i just wish Mario would maybe have a little go at providing us with something a little deeper for a change.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Nice. The dodge-ball game looks fun.

kca89
kca89

I might check this out if the reviews give it a positive mark. I buy the "sim" sports games every year or 2 and it would be nice to get a different look sports game for a change.

wazzmalo
wazzmalo

@kavadias1981 So your saying your too old for Mario? Impossible. Nobody is too old for Mario!

wazzmalo
wazzmalo

This game is gonna be successful. Why? One man MARIO!

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

Good job Nintendo... Kinect's launch collection was a true disappointment... my Wii won't be shelved anytime soon. ;)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I dont buy Mario games anymore. Im not into violent adult games but i do prefer games made for older gamers and Mario just doesn't work for me anymore.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Instant 1st day purchase for me. I never miss out on Mario!

charlie_bm
charlie_bm

Great, Mario hoops was nicely done, but I didn't have friends who owned a copy, now I can play it locally with friends.