Should there be a new Mario Hoops game? And Hello!

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#1 Edited by Ovirew (6736 posts) -

Lately I've been thinking about it, and I've come to the conclusion that Mario Hoops: 3-on-3 was one of those early underrated gems on the Nintendo DS.


For those who've never played the game, it was basically basketball, but with Mario and co. And you collected coins by dribbling the ball on coin blocks that appeared on the floor of the court, which made it easier for you to make successful shots, or perform your 'super shots', or something - I forget now.

The game was made by Square-Enix, of all developers, and featured some Final Fantasy characters such as a mog, ninja, and white mage who you could unlock and play as in addition to Mario Bros. characters like Birdo and Koopa Paratroopa. Despite that, the game was surprisingly true to the usual Mario 'sports game' formula - and lots of fun.


I think the biggest flaw of Mario Hoops was its control scheme. While good, it was uncomfortable - kind of like Metroid Prime Hunters, except maybe not quite that bad. To dribble the ball, pass, make shots and steal the ball, you used the touch screen. Pretty much everything was done with the touch screen except moving around. And it worked mostly well, but was tiring.

The game also lacked online play, like most other DS titles from the first two years or so of the system's life. I think this was a huge missed opportunity for the game, because it probably would have been fun to play with others, and not many people play handheld games locally.

I'm surprised there hasn't been a sequel to Mario Hoops, though maybe that's because Square made the game and Nintendo doesn't have the rights to it, or something. I think it would make a great Wii-U or 3DS title, with some adjustments. It was as enjoyable as a round of Mario Golf or Tennis. Any sport game, it seems, is much more fun with Mario!

Now I did almost forget that there was a game on the Wii called Mario Sports Mix, and in that you could play basketball. It seems kind of similar to Hoops, though I still think Hoops was good enough on its own to be its own IP. I've never played it so I don't know how that turned out, but I'm curious what people thought of that game as well.

I'd like to get a little discussion going about Mario Hoops and find out what people thought of it. Did you play the game? Did you like it? And how about Mario Sports Mix?

I apologize if this blog comes out weird - it looks like adding images to forum posts is much more difficult than adding them to blogs.

And on a final note, I just wanted to say that I'm kind of a newb to the Nintendo forums here on GS - maybe you've seen me around lately, but this is the first time I've visited here frequently since about 2 years ago. So this is also kind of my hello to the regulars here on the Nintendo forum, new and old, and I hope I get to know some of you and maybe make some new friends here in coming months. Look forward to seeing ya'll around!

~ Ovirew

#2 Posted by ANIMEguy10034 (4887 posts) -

Oh man. Mario Hoops makes me extremely nostalgic. I still remember playing it with friends in middle school.

It would be great to see a true sequel of it for the 3DS. I'd buy it.

#3 Posted by Ovirew (6736 posts) -

I wonder if the 3D of the system would add much to a sequel of the game visually. Or if it wouldn't mesh well.

#4 Posted by Pierst179 (10803 posts) -

It was a good fun game, and whenever a new Mario sports game is proposed I will most likely say yes!

Not all of them are stellar, nor do they need to be, but most have a great deal of multiplayer fun.

Mario Hoops is not among my favorites from the series, Mario Golf probably takes the cake, but with a few improvements and online gameplay it could be awesome.

#5 Edited by Ovirew (6736 posts) -

So Pierst I'd have to ask you - Do you think Mario Hoops is the Mario sports game most deserving of a sequel? Or would another Mario sports game take that title?

#6 Posted by nini200 (10529 posts) -

No. I liked the game but it was waaaayyyyyy too simple and didn't really have much depth to it. Those resources would be better spent elsewhere.

#7 Edited by Pierst179 (10803 posts) -
@Ovirew said:

So Pierst I'd have to ask you - Do you think Mario Hoops is the Mario sports game most deserving of a sequel? Or would another Mario sports game take that title?

I would say Mario Golf because it has been a long while since we had the last one, and it is a game that could gain a lot from online features. I am thinking of something along the line of Pangya's massive multiuplayer tournaments.

However, I feel Mario Golf has peaked when it comes to gameplay. Mario Hoops still has a huge space to grow, so it would be the sports game that would benefit the most from getting a sequel.

#8 Edited by Kenny789 (10276 posts) -

Ahhhh Mario Hoops, had great times with that game. But it was indeed too simple but the concept was great! If they make a sequel, it should be improved by quite a bit with added depth. As for what console I'd like to see it on, I'd rather see it on the 3DS than Wii U just because it was a game I enjoyed playing on the go.

#9 Edited by hotdiddykong (2053 posts) -

That would be neat honestly.

I like the push they did with the online communities on Kart and now pushing it to Golf on 3DS. Otherwise it would be great to see Hoops get improved.

Mario Sports mix TRIED with its Basketball portion

#10 Edited by inso-maniac (346 posts) -

i'd have to say no. i felt ripped off when i bought this. if nintendo/"square enix" were to make a sequal to a sports game i would want mario strikers 2 or something.

mario party 6 had a basketball mini game that to me was more fun than the ds game.

also maybe if nintendo were to make a baseball game where each base you run is a mini mario level and you gotta make it through before your out. i thought of that concept randomly but it goes with mario well IMO