8.5

Before, I was really bad. Now I OWN the game!

It's time for the Super Mario Strikers Review. For the Gamecube.

I don't see how Nintendo makes gold whenever they put Mario in a sport. They put him in golf, basketball, baseball, tennis, and now, soccer. What next, football?

Now, judging from the first sentence, you might think I hate the Mario sport games. That isn't true. Most of them I liked, most others, I didn't play. Let's see how it turned out.

This game is about soccer. There are different modes. Grudge Match, where you play a regular match against the computer or another player. Cup battle, where you play a bunch of matches and unlock new things. Super Cup(haven't unlocked that yet.) You will need to beat regular cup first though.

The controls are fine, but they are confusing at first. It's difficult to remember what does what, but you'll get a hand at them. It took me a while to get a hand of them, and before that, I was really bad at this game.

The graphics look great. The people at Next Level Games really know how to make the graphics, especially for the Super Strike.

When you start a game, you first have to pick your captain. Those guys are the main Mario characters. Mario, Wario, Luigi, Waluigi, Peach, Daisy, etc. Then you pick the sidekicks. Those guys are like the Hammer Bros, Toads, Koopas, etc. You don't get to pick goaleys, because Kritters serve as goaleys for both teams.

So yeah, this game is soccer with Mario charactes, but as with all Mario sport games, it adds that Mario twist. Depending where you play, the game can be drastically different. There are all sorts of obstacles. You can turn them all off to play a regular laid-back match.

There are different items to get. They can help you out(of course, they are items.) Koopa shells, bananas, all sorts of things.

The team captains have a special shot they can do. It's called Super Strike. They have to charge up the ball without getting hit and get into the green area twice. If they do it, and the goaley doesn't block, they can get two points instead of one. If the sidekicks charge up, they'll just shoot it very powerful and fast.

Overall, Super Mario Strikers is a very fun game. I used to be very bad because the controls were confusing, but after playing the tutorials for a while, I got it down and got really good, so that made up for it.

This game gets an 8.5 out of 10 with the title of Great.

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