We push, we hit, we smash and we tackle our opponents. We charge into the field, leaving banana peels, swirling seashells, and terrifying bombs in our wake. in summary, Mario Strikers: Battle League is nothing like a normal football game. And that is its greatest strength.
You don’t have to be a football fan to have fun Mario Strikers: Battle League, available since yesterday. In fact, it’s probably best not to get too attached to the classic sport before grabbing the controllers. Because Nintendo ignores all the usual rules here (or almost!), sweeping ethics and conventions out of the window.
Like its previous iterations, this new chapter of the saga brings Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Bowser and co. together to play – locally or online – soccer games, shall we say, a little special. All shots are allowed… and encouraged: the ball can literally be taken from our opponents who we hit, knock down or even hit with a grenade thrown on the field at high speed.
Not only can players unleash their aggression on the field, but the field is bordered by an electric fence that makes life difficult for anyone who gets too close.
In short, things backfire in Mario Strikers: Battle League, more than any of the adventures of the friendly plumber and his gang. And that’s really fun. The action is constant, fun, colorful and exciting.
Its Achilles heel, however, lies in its rules mechanics. It took us a long time to master the different types of passes, shots and tackles, each of which require great precision and a good ball timed coordination perfect. It is particularly troublesome and can give the youngest a hard time.
The same applies to the solo adventure, in which the player alone controls his entire team. An “automatic” mode, by default, is responsible for determining which character reacts to the commands entered on the gamepad. It becomes very easy to lose track or even realize that we are controlling a Mario that is now out of control .. the screen.
Nonetheless, we’re signing this review with scratched and sore thumbs from playing solo over the past few days.
That says it all, doesn’t it?
- Mario Strikers: Battle League ★★★1⁄2
Available for Nintendo Switch