Parents' Guide to

Mario Strikers: Battle League

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fast-paced soccer grows stale thanks to limited play.

Game Nintendo Switch 2022
Mario Strikers: Battle League cover poster

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

The game is OK. Though I'm awful at it
age 2+

Game is terrible speak with your walets & don’t buy

Absolutely disappointing game. Mario Striker Charged was one of the best games of all time, all they did in this game was take the base game, remove a bunch of features & characters (to add back later for dlc), and remove game modes so even if you really enjoy the gameplay it’ll only keep you entertained for a week max

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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While this cartoonish soccer game is fun in short bursts, its repetitive gameplay can wear thin even if you're a fan of multiplayer. Mario Strikers: Battle League is a cartoonish take on 5v5 soccer matches, with a lot of fast-paced chaos taking over the pitch. Players will frequently tear up the field with explosions, blasts of fire, or vines made of energy as they maneuver their players into position to take a shot on goal. Thanks to the surprisingly strong defense of the computer-controlled goalies that stop most basic shot attempts without breaking a sweat, players have more time to focus on getting the ball, setting up the perfect shot, and trying their best to blast the ball into the back of the net while avoiding incoming attacks from opponents. In fact, the back-and-forth chaos of passing and stealing the ball from opponents, tossing out items to sabotage opponents, and having a match come down to a last-second score can be an exhilarating close to a hard-fought game.

Unfortunately, Battle League doesn't really have enough to fully keep your attention for long. Players can tear through the Cups tournament in a matter of hours, which will provide them with coins to unlock gear, but that's the "deepest" portion of play. There's no story behind playing each game, no additional items or characters that are unlocked, and no seasonal play apart from the Striker's Club league matches, which are just ways to get players to keep playing online matches against other people. Apart from that, this is a game that you're going to pick up and play in limited bursts, probably with friends or family members for an hour or so if you're not interested in league play. That leads to another issue, which is that online play can be wildly unbalanced and can't be limited to skill levels. You could be paired up with a newcomer that's getting used to the controls, or a veteran that wipes the floor with you – there's no in-between, which limits the fun significantly. Finally, while scoring Hyper Strikes can be a lot of fun, the timing for the gauges can be tricky to see thanks to the camera zoom on the power meter, regardless of whether you're playing in handheld or docked mode. That may cause you to miss more shots than you'd expect, which can limit the number of attempts you make until you master the timing. If you can put up with these issues, Mario Strikers can be a fun way to play soccer. Just don't expect that you'll keep playing it for multiple hours in a row.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($59.99)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: June 10, 2022
  • Genre: Sports
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, In-Game Purchases
  • Last updated: June 21, 2022

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