What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Mario soccer game does not model good sportsmanship. It is a frenetic, somewhat violent, multi-player extreme soccer game, and it's not a good fit for younger kids because of its full-contact, no-rules play -- think of a team of "red-card"-collecting maniacs. You can slam your opponents into electrified boards, where they will experience an extreme shock, wail in pain, and then crumble. You can also freeze your opponents or purposely make them slip on a banana peel. When played by tweens and teens, this can be some of the most hilarious multi-player fun in videogame land.
What's it about?
In SUPER MARIO STRIKERS, Mario, Nintendo's beloved lead character, has organized his friends into an extreme soccer league, the likes of which you will never see in real life. Super Mario Strikers is a game of five-on-five soccer where typical "red-card" behavior isn't punished -- it's rewarded. Knock a player down, and you get the ball. Players can even use "power-up" items, including spiny turtle shells that will bounce around the field knocking down everything, and blue shells that freeze your opponents.
Is it any good?
Four friends can play together, with two players cooperating as a team. Because the controls are easy to learn, kids can jump right into a trash-talking single "Grudge" match or battle one another over time in league play. There are four levels of difficulty, and gaming newbies can ease into the frenetic play by exploring the controls in the practice area called "Strikers 101."
Kid-testers, both girls and boys, loved this crazy, unpredictable soccer world. It's perfect for kids who have graduated from playing the gentler, but excellent Backyard Soccer. And teens who grew up playing in the Mushroom Kingdom loved this darker, edgier (Peaches and Daisy look somewhat risqué), and more violent Mario world. It's a perfect game for a bunch of teenagers to play because it's wacky, fast-paced, and just plain fun.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about which of the many Mario characters they like to play as and why. What makes this game so fun? Is it because it's easy to learn? Is it the over-the-top antics? Why is this game so much more fun when played with friends?