Mario Sports Mix



Top-notch sports compilation is good fun for all ages.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Aside from helping foster an interest in four real world sports, this game encourages friendly competition, cooperation, and social gaming. There is a little fighting in hockey, and players can unlock tricks that can turn the game around.

Positive role models

Each of the game’s heroes and villains is equipped with animations and facial expressions depicting celebration and dejection. Winners don’t gloat, but the losers are clearly sad and frustrated for having lost.

Ease of play

Exhibition matches and mini-games offer players the option of changing between three difficulties. The easiest offers early grade-schoolers a good chance of success while the hardest should prove a fair test for experienced gamers. Players can also select whether to use a remote and nunchuk combination or simply a remote, which simplifies controls and is a better choice for beginners.

Violence & scariness

Roughhousing is generally limited to characters getting beaned by balls then falling on the ground. In hockey, however, characters can get into fights with one another that players control by rapidly waving the Wii Remote back and forth. Fights are depicted via flailing arms, swung sticks, puffs of smoke, and, at the end, someone falling backwards on his or her bum. A separate hockey mini-game has players whacking each other in an effort to knock opponents off of a platform.

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This game stars Mario -- the world’s most popular and prolific video game character -- and other Nintendo icons. It also references characters and music from non-Nintendo games, including those in Square Enix’s Final Fantasy library.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mario Sports Mix is a collection of four sports-themed games that supports simultaneous local multiplayer action for up to four players (assuming you have at least four remotes) as well as anonymous online play. It’s a good catalyst for social gaming experiences in the living room. Note, though, that while most of the sports and mini-games feature very little violence, hockey pits players against one another in fights that involve a bit of fierce remote waggling. The action is cartoonish, but characters swing at each other with sticks until one is knocked down.

What's it about?

A collection of fantasy sports simulations, MARIO SPORTS MIX offers competitive and cooperative play for up to four players. Just choose a sport -- hockey, basketball, volleyball, or dodgeball -- pick your favorite Nintendo personality, and you’re ready to play. All of the sports can be played either in exhibition mode or as part of a series of short tournaments that unlock new arenas and playable characters. Party Play, meanwhile, offers a small collection of sports-themed mini-games that range from throwing food into a piranha plant’s mouth as though you were throwing basketballs through a hoop to using hockey checks and shots to bump opponents off a platform.

Is it any good?


It may feature only a handful of events, but Mario Sports Mix is a cut above other sports compilation games in plenty of ways. For starters, the sports aren’t static from one match to the next. There are dozens of different arenas, and each one introduces entirely new challenges that change a player’s strategy, whether it’s a rotating floor, a train that comes barreling through the field at set intervals, or fountains and pylons that block the goal. Plus, each character has his or her own strengths and weakness, which means switching avatars does much more than just change your character’s appearance.

Meanwhile, a quartet of mini-games -- the best of which is a music game that has up to four players working as a team bumping balls volleyball-style in an effort to keep the song going -- add real value to the experience. Nintendo doesn’t plop its red-capped plumber into just any old game. As team sports compilations go, this one stands atop the podium on Wii.

Online interaction: Players can play against others -- strangers or registered friends -- online. There is no support for voice or text communication, meaning players cannot exchange information with one another.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about real world sports. Sports video games can provide imaginative ways in which to enjoy your favorite sports, but they shouldn't take the place of physical activity. Which sports from this game do you like playing in the real world?

  • Talk about the similarities and differences between the sports featured in this game and their real world counterparts. Much of what’s found in the game is fantasy, but did you notice any rules or arena changes that could feasibly be implemented in a real sport?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:February 7, 2011
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No descriptors)

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Kid, 12 years old August 8, 2014

Fun Mario game for all ages!

It's no secret that the Mario series is amazing--but when you combine it with Final Fantasy, Donkey Kong, and Dragon Quest...well, you get the idea. The entirety of this game is fantastic fun for ages 8 and up (my sister is 8 and she likes the game) but what makes it incredible is probably the end of every Star Cup--not to spoil it, but it is amazing, and you get to fight a popular villain from the Final Fantasy series (SPOILER, i'm going to spell it backwards: htomeheB). If you like sports games, Mario games, Nintendo games or just games in general, you should definitely consider this game.
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Kid, 10 years old November 15, 2011

only fine

its mario its fine but gets boring after while
Teen, 17 years old Written byoldschoolman July 25, 2012

Great game

A good wii game but needs more graphics. Game doesnt dissapoint me much anyways


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