Parents' Guide to

Mario Sports Mix

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Top-notch sports compilation is good fun for all ages.

Game Nintendo Wii 2011
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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.

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