Mario Sports Superstars

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun, cartoony collection of portable sport games entertains.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages

Physical exercise can be fun.

Positive role models & representations

Players have to follow the rules of each sport, but otherwise, all characters are the same, regardless of hero/villain status in other games.

Ease of play

Simple controls, but knowledge of specific sports is helpful.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mario Sports Superstars is an all-ages collection of five sports games -- soccer, tennis, baseball, golf, and horse racing -- which all feature Mario and his pals. There's no blood, gore, violence, drug use, drinking, or even naughty language when Mario loses at tennis. There's also no communication between players when you play with friends online. 

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What's it about?

MARIO SPORTS SUPERSTARS doesn't have a story. Instead, this collection of sports game, all played by Mario and his pals, allows gamers to play these sports as one-off game, or in lengthy, multi-round tournaments. While all of these feature full versions of these sports, this is still a Mario game, so things are decidedly cartoonish and arcade-esque. You can also play these sports on your own or against your friends.

Is it any good?

This cartoonish collection of sports, played by your favorite Nintendo characters, is a must-have for anyone who likes watching Mario get some exercise. In Mario Sports Superstars, the happy-go-lucky plumber and his friends play games of baseball, soccer, tennis, and golf, while also doing some horse racing. And these aren't mini-games, either. Baseball, for instance, isn't only a home run contest mini-game. You can even play them against your real-life friends, either locally or over the internet. Still, being a Mario game, they're not serious simulations. While baseball here is more involved than it was in Wii Sports, for example, it's not as deep as MLB 17 The Show.

That said, some of these work better than others. Tennis is the clear winner, though it's also the simplest of these games, with horse racing coming up fast by essentially being Mario Kart on ponies. Conversely, soccer takes some knowledge of the real sport and suffers the most from the 3DS' small screen (though said suffering is minimal). As for baseball and golf, both are solid, though enjoying the real thing is helpful. But while there's a lot to do here, there's obviously less to this if you play solo and will play only one sport. As much fun as tennis may be here, playing three tournaments on your own just isn't enough. Still, if you'll be playing most of these sports or a couple with your plumber, Mario Sports Superstars should keep you entertained until the playoffs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about real sports. Is there a reason to play this game instead of the actual sports? Did you know you can play these games in real life? 

  • Talk about good sportsmanship. If you watch how Mario reacts when he doesn't win, what does this show you about being a good sport?

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