Mario Strikers Charged

Game review by
Andrew Bub, Common Sense Media
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Fun Mario soccer, but with red-card behavior.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Competition, friendly trash-talking, and team play are emphasized in the mushroom kingdom. But the game models some unsportsmanlike behavior at the same time.


Warner Bros.-style cartoon violence.


This is part of the Nintendo Mario franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Mario sports game is fast-paced, silly, strange, and cool; but that it bears very little resemblance to real soccer. This is extreme soccer of the red-card variety, making unsportsmanlike mischief part of the fun -- and part of the concern for parents. Each character has a special Team Captain Power; Wario's is the ability to fart green smoke, making everyone sick. This game offers an online component, which Common Sense Media does not recommend for anyone under the age of 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJEDI micah April 23, 2012


I love Mario, and this game has really gone to the extreme level! There's plenty of cartoon violence, mostly pushing, and also some crude humor(Wario farti... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byeazy__breezy July 3, 2015

Good game, but not for anyone under 9

Little kids don't need to play this game and than think that hurting people in a real soccer game is ok. Because this game is actually quite violent, chara... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bynintengirl64 December 13, 2013

Mario Strikers Paused

Good game, but the Charge is the exact same minigame. If the game didn't have violence, All ages will like it.

What's it about?

Mario has strapped on his soccer cleats to wreak havoc on the soccer pitch in MARIO STRIKERS CHARGED for the Wii system, a fast-paced fantasy arcade game of Wii soccer, similar in gameplay to the older Super Mario Strikers GameCube classic. Sidekicks and team captains have different special shots that help them get the ball past the goalie: For instance, the Hammer Bros. toss hammers to temporarily stun the goalie so they can get a free shot and team captains can execute special shots that can send multiple balls to the goal. But the mayhem doesn't stop there. The team captains have other special powers out on the field, and you can use collected items like bouncing turtle shells or bombs to temporarily distract and thwart the other team's players.

Is it any good?

Play options include competing in a tournament to win trophies or trying special challenges to unlock player cards and secret codes. You can play online against strangers using the Wii wireless connection. Playing with friends online is a little harder, as you both need to exchange friend codes that are different than the regular friend codes, and it … takes … a … long … time … to … connect.

The graphics and sound aren't much improved from the GameCube version. But it's still humorous to see the "angrier" Mario characters play soccer. The controls are a little tricky to learn at first, so newbies may want to practice up before playing, because the game's artificial intelligence plays a mean game of soccer, and the online opponents are even tougher.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game differs from real soccer. Families can talk about the importance of sportsmanship and team play. They can also talk about how this game at times mirrors real life because winning this game requires tactics and practice. Do kids like playing these games because they enjoy the characters, the gameplay, or both?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: July 31, 2007
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for crude humor, mild cartoon violence
  • Last updated: December 2, 2019

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