Mario Strikers Charged

Common Sense Media says

Fun Mario soccer, but with red-card behavior.

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What parents need to know

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.

Violence

Warner Bros.-style cartoon violence.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is part of the Nintendo Mario franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:July 31, 2007
Genre:Sports
ESRB rating:E10+ for crude humor, mild cartoon violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 12 years old March 1, 2011
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9
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Mario Strikers Charged

Another Mario sports game will be a favorite to soccer fans. This is my favorite of Mario's sports game and is addicting and fun. The violence in this game is more than other mario games but its nothing really bad on various ways to get the ball into the net which sometimes includes hitting other characters to get to that goal. I would recommend this game to any Mario sports fan 10+.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byprincesspeach January 17, 2011
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7
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Well, Peach and Daisy are wearing shorts and a shirt that's higher than thier bellybutton. but who cares? my seven year old sister always plays as daisy so it doesn't really matter, the "role model" part isn't good. because even princess peach becomes all challenging. i know her as the cute, sweet princess the Mario likes.Plus theres Wario ( a fat yellow guy) whos power is farting so u can't see! Plus he spanks his butt as a sign that your gonna lose.He also has a hit called butt smash and its really annoying!!! otherwise im OBSESSED with this game!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bySynchronicity April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Better than #1 for sure!

Mario Strikers Charged is a lot better than the first game. There's still some violent team plays, but it got an E10+, so what do you expect? It's better, and certainly so.

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