Parents' Guide to

Mario Super Sluggers

By Brett Molina, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Charming baseball title that's easy to play.

Game Nintendo Wii 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+


We are huge Mario lore experts in my family, and so naturally, we anticipated the release of this game with great excitement! Sadly, the excitement ended within the first 20 minutes of gameplay. Parents, I strongly encourage not letting your kids play this game! Thank God I had the sense to preview this before letting my kids play it ! “Scary” doesn’t even begin to describe the sick, twisted, nightmarish things that the creators at Nintendo decided would be appropriate to include in a game that they know 6 year olds will be playing! Who is making this stuff? Alford Hitchcock? The creators of this game should be ashamed of themselves. They took “scary” way too far, even to the point of sadistic. I am horrified as a parent, and there is NO WAY I am letting my children play this. You destroyed Mario...good job, Nintendo. You guys are sickos! Parents, beware!
age 6+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (16 ):

The best part of Sluggers is actually playing the baseball games. You choose a captain and then eight teammates based on hitting, pitching, and other attributes. Recruiting players with the right special "talents" allows you to thwart opponents' efforts by tossing turtle shells and other objects. Chemistry also comes in handy on the field, in the form of blistering Buddy Tosses and high-flying Buddy Jumps to rob homeruns.

While this simple baseball game is good for kids, it won't satisfy more sophisticated Mario fans. The Challenge Mode only requires you play two games: One against Bowser and one against Bowser Jr. Most other activity involves smaller skill tests. An online mode is not available. Fortunately, you do get a ton of minigames from pitching events to a variation of the homerun derby. While Sluggers isn't as thrilling as Mario Kart or Wii Sports, it's a solid Mario-centric title.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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