Mario Super Sluggers

Common Sense Media says

Charming baseball title that's easy to play.





What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Cartoonish pranks like throwing banana peels or turtle shells, and some bombs that don't harm anyone.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mario's foray into baseball is harmless, sporting fun. The worst thing players will do in this game is thwart defensive plays by tossing objects like turtle shells, banana peels, or bombs.

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What's it about?

Mario has always been known as the sporting type. The Nintendo icon flashes his athletic prowess on the diamond in MARIO SUPER SLUGGERS, an easy-to-learn baseball title ideal for younger gamers. The main challenge requires players to field a baseball squad to take on Bowser and his minions. To do this, you must visit different baseball stadiums and convince players to join your team. Most times, characters want you to complete a skills test before they hop aboard.

A sequel to GameCube's Mario Superstars Baseball, Sluggers includes mostly minor adjustments. Among the key changes is the incorporation of motion controls. Using only the remote, you can pitch, hit, and throw. To pitch, you'll flick the remote back then quickly forward. Unlike in Wii Sports, where you hold the remote like a bat, here you're told to flick the remote across to hit (although you can hold the remote as bat, but if you do, you seem to lose a little accuracy). If you prefer more complexity, you can attach the nunchuk for more precise control and player movement.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about baseball video games. Do you prefer simple games like this or more robust experiences like Major League Baseball simulations? Did Mario and his friends make playing this game fun?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:August 26, 2008
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 11 years old November 4, 2013

Fun, but hard for kids under the age of 10.

My brother played this game when he was 7. Some things like the tongue catch were really hard for him. Then, he accidentally clicked a game he didn't want to play, and threw the wii remote at the tv. The tv broke and we had to pay lots to get a new one. The wii was taken away. Also, we had to have our dad do the game where you threw balls to get rid of piranhas, just to get to another part in the story. I recommend that you are at least 10 to start playing this game alone.
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 July 30, 2010

Fun game, but lacks some of good stuff in the gamecube version

This is a good remake of the gamecube version (Mario superstar baseball). It has most of the same stuff. Players can bat by swinging the Wii remote but not on the toy field. However, this game does lack some stuff the part when you can be pichter on the toy field, but it's not a big issue the game is fun anyway But the messages aren't always positive. For example, when a player gets a strike they don't respond to it to well, and when you lose a game to the CPU everyone is very upset, which kinda throws away the whole "winning isn't everything" saying. But as long as your child is mature enough to understand, than it should be fine. 7+ should be a good age.
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Adult Written byTommypezmaster March 17, 2009

I agree

Here my Team Yoshi, Diddy Kong, Toadette, Koopa, Shy Guy, Tiny Kong, Wiggler, Blooper, & King K. Rool & There you go


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