Super Mario Strikers

Common Sense Media says

Mario stages hilarious parody of extreme soccer.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This fun parody does NOT model good sportsmanship. "Red-card" antics are the norm and are rewarded in the game.


You can do all sorts of dastardly deeds while on the field, including smashing your opponent into an electrified wall, smacking them, and having Bowser stamp on them.


Peaches and Daisy are looking somewhat risque.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Mario soccer game does not model good sportsmanship. It is a frenetic, somewhat violent, multi-player extreme soccer game, and it's not a good fit for younger kids because of its full-contact, no-rules play -- think of a team of "red-card"-collecting maniacs. You can slam your opponents into electrified boards, where they will experience an extreme shock, wail in pain, and then crumble. You can also freeze your opponents or purposely make them slip on a banana peel. When played by tweens and teens, this can be some of the most hilarious multi-player fun in videogame land.

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Kids say

What's it about?

In SUPER MARIO STRIKERS, Mario, Nintendo's beloved lead character, has organized his friends into an extreme soccer league, the likes of which you will never see in real life. Super Mario Strikers is a game of five-on-five soccer where typical \"red-card\" behavior isn't punished -- it's rewarded. Knock a player down, and you get the ball. Players can even use \"power-up\" items, including spiny turtle shells that will bounce around the field knocking down everything, and blue shells that freeze your opponents.

Is it any good?


Four friends can play together, with two players cooperating as a team. Because the controls are easy to learn, kids can jump right into a trash-talking single "Grudge" match or battle one another over time in league play. There are four levels of difficulty, and gaming newbies can ease into the frenetic play by exploring the controls in the practice area called "Strikers 101."

Kid-testers, both girls and boys, loved this crazy, unpredictable soccer world. It's perfect for kids who have graduated from playing the gentler, but excellent Backyard Soccer. And teens who grew up playing in the Mushroom Kingdom loved this darker, edgier (Peaches and Daisy look somewhat risqué), and more violent Mario world. It's a perfect game for a bunch of teenagers to play because it's wacky, fast-paced, and just plain fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which of the many Mario characters they like to play as and why. What makes this game so fun? Is it because it's easy to learn? Is it the over-the-top antics? Why is this game so much more fun when played with friends?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo GameCube
Available online?Not available online
Release date:December 6, 2005
ESRB rating:E for mild cartoon violence (Nintendo GameCube)

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Teen, 16 years old Written byApostle April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

It is a pretty good game, but I think that some content is bad.

For starters, this game is incredible. Being a soccer player myself, I loved messing around with my opponent in the way you can on this game. The added Bowser attacks add to the fun as he can prevent you from scoring, or help you score a goal. Also, with Super Strikes, the tide of a game can change faster then ever. Items also make this game fun. Some stuff to note 1. This game can get intense in its violence. While bloodless, you have a lot of hard hits, and characters can get hit into an electric fence. The Bowser attacks are just downright violent, and golies can maul opposing team members, but this was put in since you are not supposed to touch the golie in real soccer. 2. Peach and Daisy have somewhat revealing clothing. I know it is sports wear, but you don't even see what their wearing on TV sports (except maybe beach volleyball and swiming-exaggeration). 3. Waluigi uses some bad words before the start of a match (hard to notice and mild, but present). 4. Violence in soccer and going against real rules is hardly punished other than a character on the other team getting an item if you hit a character without the ball, and you get mauled if you touch the goalkeeper. Maybe it's the fact I'm a certified ref in the AYSO, but still. 5. Characters display no sportsmanship at all. They get angry before a match, and at times seem to rub it in if they get a goal. While good in gameplay, this is not good for anyone to play. This is nothing more than a fighting game justified by putting it in a soccer realm.
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

High Quality

This is a great game!
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustino4 April 24, 2011

Sex in a Mario Game?

I personally don't think this game should be E. It contains violent soccer and minor sexual themes. The minor sex themes are that when a certain team scores a goal, they do a crotch sign. This is almost nothing, but it shouldn't be in an E rated game.
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Too much sex


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