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Mario Sports Mix – Review Round-Up

Mario Sports Mix – Review Round-Up

by Bradley DeLorenzoFebruary 4, 2011

The BitBlock – 80

Nintendo Life – 80
While Mario Sports Mix may lack the depth of Mario Tennis and Golf, it’s a great example of a more casual Mario title that multiple players can enjoy. Not all the disciplines on offer will be to everyone’s taste, but there’s enough good stuff here to last you a fair while and Square Enix have given it oodles of imagination.

Vandal Online – 73
Overall this is a good game for playing with friends, with lots of comic situations and a potential for high competitiveness between the players. However, its gameplay can become too simple and repetitive for some players.

Official Nintendo Magazine – 72
The unlockables are also a bit underwhelming. There are six hidden characters from Square Enix games, but while some are pleasant additions (we’d never turn down another appearance from a Slime), others are a bit pointless. Replacing them with other Mario characters would be much better.

The four mini-games included – one for each of the sports featured in the game – are a nice addition. The volleyball game, for example, throws some rhythm action into the mix and has players trying to hit colored volleyballs at the right time in order to create the percussion for one of three Mario or Final Fantasy themes. Like the rest of the game, this is more enjoyable with four people.

If you’re a fan of Mario sports games and are in the mood for some local or online multiplayer, then Mario Sports Mix should keep you busy for a while, as long as you can stand taking a few hours to play some incredibly easy tournaments to unlock all the characters and arenas on offer. – 40

Mario Sports Mix has a nice Wiimote gameplay, and both Volleyball and Dodgeball mini-games will grant you a nice and funny afternoon. But beyond that… with but four sports and repetitive game mechanics, the title seems to be a little stingy compared to Wii Sports Resort or the Mario & Sonic series. On the Wii, Mario Sports Mix comes only as the third wheel.

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