Mario Sports Mix

Mario Sports Mix (マリオスポーツミックス Mario Supōtsu Mikkusu) is a sports video game developed by Square Enix and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It was released in Japan on November 25, 2010, and in other regions in early 2011. It features volleyball, hockey, dodgeball, and basketball. The game features mostly characters and locations from the Mario series with a few guest appearances by characters from Square Enix's Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series of games. Players can also opt to play as one of their Mii characters.

Mario Sports Mix
Mario Sports Mix
Developer(s)Square Enix
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Director(s)Shin Azuma[1]
Producer(s)Hiroshi Sato
Toyokazu Nonaka
Hiroyuki Miura
Artist(s)Gen Kobayashi
Composer(s)Masayoshi Soken
Kumi Tanioka[1]
SeriesMario
Platform(s)Wii, Wii U (Nintendo eShop)
Release
  • JP: November 25, 2010
  • AU: January 27, 2011[2]
  • EU: January 28, 2011
  • UK: February 4, 2011
  • NA: February 7, 2011
Wii U
Nintendo eShop
  • PAL: October 8, 2015
  • NA: August 11, 2016
  • JP: August 24, 2016
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player, local and online multiplayer

Gameplay

Mario Stadium (Mario Sports Mix)
Gameplay of basketball, one of the game's four sports

The game is played much in the vein of past Mario sports games, with features such as powerful special moves and over-the-top, arcade-like gameplay,[3] including the use of a "coin redemption system" that allows players to collect coins that are immediately spent on adding extra points to the next goal they score. Both cooperative and competitive local multiplayer modes are featured: depending on the sport, two players (two-on-two) or three players (three-on-three) can play cooperative multiplayer and four players (two-on-two) can play competitive multiplayer in two teams of two. Online multiplayer is also featured, with two players per Wii console joining up to play two-on-two matches either against friends or against random players.[4]

The game features mostly characters and locations from the Mario franchise with a few guest appearances by characters from Square Enix's Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series of games. The Ninja, White Mage, Black Mage, Cactuar and Moogle characters all appear from the Final Fantasy series, while the Slime monster from the Dragon Quest series also appears.[5][6] Players can also opt to play as one of their Mii characters.

Plot

The story mode takes place in the Mushroom Kingdom where Toad is gardening flowers, when all of a sudden, an object crashes behind Princess Peach's castle. Toad then runs to the object (along with a few other Toads), and finds a red crystal containing a basketball, a green crystal containing a volleyball, a yellow crystal containing a dodgeball, and a blue crystal containing a coin (which serves as a hockey puck). While observing the mysterious crystals, the Toads come up with an idea of introducing new sports—basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, and hockey—to the Mushroom Kingdom. Toad then organizes tournaments for the four sports.

After the player beats the game in all four sports individually, the player is taken to a boss fight against Behemoth from Final Fantasy. After beating Behemoth, a Sports Mix mode is unlocked. It is largely identical to the previous tournaments, with the exception that all four sports are played in the tournament, and that the final boss is different, being Behemoth King instead of Behemoth.

Development

Mario Sports Mix is the third Mario game developed by Square Enix after Super Mario RPG and Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and was first shown at E3 2010. During the Nintendo E3 presentation, Reggie Fils-Aimé stated that none of the included sports had featured in any previous Mario sports title.[7] However, three of them have been featured in some fashion: basketball was the main focus of Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (and there are basketball-based minigames in Mario Party, Mario Party 4, Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 8); volleyball minigames were featured in Mario Party 4 and Mario Party 5; and hockey was a featured sport in Mario Party 5 and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. Mario Sports Mix marks the first time dodgeball has been featured in a Mario sports title and the first time the other three have been featured in prominent roles in a home console title.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings65.56%[8]
Metacritic64/100[9]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Eurogamer7/10[10]
Famitsu30/40[11]
Game Informer4.5/10
GameSpot4/10[14]
GamesRadar+4/5 stars[13]
Giant Bomb2/5 stars[12]
IGN6.5/10[15]
Nintendo Life8/10[18]
Nintendo Power8/10[16]
Nintendo World Report7/10[17]
ONM72%[19]
Common Sense Media5/5 stars

Famitsu released the first review for Mario Sports Mix approximately a week before its launch in Japan. The game received an overall score of 30/40, with two reviewers giving it 7/10 and two giving it 8/10. One reviewer praised the title for its "simple and easy" controls, while also commenting that the characters' special moves were "pretty neat" and that the courts included in the game were "fun in their own way". However, concern was raised with the number of playable sports, with one reviewer commenting that "with only four sports included, some people might get bored pretty fast."[11]

Mario Sports Mix has received average reviews, having an aggregate score of 64/100 on Metacritic and a GameRankings of 66%.[9] IGN's Jack DeVries rated the game 6.5, stating "it could make a fun party game, but this is a pretty weak offering". They praised the graphics, calling the animations "well done", and said "everything is bright and smooth". They also praised the music, calling it "fun and energetic, though kind of repetitive."[15] Eurogamer's Keza MacDonald rated the game 7/10 and Common Sense Media gave the game 5 stars and an on rating for ages 8 and up, Saying "Top-notch sports compilation is good fun for all ages."[20] GameSpot, however, gave the game a low rating of 4/10 stating that "Every sport is tedious and shallow", "Computer opponents are too easy or too cheap", "Requires very little skill", "Too much chaos in the competitions" and "None of the sports offer anything new or unique".[14] Official Nintendo Magazine also mentioned in its review that "volleyball is the weakest game of the four" because it only involves flicking the Wii remote and pressing A.[19] It also noted issues with the unlockable characters because they are only Square Enix characters, which it stated that they "are a bit underwhelming" and that "Replacing them with other Mario characters would be much better".[19]

As of April 2011, Mario Sports Mix has sold 1.54 million copies worldwide.[21]

References

  1. ^ a b The Ending Credits
  2. ^ "Mario Sports Mix". Nintendo Australia. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  3. ^ Calvert, Justin (2010-06-15). "Mario Sports Mix First Look". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  4. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (2010-10-15). "Mario Sports Mix Goes Online". IGN. Archived from the original on October 22, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  5. ^ Fahey, Mike (2010-11-11). "There's A Little Final Fantasy In Mario Sports Mix". Kotaku. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  6. ^ Yip, Spencer (2010-11-15). "The Dragon Quest Character In Mario Sports Mix Is..." Siliconera. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  7. ^ "Nintendo E3 Network -E3 Presentation". Nintendo of America. 2010-06-15. Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  8. ^ "Mario Sports Mix". GameRankings. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Mario Sports Mix Critic Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  10. ^ Keza MacDonald (28 January 2011). "Mario Sports Mix Wii Review - Page 1 | Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
  11. ^ a b Gilford, Kevin (2010-11-17). "Japan Review Check: Mario Sports Mix, DoDonPachi". 1UP.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  12. ^ "Mario Sports Mix review". Giant Bomb. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  13. ^ "Mario Sports Mix for Wii". GamesRadar+. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  14. ^ a b Mc Shea, Tom (2011-02-08). "Mario Sports Mix Review for Wii - GameSpot". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  15. ^ a b Jack DeVries (February 7, 2011). "Mario Sports Mix Review - Wii Review at IGN". IGN. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
  16. ^ Nintendo Power Feb 2011, p.82
  17. ^ "Mario Sports Mix review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
  18. ^ "Mario Sports Mix for Wii review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  19. ^ a b c Wii Review: Mario Sports Mix review - Official Nintendo Magazine
  20. ^ Mario Sports Mix - Review on Common Sense Media http://www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews/mario-sports-mix
  21. ^ "Supplementary Information about Earnings Release" (pdf). Nintendo. 2011-04-26. p. 10. Retrieved 2011-04-26.

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