Reviewer: Jason, Age 13
Game: Mario Sports Superstars (Nintendo 3DS)
Mario Sports Superstars is 5 different sports in 1 game. The sports are baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, and new to the Mario sports series, horse racing.
There are 18 characters in total, with 16 available from the start and 2 unlockable. There are all the usual Mario characters except that Toad is not a main character which is unfortunate as he is my favorite character. The box art of the game has 5 different Mario characters playing 5 different sports: Mario playing soccer, Bowser playing baseball, Peach playing tennis, Yoshi playing golf and Daisy horse racing.
For each sport there is an exhibition mode where you can play a game with any rules and characters as you like, a tournament mode where you play in a single elimination tournament and a training mode where you can practice your skills and participate in challenges.
I had the least amount of fun playing soccer or football. You pick one character to be the main captain, a second to be the assistant captain and then you pick from a few different generic characters, such as goombas and magikoopas for the 9 other players. I feel that the game is trying to be too realistic without the usual Mario charm. The special shots are not designed to the character’s traits. Mario’s special shot is very similar to Waluigi’s special shot; the only differences are the color and the curve of the shot.
My favorite sports in the game is most likely baseball. The gameplay of this version of baseball is different to the gameplay of the Mario Baseball series. Like soccer it is more realistic than the other Mario sports but in this game it is more fun for some reason. Also like soccer, you pick two captains and generic characters to be the rest of the team. Unlike soccer, your team is made up of many different generic characters and there are different generic characters such as penguin suit Toad and flying squirrel Toad.
If you played Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash you have the basic gameplay down of tennis in Mario Sports Superstars. It is the same gameplay with ultra smashes and chance shots. From what I heard, golf is similar to Mario Golf: World Tour but I have not played that game so I do not know. I still had fun playing this game though.
The last game is horse racing which has never been seen before. You have to race around a track for a certain amount of laps while managing your stamina and boosting. Also part of horse racing is the stable where you can raise your own horse and find items to customize it.
An amiibo-only mode is Road to Superstar which you use up to 3 amiibo cards to play a breakout style mini-game. From my experience, it is very difficult. Once you beat this mode, the 3 amiibo cards you used become superstar characters which increases the character’s stats. If you want to get every character to superstar you would have to beat this 30 times!
There are multiple stages for each sport but they are all very generic with none having any sort of gimmicks at all. Also, there is no download play functionality so everyone has to have a copy of this game if they want to play.
While I had fun playing this game, it is overshadowed by the other Mario sports games which are better in my opinion.
I give it 4/5 stars
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