Reviews and Problems with Mario Strikers: Charged Football
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Fun Mario soccer, but with red-card behavior.
Common Sense Media
10 February 2014
Summary: Parents need to know that this Mario sports game is fast-paced, silly, strange, and cool; but that it bears very little resemblance to real soccer. This is extreme soccer of the red-card variety, making unsportsmanlike mischief part of the fun -- and part of the concern for parents. Each character has a special Team Captain Power; Wario's is the ability to fart green smoke, making everyone sick.
Excerpt: Mario Strikers Charged on the Nintendo Wii is a worthy successor to Gamecube version of 2005. Back are many of the friendly (and not so friendly) faces from the Mushroom Kingdom. This is soccer action, but nowhere near realistic. Mega strikes, and mega blocks are now included. These mega kicks will split the ball into multiple balls allowing a player to score multiple points in one shot. The downside is it takes a few seconds to charge these scoring attempts.
Excerpt: And here we have it – the first Mario game to grace the newest Nintendo console. Mario was born in 1981, in the seminal Donkey Kong. Since then, the portly plumber and his extended family have dedicated over twenty years to rescuing princesses from the clutches of the nefarious King Bowser. To be honest, one wonders if this is why it’s always so hard to get a plumber out when you need one.
Excerpt: If it’s a soccer game you’re looking for, please go else where. Mario Strikers Charged is everything else but a traditional soccer. The first Mario Strikers truly was fun and I whooped many people’s butt; however, this new online thing has me walking away rubbing my own…join me in this 411 review to see if Mario Strikers Charged is up to purchasing standards!
Excerpt: If you weren't already aware, Nintendo want the Wii to be something everyone can enjoy. This has resulted in games that are generally simpler, lighter and easier to pick up than the majority of games on rival platforms. Mario Strikers: Charged Football is Nintendo and Next Level Games' effort to bring football to the masses that aren't so keen on Pro Evo and FIFA.
Conclusion: Mario Strikers Charged features tight gameplay and a novel approach to the sport, but its utter lack of a skill-based matching system for online play renders it hardly more than frustrating when playing against most opponents. Once you get some practice under your belt, the situation improves, but in order to retain your motivation you'd better have some friends handy who are willing to spend some time playing it with you.
Conclusion: Nintendo continues to reiterate a desire to create "fun" games and with Mario Strikers Charged, they’ve done just that. It adheres to the publisher’s pick-up-and-play philosophy while managing to come off as a viable update to its predecessor in every imaginable sense. ‘Mario Strikers Charged’ is not perfect, though. I shouldn’t be able to memorize the CPU’s kick-off pattern after only playing one game.
Pros: Fun to play, especially multi-player, Ability to play toned-down classic mode, Online 4-player support
Cons: CPU AI is a joke, Too many Mega Strikes..., ...or too many tackles