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About the product
- This five-sport compilation is scheduled to launch next spring.
- The game includes full-fledged versions of baseball, tennis, golf, horse racing and 11-on-11 soccer games.
- Includes 1 card from the Mario Sports Superstars amiibo card series.
- Rated “E” for Everyone
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Five full-on sports-Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, and Horse Racing-bring the challenge and depth you demand to Nintendo 3DS systems. Take on friends and rivals in local or online multiplayer, hone skills in training, or tackle single-player tournaments. Whether you pick Mario, Waluigi, or one of sixteen others, you're on the road to superstardom! Before long, you'll have mastered the ins and outs of each sport: learn when to use an infield shift in Baseball, change your team's formation in Soccer, and more. Even Horse Racing is surprisingly deep! Build a stable of horses and train them well to win the day in the first-ever horse races in series history. But remember: these aren't normal sports-they're Mario Sports. Expect unexpected thrills and power up to stomp the competition. Includes 1 card from the Mario Sports Superstars amiibo card series.
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Mechanically, these games are all pretty solid. Tennis and golf work exactly the same way as the standalone entries. Baseball introduces a spinning wheel mechanic for pitching, which is a little different from previous games. Soccer has basic passing and shooting mechanics. Horse racing is pretty easy to control as well.
Each mode has its own version of an exhibition match as well as a basic tournament. The tournament rounds are inevitably short. Tennis matches last a few games, golf is best of 3 holes, etc.
Some sports have competitive online play. Tennis and soccer work pretty well. Golf does not have an online component, which is curious given that the standalone version did. Playing tennis, I suffered a little lag, but this is consistent with the standalone tennis 3DS game's online experiences. Other times, matches were fine.
The amiibo component is frustrating. Nintendo is selling amiibo cards, which can be used to unlock star versions of the characters in their respective sports (e.g. Golf Bowser unlocks Star Bowser in golf, but not in tennis). Every existing amiibo figure can be scanned to unlock coins which can be used to purchase in-game cards, but these do not unlock star versions of the characters.
The truly frustrating thing about this game is the same thing that was frustrating about the Wii U Mario Tennis: it is a mechanically-sound game that just does not have much depth. I am not unrealistically expecting dynasty modes or world tours like in traditional sports games. However, Nintendo (through Camelot) has put out some fantastic sports titles. Mario Tennis and Mario Golf on both Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance had full-fledged RPGs in them. Mario Tennis and Golf on N64 and GameCube had tons of courts and courses, respectively, and extra modes and options like Ring Shot. This game does not have any of that. Likewise, in baseball and soccer, the GameCube and Wii versions of both sports let you select any characters for your roster. This game lets you select from the main characters as captains and co-captains but forces you to select secondary characters like Toads and Goombas to fill out your roster. In other words, you cannot create a soccer team consisting of Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, etc. Instead, it would be Mario, Luigi, and a bevy of Toads. In baseball, you pick a captain and a co-captain, then select from a lineup of Kameks, Goombas, and other miscellaneous enemies to fill in your team.
This package contains 5 well-made sports games that are fun for a few minutes each. They all work, and work quite well. I debated giving the package 3 stars because of the lack of any real depth to any of the sports, but because each of the five sports works well, I bumped it up. Make no mistake about what you are buying here, though. There is not a story mode in any of these games, there is not a set of extras, and there just is not much else to do beyond the sports. It is disappointing in that regard. Like Mario Tennis Ultra Smash before it, this is the slimmest package Nintendo could muster to fulfill the name of the package. None of it is bad; it just does not have the depth or set of options to reach the bar that Nintendo itself set 19 years ago with Mario Golf 64 and Mario Golf on the Game Boy Color and the games that followed those first ones.