Mario would have to be known as the most versatile sports person in the history of sports at this point. We laud skilled athletes who cross from one code to another or who show glimpses of top-tier ability in a different style, but Mario, man... he takes the cake.
And the pitch.
That is to say, the soccer pitch. Mario Strikers: Battle League Football couldn't be a more descriptive title for proceedings and if you've ever played any one of those aforementioned Mario-starring sports outing before, you'll kind of know what to expect here.
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That said it’s not style for the sake of style, the animation and match presentation is exceptional for a Mario Sports jam. Instant replays are chock-full of little details, Hyper Strikes add a very cool cel-shaded overlay to what are essentially ‘ultimate super powerful kicks of power’ shots at goal, and character celebrations and animations are always great to watch. Even the stadiums are wonderfully detailed, as they're seemingly warped into space with stands full of Shy Guys ready to watch the action. In a very cool move, you can set your home stadium and your half of the pitch will always be that. This 50-50 split is a great touch and adds to the sense of team identity.Click here for our Mario Strikers: Battle League Football review.