Preview: Mario Sports Mix
This game is out this week in Europe and next week in North America and the UK next week. The weird thing about this is the developers: Square Enix. That’s right the team that brought you Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest are attempting to bring you a sports game. They release a Mario Sports game in 2006 called Mario Hoops 3on3 (Mario Slam Basketball for the Europeans). I hated it, reviews were average at best however a lot can happen in five years.
So what is the mix of sports we have on offer? Well there’s Volleyball, Hockey, Ice Hockey, Dodgeball and Basketball. Here’s the trailer:
Reviews so far of this game are far from the best hovering around the average mark, but I believe that this could be pretty fun. In addition to the usual array of Mario characters there are expected to be FF characters including: The Ninja, Cactacular and Moogle as well as the Slime from the Dragon Quest series..how a slime can play sports is beyond me, chances are it will be a cameo role and not a playable character.
Game modes include online multi-player and up to four players in a standalone game. I imagine this game is best played when you have a few friends over rather than sat by yourself. For some the lack of sports may be a big concern for some users but for most they’re happy to buy a golf, tennis, kart game etc. for Mario so why would they get bored with five sports?
My anticipation of this game is 3 out of 5 and it’s something I won’t rush to go out and buy but rather wait until the summer gaming drought hits!