Mario Superstar Baseball GameCube

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
Buy On
  1. Namco has done a heck of a job emulating the sports experience usually provided by Camelot, but those who spent a lot of long hours with previous Mario sports titles can tell that this game wouldn't mind having a bit more polish to it.
  2. A game that is meant for multi-player action. The single-player mode and mini-games will keep you entertained for a little while, but sooner or later you will get extremely bored because it becomes too repetitive or the AI becomes too easy for you.
  3. netjak
    73
    The game is worth a purchase if you're looking for a decent new party game, but it isn't anything more than a weekend rental if you're not.
  4. Game Informer
    70
    I never would have thought that Mario and Jose Canseco would have a lot in common, but they both tarnish this great sport. [Sept 2005, p.104]
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    The lack of a season mode or player development helps make this the perfect Friday night pick-up before (or after) hitting the town. [Oct 2005, p.118]
  6. It is an all right start if Nintendo decides to make this into a series, but they simply need to add more content to make this worthwhile.
  7. 70
    While not as well tuned as other Mario sports titles, Mario Superstar Baseball achieves exactly what it set out to do - provide a good arcade-style baseball game.
  8. It's worth a look as a rental, as you can certainly have a good time with the game over the course of a weekend, but its flaws keep it from being worthy of a purchase.
  9. The minigames, which could have filled out the shortcomings of its multiplayer and single player components, were a major let down.
  10. The controls and performance are too unreliable for non-baseball fans to make this a hit a la Mario Kart, and true fans just won't be satisfied by the troublesome fielding.
  11. Mario can still throw a mean pitch and has a solid swing, but it's his lazy ambition that catches him out.
  12. The squeaky eccentricity of proceedings leaves you charmed, if a little frustrated with the lack of a truly solid baseball game.
  13. It's all about picking up the controller, having some wacky baseball fun for a half an hour or less and then going to grandma's house for a nice homecooked roast beef dinner. Roast beef not included.
  14. Dull mini-games are also available, with winnings used to buy items to improve skills. Each stadium has wacky hazards but the selection of parks is limited.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jul 21, 2016
    8
    I LOVE playing this game and it is very entertaining! The game's gameplay is amazing and the graphics are smooth. But mario sport games canI LOVE playing this game and it is very entertaining! The game's gameplay is amazing and the graphics are smooth. But mario sport games can get repetitive and annoying and so does this one but it is still good. Full Review »
  2. Jun 7, 2016
    10
    Memories are flooding back. I LOVE THIS GAME!!!! There was plenty of variation to it, and every game was different. The roster of characters,Memories are flooding back. I LOVE THIS GAME!!!! There was plenty of variation to it, and every game was different. The roster of characters, the stadiums, and everything else was amazing. Full Review »
  3. Jun 10, 2015
    8
    THIS is a good game! I know it sounds ridicious, but this is one of the best looking games on the gamecube. Everything is really nice. I wishTHIS is a good game! I know it sounds ridicious, but this is one of the best looking games on the gamecube. Everything is really nice. I wish there were a few more options as far as pitching (change up and fastball? really?) but this is so damn fun. That said, I've mainly heard bad things about the wii one. Be cautious about its would-be sequel. Full Review »