Super Mario Strikers GameCube

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. You're only going to get your money's worth out of this game if you plan on getting a lot of use out of the multi-player mode.
  2. It's a great multi-player game, but single player can get very tedious.
  3. It's soccer starring Mario and friends, but the problem is, there just isn't enough "Mario" in Super Mario Strikers.
  4. Invite some pals over and you'll have a multiplayer dream session.
  5. 70
    Super Mario Strikers is an evolutionary step beyond Soccer Slam, and gives the small-team football game a new breath of life, trumping its predecessor and stamping other similar games such as FIFA Street into the ground.
  6. Mario Smash Football isn't trying to be a simulator, it's an all-out arcade style game that's huge fun while it lasts, and while it will make a great addition to your collection, the novelty and fun might wear thin a little sooner than you'd hoped.
  7. Yet another brilliantly ironic Mario Sports title which once again proves that everyones favorite portly plumber can indeed kick it with style.
  8. Its emphasis on fun football gameplay with a heavy dose of Mario power-ups including Koopa Shells, Stars, Mushrooms, and BobOmbs ensure that the title (and the player) never takes itself too seriously. It has instant playability.
  9. Once you suss the A.I.'s intricacies, the game holds little mystery or reason for replay. [Jan 2006, p.125]
  10. 70
    If you can get together four people that enjoy Mario sports games or soccer titles in general, you'll find plenty of fun to be had. If you can't, then don't even bother.
  11. A decent arcade soccer game with too little Mario. The developers could have put considerably more Mario-elements into the game other than the characters and the title.
  12. With matches of five-on-five taking place on small fields with really basic controls, Strikers is classic arcade-style soccer, but the game gets an extra kick from power-ups, random Bowser attacks, and a Telemundo-style announcer.
  13. It does right by the arcade sports genre in that respect, and has great control to boot. What it's lacking in other respects, however -- stats, modes, and variety -- keeps Super Mario Strikers from pulling off the hat-trick.
  14. Playing Strikers against others is a total blast, but the single player is mind numbingly boring.
  15. The game is immediately likeable. The presentation is cheerful and anyone can pick up the joypad and have fun.
  16. The fact that the gameplay never evolves and the defensive stops are too powerful means this game's legs aren't very long - just like Mario's stubby little limbs. [Dec 2005, p.178]
  17. With no real depth, like a true league mode with player stats, trades, and so on, it almost feels like it should be a mini game inside the next, inevitable "Mario Party."
  18. 65
    Super Mario Strikers both surprised me and disappointed me at the same time: it looks good, it plays good, and it takes the dreadfully boring sport of soccer and makes it somewhat enjoyable.
  19. 65
    It's a real surprise that the single player portion of the game is so under baked, despite the wealth of content featured in the baseball, tennis and golf games – it's almost like the game is worthless without a few friends.
  20. Essentially you're probably going to hate Mario Smash Football if you enjoy football games. Conversely, if you were a fan of "Sega Soccer Slam" you'll love it. [Christmas 2005, p.108]
  21. Mario hasn't starred in something this weak since his pinball effort on GBA. [GamesMaster]
  22. Nintendo didn't include enough extra fuel to give this otherwise fun endeavor the appeal of a "Mario Kart."
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. JackB.
    Jul 30, 2009
    9
    A 9-mark for a really short game? Well, yes, but only if you play it with friends, then it's a really great and fun game. If you play A 9-mark for a really short game? Well, yes, but only if you play it with friends, then it's a really great and fun game. If you play this game alone, you van give it a 7, as it is short and repetitive. Full Review »
  2. MaxM.
    Mar 30, 2006
    9
    Definitely good, the Mario sports games keep on goin strong!
  3. MichaelA.
    Mar 30, 2006
    8
    This game is very fun and can be quite challenging if you get far enough. Even though the game would be considered very short for those who This game is very fun and can be quite challenging if you get far enough. Even though the game would be considered very short for those who are very skilled with soccer games, this is a game you will love to play for many months to come. Full Review »