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. 100
    It's easily the Mario Kart of soccer games and that should tell you a lot. Even if you think you're a confirmed soccer hater, Super Mario Strikers just might rock your world.
  2. 90
    The multiplayer more than covers the bases, though, as Strikers will join Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Super Monkey Ball series, and the Mario Party games as one of the 'Cube's best titles for armchair warfare.
  3. A no-brainer as a family purchase... Great stuff.
  4. The game is fast and fun, and while far from annoyance free, it is the best sports title to star Nintendo's familiar mascots to come along in a good long while, if not ever.
  5. This is by far the craziest Mario sports title yet and I had a blast with it. [Jan 2006, p.49]
  6. With solid graphics, good sound and a really addictive multiplayer component, this game should be rated for what it is, an arcade soccer game that is meant to be played with others.
  7. Play it, beat it, and get away from it for a while. Then come back with a few friends to see what the multiplayer mode is made of.
  8. It's charmingly designed from the ground up to be as fun and accessible as possible, yet despite its astonishing simplicity, it still managed to hold our interest well beyond our expectations.
  9. The fact that the atmosphere is the most notable part of the game means that it also fails in some respects.
  10. With friends, the action is fierce and the competition is intense. The single player isn't worth it on its own, but multiplayer is definitely worth the investment.
  11. There are so many things that might have been implemented that would have taken it from being a very good game, to an excellent one. Nonetheless, the game is still a very good one.
  12. A simple arcade soccer. Fun for multiplayer sessions, but the lack of depth limits its longevity. Next Level guys come from the team behind Sega Soccer Slam, and it really shows. [Jan 2006]
  13. Perhaps it's the beat-em-up aspect, and maybe it is the satisfaction of pulling off the difficult power shots, but the game seems to have gone an extra step beyond some of the other titles.
  14. 80
    No matter the party size, the controls are fluidly responsive, which makes using tackles irresistible.
  15. One of those classic videogame cases in which the gameplay and overall design is handled extremely well, but the experience itself is so short-lived that even the great gameplay can't keep it from growing stale over a pretty short period of time.
  16. 76
    The quintessential arcade sports game. It's short on options, lacks depth, but when you jump in and play it, you're bound to have a really good time. It delivers both intuitively learned and mastered control mechanics and that rare multiplayer experience that is incredibly hard to put down.
  17. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a well-established franchise, but the core gameplay is nearly spot-on. [Jan 2006, p.111]
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 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 »