Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 54
  2. Negative: 5 out of 54
  1. Feb 10, 2011
    80
    Mario Sports Mix it's not the best party game for the Nintendo Wii, but Square Enix managed to put together a decent number of sports that will surely entertain you and your friends.
  2. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    The individual sports woven into this collection may not be quite as fleshed-out as you'd expect from standalone games, but there's enough depth and variety to merit some marathon rounds alone or with friends. It's easy to get sucked into a quick game or two and wind up blowing through hours of matches.
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    80
    While Mario Sports Mix may lack the depth of Mario Tennis and Golf, it's a great example of a more casual Mario title that multiple players can enjoy. Not all the disciplines on offer will be to everyone's taste, but there's enough good stuff here to last you a fair while and Square Enix have given it oodles of imagination.
  4. Jan 19, 2011
    80
    This game is worthy of a spot alongside Mario's best sports titles. [Feb 2011, p.82]
  5. Feb 8, 2011
    76
    Mario Sports Mix isn't the kind of game that one would play for long stints, but it is much more interesting than, let's say, Wii Party. If you're caught (for some odd and unbelievable reason) in the middle between the two, go with Sports Mix.
  6. Feb 6, 2011
    76
    Mario Sports Mix is nothing revolutionary, but in keeping with its franchise brethren, it does provide ample multiplayer entertainment should you happen to have a couple of friends willing to participate.
  7. Feb 8, 2011
    75
    Despite the faults the individual events have, winning the Star Cup in all four sports unlocks a bonus cameo that almost makes all of the earlier tedium worth it.
  8. Feb 8, 2011
    75
    A good mix between gameplay and online matches. Despite the poor AI and a short single player mode, this is definitely best served with friends.
  9. Feb 7, 2011
    75
    Mario Sports Mix had the opportunity to be a great sports games collection on the Nintendo Wii, but there are only four games included and there is no commentator – a great flaw, as comments on your performance usually enhance the fun. Then again, the multiplayer mode, easiness, and beginner friendliness make the game quite entertaining.
  10. Jan 31, 2011
    73
    Overall this is a good game for playing with friends, with lots of comic situations and a potential for high competitiveness between the players. However, its gameplay can become too simple and repetitive for some players.
  11. Apr 6, 2011
    72
    The game plays great, and while it might be tough, never to the point where it feels cheap or frustrating. Instead, the sports play too similarly to each other and there isn't any challenge to winning the tournaments in each cup.
  12. Single-player is a bore, but this is thankfully saved by local and online multiplayer. [Feb 2011, p.84]
  13. May 4, 2011
    70
    A fun mix of sports in an enjoyable package. Great for multiplayer sessions but could get boring by yourself.
  14. 70
    Nice compilation of arcade sports with famous Nintendo characters shows its best in tactical basketball and wild hockey. [Issue#201]
  15. Feb 21, 2011
    70
    By spreading itself more thinly, it loses some of the strategic depth which these more focused games provide. [Issue#106, p.121]
  16. Feb 19, 2011
    70
    Like any of the Mario sports games, Mario Sports Mix is best enjoyed with friends.
  17. 70
    The lack of additional modes and endearing mini-games also aid in making Mario Sports Mix a fun try but not a lifetime investment.
  18. Feb 14, 2011
    70
    Don't expect EA Sports levels of depth or options, but this is champion multiplayer. [Mar 2011, p.78]
  19. Feb 7, 2011
    70
    Mario Sports Mix is a mixed bag: basketball, volleyball and the multiplayer are fantastic, but the rest is hardly worth looking at. This inconsistency doesn't fit Mario at all, and as a result Mario Sports Mix lacks the usual level of polish often present in Nintendo-titles.
  20. Feb 6, 2011
    70
    Mario Sports Mix is a solid title but by no means is it astounding.
  21. Feb 4, 2011
    70
    The multiplayer is so much fun that it's almost enough to forgive the game's solo-mode shortcomings.
  22. Feb 1, 2011
    70
    Mario Sports Mix lacks the depth of other Mario's sport titles, but delivers a lot of fun especially in multiplayer. Basketball and Hockey will gives you plenty of replay value, while Dodgeball and Volley need a good amount of patience, especially in single-player.
  23. Jan 28, 2011
    70
    As a whole package, this isn't quite up to the standard you'd hope for from Mario Sports, but it certainly doesn't damage the series' reputation.
  24. Jan 28, 2011
    70
    Fun, but not quite what we were expecting from a Mario sportive franchise. Square Enix has managed to create an entertaining game lacking multiple game options and a variety of sports. It's a multiplayers focused experience, so if you're looking for something interesting to play with a couple of friends, here's the best choise so far on 2011.
  25. Oct 20, 2011
    69
    Mario and his friends take on yet another sports game. This time the game revolves around basketball, ice hockey, dodge ball and volley ball. The selection is slim, but only half of the package work as it should. Still it's been sold for a full price. [May 2011]
  26. Feb 2, 2011
    69
    Friendly and accessible to all. It's not the best mario sports game, but it's entertaining.
  27. May 17, 2011
    68
    Mario Sports Mix is a title that disappoints. But, despite a middling and boring singleplayer, the multiplayer is worth the play.
  28. Feb 2, 2011
    68
    Mario Sports Mix has become a decent game. It's a game that you'll play when you have company, but boredom will strike soon because of the lack in variation.
  29. Mar 8, 2011
    67
    Sports Mix is tailor-made for parties and other casual multiplayer experiences. The controls are easy to learn, the mechanics of each game are immediately familiar to anyone who's ever heard of the four sports on offer, and the interface is friendly as can be.
  30. 66
    Hockey is so much fun that it will win over even the most jaded skeptics. But dodgeball will get old very quickly, and volleyball is just plain awful. While multiplayer is where this game shines, the single-player tournaments are fairly dull until the second playthrough, when alternate paths and bonus challenges become available.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Feb 11, 2011
    7
    Great multi-player game for fans of Mario games in general. Just don't play it alone, or else you will be bored out of your mind. Also, great for kids. Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2013
    6
    This game is very fun, never gets boring. However, I do think Nintendo g=could of included more sports and characters, like Rosalina and Boo/King Boo. However, the courts were awesome with fitting music! Full Review »
  3. Jun 26, 2013
    7
    The game is pretty fun, but boring on single player. The only fun part about single player is doing the challenges in the tournaments. The mini games are also quite fun single or multi-player. Although there really isn't a lot of good things to unlock in this game since most of the stuff you unlock is either pallet swap characters of alternate outfits which really disappoints me. It does have some replay value and if you want to have the most fun playing this game I suggest playing dodge ball. Full Review »