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 7, 2011
    66
    With a few tweaks this could have been quite the sports package. But as things stand, it's as missable as an Emile Heskey chance on goal.
  2. Feb 17, 2011
    65
    Unless you intend on playing this strictly with friends I recommend passing on Mario's latest sports endeavor. There are much better party games and mascot sports titles available for the system.
  3. Feb 7, 2011
    65
    The package just lacks the substance to keep you coming back. Mario Sports Mix is good for a diversion, but it ultimately makes for an underwhelming trip back to the Mushroom Kingdom.
  4. Feb 7, 2011
    65
    It doesn't have the depth and appeal of one of the bigger sports game, but it's too barebones to be a cool mini-game party sports game.
  5. Dec 12, 2011
    60
    Even though four sports are included on this disc, none of them stand out as something that needs to be played.
  6. Mar 10, 2011
    60
    Some degree of multiplayer fun is guaranteed, but the lack of any real depth "condemns" Mario Sports Mix as a simplistic and ephemeral experience. Mario sits on his throne for thirty years now, and it's certainly not due to games like this.
  7. Feb 10, 2011
    60
    Mario Sports Mix is a good game, especially for a younger audience that might enjoy the cartoony sports action or to play with friends. It's just not great.
  8. 60
    Only three of the four sports on offer are worth playing, and the single player experience is hampered by bad AI and an insultingly easy beginners league for every sport that has to be completed to advance to the more interesting stuff. With four players though, the game shines and can be barrels of fun.
  9. Feb 9, 2011
    60
    Years of training, and Mario still hasn't succeded in getting fit. But, guess what, this time he hasn't struggled at all.
  10. Feb 8, 2011
    60
    If you're a more advanced player, dedicated single-sport Mario titles like Super Mario Sluggers and Mario Strikers Charged are far more substantial and enjoyable experiences. But if you want a colorful pick-up-and-play game to enjoy with your less gaming-inclined friends and family, Mario Sports Mix ought to work just fine -- just don't expect to dig it out too often otherwise.
  11. Jan 31, 2011
    60
    Too few and too uninspired sports make Nintendo's latest party game a rather mediocre mix.
  12. Jan 26, 2011
    60
    This remains an odd mix of sporting events that adds little to the franchise or the party game genre that Nintendo created and still dominates.
  13. Jan 26, 2011
    60
    Friendly, accessible to all, but still offering enough gameplay subtleties.
  14. Mar 7, 2011
    50
    The concept is great, but the fact that this title doesn't set itself apart from other sport-themed games is dissatisfying, especially since it involves one of the most beloved characters in video game history.
  15. Mar 7, 2011
    50
    In other words, your $50 is better spent elsewhere.
  16. Feb 24, 2011
    50
    Maybe they should give the reins back to Camelot before they think about releasing another Mario Sports title, because Square Enix have proven they have trouble cutting the mustard.
  17. Feb 22, 2011
    50
    Mario Sports Mix contains an alright mix of party sports games, but I don't think players will leave their cart racing, bowling or olympics for long. Basketball is quite charming though, and is the best game of the bunch.
  18. Feb 8, 2011
    50
    With a collection of diverting though non-essential sports, your enjoyment of Mario Sport Mix will largely depend on the likelihood of constant multiplayer battles, though admittedly in that respect the title still pales in comparison to Wii Sports Resort and even the original Wii Sports.
  19. Jan 31, 2011
    50
    The glory days of Mario Golf and Tennis seem very far away, in this lazy and patronisingly simplistic sports compendium.
  20. Feb 18, 2011
    45
    Mario and his pals starred in some great sports titles back in the Nintendo 64 days, but gameplay like this just doesn't cut it in 2011. [March 2011, p.93]
  21. Feb 11, 2011
    40
    Square Enix succeeded in creating another Mario sports title; they just forgot to make it fun.
  22. Feb 10, 2011
    40
    It's a fax-machine quality retread of such startling inanity that, at a point, you might actually find your fond memories of Mario sports games past overwritten by this blur of dispassionate mediocrity.
  23. Feb 8, 2011
    40
    Mario's latest athletic endeavor lacks the sort of skillful competition that could have made for a compelling challenge.
  24. Jan 29, 2011
    40
    Mario Sports Mix has a nice Wiimote gameplay, and both Volleyball and Dodgeball mini-games will grant you a nice and funny afternoon. But beyond that... with but four sports and repetitive game mechanics, the title seems to be a little stingy compared to Wii Sports Resort or the Mario & Sonic series. On the Wii, Mario Sports Mix comes only as the third wheel.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  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. Oct 17, 2014
    5
    Decent enough.Some sports play well, while other, like dodge ball, are terrible!I not joking! Example: Volleyball, in which the ball sometimes do crazy things, and dodge ball is the worst sport. Full Review »
  3. 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 »