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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Mar 7, 2011
    50
    In other words, your $50 is better spent elsewhere.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Feb 19, 2011
    70
    Like any of the Mario sports games, Mario Sports Mix is best enjoyed with friends.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Feb 11, 2011
    40
    Square Enix succeeded in creating another Mario sports title; they just forgot to make it fun.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Feb 8, 2011
    40
    Mario's latest athletic endeavor lacks the sort of skillful competition that could have made for a compelling challenge.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Feb 6, 2011
    70
    Mario Sports Mix is a solid title but by no means is it astounding.
  29. 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.
  30. Feb 4, 2011
    70
    The multiplayer is so much fun that it's almost enough to forgive the game's solo-mode shortcomings.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 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 »