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 8, 2011
    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.
  2. Feb 2, 2011
    Friendly and accessible to all. It's not the best mario sports game, but it's entertaining.
  3. 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.
  4. Feb 6, 2011
    Mario Sports Mix is a solid title but by no means is it astounding.
  5. Feb 8, 2011
    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.
  6. Dec 12, 2011
    Even though four sports are included on this disc, none of them stand out as something that needs to be played.
  7. Feb 24, 2011
    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.
  8. Feb 6, 2011
    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.
  9. Jan 28, 2011
    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.
  10. Feb 1, 2011
    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.
  11. Feb 22, 2011
    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.
  12. Feb 9, 2011
    Years of training, and Mario still hasn't succeded in getting fit. But, guess what, this time he hasn't struggled at all.
  13. Feb 18, 2011
    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]
  14. Mar 7, 2011
    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. Jan 29, 2011
    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.
  16. Feb 8, 2011
    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.
  17. Jan 26, 2011
    Friendly, accessible to all, but still offering enough gameplay subtleties.
  18. Mar 10, 2011
    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.
  19. Feb 8, 2011
    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.
  20. Feb 7, 2011
    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.
  21. 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.
  22. Jan 31, 2011
    Too few and too uninspired sports make Nintendo's latest party game a rather mediocre mix.
  23. Feb 14, 2011
    Don't expect EA Sports levels of depth or options, but this is champion multiplayer. [Mar 2011, p.78]
  24. Feb 21, 2011
    By spreading itself more thinly, it loses some of the strategic depth which these more focused games provide. [Issue#106, p.121]
  25. Mar 8, 2011
    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.
  26. Feb 8, 2011
    Mario's latest athletic endeavor lacks the sort of skillful competition that could have made for a compelling challenge.
  27. Feb 9, 2011
    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.
  28. Feb 7, 2011
    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.
  29. Mar 7, 2011
    In other words, your $50 is better spent elsewhere.
  30. Apr 6, 2011
    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.
User Score

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
    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
    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
    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 »