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  • Summary: Five full-on sports—Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, and Horse Racing—bring the challenge and depth you demand to Nintendo 3DS systems. Take on friends and rivals in local or online multiplayer*, hone skills in training, or tackle single-player tournaments. Whether you pick Mario, Waluigi, orFive full-on sports—Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, and Horse Racing—bring the challenge and depth you demand to Nintendo 3DS systems. Take on friends and rivals in local or online multiplayer*, hone skills in training, or tackle single-player tournaments. Whether you pick Mario, Waluigi, or one of sixteen others, you're on the road to superstardom. Before long, you'll have mastered the ins and outs of each sport: learn when to use an infield shift in Baseball, change your team’s formation in Soccer, and more. Even Horse Racing is surprisingly deep! Build a stable of horses and train them well to win the day in the first-ever horse races in series history. But remember: these aren't normal sports—they're Mario Sports. Expect unexpected thrills and power up to stomp the competition. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. Mar 8, 2017
    85
    For a seemingly simple game there is a lot to discover in Mario Sports Superstars. Everyone can instantly play this game, but there is enough content to keep coming back to it. The horse racing is also a fun new addition to the Mario sports series.
  2. Mar 8, 2017
    80
    Based on Mario's best sports experiences, this selection would fully deserve the title of multi activity champion, if it hadn't been too influenced by the (super)star system.
  3. NF Magazine
    Apr 24, 2017
    70
    Mario Sports Superstars is not the ultimate collection of athletic adaptations some were hoping for. [Issue #27 – May/June 2017, p. 71]
  4. Mar 16, 2017
    60
    Mario Sports Superstars should feel like a generous package, but each of the different sports feel lightweight or stripped back, and ultimately a touch forgettable, despite the inherent charm of Mario and his friends.
  5. Apr 21, 2017
    60
    Mario Sports Superstars left me with a weird mess of feelings. Some aspects, such as the tennis, baseball, and some aspects of horseback riding and golf were genuinely enjoyable, if lacking in long-term replay value. Others, such as the golf course reskins, everything in soccer, the tedium of horse care, and the fact that the best versions of every character in every sports are locked behind paywalls left a sour taste in my mouth. Should you get this game? If you like Mario Sports in general, well, sure. But if you’re only looking at a single sport or just looking for more 3DS fun before you cave and purchase a Switch, Mario Sports Superstars is a title you can skip without regret.
  6. 55
    Where Mario Sports Superstars ultimately falters is it simply didn’t do much to stand out. I’m sure that some will get enjoyment out of this game, but the lack of charm made me not motivated to play it.
  7. 30
    Mario Sports Superstars does nothing to help the series make its case. In fact, it’s quite possibly the most aggressively simplistic game I’ve ever played from Nintendo.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 7, 2017
    10
    It is a great game full of great content. I can't believe the bad reviews from the critics. It is a simple game but full of content. It hasIt is a great game full of great content. I can't believe the bad reviews from the critics. It is a simple game but full of content. It has amazing amiibo cards that are very fun. Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2017
    10
    I've never reviewed a game using Metacritic before, but after seeing the awful reviews from the 'critics,' I felt compelled to make an accountI've never reviewed a game using Metacritic before, but after seeing the awful reviews from the 'critics,' I felt compelled to make an account to give a more objective perspective. Sure, one can argue that the game is diluted, but the multiplayer is amazing and more than makes up for it. There is plenty of content to be had here: five sports games which have online capabilities, rating systems for almost every game, a surfeit amount of collectibles for gear, and more. IF you grew up as a die-hard Mario sports fan, then you'll love this game: guaranteed. If you're a causal gamer, but love competitive play, then you'll still have a fun time. I highly recommend playing it overall. Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2017
    10
    Did the "professional" reviewers even care to review the multiplayer? I'm having a ton of fun playing this. Since it's realese I've alreadyDid the "professional" reviewers even care to review the multiplayer? I'm having a ton of fun playing this. Since it's realese I've already put close to 59 hours into the online alone. It had very "arcade like" gameplay which is convenient for picking up for a few games and then setting it down. Each game type is loads of fun in on its own right. I refuse to accept the poor scores because I am having way too much fun. Also: this just released in Japan so the competition is getting very high! Off to go play! Expand
  4. May 17, 2017
    9
    This game is really fun, play this especially if you don't have a switch. the online mode works really well and the tournaments are fun, theThis game is really fun, play this especially if you don't have a switch. the online mode works really well and the tournaments are fun, the best sports are football and horse riding. Expand
  5. Mar 30, 2017
    8
    If you have titles like Mario Tennis Open or Mario Golf World tour I would not by this game. But if you don't I think this game is a greatIf you have titles like Mario Tennis Open or Mario Golf World tour I would not by this game. But if you don't I think this game is a great game! The game play is nice, The Amiibo cards are fun to use I think this is a great idea! Expand
  6. Jun 2, 2018
    8
    Mario Sports Superstars is a mixed bag. Some sports are better than others. Generally, most of the game can get addictive, although each ofMario Sports Superstars is a mixed bag. Some sports are better than others. Generally, most of the game can get addictive, although each of the sports have little content by themselves. It is also lacking in much of the Mario charm, and doesn't really have a story mode. That aside, a mostly fun and definitely underrated game. Sports fans could definitely get a kick out of this (pun intended). Expand
  7. Jan 7, 2018
    5
    I had a lot of high hopes for this game, and when I got it, I was majorly disappointed. But that's not to say it was all bad. But for the mostI had a lot of high hopes for this game, and when I got it, I was majorly disappointed. But that's not to say it was all bad. But for the most part, it not at all what I expected, and not in a good way.

    My best experience would have to be Tennis. It's button combinations mixed with precise timing made it simple but fun. Not to mention the flashy graphics make tennis a look a lot more interesting.

    Horse Racing is good. I like the idea of raising your own horse like a pet. The main sport is okay, but I'd rather stick to Mario Kart if I wanted a racing game.

    Baseball is okay. The problem with it is that is that the game makes batting and pitching more complicating than it should be, and you don't have much control over the fielders. Besides, I'd rather play Mario Super Sluggers on my Wii.

    Golf is basically just Mario Golf: World Tour without the items and beautiful locations. so it makes it more boring and drab.

    Soccer is bitterly awful. There's little to no control over the characters, there's no items or special moves like in Mario Strikers, and it goes on for too long.

    Sports like Tennis and Horse Racing are fine, but the other 3 are just too complicated and boring. The overall problem with this game is that it's too realistic, which is unsettling for a Mario game. So if you like that style of sports games, go for it. But, if you're like me, who likes game with a bit more pizzazz, then skip it. Mario Sports Mix could be better.
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