Mixed or average reviews - based on 54 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 54
  2. Negative: 5 out of 54
  1. Jan 31, 2011
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Single-player is a bore, but this is thankfully saved by local and online multiplayer. [Feb 2011, p.84]
  4. May 4, 2011
    A fun mix of sports in an enjoyable package. Great for multiplayer sessions but could get boring by yourself.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 23, 2011
    Nice compilation of arcade sports with famous Nintendo characters shows its best in tactical basketball and wild hockey. [Issue#201]
  6. games(TM)
    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]
  7. Feb 19, 2011
    Like any of the Mario sports games, Mario Sports Mix is best enjoyed with friends.
  8. 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.
  9. Games Master UK
    Feb 14, 2011
    Don't expect EA Sports levels of depth or options, but this is champion multiplayer. [Mar 2011, p.78]
  10. 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.
  11. Feb 6, 2011
    Mario Sports Mix is a solid title but by no means is it astounding.
  12. Feb 4, 2011
    The multiplayer is so much fun that it's almost enough to forgive the game's solo-mode shortcomings.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Jan 28, 2011
    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.
  16. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 20, 2011
    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]
  17. Feb 2, 2011
    Friendly and accessible to all. It's not the best mario sports game, but it's entertaining.
  18. May 17, 2011
    Mario Sports Mix is a title that disappoints. But, despite a middling and boring singleplayer, the multiplayer is worth the play.
  19. Feb 2, 2011
    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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Feb 7, 2011
    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.
  23. Feb 17, 2011
    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.
  24. 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.
  25. Feb 7, 2011
    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.
  26. Dec 12, 2011
    Even though four sports are included on this disc, none of them stand out as something that needs to be played.
  27. 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.
  28. Feb 10, 2011
    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.
  29. Gamereactor Denmark
    Feb 10, 2011
    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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Jan 31, 2011
    Too few and too uninspired sports make Nintendo's latest party game a rather mediocre mix.
  33. Jan 26, 2011
    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.
  34. Jan 26, 2011
    Friendly, accessible to all, but still offering enough gameplay subtleties.
  35. 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.
  36. Mar 7, 2011
    In other words, your $50 is better spent elsewhere.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. Jan 31, 2011
    The glory days of Mario Golf and Tennis seem very far away, in this lazy and patronisingly simplistic sports compendium.

Awards & Rankings

#6 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2011
#7 Most Shared Wii Game of 2011
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 53
  2. Negative: 3 out of 53
  1. Feb 24, 2015
    This is a great game. An awesome Mario Sports game. The sports were awesome. The graphics were great for Wii. The controls were good. TheThis is a great game. An awesome Mario Sports game. The sports were awesome. The graphics were great for Wii. The controls were good. The character selection is okay. The story mode is good. Mario Sports Mix is an awesome game and you should buy it soon. Full Review »
  2. 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 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 »
  3. May 17, 2017
    I really enjoyed this game, all the sports are fun, but volleyball gets a bit boring after a while though. The tournaments are fun, and thisI really enjoyed this game, all the sports are fun, but volleyball gets a bit boring after a while though. The tournaments are fun, and this game even includes Final Fantasy characters, how cool is that? Full Review »