Parts of this game take the super out of Superstars
Mario Sports Superstars is an interesting case. You'd expect a game with Mario and the gang attached to it to be wacky, arcade-like in gameplay and tone. Instead, what you get with Mario Sports Superstars is a game that sticks rather closely to the idea of realism. Well, as realistic as plumbers and giant walking turtles hammering home runs can possibly be. Regardless, I'm focusing more on realism towards how the sports play. Outside of some special shots that set the ball ablaze when kicked, this collection of five sports in Mario Sports Superstars play it pretty straight and safe.
|The two teams take to the soccer (for us Americans) or football (for everyone else) field.|
|With the score tied and the game heated, this at-bat might make all the difference.|
Alongside free play and tournament modes, there is one bonus mode per each sport that has three difficulties each. Passing the final difficulty means unlocking the other secret character in that particular sport, and it's another uninspired pick.
|Tennis's gameplay is taken directly from Mario Tennis Open. If it ain't broke...|
|Golf is just like Mario Golf: World Tour. With the same post-hole |
animations but without the rest of the personality.
|Could the Green Magikoopa of all players be the MVP?|
|Pom Pom will need all of her Koopa-like reflexes to stop this shot.|
|I feel sorry for Bowser's horse as it has to carry all of that weight.|
[SPC Says: C+]