Mario Strikers isn’t the most popular of Mario’s sub-franchises, but it has its devotees. Today was their day with the announcement of the last game in the series, Mario Strikes Battle League, for the Nintendo Switch. This is only the third Mario Strikers game ever, following Super Mario Strikers on the GameCube and Charged Mario Attackers for the Wii, released in 2007. So yes, it’s been a decade and a half since we last saw a Mario-themed football game, making today’s announcement quite a surprise.
However, like all sports in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario Strikers Battle League adds some distinct fantasy twists to the “most beautiful game”. The starting game, “Strike”, is described as a five-on-five sport “heavy on offense”. And by offense they mean aggressively, with the ability to hit opponents, throw items, and even use special attacks. Players can also customize their characters with equipment for even more abilities – it’s very similar to the Mario Kart series in that respect. This new installment will allow up to eight players per match, in four versus four teams. And yes, there is online play, with Club Mode to let you compete with friends, family and strangers throughout a season.
As this is a World Cup year, you can expect to see this new title on June 10th, although pre-orders start today on Nintendo’s website.
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