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WII
GENRE
Sports
DEVELOPER
Namco
PUBLISHER
Nintendo
WI-FI ENHANCED
no
WII EXCLUSIVE
only-gcn
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE
August 29, 2005
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Mario Superstar Baseball

It can no longer be said, as James Earl Jones did so eloquently in Field of Dreams, that the one constant through all the years is baseball. Thanks in part to videogames, baseball may even seem a little yester-year to some. Recent titles are working to solve that problem, though, and Mario Superstar Baseball aims to bring a casual and fun spin on the sport.

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impressions

Fans of baseball games back in the olden days of the NES will certainly get a kick of nostalgia when navigating the controls. Pitching, batting, and fielding are done with trademark Nintendo simplicity, using only a few buttons to coordinate the action. As expected, this title is not for baseball purists who want a sophisticated simulation.

The rosters of teams change depending on who your captain is. Upon inspection of past Mario sports titles, it appears there wouldn't be enough cast members to populate the teams, but that is not true. Nintendo includes Piantas, Boos, and various other supporting cast members with the mascot all-stars. Team selection was random at the E3 demo, but given its status as only a demo, this is expected to change upon release.

The fields are populated with objects that can hinder the ballís flight, or interfere with fielding, and other such obstacles. In Peachís Castle, question blocks float above the fields which your ball may collide with, which would be bad if it ricocheted into the fielderís glove, but it also may rebound at an unanticipated angle, netting you a hit where an out was almost certain.

word on the street

Many Nintendo fans made a collective groan when this game was announced, but its gameplay is trademark Nintendo solid. Nintendo may be willing to let Mario Superstar Baseball take the field instead of Pennant Chase due to the marketability of its front man. But between this, Super Mario Strikers, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Mario Power Tennis, Mario Party 7, Mario Pinball, and Dance Dance Revolution with Mario, the cry of overkill is still heard, and perhaps justifiably.

press release notes

Continuing the tradition started by such games as Mario Power Tennis and Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Mario Superstar Baseball brings a new brand of fun to the world of baseball! Mario Superstar Baseball's intuitive hitting system, easy-to-learn fielding and pitching controls and wild, character-specific power moves go together like peanuts and bleacher seats. Mario Superstar Baseball delivers a terrific arcade-like experience that will appeal to baseball novices and hardcore fans alike.

Players can try their hands at Challenge Mode, where they must wander the land clearing baseball-related trials. Or they can sit down for a game in the Toy Field, where they hit balls at circles in the outfield to earn coins and other prizes. With more than 50 characters from the Mario universe, multiplayer options for up to four players, character-specific power moves and crazy mini-games, Mario Baseball is sure to be your new favorite pastime!

overall

It is good to see Nintendo tackling genres they donít normally go after. Whether you think the addition of Mario and gang are worthwhile or not, this is shaping up to be a solid, casual baseball offering, and with the added development time additional modes and multiplayer could open the depth up a bit. Look for more information on the title as we get it, and a full review to determine whether Mario Superstar Baseball flies fair or foul.





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