Super Mario Strikers: Battle League Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Super Mario Strikers: Battle League RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Mario Strikers: Battle League Review — Yellow Card https://www.gameskinny.com/jicfq/mario-strikers-battle-league-review-yellow-card https://www.gameskinny.com/jicfq/mario-strikers-battle-league-review-yellow-card Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:50:15 -0400 Josh Broadwell

After I scored my twelfth goal of the match in Mario Strikers: Battle League, I just started feeling sorry for the opposing team. They couldn't possibly know that I'd found a small exploit in the shot system, and their baffled keeper wasn't aware.

Color me surprised when I swaggered into Galactic Mode's challenges and could barely keep the ball, and my keeper apparently forgot how to play. The match dissolved into a mess in the best possible way.

Those two scenarios are indicative of Battle League as a whole. It's a mismatched, unbalanced experience that falls short of its potential, which is particularly disappointing given how strong that potential is. At Battle League's core is a smart, tactical soccer game that rewards quick thinking, even more so if your plans fall apart and chaos reigns. It's a shame there's so little personality and even less to do in the game.

Mario Strikers: Battle League Review Yellow Card

Mario Strikers Battle League opens with no fanfare and a massive tutorial. The latter is very welcome since Mario Strikers is surprisingly complex and multilayered. Unless you've played the earlier Strikers games religiously, the tutorial is almost mandatory and does an excellent job easing you into the action. 

The former lack of fanfare is a bit more complex. Back in the old days on the GameCube, the first Mario Strikers framed the Mushroom Kingdom's sudden obsession with soccer as a set of friendly competitions between characters. It made sense that Daisy suddenly rolled up one day and challenged you to a duel on the field, and it was just a small extra layer of fun. 

Battle League immediately thrusts you into the main menu with a set of cups or quick battle options. Sports games don't need narrative framing, obviously, but the lack of it in Battle League highlights a bigger problem with the experience: It just doesn't feel like a Mario game.

It's also pretty barren. Mario Golf Super Rush launched similarly, without a decent-sized stable of characters or rotation of courses. However, it still had the sense of fun that characterizes Mario games – using fireballs to slow opponents down or smacking golf balls off a giant mushroom. 

Battle League doesn't have anything like that. Sure, there's a (small) selection of Mario power-ups to use on the field, but it almost feels perfunctory, and there's not much variety in how they perform. Shells smack into friend and foe alike, interrupting their progress and making them lose the ball. Bob-ombs blow up after walking a few steps, affecting friend and foe alike by interrupting their progress and making them lose the ball. And, well, you get the point. 

Items are more useful in Galactic Mode, but you typically rely on tackles and clever passing more often. 

One of the most significant issues is the lack of playable characters. You build a team of four players from a roster of eight – and most of them overlap roles. Three are power characters, two are hybrids, meshing technique and passing, one's speedy, and the other two are all-rounders. There just aren't many team-building options, and the characters themselves are strangely flat on the pitch. Even with the sometimes-relevant hyper-strike animations, the most personality they show is when you shove them into an electric fence.

The original Strikers could hardly win awards for dynamic pitch design, but the fields at least change in each match – grass, wooden floors, and so on. Battle League has a good idea of mashing two Mario-themed stadium types together. The camera angle during the match means you never actually see them, so it's the same setting each time.

The core of Battle League works, at least, and it works quite well. You settle into a rhythm of strategic tackles, risky trick shots, passing combos, and trying to land a perfect shot after a few matches.

There's a surprising amount of room to experiment. Battle League is at its best when matches devolve into a mad scramble for ball control, with everyone shoving everyone else into the fence. This all happens as you try to pull off a desperate shot that, against all odds, actually makes it in the goal.

These moments happen fairly often. Even though the AI keeper has a weakness for letting perfect shots in, the challenge is positioning yourself to charge and fire off that shot, to begin with. For as many matches as I almost flattened the opposing team, there were just as many that could have gone either way. Swapping your tactics on the fly and doing everything you can to win helps Battle League rise above some of its more noticeable issues, if only because it's so absorbing.

The problem is there's just not much reason to stick with it. Quick battles are a decent way to spend five minutes here and there, but with few unlockables and no additional modes, stadiums, or characters, there's not much reason to spend any more than that.

It seems like Nintendo is probably assuming most players will stick around for online battles and matches with friends. These are a refreshing change of pace from challenging AI teams, though the usual issues with Nintendo's online multiplayer pop up here as well. The best way to play online is definitely with the Switch OLED and an ethernet connection. Otherwise, lag tends to plague matches at random, even with a good wireless connection and strength.

Mario Strikers: Battle League Review — The Verdict 

Pros

  • Smart, strategical action.
  • Challenging Galactic Mode.
  • Chaotic fun.

Cons

  • Tiny roster.
  • Few modes.
  • Shaky online support.
  • Surprisingly lacking in personality and design flair.

I hope Mario Strikers: Battle League can get better. It deserves to be better. The actual soccer matches can be riotously fun, despite lacking much personality and ignoring pretty much everything that gives Mario sports spinoffs their unique identity.

Maybe Nintendo will continue supporting Battle League with future DLC, though I think I'd prefer it if the next Mario sports game launched with all its content intact, especially if the Big N still asks full price for it.

[Note: Nintendo provided the copy of Mario Strikers: Battle League used for this review.]

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How to Unlock Mario Strikers Battle League Galactic Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/ar96s/how-to-unlock-mario-strikers-battle-league-galactic-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/ar96s/how-to-unlock-mario-strikers-battle-league-galactic-mode Mon, 20 Jun 2022 10:01:40 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Super Mario Strikers Battle League Galactic Mode is where the sports game really starts putting your skills to the test. It’s Battle League’s unlockable hard mode and it’s also a significant step up from the default normal mode.

The challenge is the reward in the case of Galactic Mode, since there aren’t that many things to spend the extra cash on.

What is Galactic Mode in Mario Strikers Battle League?

Galactic Mode still sees you playing the same six cups, but this time around, the enemy AI is much sharper and more likely to bulldoze you before you even realize what happened. They’re more prone to using Hyper Strikes, wear gear for every match – gear that’s suited to their themed specialty – and they don’t stand around passing up opportunities like the opponent AI tends to do in normal cups.

It’s also quite difficult to land shots in the opposing team’s goal, since the goalkeeper seems a bit too capable in this mode, while your own goalkeeper has apparently lost all knowledge of how to block a shot. That may change with future updates, though.

How to Unlock Galactic Mode in Mario Strikers Battle League

Galactic Mode unlocks after you complete every cup on normal difficulty. You don’t have to choose normal difficulty, as that’s the default you begin with, and you can’t change it until you unlock Galactic Mode.

Galactic Mode Rewards

Galactic Mode rewards you with 1,000 coins for winning a cup the first time and, unlike the regular cups with their paltry 100 coins, 300 coins for any future wins. That’s a lot of coins to earn without much equipment to actually spend it on, so whether it’s worth the effort is up to you.

That's all you need to know about Mario Strikers Battle League's Galactic Mode, but make sure to check out our other Mario Strikers Battle League guides for more tips and tricks.

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All Mario Strikers Battle League Unlockables, Cups, and Gear https://www.gameskinny.com/qfjst/all-mario-strikers-battle-league-unlockables-cups-and-gear https://www.gameskinny.com/qfjst/all-mario-strikers-battle-league-unlockables-cups-and-gear Mon, 20 Jun 2022 08:35:25 -0400 Josh Broadwell

If you’re looking for all the Mario Strikers Battle League unlockables, you might be slightly disappointed. While the battle mode has a fairly robust campaign and there’s no end of fast-paced soccer matches in quick play, you don’t have a lot to spend your hard-won coins on right now – and even less if you don’t want to outfit your characters with new equipment.

All Mario Strikers Battle League Unlockables

The game’s unlockables are split between cups and gear. 

Mario Strikers Battle League Cups

You unlock cups just by winning the cup before it. For example, you unlock the Chain Cup by winning the Cannon Cup, and so on.

These are all the cups:

  • Cannon Cup
  • Chain Cup
  • Turbo Cup
  • Muscle Cup
  • Championship Cup

Winning the Championship Cup on the default difficulty, which you’re stuck with at first, unlocks Galactic Mode. This mode has the same cups, but is essentially Battle League’s hard mode. Winning these only unlocks a feeling of accomplishment, though.

All Mario Strikers Battle League Equipment

Most of the coins earned through winning cups will go towards buying new equipment. Each set follows a pattern of boosting one stat regardless of which piece you wear at the expense of something else. The Muscle set, for example, boosts strength, while the Trick set is good for Technique.

  • Muscle Helmet (100 Coins): +2 Strength, -2 Technique
  • Muscle Gauntlets (100 Coins): +2 Strength, -2 Passing
  • Muscle Chest (100 Coins): +2 Strength, -2 Shooting
  • Muscle Boots (100 Coins): +2 Strength, -2 Speed
  • Chain Helmet (100 Coins): +2 Passing, -2 Speed
  • Chain Gauntlets (100 Coins): +2 Passing, -2 Shooting
  • Chain Plate (100 Coins): +2 Passing, -2 Technique
  • Chain Boots (100 Coins): +2 Passing, -2 Strength
  • Trick Helmet (100 Coins): +2 Technique, -2 Passing
  • Trick Gloves (100 Coins): +2 Technique, -2 Speed
  • Trick Pad (100 Coins): +2 Technique, -2 Strength
  • Trick Boots (100 Coins): +2 Technique, -2 Shooting
  • Cannon Visor (100 Coins): +2 Shooting, -2 Technique
  • Cannon Gloves (100 Coins): +2 Shooting, -2 Speed
  • Cannon Plate (100 Coins): +2 Shooting, -2 Strength
  • Cannon Boots (100 Coins): +2 Shooting, -2 Passing
  • Turbo Helmet (100 Coins): +2 Speed, -2 Technique
  • Turbo Gloves (100 Coins): +2 Speed, -2 Strength
  • Turbo Pad (100 Coins): +2 Speed, -2 Passing
  • Turbo Boots (100 Coins): +2 Speed, -2 Shooting

That's all you need to know about Mario Strikers Battle League's unlockables. It's possible Nintendo may add more to spend your coins on in future DLC updates, but for now, check out our other Mario Strikers Battle League guides for more tips and tricks.

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Mario Strikers Battle League: Best Rosalina Build https://www.gameskinny.com/ogo25/mario-strikers-battle-league-best-rosalina-build https://www.gameskinny.com/ogo25/mario-strikers-battle-league-best-rosalina-build Mon, 20 Jun 2022 08:17:38 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The best Rosalina build in Mario Strikers: Battle League takes a character who’s already an excellent shooter, and smoothes out some of her rougher edges to make her excel at trick shots and keeping the ball out of the other team’s possession.

Building Rosalina at her best means sacrificing a few less important stats along the way. However, if you make up for it with the right team build, then you’ll barely notice it.

Best Equipment for Rosalina in Mario Strikers

 

As with any other character build, the important thing to remember is that you want to play to their existing strengths and tweak the stats that fall just short of where you want them to be. Rosalina, for example, excels at shooting and is slightly less than stellar when it comes to technique and passing. Her speed is atrocious, and her strength isn’t the best. 

Strength isn’t a huge deal for Rosalina – or most characters, for that matter – since charged tackles can send even Bowser flying. Since Rosalina is already so slow, you’d be wasting a lot of potential by boosting her speed stat to acceptable levels and using most of your equipment slots to do it.

The main Rosalina stats you want to focus on are shooting and technique, with passing as a close third. Ideally, you want to wait until Rosalina is in position, pass her the ball, and then let her loose with a perfect shot.

Alternatively, with a boost in passing, you could rely on more combo shots, passing the ball back and forth and then letting Rosalina kick the final shot.

The best equipment for this Rosalina build would be:

  • Chain Helmet
  • Cannon Plate
  • Chain Boots
  • Trick Gloves

You could swap in Muscle Chest or Turbo Boots if you’re concerned about her strength and speed being too low. They decrease her shooting stat, but it’s so high, it can deal with a slight ding anyway.

Just make sure to compensate for Rosalina’s shortcomings with the remainder of your team. There are, as of launch, rather few characters to choose from, but you’d do well to put at least one all-rounder and one speedy character with Rosalina, such as Mario and Toad. Peach makes a good fourth, unless you prefer having a heavy hitter on side as well.

That’s all you need to know about the best Rosalina build in Mario Strikers Battle League, but make sure to check out our other Mario Strikers Battle League guides for more tips and tricks.

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