There are four sports in this game in which you can play: Volleyball, Dodgeball, Basketball, and Hockey. Very quickly you will realize the simplicity in which this game was framed.
Unlike Nintendo's two previous sports games: Mario Baseball and Soccer.which provided challenging AI and an interactive Adventure mode, this 4X sport game offers preschool simplicity and elementary AI. It offers Tournament modes, Exhibition modes, but overall It's just too simple. It appears that with this release Nintendo is appealing purely to those 10 and under. I think that for a younger age group this game would be very appealing. A group of small kids would probably really enjoy running around the court as Mario and flying in the air trying to shoot baskets. But this game will for sure bore average teenager and up, or any hard core gamers.
This game was disappointing to me because of how well done Nintendo has made previous sporting games. I thought there could have been more depth and challenge in this game, and was saddened to discover how simple the game play really was. Basically one button is used for every move in all the sports and after about 5 minutes you are left wondering is this it?
I wanted to try this game cause it looked fresh, and cool, and I was having fun one night playing Dodgeball, until I got to the last round of the Star Cup. I was up against the Ninja, White Mage, and the Black Mage. Everytime the ball deflected off them, they would pull it right back towards them, or they`ll use some sort of forcefield to bring the ball towards them. But then I finally beat all the sports then I fight Behemoth from FF. Pretty easy. But when I unlocked the "Sports Mix" which is a game that has all four sports in one but its in Expert mode. I hope this wasn`t Nintendo`s great comeback to SEGA`s Sonic Colors. Only thing I really enjoy was hitting people in the face and playing Moogle cause he`s cute. Go ahead, and rent it. But I`m steering away from any Mario sport games for now.