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Mario and his friends and enemies wander into the WiiSports style of simplistic gameplay with Mario Sports Mix.
In this game, you play four sports: Dodgeball, Volleyball, Hockey and Basketball. Each sport has controls that are easy to pick up and play, which will delight some casual gamers - and irritate some hardcore gamers. This delight/frustration increases with the flow of each sport.
Hockey is just an exercise in shooting on the opposing goal - or trying to bash the other player if you’re on defense. The goalies here are awful.
Volleyball is all about setting up the spike - and hoping the other side can’t handle it.
Basketball could’ve been a good choice - except that the only reliable way to score a bucket is to dunk the ball into the basket because blocking shots is way too easy.
Dodgeball is the worst of the four. Sooner or later I have to try to hit an opposing player with the ball, but that player is just waiting for me to make my move. I’ve been in games where the thrower and the target spend far too much time standing around waiting for something to happen.
There are special powerups, arenas and coins in each sport, but they add little to the overall simplistic gameplay. There are also unlockable characters, but they too add very little to the overall experience.
You can play a single match or go into a tournament to win the three cups (Mushroom, Flower and Star). Each mode allows up to four players to play at once either online or offline
And it’s a good thing this game has multiplayer in it, the single player version really lacks due to the AI being mostly inept at these sports (on Normal setting). In the hockey tournament, I won every game by 8 or more goals (the first three games, I allowed only five goals total).
This game is for those of us who love WiiSports’ style of easy to use controls and who play it with three friends (online or offline). But I found the game to be too basic and repetitive to enjoy. SKIP IT.