When I first started the game, I used the tutorial, so I could get the hang of the controls before I began my challenge mode. It made it look very complicated, but it's a lot easier than it looks. It's a lot of fun to play alone, and even more fun if you have all four people! And with the variety of things to do like mini-games, getting characters to join your team, or even just playing a regular baseball match, It was one of the greatest mario games for the wii I've ever played, right next to Mario Kart and Super Paper Mario.
Mario and his friends are back, and they're out to save and island from Bowser and his minions by beating the bad guys in games of baseball. Okay, the story's not at all original (it's been played out far too often in other Mario games). But the fun in these games isn't the destination, it's the journey and playing against friends. Most of the controls are fine, but you'll have to practice quite a bit to get the batting done right. And with a few other baseball games, problems show up in fielding. What problems show up here? First, when the computer bunts, the AI gives me control of either the first baseman or third baseman when it is the pitcher or catcher that should make the play. When the ball rolls near the pitcher and he/she doesn't do anything to grab it, I get frustrated. Second, line drives between two infielders or outfielders. You have a second or less to guess which fielder the AI gives you control of. Guess wrong, and the AI gets an easy hit. Third, camera. When the AI hits the ball deep, you don't know where your character is in relation to where the ball lands, they're both off camera. And far too often, when you do find that out when they appear on camera, it's too late to make the catch. The AI doesn't have any of these problems because it can control all nine players at once and it's not limited by the camera. I find that annoying. Also, constantly shaking the Wiimote to make your players go faster, to pitch and bat isn't good for your arm. Good thing most games are only five innings. But, this game has an interesting single player adventure mode with a few fun mini games, and it's a real hit when you play against a friend (that way the playing field is level, both players have to deal with the problematic fielding). Also, the graphics are great, and Mario and his friends/enemies have not been any more charming. Mario Super Sluggers delivers a great baseball experience, but you're best off playing it multiplayer.