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Genre: Sports - Football / Video Game for Nintendo Wii / Suitable for 12 years and over / ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ / Release Date: 2007-05-25 / Published by Nintendo

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      24.05.2010 16:49
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      A great party footy game starring everyones favourite plumber

      Well have you ever seen a plumber do so much I mean he has saved princesses, been karting, played baseball, played basketball and much more, but this time Mario and co decide to play football! Mario strikers: charged football is a great game on the wii it is defiantly the best sport game Mario has been in.

      All of the favourite Mario characters are present and playable including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Bowser, Wario, Waluigi, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Bowser jr. who star as the footy captains of the game. Then you have the sidekicks who are the lesser characters in the Mario universe: Shy guy, koopa troopa, toad, dry bones, monty mole, birdo, hammer bro and boo the ghost. The one player mode on this game involves you picking your captain and sidekicks and leading them to the striker cup! Whilst collecting other trophies along the way. You pick one captain and three sidekicks for your journey to win the striker cup and you must stick with your team through out the whole journey so pick wisely! Each character has their own ability which they excel at whether that's shooting, playmaking, defending or just a good all round player.

      Of course this being a Mario game its not like proper real life football, you have your own abilities you can use to help your team score, there are no such things as fouls (although when you foul someone off the ball they will earn an item they can use whether that's green shells to fire out your opponents or bombs dropping down from out the sky!) Yes the rules to football are very different in the Mario world. Each captain can perform a mega strike which means if the captain holds the shoot button to charge up their shoot eventually a little meter will appear above them the first time you press the shoot button again determines how many balls the opponents keeper will have to save and the second time they press the shoot button determines how fast will come at the keeper, so if you manage to get all six balls at very fast speed it could be six- nil before you know it (depending if the opponents keeper saves them or not) Each captain also has their own special move for example Mario can transform into super Mario where he grows massive and can crush the other players and his shots are a lot better.

      Another great thing about this game is the online mode, where you can play other players around the world and its ranked which shows just how good you really are! Mario strikers charged football is a great game especially multiplayer a really great party football game and is the best sports game Mario has starred in by far. If you have a wii I really recommend buying this game especially if you have online access a great way to play football super Mario style!

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      19.04.2010 12:59
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      It's only £10. Buy it!!!

      My son is a footy nut, and is addicted to the Fifa series of games, which he plays on the Playstation. Unfortunately, we were disappointed by the Fifa 08 game, which we bought for the Wii. Because the controls were very different to the Playstation, my son found it a bit fiddly and hard to get into. Not one to give up completely, I noticed Mario Strikers Charged Football on sale for a mere £10 in Smyths toy shop. The game had a more cartoony look about it and seemed to offer something different and I hoped that the controls would be a bit more simple. As my kids love the Mario game series, I thought this would be a winner.


      Visually, the game looks superb, with larger than life cartoony graphics and great music. All the main Mario characters are here, including Bowser, Donkey Kong, Peach and Yoshi, to name but a few. Contraversially, the game also features Birdo, which is a pink dinosaur with huge eyelashes and a big red bow on his head (yes, I did say HIS!).


      The contols of the game are nice and straightforward, and the game is easy to get into. FIFA take note here! Movement is contolled by the joystick on the nunchuk, while the main controller is used for passing the ball. The gameplay takes place on a variety of fanstasy pitches, which again are based on different worlds in the Mario series, such as Sand Tomb, Thunder Island and The Vice. This adds a nice element of variety to the game.


      You can play against friends or against the Wii in an attempt to win trophies. The gameplay against the Wii is surprisingly hard, seeing as this seems to be a game aimed at children. The aim is to beat progressively harder teams in order to win the trophy, culminating in the league boss. My son, who is an old pro at the Fifa games, finds the single player mode quite a challenge. If you win matches you can unlock further characters, such as Baby Bowser and Diddy Kong.


      The game has an extra element to the average football game in that it incorporates weapons and special powers into the gameplay. Each player has special moves, such as the ghost, who can "posess the ball", or a mole who can tunnel beneath the pitch. You can also pick up weapons during the game, such as shells that knock characters down, or banana peels, that make the other players slip on the pitch. One of the most interesting moves is the Megastrike, which enables your character to fire multiple shots at goal as the ball divides into five.


      In summary, this is a great game for the Wii, which is available very cheaply at the moment because it has been out for a while. The gameplay is simple, and yet the Single Player mode will challenge the best players. The animation and music is superb, and has everything I would expect from the Mario brand, which seems to never run out of ideas and is always imaginative and immensely playable, whatever your age.

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      18.03.2010 17:49
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      Fast paced multiplayer action!

      Mario strikers is a football game set in the mario universe. It contains all kinds of characters from the series such as mario,bowser,donkey kong, princess peach, shy guys, koopa's and many more. Characters that there are lots of in the series such as koopa's, shy guys and boo's are your secondary players. You choose whether they play in defense or offence. Main characters such as mario,luigi etc are your captains. Only one captain is allowed on a team. Each has there own special weapon. They always play in the same position. Secondary characters all have there own special shots. These special shots automatically fire when the characters shot is fully charged. Hammer bros for example throw hammers at the goal keeper and flatten him then fire into the back of the net.

      The graphics in this game are great for an early wii game. I didnt realy notice the music in front of all the tackles and electrified screams but it is probably pretty good as well.

      In a match there are two teams with 5 players on each side including the goal keeper. The football is made of metal just to add to the pain. Most pitch's having electrified fences surrounding them. Passing the ball between your players with charge it up. The brighter it gets the more powerfull your shot will be. A white ball is fully charged.

      There are many weapons in the game as well as standard tackles. There are koopa shells, bob-omb's, iced shells, chain chomps and more. There are also special shots called megashots. I don't realy like these but luckily there is an option to turn them off in single matches. Only your captain can use these and he must charge his shot for a long time. Then a metre appears and he must press the shoot button once to stop on how many balls he wants to fire at once and then presses it again trying to get it as close to the orange marker as possible. The closer it is the faster he fires the shots. Once the second marker is set it goes into a short cutscene where the character shoots at the goal. Then a mini game loads where if a player is on the team that is defending then he controls the goal keepers hands. Balls appear on the screen and he must click on them intime to stop each one. The amount that appear depend on the amount that are shot. Each ball he misses counts as a goal against them.

      There are quite alot of modes in this game. There are the normal cup modes where you have to get the most points in a cup. I found this much harder then the last game. There is also a challenge mode where you have to come back from certain situations or win with a handicap. Most of these are quite easy but the last few are extremley hard. This was also the first wii game to support online play over wi-fi. Winning matches got you season points. There is a season leader board also to see how well you are doing. A new season is started every week. The game also supports guests so two people can play together on the same console over wi-fi. If you use this feature then you and the person who is playing on your console with you must be on the same team. Also if you have a guest you can only play against other people that have a guest.

      The game supports up to 4 players offline also all 4 players can be on the same team and can play through the cups together. Though a nun-chuk is required to play so you will need 4 wii remotes an 4 nun chuks.

      This game is a great improvement on the last one in the series. It has lots of new stadiums and all the ones from the old game as well. There are also lots more characters in this game. To start with I prefered the old game but after I got used to it I found this game more enjoyable.

      This is great game if you are playing on your own, with 3 other people or online.

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      27.01.2010 18:43
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      Naff online but fun anyway

      Football games, unsurprisingly, are dominated by the jostling for position between the FIFA and PES series, so it's refreshing to see a game that doesn't take itself as seriously, with Mario Strikers Charged Football. This game makes a strong case that with simplicity comes greatness and fun.

      Simply, gameplay consists of picking a team captain (who have various different skills), and then starting the kickabout. It is extremely well balanced, such that those who are strong in defense will be weak in offense and such. The player will also control their own goalie, to add a bit of tension and immersion to proceedings, and you'll never get the computer taking over important players like you might get in the FIFA games. There are special moves also, which are wacky and add a bit of cartoonish-ness to the game, such as a Super Strike which has multiple balls all over the field. The game isn't that hard to begin with, but has a solid learning curve that challenges you more as the game progresses.

      My main gripe is that the online offering isn't as great as it should be. Nintendo's friend code system is inherently flawed, and the game is quite laggy. Also, there's poor communication, but at least they tried a ranking system even if it's not very deep.

      Visually, this is a solid Wii game and among the better I've seen for its time. Though visuals are never important in any footy game, it does look good, and it benefits more from its wacky style than anything. The aural aspect isn't as great; it's typically repetitive Wii music, but then football games aren't really about music either.

      There's a lot of fun here, but the online mode is underwhelming. Still, it's a blast with a friend, and that's what counts.

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      19.12.2009 16:22
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      Buy it, no question about that

      Now I like my football games such as Fifa and PES, but I wasnt too sure about this game as it seemed like a joke at first. I take back what I said about that game as this is one of the best games on wii, if not THE best game on wii!! This was the first online games on wii so I had to buy it to see how the ii fared online, this game was incredibly brilliant and really addictive online as well as offline playing with friends and family. Dont worry about the controls, you'll get used to them in no time and their easy to use and learn. The harder controls will take a while to learn and to get used to, but once learned they will help you become a pro.

      The single player for the game is fairly short and easy, but the last cup for the mode can be challenging for less experienced players. The single player is not so special and I'd give it around 6-7/10, but the fun starts when you play online which is brilliant. The real challenge is trying to finish in the top 100 or even the top 1000. They great thing about the ranking system is that it gets reset after every season, so new players can also finish high up without being at a disadvantage from starting the game later than others. The matches do get hard and the close matches are very intense, there is no better feeling that winning the game in the dying seconds of the game.

      This game is brilliant, a must buy for wi, it probably has the best online mode for any wii game, theres hardly any lagging that you'll experience on games such as SSBB and Mario kart. The online is 10/10 and as I said before the single player is worth around 6.5/10.

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      09.11.2009 20:58

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      Great game, especially for mario fans

      This is such a cool game. One of the few games i bought for the wii. Gameplay is interesting, using as many of the Mario characters as possible.
      You may wonder how a Mario game ended up a football game. Well, here is how. Each team is made up of 5 characters, consisting of 1 captain with his abilities and stats of your choice, most of which are main characters such as mario and luigi, which are unlocked as you progress, 3 "sidekicks" which all have various stats like the captains, but these are minor characters such as Toad and Boo. Then there is the goalkeeper, who is mostly indestructable and if you get too close before shooting will bash you out of the way. There are special moves you can perform whith all of the characters which do give you an increased chance of scoring, especially with the captains who have a super strike feature if you hold down shoot. This brings us to power ups, if you hold down shoot for long enough, but before the special shot, a power up is gained. Just like all Mario games, these power ups can be used to give you a great advantage.
      Other features in the game are challenges where you play in a given scenario, some of which give rewards after completion, plus an online mode where you play a league against players around the globe using the same gameplay as 1 or 2 player modes, however, occasionally gameplay can be jumpy with poor internet connections.
      Overall a great game. Some might not like the cartoon-like graphics, but it is the way mario has always been. I would reccomend this game to anyone, especially mario fans

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      15.05.2009 21:03
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      Mario fans and footie fans apply here

      Playing online I'd managed to grind out the beginnings of a one - nil victory against presumably some six year old kid, playing on the Wii whilst waiting for his Mum to run his bath. After a hammering from a sly powerstrike, I'm four one down and weeping into my horlicks.

      The single player mode is great in this game, however nothing gets the old palms sweating more than skillfully defending a slender lead against a devious online opponent. AI opponents tend to be relatively predictable but this kid was trying everything. And to this game's credit there are lots of ways to win.

      You control a small team of 5, selectable from the Mario roster (apart from the goalie). A single uber captain can be chosen, of the usual Mario / Luigi / Bowser / Peach etc pedigree, along with three selectable grunts from a list of B List characters (the guys who's heads you normally stomp on in a typical game - Koopa, Hammer Man etc).

      The captain has a unique ability (e.g Waluigi can fart toxic gas to stun opponents) and also is the only one capable of launching power strikes on goal. These feel slightly cheap as a single powerstrike fires 5 or so balls at the keeper forcing the defending team to try and catch them in a first person view or risk conceding as many goals as balls you let pass. However pulling a powerstrike off is tricky - particularly against human opposition (six year old kids the exception here).

      Luckily your other three players also have a unique move, some of them better than others (a personal favourite and one that comes up a lot online is the chap that launches hammers at the goalie to knock him out, then whacks the ball in the back of the net).

      Aside from these attacking methods more traditional moves are available, passing, and charged up shooting often providing for particularly satisfying curling goals. The glowing path left behind by these curlers is just one of many neat graphical touches which make this a great looking Wii game.

      The career mode is fun, and completing cups does unlock stuff, but it's online where the real thrills can be found. If you prefer Mario Golf over Tiger Woods, and fancy a footie game for your Wii then this is the place to look.

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      14.05.2009 18:18
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      Buy if you can find it cheap.

      The Nintendo Wii is a brilliant piece of equipment, there's no doubt about it. The ingenuity behind the console cannot be doubted. However, like many of the games I've played on the Nintendo Wii, Mario Strikers Charged Football has a very limited "life". That is, after a day of playing, you'll never feel like picking up the handset to it again.

      The game was a lot of fun to begin with. Running around with characters such as Mario, Luigi, their evil counterparts - Wario and Waluigi and other characters such as Donkey Kong, Bowser, Yoshi and more. The game requires a Nunchuk to be attached to the Wiimote as controls are found on both the Nunchuk and the main Wiimote.

      The "training" mode was entertaining, and gave all the information needed to play the game well enough to easily beat a computer player. It was the right length, as I didn't get bored of playing the tutorials before they had finished.

      In the main game, a "Team" is made up of One Special Character (Mario, Luigi etc) and 3 other players that you can pick from. There is also a goalkeeper that cannot be picked or controlled. The main characters all have special moves which allow them to score several goals at once. This is difficult to achieve at first, but once you get used to the game it gets very easy to win by 10-0 or other silly score lines.
      The "Tournament" mode is tedious. It starts out very fun and the first few wins are very fulfilling. But after the first 7 games you're willing for the tournament to be over, just to lose in the final and have to start again. Before long the realisation comes that this game is very repetitive, and doesn't really offer much beyond a standard 5v5 match. There is very little "build-up play" like as with only 5 in a side, there is little defence to break down. This saw me getting bored of the game within a day.

      Mario Strikers Charged Football is fun to play for a few games with friends, but I wouldn't recommend the "Single Player Tournament" mode, as it simply gets boring. However, this seems to be the case for most of the games for the Wii console, so it cannot be looked to deeply into.

      Overall, I give this game 5/10. It is very fun and quirky to begin with, but does not offer enough features to have any sustainable game play - This is one to get out with friends around. If you do want to purchase the game, I wouldn't recommend purchasing an expensive new copy. Try to get it second hand from eBay, or from your local game retailer in the preowned section. It's likely to be much cheaper from there, and you won't be as disappointed.
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        29.03.2009 12:19
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        fun characters but gets a bit boring

        this is fun quirky little game with easily to manoeuver special moves.
        The graphics are fun animated graphics with a sharp crispness to them and the characters are the usual suspects you would see in the Mario series.
        It is a football game with 5 different mario characters on each team and each individual player has a special move with a captain you can nomnate to do a super strike.
        Now a super strike is shot you can take any on the small pitch and how it works is that you have a power bar for striking the ball toward goal and when your nominated captain reaches top of that bar you can get super strikes.
        this stops the gameplay and starts a shoot out with the captain and the opposing goalkeeper where you can score about 5 goals in one shot.
        It sounds far fetched i know but it isn't that easy to get into that situation.

        The special moves vary from morphing to growing into a giant,the good thing with this special moves is that they are easy to learn.
        The basic football attributes are there, with easy short passes, long punts up field,slide tackles,etc.
        The game play is fun yet its a bit repetative,there is also a training mode that shows you how to manoeuver special moves which is helpful and also a pitiful story mode what falls some what short.
        The stadiums are nicely done with different fantasy colliseums being the setting.

        All in all this game is fun with decent graphics but the five a side element makes it the build up play boring because you dont really have to work out how to break down defences you only need to pass it once or twice to get a goal attempt.
        Tyou here are probably a lot better games on the market if you love the Super Mario series and like football you will like this but if you dont you are probably best opting for something else.

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        01.02.2009 08:51
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        Mario Strikers charged Football is a unique football (soccer for Americans) game. Firstly in this version there are no normally characters but Mario and his friends like Luigi and his villains like Bowser.

        This game makes good fun playing with a friend and is an interesting mix and is similar to something like Sensible Soccer that it is very unrealistic but this game adds Mario`s touch to it and that is what makes it unique and great fun to play with.

        The controls are quite simple once you get used to them and the game is very fast. Mega Strikes are ridiculously over the top but are quite fun and funny when you get five goals against your mate in about thirty seconds! There are no fouls or throw ins so you can hack people as much as you like! However if you hack someone sometimes they get an item or power up like a shell or bomb similar to Mario Kart! These can really change the game and a good use of a shell can prevent the opponent from scoring a vital goal and winning the game!

        Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses and the sidekicks are good like Boo and they have special abilities! At times you cannot tell where the ball is and it is mad but for some reason I quite like this game it is not as good as Mario Kart but there are certainly worse games out there.
        This game is definitely best multiplayer and can be played online for free against people around the world. Single player is not bad but gets a little boring after a while when you have won all the cups/trophies.

        Graphics are quite good and similar to other Mario games. Sound is not great and does not add anything to the game.

        Overall Mario Strikers is a fun game best played with friends and worth buying if seen at a good price and is suitable for everyone!

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          07.11.2008 18:04
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          Great multiplayer even if you're not into football games normally

          Mario Strikers Charged Football is a football (or 'Soccer') game starring a whole host of Mario heroes and villains.

          In my opinion Mario Strikers Charged Football does for the football game what Mario Kart did for racing games, and what Super Smash Bros did for for beat'em ups - it mixes the genre with a heavy dose of light hearted fun which results in a unique and accessible game with great multiplayer possibilities.

          The game is fast paced and control is simple. There are no fouls or penalties or throw ins to slow down the pace, in fact the only time the game stops per se is when a Mega Strike is performed. Mega Strikes are ridiculously over the top, but great fun when you pull them off, and they can result in the attacking player getting up to 6 goals at once - all depending on the reactions and accuracy of the defending player, who must point the WiiMote at each ball that comes hurtling towards them to perform a save!

          In fact, when a foul takes place (i.e. a player is knocked over when they don't have the ball), the player on the receiving end is granted with a power up. Power ups add some welcome unpredictability to the proceedings, and the Koopa shells from the Mario Kart games make a welcome appearance! There's nothing quite like knocking an opponent down with a homing red shell split seconds before they're about to score a goal.

          The range of characters available, and the differences between them are great. As well as the standard Mario cast, there are some 'sidekicks' such as my personal favourite, Monty Mole. Monty has a special attack where he burrows underground with the ball and emerges right next to the goal to score... great fun to perform and to watch. Yoshi is able to turn into a giant egg and literally roll into the goal and score. It's funny touches like this that make Mario Strikers great fun.

          Playing the game single player has limited appeal- not that it's bad, but this definitely feels like more of a game to be enjoyed with a group of friends. Fortunately the game is also playable online, in fact it was one of the first Wii games to have this feature.

          Graphics in Mario Strikers are what you would expect from a Mario game - they're not brilliant but they certainly do the job. Some of the special effects for special shots /powerups are suitably over the top and add to the fun of playing the game.

          Overall, Mario Strikers is a great, fast paced multiplayer game that's easy to pick up and play and always a good laugh. Even if you don't normally enjoy football games, Mario Strikers is great fun for everyone!

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            14.09.2008 17:44

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            Good game but rent before you buy!

            Mario Strikers Charged Football is a big improvement from the original Gameube version. The biggest improvement is the ability to play online with your friends and even people you don't know! If you like soccer then this is a game to consider buying, but if you don't I'd rent this first. The concept of the game is to get the ball through the net to score points, and the player with the most points wins the game. You can press the A button to pass the ball to a teammate, and the B button to shoot the ball. If you hold down the B button you will do a special charged shot that shows a really cool animation and you have a better chance of making goals. Overall this is a good game, but I still recommend you rent this before you buy it just so you won't be disappointed! Good luck.

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            13.09.2008 10:10
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            A solid take on football which should appeal to eveyone but may disappoint ardent football game fans

            If you're a Mario fan, then this is a good take on one of the nation's most beloved sports and should appeal to many fans from the young to the old. However, if you are more of a football purist or expecting something along the lines of serious gameplay, then I'd give Mario Strikers Charged Football a miss.

            Mario Strikers is a visually appealing game with many different themed stadia to play in relating to the character's home grounds. Most of the characters from previous Mario games are there to choose from as well with a total of 12 to choose from from the start, including Diddy Kong and Bowser Jr.

            The gameplay is easy to pick up, even without going through the tutorial at the beginning of the game. It is based on a 5 a side team with your main character being the captain, who is then teamed up with 3 sidekicks who can be alternated for different supporting characters.

            Overall, this is a fun game which does get a lot harder the further in you get. There are many cups and tournaments to take part in and with online play available, this should have a good appeal even to casual sports games fans.

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            06.09.2008 04:33
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            Mario "football" with flaws

            Mario Strikers charged football was the first game to use the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. And this is what first attracted me to buy it.

            The actual game to me has more in common the fast paced end to end action of basketball rather than a skilled passing game of football. There are no free kicks off sides or throw-ins

            So if you are looking for an in anyway realistic footie sim you will need to keep looking.
            Your team is built around a captain Such as Mario Bowser Peach etc you get to pick the usual Nintendo suspects as your inspiring leader. The rest of the team is built with minor Nintendo character, such as Boo Monty Mole and Kooper Trooper.

            The aim of the game is to score a higher number of goals than your opponent in a limited time period...sounds straight forward enough until you have to take into account that when your captain has a shot., if you hold down the b button he or she unleashes a special attack shot which can result in a high number of goals at once. This is a good twist on the normal game of football but it is somewhat spoilt by every time you take one of these attack shots the game goes into a non skippable animation which really breaks up the flow of the game, which in it's self wouldn't be so bad if these shots were not frequent but you will have to put up with this maybe 5-10 times per match.

            The shots are also easily saved by your opponent (if you are playing multiplayer) as they have to simply point the Wii remote at the screen and move the goalkeepers gloves to block the fairly slow moving shots.

            There are various power ups that are scattered throughout the course of the match randomly which also take on the usual Nintendo theme of shells mushrooms and the like, but these to me are more annoying than add anything to the gameplay.

            The online play is disappointing as it tends to be on wiii games as it relies on the use of friend codes, or playing some faceless person randomly.

            It is somewhat fun though in multiplayer if only you could skip the power shot cut scenes it would rate more highly in my opinion. also on ciao.co.uk

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            15.07.2008 12:48
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            Mario Football a limited game and not for everyone

            Another football game from mario this time for the wii, this is yet another simple game which is not exactly football due to the extreme measures you can go to suck as a super strike giving you the chance to score anything from 3-5 goals and with the array of weapons available to you the game can get very frustrating to keep hold of the ball against your opponent who will do everything they can to take the ball off you because thats the aim of the game to score!

            There isnt much to the game as far as single player goes theres a few time trials and a couple of tournaments for you to win but they arnt challenging and as soon as you have wizzed your way through them you find that your not left with much else to do unless ofcourse your wii is hooked up to the internet in which case you can play people acroos europe, once again though this is very frustrating and if your anything of a desent player you will find yourself in a constant battle to keep the ball away from your opponent.

            The graphics are average for the game but like i say theres not much to the game other than 8 people tearing each other up looking for a chance to score so the graphics arnt even that important to it.
            The gameplay is quite simple using the nunchuck to run around and use your weapons and using the wii remote you can shoot the ball and if you give it a little flick you will lunge your player forward for a strong tackle. Other than this theres not much else to the controlls its a very simple game with yet hardly anything to it. They certainly could of made the game a little longer for the single player mode or even made a classic football style of play as this would of been nice to play against my friends instead when we play we always end up in a checkmate because when one of us tries to shoot the other just throws in a tackle, thus starting the cycle of us just shouting at the TV.

            This is definetly a game which i think lasts no more than a week because the novelty wears off really easy when you realise that theres nothing more to the game than kicking the ball between 4 people nd hoping that you get the chance to make a decent shot to go in. i would proberly not recommend this to anyone because the game is really simple and definetly not worth the price.

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