Mario Strikers: Battle League review

Review information

Time Played: 13 hours

Platform: Nintendo Switch

It wouldn’t be a Nintendo console without Mario’s sporting holidays, and on the Switch we’ve already seen plenty. Golf, tennis, and the Olympics might be the famous plumber’s usual choices, but every so often, we find him on less familiar turf. It’s been 15 years since he  last took to the football field but finally, Nintendo’s returned to the beautiful game once more with Mario Strikers: Battle League Football.

Bringing back the original developers, Next Level Games, Battle League is a familiar pleasure. It comes with a few changes, though. Some of those come down to numbers – there are fewer playable characters and you can’t score six goals at once anymore, a minor travesty. Crucially though, what we’ve got feels more refined and more skillful, and it’s a ton of fun with friends.

Mario Strikers: Battle League price and release date

  • What is it? An interactive horror adventure from the minds behind Until Dawn
  • Release date: June 10, 2022
  • What can I play it on? PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
  • Price: $69.99 / £69.99 / AU$89.99

Golden goal

Bowser enraged.

(Image credit: Nintendo)

First up: forget about formation tactics. This is 5v5, so you’ll instead be taking note of each character’s unique stats. For example, Bowser packs powerful strikes and hard-hitting tackles, Toad is speedy and great for passing, and Luigi’s your classic ‘all-rounder’. It’s worth assessing your picks, and you can choose everyone in your team except the goalkeeper, Boom Boom. You try arguing about positions with a personified red shell.

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