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Mario Super Sluggers
File-MSuperSluggersart
North American boxart
Developer(s) Namco Bandai Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario
Release date JP June 19, 2008
NA August 15, 2008
Genre(s) Baseball
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Ratings CERO: A
ESRB: E
OFLC: PG
PEGI: 3+
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii
Previous game Mario Superstar Baseball

Mario Super Sluggers ("Super Mario Stadium Family Baseball" in Japan) is a game for the Wii developed by Namco Bandai and published by Nintendo. It was previously known by the working title, Super Mario Stadium Baseball. It is part of the Mario Sports Series, and the sequel to Mario Superstar Baseball for the Nintendo GameCube.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Mario Super Sluggers is similar to that of its predecessor; the main difference being the controls, with the Wii Remote adding immersion using a control scheme similar to the Baseball sub-game in Wii Sports.[1]

  • There are three control methods: Wii Remote by itself, Wii Remote and the Nunchuk, and the Wii Remote held sideways.
  • The items can be thrown at fielders in an attempt to keep them from catching the ball.

Buddy Jump

A Buddy Jump is a new technique in Mario Super Sluggers that allows a character who has chemistry with a nearby character to jump off of the other character and catch possible home runs. It is activated when jumping twice near a character who has chemistry with the player.

Plot

Baseball Kingdom

The Large Baseball Kingdom with its eight stadiums

The game starts off with the heroes including Birdo and excluding Peach on a Cruiser Ride to the Baseball Kingdom where there are nine playable fields. They meet up with Peach and Toadsworth. Peach escorts her friends to the lighthouse at the Daisy Cruiser, showing them an overview of the entire locale.

Later Mario and the others start a game of Baseball which also includes them with Wii Remotes, emphasizing the feature of the game. The ball in the game takes a series of places since it was hit that far to Wario City and other places as well. Wario chases after it to find it shot into the air from a manhole water spout. The ball lands on Wario's head, causing him to fall backwards, and causing the ball to fly into Yoshi Park. Yoshi tries to catch with the flutter Jump (A core Yoshi Move) but fails and falls in a Warp Pipe with the ball. The ball falls to the DK Jungle and given to Diddy Kong who is about to be run over by a barrel but was saved by Donkey Kong.

The view switches back to Mario Stadium, where Mario pitches to DK, who then makes a hit. Yoshi goes for the catch, but both Wario and Waluigi bombard him with Bob-ombs. Yoshi tries to catch the ball and it is given to characters in a sequence and finally to Luigi in the base about to catch it. However, Donkey Kong was in presence of the base, ending up in tackling Luigi and slamming him to the boundary. Everyone is alarmed for Luigi's injury and the balls presence, Luigi gives signs of life and shows the ball in his hand. A celebration then starts in honor of Luigi making Team Mario win the game.

Characters

Many different characters have been spotted on the field in screenshots or artwork. All characters returned from Mario Superstar Baseball and there is a total of forty-two characters.

Team Captains

Name Description Ability Team Stats
Mario As captain of the Mario Fireballs, Mario has a lot to live up to. But he's always ready to be a hero, so whether he's on the mound, heading for home you know he'll do whatever it takes to save the day. Enlarge Mario Fireballs Pitch 6/10
Bat 7/10
Field 6/10
Run 7/10
Luigi With his trusty Tornado Ball and signature green cap, Luigi is the talented team captain of the Luigi Knights. He may not have as much confidence as his superstar brother Mario, but not everyone can be a hero, right? Super Jump Luigi Knights Pitch 6/10
Bat 6/10
Field 7/10
Run 7/10
Princess Peach Mario may be Princess Peach's hero, but she won't need him to come to her rescue this time. An excellent pitcher, her Heart Ball leaves opposing batters dazed by her overwhelming charm. Quick Throw Peach Monarchs Pitch 9/10
Bat 4/10
Field 8/10
Run 5/10
Princess Daisy Daisy brings her boundless enthusiasm to the baseball diamond, heading her own team and boasting her own stadium - the Daisy Cruiser. She's a defensive dynamo who also throws a mean changeup. Super Dive Daisy Flowers Pitch 7/10
Bat 6/10
Field 8/10
Run 5/10
Yoshi While not the strongest pitcher, Yoshi's Egg Swing and Tongue Catch help round him out as a team captain. And it may sound strange, but he plays best when surrounded by a lineup of babies. Tongue Catch Yoshi Eggs Pitch 4/10
Bat 4/10
Field 6/10
Run 9/10
Birdo Always an eclectic character, Birdo boasts a surprisingly diverse group of friends. As a power hitter with great stamina, Birdo should do fine as a first-time captain, despite having trouble hitting curves. Suction Catch Birdo Bows Pitch 4/10
Bat 8/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
Wario Wario throws a straight and powerful pitch, except when he unleashes his Phony Ball. But nobody likes a cheater, which is why so few of the other players like to be on the Wario Muscles. Laser Beam Wario Muscles Pitch 5/10
Bat 8/10
Field 3/10
Run 4/10
Waluigi Waluigi has been a low-down sneaky cheat since he first joined Wario in doubles tennis. Now he's continuing his conniving ways on the baseball field with tricky pitches and confusing hits. Quick Throw Waluigi Spitballs Pitch 8/10
Bat 4/10
Field 8/10
Run 5/10
Donkey Kong As king of the jungle and captain of the DK Wilds, Donkey Kong packs some serious punch at the plate. Pairing him up with his pals Diddy Kong and Funky Kong in the outfield makes for some hairy defense. Clamber DK Wilds Pitch 6/10
Bat 9/10
Field 3/10
Run 2/10
Diddy Kong Diddy Kong is a formidable pitcher with a mean changeup that he puts to good use as captain of the Diddy Monkeys. He likes to stack his team with fellow Kongs Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong any chance he gets. Clamber Diddy Monkeys Pitch 5/10
Bat 4/10
Field 8/10
Run 6/10
Bowser Bowser is a real baseball bruiser. As the king of the koopas and the captain of the Bowser Monsters, he packs superstrong hitting, killer pitching and a vicious outfield spin attack into one powerful package. Spin Attack Bowser Monsters Pitch 5/10
Bat 10/10
Field 3/10
Run 3/10
Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr's team may be called the rookies, but he is no rookie when it causes trouble for Mario. He and his dad Bowser are the root of all the trouble brewing in Baseball Kingdom. Spin Attack Bowser Jr. Rookies Pitch 5/10
Bat 7/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10

Team Players

Name Description Ability Team Stats
Baby Mario Though he may be tiny and lacking in stamina like all other babies, Baby Mario is a swift runner. He can even use is Enlarge ability to give his base running a well-timed boost. Enlarge Mario Fireballs Pitch 5/10
Bat 3/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10
Baby Luigi When he's not busy racing karts or being rescued by Yoshi, Baby Luigi likes to practice his Super Jump fielding technique. That and his speedy little legs make him a great fielder. Super Jump Mario Fireballs Pitch 5/10
Bat 2/10
Field 5/10
Run 8/10
Baby Peach Baby Peach is a slow-pitch master with a surprisingly mean changeup. She's tough to hit, even without a special Heart Ball. Even though she lacks stamina, her Quick Throw ability makes her a solid fielder. Quick Throw Peach Monarchs Pitch 8/10
Bat 2/10
Field 5/10
Run 6/10
Baby Daisy Like other baby players, Baby Daisy makes up for lack of stamina with a solid off-speed pitch. Her changeup is hard to hit, and her signature fielding technique, the Super Dive, makes her a reliable fielder. Super Dive Peach Monarchs Pitch 6/10
Bat 4/10
Field 5/10
Run 6/10
Baby Donkey Kong Baby DK has the most stamina of all the baby players. And while he isn't the strongest pitcher, he has long monkey limbs that are very useful in the outfield. Like many of his Kong buddies, he can cover some ground. Clamber DK Wilds Pitch 3/10
Bat 6/10
Field 8/10
Run 4/10
Toad As Princess Peach's retainer, Toad has traveled far and wide, making friends everywhere. Maybe that is why so many players love to have him by their side. Or maybe it's just because he always has a good attitude. Enlarge Peach Monarchs Pitch 5/10
Bat 5/10
Field 3/10
Run 7/10
Toadette After first joining Princess Peach, Toad and the gang for kart racing, Toadette now brings her patented slow pitch to the baseball field. She may not be much of a power hitter, but she sure can fly when she's running the bases. Enlarge Peach Monarchs Pitch 5/10
Bat 3/10
Field 4/10
Run 8/10
Toadsworth Since the fateful trip to Isle Delfino, this utility player never leaves the side of Princess Peach. What he lacks in power at the plate, he makes up for with strong defense in the field. Enlarge Peach Monarchs Pitch 7/10
Bat 3/10
Field 7/10
Run 3/10
Pianta his hefty resident of Isle Delfino swings away with a palm tree branch instead of a bat, but it must be dense wood, because Blue Pianta can hit it a mile when he charges all the way up! Laser Beam Mario Fireballs Pitch 5/10
Bat 8/10
Field 4/10
Run 2/10
Noki Another resident of Isle Delfino who befriends Mario on his ill-fated tropical vacation. Blue Noki isn't a power player on the baseball field, but can put a wicked curve on his changeup. Ball Dash Mario Fireballs Pitch 5/10
Bat 4/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10
Dixie Kong ixie Kong makes good use of her innate Kong sense in the outfield. She's one of the premier defensive players in the game, clambering her way to highlight-reel catches when she needs to. Clamber DK Wilds Pitch 3/10
Bat 3/10
Field 8/10
Run 7/10
Funky Kong Funky Kong makes use of his long limbs in every aspect of the game. He has strong pitching skills and a great charge hit. His reach makes him an aboveaverage fielder, so his defense must be reckoned with. Clamber DK Wilds Pitch 4/10
Bat 8/10
Field 6/10
Run 3/10
Tiny Kong Tiny Kong is the smallest of the Kongs and doesn't boats the power of her bigger friends. But she is by no means the weakest player in the game. Great team chemistry with the Kongs makes her a valuable player. Clamber DK Wilds Pitch 5/10
Bat 5/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
King K. Rool King K. Rool and his Kremling Krew have been after the Kongs for years. Now he's bringing his might to the baseball diamond with a powerful swing and one of the meaner charge pitches around. Laser Beam DK Wilds Pitch 6/10
Bat 10/10
Field 2/10
Run 1/10
Kritter Despite his large, imposing figure, Kritter doesn't have the same dominant power as his boss, King K. Rool, but he is an above-average hitter and has a reliable fastball when he's on the mound. Keeper Catch DK Wilds Pitch 4/10
Bat 7/10
Field 7/10
Run 3/10
Goomba The very first of Bowser's minions to cross Mario's path, Goomba is the meanist bunter in the baseball kingdom, and a fierce pitcher to boot. It takes near perfect timing to steal a hit off of him. Ball Dash Wario Muscles Pitch 6/10
Bat 3/10
Field 6/10
Run 4/10
Paragoomba Super Jump Wario Muscles Pitch 6/10
Bat 3/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
Koopa Troopa Spin Attack Wario Muscles Pitch 3/10
Bat 6/10
Field 4/10
Run 6/10
Koopa Paratroopa Super Jump Wario Muscles Pitch 3/10
Bat 3/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
Magikoopa Magical Catch Bowser Monsters Pitch 8/10
Bat 2/10
Field 8/10
Run 2/10
Hammer Bro. No surprise that this fearsome player has a strong arm. As one of Bowser's go-to guys, Hammer Bro. unleashes his patented hammer throw on the field. And he'll make pay at the plate with his powerful charge hit. Hammer Throw Bowser Monsters Pitch 4/10
Bat 7/10
Field 6/10
Run 3/10
Dry Bones Scatter Dive Bowser Monsters Pitch 4/10
Bat 7/10
Field 4/10
Run 5/10
Boo Normally the shiest of spirits, Boo isn't afraid to show off the strongest changeup in the game when he takes the mound. His teleportation ability comes in handy when baserunning - or basefloating in his case. Teleport Wario Muscles Pitch 9/10
Bat 3/10
Field 3/10
Run 5/10
King Boo Haunting Luigi since he first set foot in the mansion, King Boo doesn't have the stamina for late innings, but he's a talented player nonetheless. As it is with many ghosts, he is not well-liked by other players. Teleport Wario Muscles Pitch 7/10
Bat 7/10
Field 3/10
Run 4/10
Petey Piranha As one of the biggest players on the field, it comes as no shock that Petey Piranha has one of the top three charge shots in the game. He brings the heat on the mound as well, but has surprisingly low stamina. Piranha Catch Peach Monarchs Pitch 4/10
Bat 10/10
Field 5/10
Run 2/10
Wiggler Angry Attack Yoshi Eggs Pitch 3/10
Bat 7/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10
Shy Guy Super Dive Yoshi Eggs Pitch 4/10
Bat 5/10
Field 7/10
Run 4/10
Monty Mole Burrow Mario Fireballs Pitch 4/10
Bat 4/10
Field 5/10
Run 7/10
Blooper Blooper and Mario have already met on Isle Delfino. Now they meet again on the baseball diamond. Blooper's unique Ink Dive makes him an effective base runner. Don't be fooled by his changeup—it's actually his fastest pitch. Ink Dive Mario Fireballs Pitch 6/10
Bat 4/10
Field 5/10
Run 6/10

Alternate Colors

Name Description Ability Team Stats
Red Yoshi This Yoshi is one of Yoshi's alternate colors. This Yoshi may not have good hitting, fielding, or pitching, but he has good speed. Tongue Catch Yoshi Eggs Pitch 3/10
Bat 4/10
Field 4/10
Run 8/10
Red Pianta This Pianta is one of Pianta's alternate colors. This Pianta may have good hitting, but he has bad fielding, ptching, and speed. Laser Beam Mario Fireballs Pitch 4/10
Bat 8/10
Field 4/10
Run 2/10
Boomerang Bro. This character is one of Hammer Bro's alternate colors. Boomerang Bro. only has bad speed, but he has balanced stats. Boomerang Throw Bowser Monsters Pitch 5/10
Bat 7/10
Field 5/10
Run 3/10

Voice Acting

Gallery

Screenshots

Artwork

Trivia

  • In the table above, the Sub-Captains are on the captains' team on Story Mode.
    • Luigi is on the Mario Fireballs.
    • Princess Daisy is on the Peach Monarchs.
    • Birdo is on the Yoshi Eggs.
    • Waluigi is on the Wario Muscles.
    • Diddy Kong is on the DK Wilds.
    • Bowser Jr. is on the Bowser Monsters.
  • In the Game Opening cutscene, the music that plays is a remix of the Hammer Bros. theme from Super Mario Bros. 3.

References

  1. Nintendo Hits a Home Run with Mario Super Sluggers

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