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Mario Super Sluggers
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Developer(s) Namco Bandai Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date Wii (original release)
Japan June 19, 2008
USA August 25, 2008
Wii (Nintendo Selects)
USA May 15, 2011
Genre Baseball
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
Mode(s) 1-4 Players
Media
Wii:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Input
Wii:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)

Mario Super Sluggers is the Wii installment follow-up to Mario Superstar Baseball. It was released in Japan and North America in 2008. The game was never released in Europe and Australia, even after the Wii Nintendo Selects re-release.

This game borrows elements seen from the Mario Superstar Baseball game, but, it also includes new elements as well for this installment, including a variety of gameplay controls, using the Wii Remote/Nunchuk accessories and a detailed Challenge Mode (which is the primary focus of this game).

Gameplay[edit]

The three control types, as shown in the instruction booklet enclosed with the game.

Mario Super Sluggers can be played using three different control methods:

  • Wii Remote (vertical)
  • Wii Remote (horizontal)
  • Wii Remote + Nunchuk controller

Before a game starts, a roulette will start in order to show which team will be batting first. This is different from the prequel, in which the player could choose which team would be batting first.

Assuming that players are using the Wii Remote (vertical) or the Wii Remote/Nunchuk combination, in order to bat or pitch, players must hold the A Button button and the Wii Remote must be swung at the appropriate time. The more precise the hit/pitch, the further/faster the ball will go. To charge up a pitch or swing, players must pull the Wii Remote back. They can also do curve balls as well by twisting the Wii Remote, while pitching. Once the ball is in a fielder's hand, the Wii Remote must be swung so that the fielder can pitch the ball at one of the basemen.

In the outfield, players can create special moves if there is chemistry between outfielders:

  • One outfielder tackles the ball and the ball rolls towards the outfielder with chemistry. The outfielder that holds the ball can then throw a very fast ball towards a base from the outfield.
  • When a possible home run is hit, players can initiate a Buddy Jump. Upon jumping around another outfielder's head and pressing A Button twice, one of the players will jump incredibly high to catch home run balls. This must be done with precise timing.

Superstar Matchups return; however, it is set for captains only and occurs when the team captain is not batting first and when one runner is on second or third and two or all three runners on base (only when the runs exceed to 4 or more on the scoreboard). This also applies to RBI chance screens.

While pitching, a character may show signs of fatigue, depending on how long they pitch. Letting up a lot of runs factors into this, too.

While pitching, however, players will have to pay attention to the pitcher's stamina. If the character that's pitching is showing signs of fatigue (depicted by a water droplet in a bubble), their pitches will start to behave in an erratic manner. When the current pitcher is exhausted, players will have to decide to adjust the defense so that a new character plays pitcher instead. On a side note, pitchers can get exhausted even quicker if the batting team manages to make a lot of successful Home Runs. Even a Grand Slam can cause a pitcher to become fully fatigued right off the bat.

Star Skills make a reappearance in Mario Super Sluggers as well. Any player can pitch or bat using Star Skills, however only Team Captains can use special hits/pitches. Team Players can only use Star Skills that will make the ball go faster or slower. Both teams can store up to five Star Skill attempts; they are earned as a result of well executed plays.

Mario wins MVP after his team wins against the Wario Muscles.

At the end of each game, the character who has had the most potential for their team will win the MVP award, which will be recorded in the Records menu. Characters can earn MVP points by striking out opponents, executing nice plays on defense, successful hits while batting (the batter has to make it to 1st base without getting out), stealing bases, close plays, and even for error item usage. The character with the most MVP points will win the award. Also, it's possible for more than one character to win MVP if at least two characters have the same amount of points.

Stadiums[edit]

There are a total of nine stadiums (excluding Toy Field) in all. Every Team Captain (excluding Waluigi, Birdo, and Diddy Kong) has a stadium which is based on his or her character's unique persona. Most of the nine stadiums can be played in daytime or nighttime. Mario Stadium is the only stadium not to feature any gimmicks in the field, making for the most realistic baseball experience. Wario City is the only stadium that switches from day to night with no gimmicky changes. The Bowser Jr. Playroom is only accessible during the day, while Luigi's Mansion and Bowser Castle can only be accessed at night.

Starting stadiums[edit]

These stadiums are accessible when starting a new game file.

Image(s) Stadium Corresponding Mini-game
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Mario Stadium Bob-omb Derby
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Peach Ice Garden Wall Ball
YoshiParkNight.PNG Yoshi Park Piranha Panic
WarioFareDay.PNG Wario City Gem Catch
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DK Jungle Barrel Basher

Unlockable stadiums[edit]

Upon meeting certain criteria during gameplay itself, these four stadiums will be available for access.

Image(s) Stadium Corresponding Mini-game How To Unlock
Slug Mansion.jpg Luigi's Mansion Ghost K In Challenge Mode, after opening the Pianta's shop in Mario Stadium, buy Luigi's Flashlight and Luigi's Mansion will open. Note that the night time setting must be unlocked before the stadium is usable.
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Daisy Cruiser Blooper Baserun In Challenge Mode, after opening Toadsworth's shop in Peach Ice Garden, buy a Cruiser Pass to play on the cruiser.
Bowser jrs room.jpg Bowser Jr. Playroom Graffiti Runner In Challenge Mode, get 9 players by finding them in the Challenge Mode Stadiums and beat Bowser Jr.'s team in the Bowser Jr. Playroom one time and the stadium will be unlocked.
Bowser CastleMSS.PNG Bowser Castle Bowser Pinball In Challenge Mode, beat Bowser Jr.'s team (said above) and then beat Bowser's team in Bowser Castle.

Playable characters[edit]

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The Captain Select screen.
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The Team Setup screen.
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The Offense/Defense Setup screen.

All of the characters from the Mario Superstar Baseball game make a return appearance in Mario Super Sluggers. Additionally for this game, there are new participants as well. It is now possible to put more than one of the same character on the team in Exhibition Mode, as long as they are different colors. However, it is no longer possible to choose which hand that the characters will bat and pitch with; for example, players can no longer make Mario a left-handed batter.

Players are given the choice to play as their Miis as well, whose stats are all 6/10. Players can't choose to have a whole team of nine Miis, but they can put one captain and up to eight other Miis.

When characters become Star Players, their abilities are boosted by one point each. However, characters can only become Star Players by defeating Bowser's team in Challenge Mode.

Team captains[edit]

All team captains listed below in this section are available to be selected in the game's Exhibition Mode. Luigi, Daisy, Birdo, Waluigi, Diddy Kong, Bowser, and Bowser Jr. are only selectable as Team Captains outside of Challenge Mode. Also, depending on progress made in the Challenge Mode gameplay itself, players are only able to choose Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Wario, and Donkey Kong while navigating the Baseball Kingdom locale.

Mario
A 5-tool player who can hit, run, and pitch!
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Stats
Pitch 6/10
Bat 7/10
Field 6/10
Run 7/10
Luigi
A 5-tool player who can jump, pitch, and hit!
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  • Team Name: Luigi Knights
  • Stadium: Luigi's Mansion
  • Star Pitch: Tornado Ball
  • Star Swing: Tornado Swing
  • Fielding/Running: Super Jump
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Stats
Pitch 6/10
Bat 6/10
Field 7/10
Run 7/10
Peach
A slap hitter who can pitch the lights out. She can also throw beautiful pink hearts, too!
Peach MSS.jpg
Stats
Pitch 9/10
Bat 4/10
Field 8/10
Run 5/10
Daisy
Her amazing glove is her best feature. Flowers are the best also!
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  • Team Name: Daisy Flowers
  • Stadium: Daisy Cruiser
  • Star Pitch: Flower Ball
  • Star Swing: Flower Swing
  • Fielding/Running: Super Dive
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Stats
Pitch 7/10
Bat 6/10
Field 8/10
Run 5/10
Yoshi
Top-class speed in the field and on base. Will his tongue do the trick?
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Stats
Pitch 4/10
Bat 4/10
Field 6/10
Run 9/10
Birdo
A good player who has trouble hitting curves.
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  • Team Name: Birdo Bows
  • Stadium: None
  • Star Pitch: Suction Ball
  • Star Swing: Cannon Swing
  • Fielding/Running: Suction Catch
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Stats
Pitch 4/10
Bat 8/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
Wario
Good stamina and a great contact zone.
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Stats
Pitch 5/10
Bat 8/10
Field 3/10
Run 4/10
Waluigi
Charge swings drop power, but increase hits.
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  • Team Name: Waluigi Spitballs
  • Stadium: None
  • Star Pitch: Liar Ball
  • Star Swing: Liar Swing
  • Fielding/Running: Quick Throw
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Stats
Pitch 8/10
Bat 4/10
Field 8/10
Run 5/10
Donkey Kong
A strong hitter who can also climb walls.
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Stats
Pitch 6/10
Bat 9/10
Field 3/10
Run 2/10
Diddy Kong
His hits and pitches move like crazy!
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  • Team Name: Diddy Monkeys
  • Stadium: None
  • Star Pitch: Banana Ball
  • Star Swing: Banana Swing
  • Fielding/Running: Clamber
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Stats
Pitch 5/10
Bat 4/10
Field 8/10
Run 6/10
Bowser
His strength and stamina baffles batters!
Bowser MSS.jpg
Stats
Pitch 5/10
Bat 10/10
Field 3/10
Run 3/10
Bowser Jr.
A pitcher with great ball and bat control!
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  • Team Name: Bowser Jr. Rookies
  • Stadium: Bowser Jr. Playroom
  • Star Pitch: Graffiti Ball
  • Star Swing: Graffiti Swing
  • Fielding/Running: Spin Attack
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Left
Stats
Pitch 5/10
Bat 7/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10

Team players[edit]

Not all Team Players listed below are available from the start. In most cases, the player has to go through the Challenge Mode process and find the Team Players in question. Upon finding them, the player is given said tasks in relation to them (including specified Scouting Missions/Battle Missions). The tasks must be completed successfully prior to unlocking the Team Players for use in other modes for the game (in most cases, during the Exhibition mode setup process).

Certain Team Players can also be unlocked by playing the other available modes in the game. The targeted Team Players in question are added to the overall roster for the entire game, provided that certain conditions are met.

Main team players[edit]

Character Name Biography Running/Fielding Bats/Throws Stats
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Baby Mario Small and fast, he's the master of close plays! Enlarge Right/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 3/10
Field 4/10
Run 8/10
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Baby Luigi An outstanding fielder who can also pitch. Super Jump Left/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 2/10
Field 5/10
Run 8/10
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Baby Peach Owner of the wickedest slow curve around. Quick Throw Right/Right Pitch 8/10
Bat 2/10
Field 5/10
Run 6/10
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Baby Daisy A nasty curve makes up for a lack of power. Super Dive Left/Right Pitch 6/10
Bat 4/10
Field 5/10
Run 6/10
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Baby DK A mini dynamo who can clamber and field! Clamber Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 6/10
Field 8/10
Run 4/10
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Red Toad A well-balanced Toad who throws a decent pitch. Enlarge Right/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 5/10
Field 3/10
Run 7/10
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Toadette A steal machine with speed to spare. Enlarge Right/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 3/10
Field 4/10
Run 8/10
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Toadsworth A masterful pitcher who tires easily. Enlarge Right/Right Pitch 7/10
Bat 3/10
Field 7/10
Run 3/10
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Blue Pianta Strong but slow with a powerful arm. Laser Beam Right/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 8/10
Field 4/10
Run 2/10
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Blue Noki A speedy girl who runs faster with the ball. Ball Dash Left/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 4/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10
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Dixie Kong A defensive masteress who can also climb walls. Clamber Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 3/10
Field 8/10
Run 7/10
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Funky Kong A powerhouse with slow charge pitches. Clamber Right/Left Pitch 4/10
Bat 8/10
Field 6/10
Run 3/10
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Tiny Kong A well-rounded player with a mean curve! Clamber Left/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 5/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
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King K. Rool Dominating bat and arm, but poor stamina. Laser Beam Right/Left Pitch 6/10
Bat 10/10
Field 2/10
Run 1/10
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Kritter A brute whose glove hides his slow feet. Keeper Catch Left/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 7/10
Field 7/10
Run 3/10
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Goomba A good bunter who also pitches well. Ball Dash Right/Right Pitch 6/10
Bat 3/10
Field 6/10
Run 4/10
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Paragoomba A defensive specialist with great hops! Super Jump Right/Right Pitch 6/10
Bat 3/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
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Green Koopa Troopa A contact hitter with good speed. Spin Attack Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 6/10
Field 4/10
Run 6/10
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Red Koopa Paratroopa Uses super jumps to catch high flies. Super Jump Left/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 4/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
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Magikoopa A good pitcher, but an amazing fielder. Magical Catch Left/Right Pitch 8/10
Bat 2/10
Field 8/10
Run 2/10
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Hammer Bro. His hammer can catch distant balls. Hammer Throw Right/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 7/10
Field 6/10
Run 3/10
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Dry Bones A Dry Bones who can avoid most tags. Scatter Dive Left/Left Pitch 4/10
Bat 7/10
Field 4/10
Run 5/10
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Boo Fantastic curveball with excellent bat control. Teleport Left/Left Pitch 9/10
Bat 3/10
Field 3/10
Run 5/10
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King Boo A reliable bat and arm with poor defense. Teleport Right/Right Pitch 7/10
Bat 7/10
Field 3/10
Run 4/10
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Petey Piranha A power hitter who swings for the fences! Piranha Catch Left/Neither Pitch 4/10
Bat 10/10
Field 5/10
Run 2/10
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Wiggler A player with more speed than you'd think. Angry Attack Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 7/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10
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Shy Guy An all-around player with a nice glove. Super Dive Left/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 5/10
Field 7/10
Run 4/10
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Monty Mole A skilled bunter with good speed! Burrow Left/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 4/10
Field 5/10
Run 7/10
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Blooper A true master of the changeup pitch! Ink Dive Left/Right Pitch 6/10
Bat 4/10
Field 5/10
Run 6/10

Alternate team players[edit]

Character Name Biography Running/Fielding Bats/Throws Stats
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Red Yoshi A speedy Yoshi with all-around skills. Tongue Catch Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 4/10
Field 4/10
Run 8/10
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Blue Yoshi A speedy Yoshi with a decent arm. Tongue Catch Left/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 2/10
Field 6/10
Run 8/10
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Yellow Yoshi A speedy Yoshi with a decent bat. Tongue Catch Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 4/10
Field 6/10
Run 7/10
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Light Blue Yoshi A speedy Yoshi with a decent glove. Tongue Catch Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 3/10
Field 6/10
Run 8/10
YoshiPink MSS.png
Pink Yoshi An extra-speedy Yoshi who loves to run. Tongue Catch Left/Right Pitch 2/10
Bat 3/10
Field 6/10
Run 9/10
ToadBlue MSS.png
Blue Toad A well-balanced Toad with extra batting power. Enlarge Right/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 6/10
Field 3/10
Run 7/10
ToadYellow MSS.png
Yellow Toad A well-balanced Toad with a fine glove. Enlarge Right/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 6/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10
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Green Toad A Toad with decent stats all around. Enlarge Right/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 5/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10
ToadPurple MSS.png
Purple Toad A well-balanced Toad with a lively bat. Enlarge Right/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 6/10
Field 2/10
Run 7/10
PiantaPink MSS.png
Red Pianta A defensive specialist among Piantas. Laser Beam Right/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 8/10
Field 4/10
Run 2/10
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Yellow Pianta His brawn give pitches extra oomph! Laser Beam Right/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 8/10
Field 4/10
Run 2/10
NokiRed MSS.png
Red Noki A defensive specialist among Nokis. Ball Dash Left/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 4/10
Field 5/10
Run 7/10
NokiGreen MSS.png
Green Noki A speedy girl with decent power to boot. Ball Dash Left/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 5/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10
KritterBlue-MSS.png
Blue Kritter A true brute with a good arm! Keeper Catch Left/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 6/10
Field 7/10
Run 3/10
KritterRed-MSS.png
Red Kritter A true brute who wields a big bat. Keeper Catch Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 8/10
Field 7/10
Run 3/10
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Brown Kritter A true brute who can run a bit. Keeper Catch Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 7/10
Field 7/10
Run 4/10
KoopaRed MSS.png
Red Koopa Troopa A player who can use a spin attack. Spin Attack Left/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 6/10
Field 3/10
Run 6/10
ParatroopaGreen MSS.png
Green Koopa Paratroopa A balanced player with a bit of pop. Super Jump Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 5/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
MagikoopaRed MSS.png
Red Magikoopa Good stamina and good power to boot. Magical Catch Left/Right Pitch 8/10
Bat 3/10
Field 8/10
Run 1/10
MagikoopaGreen MSS.png
Green Magikoopa A nice player with a good bat and glove. Magical Catch Left/Right Pitch 7/10
Bat 2/10
Field 8/10
Run 2/10
MagikoopaYellow MSS.png
Yellow Magikoopa A steady guy with a decent bat and glove. Magical Catch Left/Right Pitch 7/10
Bat 3/10
Field 8/10
Run 2/10
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Fire Bro. A player with a mighty charge swing! Fireball Throw Right/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 8/10
Field 6/10
Run 3/10
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Boomerang Bro. A player who throws a mean curveball! Boomerang Throw Right/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 7/10
Field 5/10
Run 3/10
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Green Dry Bones A powerful Dry Bones with quick feet. Scatter Dive Left/Left Pitch 3/10
Bat 7/10
Field 4/10
Run 6/10
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Dark Bones A powerful Dry Bones with a good arm. Scatter Dive Left/Left Pitch 5/10
Bat 7/10
Field 4/10
Run 5/10
DryBonesBlue-MSS.png
Blue Dry Bones A powerful Dry Bones with a good glove. Scatter Dive Left/Left Pitch 3/10
Bat 7/10
Field 5/10
Run 5/10
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Blue Shy Guy A Shy Guy who loves to pitch! Super Dive Left/Right Pitch 5/10
Bat 4/10
Field 7/10
Run 4/10
ShyGuyYellow MSS.png
Yellow Shy Guy A Shy Guy who loves to steal! Super Dive Left/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 4/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
ShyGuyGreen MSS.png
Green Shy Guy A Shy Guy who loves to hit and run! Super Dive Left/Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 5/10
Field 7/10
Run 5/10
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Gray Shy Guy A Shy Guy who loves to play the field! Super Dive Left/Right Pitch 4/10
Bat 4/10
Field 8/10
Run 4/10

Chemistry[edit]

Main article: Chemistry

Like Mario Superstar Baseball, the characters will have good and bad relations with any other character. However, the characters can make special abilities with another character when they show good Chemistry. The player can receive items with chemistry while batting. If the player is a batter and the next batter shares chemistry with the player, this will result in getting an item that can be used for messing up the outfielder's progress. Players that share good chemistry can also perform buddy jumps and buddy throws. Bad chemistry, however, results in slower throws, and sometimes throwing off track.

Items[edit]

There are a total of six items that are available during the course of Mario Super Sluggers gameplay, which are as follows:

  • Green Shell - Shoots at a player and dazes if it hits.
  • Fire Ball - (unlockable, found in a Treasure Chest in Wario City) Some fireballs bounce to burn someone.
  • Mini Boos (unlockable, found inside a Treasure Chest in Mario Stadium, and required to have King Boo join) - Makes the ball and its shadow invisible for about six seconds. The ball can still be caught and revealed. Does not work when a Star Swing is used.
  • Bob-omb - When a Bob-omb gets shot in the outfield, it sits and stay until it explodes. When it explodes, anyone caught in the explosion gets knocked away.
  • POW-Ball (unlockable, found inside a Treasure Chest in Peach Ice Garden) - All fielders are stunned by a small earthquake for about four seconds when it hits the ground. This does not affect levitating characters or if the characters jump at the right moment. If the POW-Ball happens to hit a player itself, then the player hit by it gets knocked away and the small earthquake caused by it does not take effect.
  • Banana Peel - Five bananas are shot out to slip the outfielders.
  • Lightning Bolt - Will strike any characters on the screen. (Certain modes only)

Challenge mode[edit]

The Challenge Mode menu.

Challenge Mode makes a return in Mario Super Sluggers, returning as the Story Mode. The gameplay procedure for this mode includes a more in-depth story and an overall map screen involving the Baseball Kingdom locale. Along with recruiting players to go against Bowser's team, the players must solve from time to time certain puzzles and/or complete certain tasks in order to get to the main goals to proceed.

Captain abilities[edit]

While navigating the Baseball Kingdom, depending on progress made in the Challenge Mode itself, the five Team Captains listed below can use unique abilities to help them do numerous events, including recruiting other Team Captains/Team Players, finding coins, and gaining access to certain areas they couldn't reach before. The abilities in question are as follows:

  • Mario: Talking to plant life, such as flowers and hedges and being able to use Warp Pipes.
  • Peach: Being able to interact with things such as tree stumps, water, and etc. to make characters appear.
  • Yoshi: Being able to use Manholes and Ground Pound the ground by trees to make characters come out.
  • Wario: Being able to pick up metal things with his magnet and open treasure chests.
  • Donkey Kong: Being able to climb vines and smash wooden barrels and crates.

The "Challenge Mode Cutscenes"[edit]

Mario and friends rushing into Mario Stadium, with Wii Remotes in hand.

During the course of gameplay for Mario Super Sluggers, players are able to encounter certain cutscenes that correspond with the game's Challenge Mode. There are a total of four videos that await to be seen by the player in this game, which also includes the game's opening (seen right upon game startup).

Although the basic criteria still remains for players to encounter them during gameplay itself first, they are able to view the four videos outside of gameplay as well. These said videos can be accessed for viewing when the "Challenge Mode" category is added to the "Records" section (provided that the player has completed the Challenge Mode gameplay itself at least once). When viewing the Challenge Mode statistics in "Records", players can find the four videos in the "Movie List" sub-category.

The Opening[edit]

All of the players gathering around Mario and Luigi after Lakitu calls the final "out", and the ball game.
Although this is seen for the opening of Mario Super Sluggers overall (after the game loads), it's still a combination of previewing the upcoming gameplay itself, as well as setting up what's to come in the game's Challenge Mode. This is the very first video the player encounters.

The details[edit]

The game's opening begins with Toad, Daisy, Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Birdo on a small cruiser riding to the Baseball Kingdom, which is the location for the entire Mario Super Sluggers game. The cruiser arrives, and they meet up with Peach and Toadsworth greeting them at the entrance. Peach escorts her friends to the lighthouse at the Daisy Cruiser, showing them an overview of the entire locale. From there, they run into the Mario Stadium holding Wii Remotes (briefly "demonstrating" the game's targeted controls). Closeups of Daisy, Luigi, and Mario follow in regards to swinging their Wii Remotes. Daisy is shown first encountering her Wii Remote changing to her bat. Luigi encounters the same result as Daisy, and Mario's Wii Remote changes to his ball. Mario pitches the ball to Daisy right away following this, and she is seen countering it.

After Daisy countered Mario's pitched ball, the scenery immediately changes as the ball is chased after by Toad in the Peach Ice Garden until he runs into a large Freezie and turns frozen solid upon collision. Fortunately, he is freed by a Blue Toad who accidentally crashes into the Freezie (with Toad revealing that he made the catch after being defrosted). The ball then rolls onto Wario City, where Wario chases after it to find it shoot 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 jumps over a pipe to catch the ball, realizing he is going to fall, he flutters around, but falls in with the ball. The ball flies to Diddy Kong at DK Jungle, where he is about to be run over by a barrel, when Donkey Kong comes to Diddy's rescue by smashing it.

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 slides to the catch regardless, throws it to Peach, who throws it to Mario, and then to Luigi on base. DK rushes to the same base where Luigi is standing - unfortunately resulting in DK's slamming into Luigi, sending him into the field wall. As Daisy, Toad and other spectators stand in alarm, they find out seconds later that Luigi has caught the ball. Lakitu calls it out, and everyone rushes to center field where Mario and Luigi are standing. After that, a final overhead shot of the Baseball Kingdom is seen to conclude the opening.

Additional screenshots[edit]

Bowser Jr. and Crew Crash the Party[edit]

The "unexpected guests".

This is the cutscene that is shown as the player is just beginning the Challenge Mode for Mario Super Sluggers. It takes place after Mario, Luigi, and Lakitu notice that there's something very strange going on outside of the Baseball Kingdom.

The details[edit]

Bowser Jr. setting his sights on the Baseball Kingdom -- to invade the locale.

This cutscene starts with an overhead view of the Baseball Kingdom itself, but this time, through Bowser Jr.'s telescope. Bowser Jr. is extremely jealous that Mario and friends have their very own baseball stadiums there, so he pulls a lever which results in his gigantic block fort emerging from the sea (which is known as the Bowser Jr. Playroom). Then, with an extreme amount of force, he goes full speed ahead toward the Baseball Kingdom, resulting in his own stadium crashing headfirst onto the place. Mario and Luigi are shocked to encounter "unexpected guests" on their territory, which also includes their constant nemesis, Bowser.

The Hard-Earned Victory[edit]

Mario and friends are ecstatic after winning the final game against Bowser's team.

If the player does manage to make it to Bowser Castle (while it is night time at the Baseball Kingdom) and defeat Bowser's team, then this is the "main ending" that awaits to be seen.

The details[edit]

After a lot of dedicated teamwork from Mario and his friends, they have finally managed to muster enough strength to go against Bowser's team and defeat them in the process. Upon getting the final win, Mario and friends gather around the middle of Bowser Castle to celebrate their victory. Bowser, in the background, is obviously enraged and could not believe that he was just completely humiliated by the prowess of his challengers.

Minutes later, Mario and friends head back to the entrance of the Baseball Kingdom right as nightfall was occurring. After the sun sets, Peach's broach lights up which magically lights up the island; possibly symbolizing that the evil that gripped the Baseball Kingdom by Bowser and his gang has finally been eliminated, and all is well again.

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The Final Festivities[edit]

Yoshi, Peach, Daisy, and others celebrate the fireworks display and homerun event at Mario Stadium.

This is the fourth and final cutscene for the player to encounter in Mario Super Sluggers. It is also triggered during the Challenge Mode gameplay after defeating Bowser's team a second time.

The details[edit]

Mario and his friends are celebrating a well played season at the Baseball Kingdom, and Daisy starts things off by inviting everyone to a huge feast at the Daisy Cruiser - especially Bowser and Bowser Jr. (despite their only getting small portions of food while others got a lot more).

Moments later, the fireworks show begins and everyone is enjoying the spectacular display from the Daisy Cruiser. However, they all decided that it was best to join the folks where the fireworks show was really taking place - Mario Stadium.

That is where Mario and Donkey Kong assist in the fireworks display because it was also a homerun derby show as well; the two counter Bob-ombs that were shot out from the cannon across from them. All the spectators are amazed at the fireworks that result afterwards.

Unfortunately, out of nowhere, Wario and Waluigi planned a sneak attack - by inserting a Bullet Bill into the cannon. The cannon fires with the Bullet Bill aimed right at Mario. Mario was in trouble since his bat couldn't counter the Bullet Bill, nor could he react fast enough to dodge it.

But Bowser immediately drops in because his bat was stronger to alleviate the approaching threat. Bowser manages to counter the Bullet Bill with full force using his bat, resulting in the Bullet Bill going the other direction - now headed towards Wario and Waluigi - who are at this point running for dear life. The Bullet Bill destroys the cannon in the process and manages to snag both Wario and Waluigi, taking them straight up into the night sky. After hundreds of kilometers of flying, a huge fireworks explosion from that same Bullet Bill goes off. This was definitely not good news for Wario and Waluigi because of their being caught up in the extremely painful blast. Their beginning to fall down in agony and despair from the explosion hundreds of kilometers in the air doesn't help either.

Back on the ground, all of the spectators turned ecstatic after seeing the final blast, hence ending the show and all the great times they had for the season at the Baseball Kingdom.

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Notes[edit]

The mirrored "Γ".
  • Upon unlocking the "Movie List" menu (under the "Challenge Mode" category in "Records"), only the first three videos are able to be accessed (Game Opening, Bowser Jr. and Crew Crash the Party, The Hard-Earned Victory). The fourth video (The Final Festivities) is added upon reaching criteria to access it, as mentioned earlier.
  • On that same menu which holds the four videos, there is also a link to view the Mario Super Sluggers game credits (which is mainly shown when the Challenge Mode gameplay has concluded after defeating Bowser's team). The credits layout includes a few snapshots from the four cutscene videos, as well as snapshots from the gameplay itself.
  • In the second cutscene (Bowser Jr. and Crew Crash the Party), a Shy Guy, a Boo, and a Dry Bones accompany Bowser Jr. as he walks out of the Bowser Jr. Playroom. However, in the gameplay itself, Shy Guy is with the Yoshi Eggs team, while Boo is with the Wario Muscles team.
  • In the third cutscene (The Hard-Earned Victory), Birdos of several colors run out and celebrate the victory against Bowser with the rest of the players. However, only the pink Birdo character is playable in the game itself. They also appear in the first and fourth cutscenes, however, here, they are not seen as players.
  • In the fourth cutscene (The Final Festivities), when Wario and Waluigi are falling after being taken by the Bullet Bill to the sky, the "Γ" in Waluigi's cap is horizontally reversed due to a texture goof.

Toy Field mode[edit]

Main article: Toy Field

Toy field has returned from Mario Superstar Baseball. Toy field has one Batter, and three other Outfielders and a cannon that pitches the ball to the batter. Before it pitches it, there is a roulette wheel with three different slots that affects the turn. Each slot is controlled by one of the outfielders; the outfielders tap 'A' to stop the slot they are in control of. If the slots aren't stopped, they are stopped automatically.

Records[edit]

The Records menu.

While playing the game, various records are kept to see what achievements players have pulled off.

Minigames[edit]

Players can check the top 5 scores for each minigame, along with the top 5 for Toy Field and Minigame Madness (the latter being unlocked by completing all the minigames at all skill levels).

Challenge[edit]

Players can check their status in Challenge mode by seeing which characters they've recruited, the badges that they've earned, along with the four cutscenes and staff credits.

Team Captain/Team Player List[edit]

Players can check the former MVPs, the star players, badges, and the Minigame Madness records for each character here.

Badges[edit]

Players are able to earn badges by completing certain tasks in the game, which are listed on the following chart:

Badge Name Criteria to Meet
Stadium Badge
All stadiums must be available (on the active game file).
Buddy Badge
All characters must be unlocked; more specificially, all the Team Players have to be accounted for.
Error Item Badge
All Error Items must be available on the specified game file the player is using.
Play Badge
All minigames have to be won (all difficulites) and at least one game has to be won in the Toy Field.
Star Badge
All Team Captains/Team Players need to earn the "Star Player" rank (met by using those said characters in Challenge Mode during the final game against Bowser's team).

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Promotion and advertising[edit]

Mario Super Sluggers Cards[edit]

The first eighteen "Level 1" cards featuring all twelve Team Captains and six Team Players.

Nintendo of America created an online Adobe Flash program hosted at MarioSuperSluggersCards.com in which players can collect and trade virtual Mario Super Sluggers baseball cards featuring many of the characters, special moves, teams, and stadiums from the title. In addition to the cards, the game also allows players to earn downloads. By placing two compatible cards in the double play drop zone, players can make “double plays” and unlock special videos, wallpapers, and screensavers. When a player completes his or her collection, a post featuring Mario and all of the cards is unlocked. In addition, his or her username will be added to the leaderboard below players who previously completed their collections. Over 700 users completed their collections.

After creating a username and choosing which Mario Super Sluggers character to use as an avatar, players are instructed to click on special banners found on child-friendly websites around the internet in order to collect cards. Lakitu, who gives instructions and hints to the player, tells the player that the one banner can be found on Nick.com. Clicking on one such banner redirects the player to one of eighty-two Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), each of which corresponds to one of the eighty-two cards. The system is based on luck, but players are also able to trade cards with one another using the swap function or discuss where to find banners and which cards yield double plays.

By checking their history, players have found ways to manipulate the system into giving them whichever card they wish. By checking their history, players can find which URL leads to which card and then share the URL with other players.

The eighty-two cards are divided by rarity into four levels. Forty-one character cards make up the first level, twenty-four special swing/pitch cards make up the second level, twelve team cards make up the third level, and five stadium cards made up the fourth level. Each card has a front and a back. For the "Level 1" cards, the front shows the character's artwork, name, and for captains, the team they are captain of. The back shows the character's name, abilities, "rookie year" (the year their first video game appearance was released), description, statistics, and for captains, team logo. An in-game screenshot of the player is also featured.

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Mario Super Sluggers staff

Media[edit]

For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of Mario Super Sluggers media.
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Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Super Sluggers.

Quotes[edit]

Main article: List of quotes in Mario Super Sluggers

Dry Bones[edit]

"Clackety clack...(Must get diamonds... BASEBALL diamonds!)"

Shy Guy[edit]

"IT'S HORRIBLE! HIDE THE CHILDREN! LOCK THE DOORS! BOLT THE WINDOWS!"

Red Toad[edit]

"Look! LOOOOOK! Bowser Jr. turned Princess Daisy into a statue! You gotta do something do something! You gotta stop Bowser Jr.! He went back there somewhere! Princess Peach and Toadsworth are back there too..."

Toadette[edit]

"You need me! I won't take no for an answer!"

Glitches[edit]

Main article: List of glitches in Mario Super Sluggers

Eye Texture Glitch[edit]

Luigi's eye.
Mario's eye.
The eye texture glitch.

Mario and Luigi's white pupils in their eyes seem misplaced, especially when they are using their Star Swings. Their eyes do not appear as this unless they are batting.

Sticky Stealing Glitch[edit]

This glitch happens when using two players. The player must have have a man on third, and a left handed batter should be up. There has to be less than 2 outs. The player music get two strikes on the batter, and as the third strike gets pitched in, have the person on third steal. The second player will have the ball as the catcher, but if he or she doesn't tag the runner, the runner will get stuck to the batter. The second player can run around the entire field and can do anything until he tags the runner. The glitch will then end.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオスタジアム ファミリーベースボール
sūpā mario sutajiamu famirī bēsubōru
Super Mario Stadium Family Baseball

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