Mario Baseball (series)

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Mario Baseball
Mario Superstar Baseball promotional artwork: Game Logo
First installment Mario Superstar Baseball (2005)
Latest installment Mario Super Sluggers (2008)
Number of installments 2
Franchise Super Mario
“Lets-a play ball! Woo-hoo!”
Mario, Mario Super Sluggers

Mario Baseball[citation needed] is a spinoff series in the Super Mario franchise that revolves around the concept of baseball. Only two games in the series have been released to date: Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers. Unlike in the previous spinoffs, the player can recruit people via completing scout missions to get enough scout flags to recruit the player on one of the four opposite teams. Another unique feature is chemistry, which affects how well the player's teammates cooperate. Even though there are only two baseball games, this series features more playable characters than other spinoff titles in the Super Mario franchise.

Installments[edit]

Direct[edit]

Title
Cover, original release, and system Synopsis
Mario Superstar Baseball
MarioBaseball.jpg
Japan July 21, 2005
Nintendo GameCube
“Let's play baseball!”
Opening theme, Mario Superstar Baseball

Mario Superstar Baseball is the first installment in the Mario Baseball series. It features a total of 32 playable characters (not counting alternate characters), six of which can be unlocked. These characters are divided into four different groups: Balance, Technique, Speed, and Power. The game also features three characters from the Donkey Kong franchise: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Dixie Kong. The game also has a unique feature called chemistry. Chemistry is the relationship status found between the team captain and its players. The better the chemistry between the characters, the better that team will likely perform. Should a team have bad chemistry, they may perform poorly in the game. Six minigames are also featured in the game, one of which is unlockable.

Mario Super Sluggers
North American boxart of Mario Super Sluggers
Japan June 19, 2008
Wii
“We love baseball!”
Credits theme, Mario Super Sluggers

Mario Super Sluggers is the second and most recent installment to the Mario Baseball series; it was released for the Wii in 2008 in Japan, South Africa, and North America; however, it was never released for the European, Australian, and South Korean regions. The game takes place in the Baseball Kingdom. The game features a total of 41 playable characters (not counting alternate characters), nine more than the original. All of the previous game's characters are reunited in the sequel, and they are all default. The nine new ones must be unlocked. There is a total of nine stadiums to play in, four of which have to be unlocked; each stadium, unlockables included, has its own unique minigame for the player to engage in. The game also features many cutscenes, each of which tells a story to give the game a more involved aspect of gameplay. The Challenge Mode was changed from going around playing other teams to recruiting players by clearing special missions for more of a RPG feel. This game can switch between day and night. This is useful because Bowser Jr. Playroom can be played in only during the day and Luigi's Mansion and Bowser's Castle can be played in only at night.

Indirect[edit]

Title
Cover, original release, and system Synopsis
Mario Sports Superstars
MarioSportsSuperstarsBoxArt.png
Europe March 10, 2017
Nintendo 3DS
Mario Sports Superstars is a 3DS game released on March 10, 2017, in Europe. Baseball, developed by Bandai Namco Studios like the main series, is included as one of the five sports available.

Predecessor[edit]

Title
Cover, original release, and system Synopsis
Baseball
North American box art for Baseball
Japan April 21, 1989
Game Boy
Baseball is a 1989 Game Boy remake of the Nintendo Entertainment System game of the same name. The Game Boy adaptation of this game introduced Mario and Luigi as playable characters. This game predates the first official Super Mario-themed baseball game by 16 years, and it was later ported to the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console.

Playable characters[edit]

Character Mario Superstar Baseball Mario Super Sluggers Mario Sports Superstars (Baseball)
Baby Daisy X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Baby Donkey Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Baby Luigi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Baby Mario Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Baby Peach X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Birdo1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Blooper X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Boo Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Boom Boom X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Boomerang Bro Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Bowser1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Bowser Jr.1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Daisy1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Diddy Kong1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Dixie Kong Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Donkey Kong1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Dry Bones Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Dry Bones (Blue) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Dry Bones (Red) / Dry Bones (Dark) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Dry Bones (Green) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Fire Bro Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Funky Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Goomba Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Hammer Bro Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
King Boo Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
King K. Rool X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Koopa Troopa Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Troopa (Red) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Troopa (Blue) X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Troopa (Yellow) X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Paratroopa Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Paratroopa (Green) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Paratroopa (Blue) X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Paratroopa (Yellow) X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Kritter X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Kritter (Blue) X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Kritter (Brown) X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Kritter (Red) X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Luigi1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Magikoopa Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Magikoopa (Green) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Magikoopa (Red) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Magikoopa (Yellow) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mario1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Metal Mario X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mii X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Monty Mole Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Noki (Blue) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Noki (Green) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Noki (Red) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Paragoomba Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Peach1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Petey Piranha Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Pianta (Blue) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Pianta (Red) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Pianta (Yellow) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Pink Gold Peach X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Pom Pom X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Rosalina X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Shy Guy Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Shy Guy (Gray) / Shy Guy (Black) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Shy Guy (Blue) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Shy Guy (Green) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Shy Guy (Yellow) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Spike X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Stone Spike X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Tiny Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Toad Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Toad (Blue) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Toad (Green) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Toad (Purple) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Toad (Yellow) Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Yellow Flying Squirrel Toad X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Blue Flying Squirrel Toad X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Yellow Penguin Toad X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Blue Penguin Toad X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Toadette Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Toadsworth Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Waluigi1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Wario1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Wiggler X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Yoshi1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Yoshi (Blue) X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Yoshi (Light Blue) X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Yoshi (Pink) X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Yoshi (Red) X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Yoshi (Yellow) X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg

1 - This character can be selected as a "Team Captain" in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers.

Teams[edit]

Team Mario Superstar Baseball Mario Super Sluggers
Birdo Beauties Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Birdo Bows Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Birdo Fans Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Birdo Models Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Bowser Black Stars Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Bowser Blue Shells Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Bowser Flames Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Bowser Monsters Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Daisy Cupids Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Daisy Flowers X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Daisy Lilies Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Daisy Queen Bees Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Daisy Petals Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Diddy Monkeys X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Diddy Ninjas Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Diddy Red Caps Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Diddy Survivors Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Diddy Tails Check mark.svg X mark.svg
DK Animals Check mark.svg X mark.svg
DK Explorers Check mark.svg X mark.svg
DK Kongs Check mark.svg X mark.svg
DK Wild Ones Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Jr. Bombers Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Jr. Fangs Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Jr. Pixies Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Jr. Rookies Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Luigi Gentlemen Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Luigi Knights X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Luigi Leapers Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Luigi Mansioneers Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Luigi Vacuums Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Mario All-Stars Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Mario Fireballs Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mario Heroes Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Mario Sunshines Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Peach Dynasties Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Peach Monarchs Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Peach Princesses Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Peach Roses Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Waluigi Flankers Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Waluigi Mashers Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Waluigi Mystiques Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Waluigi Smart-Alecks Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Waluigi Spitballs X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Wario Beasts Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Wario Garlics Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Wario Greats Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Wario Muscles X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Wario Steakheads Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Yoshi Eggs Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Yoshi Flutters Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Yoshi Islanders Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Yoshi Speed Stars Check mark.svg X mark.svg

Stadiums[edit]

Stadium Mario Superstar Baseball Mario Super Sluggers Mario Sports Superstars (Baseball)
Big Field X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Bowser Castle Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Bowser Jr. Playroom X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Country Field X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Daisy Cruiser X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
DK Jungle Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Harbor Park X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Luigi's Mansion X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Mario Stadium Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Peach Garden Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Town Park X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Wario City Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Yoshi Park Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

Chemistry[edit]

Main article: Chemistry
Mario Superstar Baseball
An example of Chemistry

A unique feature in the Mario Baseball series is chemistry, which decides how well the teams play. For example, Mario and Luigi have good chemistry so when they throw a ball at each other, it travels fast. An example of bad chemistry is Mario and Bowser: if they throw to one another, the ball moves slowly and off course. If two characters have no chemistry, like Mario and Diddy Kong, the ball would fly at normal speed. Chemistry also affects the number of Star Skill units; good chemistry with the captain increases the number of units while bad chemistry decreases it. The maximum number of stars is five. The quantity of the available Star Skills sometimes affects the name of the team. For example a team led by Mario with five stars would be called the Mario Fireballs.

Star Skills[edit]

Main article: Star Skill
Birdo, using her Cannon Swing as a Star Skill in Mario Super Sluggers.

A new feature in these games are the ability to use a Star Skill. Star Skills can be activated either while pitching or while batting. Anyone in this game can use a Star Skill, but a team captain's Star Skill is superior to a sub-character's Star Skill. Team Captains have mostly different Star Skills, however, captains that usually pair with each other (Mario and Luigi, Peach and Daisy) have similar Star Skills. The amount of Star Skills that can be used is represented by five Team Stars in a meter. The amount of starting Team Stars depend on the sub-characters' chemistry with the team captain.

Mario using the Red Fireball move in Mario Superstar Baseball
Mario, using his Fireball as a Star Skill in Mario Superstar Baseball.

Star Skills can be replenished by hitting ball park features. They can also be replenished by striking a player out or making a batter reach a base safely when the words, "Star Chance!" appear. Team captains use up one Team Star, sub-characters use up one Team Star, and captains as members use up two Team Stars.

They return in Mario Super Sluggers, however some characters, especially the sub-captains, like Luigi, now have different star skills. The window at the bottom that shows star skills is different.

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