Mario Strikers (series)

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Mario Strikers
Logo for the Mario Strikers series
First installment Super Mario Strikers (2005)
Latest installment Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022)
Number of installments 3 (3 direct, 1 promotional)
Parent franchise Mario

The Mario Strikers series, also known as the Mario Football series in Europe and Australia, and the Mario Soccer series in South Korea, is a series of Mario games that launched in 2005 in which Mario and his friends play "Strike",[1] a more extreme variant of association football (commonly known as "football" or "soccer"). The series consists of three games: Super Mario Strikers, Mario Strikers Charged, and Mario Strikers: Battle League.

Games[edit]

Title
Cover, original release, and system Description
Super Mario Strikers
Super Mario Strikers cover art. Copyright © Nintendo of America, Inc., 2005-2006. All rights reserved.
Europe November 18, 2005
Nintendo GameCube
Super Mario Strikers (Mario Smash Football in the PAL version), the first game in the series, was released on the Nintendo GameCube. It features basic rules of football, although having its own playing style as implied in several sport Mario games. One specialized rule is Super Strikes. Only the team captain can execute a Special Strike, and if done so perfectly, the shot will always make the goal, and be worth two points. There are a total of nine different playable team captains (including one unlockable, Super Team), four different sidekick players, and two different goalies. It was the last Mario game to be released for the GameCube in Japan and North America.
Mario Strikers Charged
USCover MSCF.jpg
Europe May 25, 2007
Wii
Mario Strikers Charged (Mario Strikers Charged Football in the PAL version and Mario Power Soccer for South Korea), the second installment in the series, was released on the Wii in 2007. Wi-Fi capability was a new addition to the game, allowing players to compete across the world over the internet. The game features four new team captains: Bowser, Bowser Jr., Diddy Kong, and Petey Piranha, as well as four new types of sidekicks (Boos, Dry Bones, Monty Moles, and Shy Guys). The game includes ten new fields to compete, many of them containing certain gimmicks that would modify the situation of every match. For this second mainstream, the characters would have special kicks to score, like sidekicks' skillshots or the powerful Mega Strikes of the captains, which Kritter proves his potential to stop the soccer balls, under the control of the player. If successful, then they will receive up to six points for each ball in the goal. Also, new power-ups had been added for each team captain, known as Super Abilities. The game was rereleased for the Wii U eShop in 2016.
Mario Strikers: Battle League
North American box art for Mario Strikers: Battle League
June 10, 2022
Nintendo Switch
Mario Strikers: Battle League (Mario Strikers: Battle League Football in the European and Australian version) is the third installment in the series and the first in 15 years, released on the Nintendo Switch. It features new gear and items, and also introduced Rosalina and Pauline as playable characters. Toad, Shy Guy, and Birdo are now selectable as captains for the first time after having been sidekicks for the past two games, while Boom Boom replaces Kritter as a goalie that cannot be controlled by the player. While sidekicks are not present in this game, the player has the option to select multiple Toads, Yoshis, and Shy Guys in a team in Quick Battles and Cup Battles.

Playable characters[edit]

Team captains[edit]

Character Super Mario Strikers Mario Strikers Charged Mario Strikers: Battle League
Birdo X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Bowser X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Bowser Jr. X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Princess Daisy Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Diddy Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Donkey Kong Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Luigi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mario Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Pauline X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Princess Peach Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Petey Piranha X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Rosalina X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Shy Guy X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Super Team Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Toad X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Waluigi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Wario Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Yoshi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg

Sidekicks[edit]

Character Super Mario Strikers Mario Strikers Charged
Birdo Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Boo X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Dry Bones X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Hammer Bro Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Troopa Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Monty Mole X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Shy Guy X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Toad Check mark.svg Check mark.svg

Goalies[edit]

Character Super Mario Strikers Mario Strikers Charged Mario Strikers: Battle League
Kritter Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Robo-Kritter Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Boom Boom X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg

Fields[edit]

Field Super Mario Strikers Mario Strikers Charged Mario Strikers: Battle League
Bowser Stadium Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Crater Field Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Crystal Canyon X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Desert Ruin X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Galactic Stadium X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Jungle Retreat X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Konga Coliseum Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Lava Castle X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mushroom Hill X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Pipeline Central Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Planetoid X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Royal Castle X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Spooky Mansion X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Stormship Stadium X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
The Battle Dome Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
The Classroom X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
The Dump X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
The Lava Pit X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
The Palace Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
The Sand Tomb X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
The Underground Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
The Vice X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
The Wastelands X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Thunder Island X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Urban Rooftop X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg

Logos[edit]

North American logos European logos

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The GSF has asked me to instruct you on the basics of Strike." - Fútbot in Training mode, Mario Strikers: Battle League