Mario Super Sluggers cards
To coincide with the North American release of Mario Super Sluggers in August 2008, an online card game was created on www.mariosupersluggerscards.com. The cards to collect for it were found on kid-friendly sites like 4KidsTV and Nick.com and even YouTube (mainly to promote the Mario Super Sluggers game itself). There was also a section that allowed users to chat with each other on the Tips & Talk section (using a forum's layout).
Materials on the main site itself included: cards of each character (not including characters' alternate colors), each captain's Star Swing and Star Pitch, each team, and the five default stadiums. Users could do many things with their cards, such as swapping them with other users, and it was also discovered that it was possible to clone cards by swapping with themselves and accepting the swap. Although the main procedure was to obtain the starting cards via banners at kid-friendly sites, people noticed that each card link had a five letter code and decided to save them for future reference. As users obtained more character profile cards, they were also able to choose icons of available Mario Super Sluggers characters. While on the site, Lakitu gave the users hints from time to time about their collections.
If a user completed their Mario Super Sluggers card collection, they were able to receive a poster download featuring Mario and all the cards that they had collected. The Mario Super Sluggers card game has ended, and the site is no longer up.
Below is a list of the cards, categorized by their respective levels.
Level 1 cards (character profiles)
Level 2 cards (Star Pitches/Star Swings)
Level 2 featured the Star Swing/Star Pitch of every Team Captain. They were made by making double plays with Level 1 cards.
Level 3 cards (team cards)
Level 3 included cards of each team in the game. They were made by making double plays with Level 2 cards.
|Card Image||Team Name||"Double Play" Trigger (Level 2 Cards)|
|Mario Fireballs||Mario's "Fire Swing" Card + Mario's "Fire Ball" Card|
|Luigi Knights||Luigi's "Tornado Swing" Card + Luigi's "Tornado Ball" Card|
|Peach Monarchs||Peach's "Heart Swing" Card + Peach's "Heart Ball" Card|
|Daisy Flowers||Daisy's "Flower Swing" Card + Daisy's "Heart Ball" Card|
|Yoshi Eggs||Yoshi's "Egg Swing" Card + Yoshi's "Egg Ball" Card|
|Birdo Bows||Birdo's "Cannon Swing" Card + Birdo's "Suction Ball" Card|
|DK Wilds||DK's "Barrel Swing" Card + DK's "Barrel Ball" Card|
|Diddy Monkeys||Diddy's "Banana Swing" Card + Diddy's "Banana Ball" Card|
|Bowser Monsters||Bowser's "Breath Swing" Card + Bowser's "Killer Ball" Card|
|Bowser Jr. Rookies||Bowser Jr.'s "Graffiti Swing" Card + Bowser Jr.s "Graffiti Ball" Card|
|Wario Muscles||Wario's "Phony Swing" Card + Wario's "Phony Ball" Card|
|Waluigi Spitballs||Waluigi's "Liar Swing" Card + Waluigi's "Liar Ball" Card|
Level 4 cards (stadiums)
Level 4 featured the five stadiums that do not need to be unlocked. They were made by making double plays with Level 3 cards. Luigi's Mansion, Daisy Cruiser, Bowser Castle and Bowser Jr's Playroom are the only Stadiums that don't appear as cards in the collection.
|Card Image||Stadium||Home Team||"Double Play" Trigger (Level 3 Cards)|
|Mario Stadium||Mario Fireballs||"Mario Fireballs" Team Card + "Luigi Knights" Team Card|
|Peach Ice Garden||Peach Monarchs||"Peach Monarchs" Team Card + "Bowser Monsters" Team Card|
|Yoshi Park||Yoshi Eggs||"Yoshi Eggs" Team Card + "Birdo Bows" Team Card|
|DK Jungle||DK Wilds||"DK Wilds" Team Card + "Diddy Monkeys" Team Card|
|Wario City||Wario Muscles||"Wario Muscles" Team Card + "Waluigi Spitballs" Team Card|
"My Double Plays" area
In this section, the materials listed here are the various unlockables that a user could obtain when nailing a certain "Double Play", including wallpapers, screensavers, and a few videos. Note that only "Level 1 Cards" were able to trigger the materials in question.
There were a total of seven videos available on the site, which included the following:
|Video Title||"Double Play" Trigger|
|Great Clambering Kongs||Funky Kong + Tiny Kong|
|Pianta at the Plate||Pianta + Noki|
|Dry Bones Bomber||Dry Bones + Koopa Troopa|
|Toad Tandem Team-Up||Toad + Toadette|
|Double Boo Dominance||Boo + King Boo|
|Leaping Lizards at the Wall||King K. Rool + Kritter|
|Beware of the Chain Chomp||Baby Mario + Baby Luigi|
There were a total of thirteen wallpapers for a user to unlock at the site. One of them included a picture of the entire card collection, while the others featured one of the twelve Team Captains for the Mario Super Sluggers game. The list (as well as the "Double Play Triggers") are as followed for this category:
|Wallpaper Title||"Double Play" Trigger|
|Card Collection||Mario + Peach|
|Mario||Mario + Pianta|
|Luigi||Luigi + Mario|
|Peach||Peach + Toadsworth|
|Daisy||Daisy + Luigi|
|Yoshi||Yoshi + Baby Luigi|
|Birdo||Birdo + Petey Piranha|
|Wario||Wario + Waluigi|
|Waluigi||Yoshi + Baby Mario|
|Donkey Kong||Donkey Kong + Dixie Kong|
|Diddy Kong||Diddy Kong + Funky Kong|
|Bowser||Bowser + Hammer Bro|
|Bowser Jr.||Bowser Jr. + Magikoopa|
Finally, there were a total of two Mario Super Sluggers based screensavers, to match the theme of the game and the card collection website itself, including:
|Screen Saver||"Double Play" Trigger|
|Flipping Captains||Mario + Yoshi|
|Flipping Frenzy||Peach + Daisy|
Rookie Year errors
The Rookie Years are meant to refer to when the game they first appeared in was released in North America. Some of the characters' Rookie Years are incorrect:
- Luigi's Rookie Year is listed as 1982, but the game Mario Bros. that he was introduced in was not released until 1983.
- Princess Daisy's Rookie Year is listed as 1990, but the game Super Mario Land that she first appeared in was released in 1989. 1990 refers to the PAL release of her debut game.
- Funky Kong's Rookie Year is listed as 1999, but the game Donkey Kong Country that he first appeared in was released in 1994. 1999 refers to Donkey Kong 64.