Super Mario Strikers

From the Super Mario Wiki, the Mario encyclopedia
Jump to navigationJump to search
Soundx.png It has been requested that at least one audio and/or video file related to this article be uploaded.
Please upload all related music, sound effects, voice clips, or any videos for this article. See the help page for information on how to get started.
Not to be confused with Super Mario Spikers.
Super Mario Strikers
Super Mario Strikers cover art. Copyright © Nintendo of America, Inc., 2005-2006. All rights reserved.
North American box art
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Next Level Games
Nintendo SPD Group No.3
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube
Release date Europe November 18, 2005
USA December 5, 2005
Japan January 11, 2006
Australia April 6, 2006
Language(s) Deutsch
English (United Kingdom)
English (United States)
Español (España)
Français (France)
Genre Soccer
ESRB:E - Everyone
PEGI:3 - Three years and older
CERO:A - All ages
ACB:PG - Parental Guidance
Mode(s) 1-4 players simultaneous
Nintendo GameCube:
Optical disc
Nintendo GameCube:

Super Mario Strikers (known as Mario Smash Football in European languages) is the first game in the Mario Strikers series. The game features a version of soccer without referees and rules, and has power-ups and special strikes which count as two goals. Its sequel, Mario Strikers Charged, was released for the Wii in 2007.

This was the last Super Mario game released for the Nintendo GameCube in Japan and North America. In Europe and Australia, Mario Party 7 holds this distinction.

Opening cutscene[edit]

The opening begins with a bird's eye view of Pipeline Central with very excited spectators. Mario's team and Wario's team make their entrances to the stadium. Wario tries to provoke Mario by shaking his rear and laughing. Both of Mario and Wario's followers are seen on the bleachers. Then Mario begins the game with a kick-off.

During the other matches, Peach steals the ball from Daisy, causing her to trip. Donkey Kong receives the ball, which leads to Yoshi to steal the ball for him, only for Yoshi to be attacked by a Bob-omb. Luigi attempts to steal the ball from Waluigi but misses. Waluigi is then paralyzed by a blue shell, allowing Luigi to kick the ball. A Koopa Troopa from DK's team jumps and pulls off a bicycle kick. A Hammer Bro from Daisy's team slips from a banana peel and gets electrocuted from the electric fences, allowing a Toad from Peach's team to headbutt the ball.

Wario's team unleashes a Chain Chomp, which chases Mario. Bowser wreaks havoc and breathes fire during Luigi and Waluigi's match. Back to Mario and Wario's match, a Toad from Wario's team has the ball, but is hit by a Spiny Shell, allowing Mario to receive it. Once he gets close enough, he jumps up high and unleashes his Super Strike, slamming the Kritter into the goal's net with the ball. Afterwards, Mario's team celebrates their victory as fireworks are seen in the sky.

Gameplay elements[edit]

On random occasions, Bowser appears on the field.

In comparison to actual soccer, the game features a smaller version of the soccer field, and each team has only five members, instead of the usual eleven-a-side rule. The match time can be manually set from 2 to 15 minutes, but is defined as 5 minutes by default. If time runs out when scores are level, a Sudden Death follows the regular game time where next goal wins. With this rule, no game ends as a draw.

Each team consists of a team captain and three sidekicks of the same type, as well as a goalkeeper. Every match of the game can be played in multiplayer. Up to four players can control a single team. If there are less than four players, they can switch their characters on the field, and the game switches control automatically to the next player when the ball is passed. Players can only control the goalie for a short time when he has the ball in hand. Because of this, the goalies are immune to all attacks by enemies or power-ups, and save most goals easily. The soccer fields are surrounded by an electric rail which electrocutes anybody who gets kicked against it by another player or by a power-up. The fence is placed right on the touchlines, preventing the ball and players from leaving the pitch. Thus, there are no throw-ins, goal kicks, or corner kicks, as seen in actual soccer.

One of the most notable changes is the non-existence of a referee. As such, there is no offside position and fouls are not punished. Players are given a variety of commands to kick or hit each other, which is a major part of the gameplay. Items (also called Power-Ups) exist as a help to the player to score a goal. They serve a function similar to the items in the Mario Kart series. To obtain an item, the player has to shoot the ball fiercely towards the goalposts. A player also gets an item each time a team member not currently holding the ball is tackled.

The Super Strike is a special ability of the team's captain. By performing it, the player can take a high-powered shot at the goal; if they score with a Super Strike, it counts as two goals instead of one.


There are a total of 13 playable characters in the game, with 8 standard team captains, 4 sidekicks, and a special team made up of copies. Each captain performs identically, but the size of the character and the chances of the items they obtain can vary. Sidekicks have slightly reduced abilities and cannot perform Super Strikes.

Team captains
Mario as he appears in the final version of Super Mario Strikers
"Mario's skills make him a reliable leader."
Team number: 1
Team color: Red
Type: Balanced
Super Strike: Fire Strike
Preferred item:
A Mushroom from Super Mario Strikers
Luigi's icon from Super Mario Strikers
Super Mario Strikers Artwork: Luigi
"Luigi baffles his opponents with daring tactics."
Team number: 2
Team color: Green
Type: Playmaker
Super Strike: Vicious Vortex
Preferred item:
A Mushroom from Super Mario Strikers
Super Mario Strikers artwork: Princess Peach
"Princess Peach leads with masterful tactics and quick thinking."
Team number: 10
Team color: Pink
Type: Playmaker
Super Strike: Royal Strike
Preferred item:
The Blue Shell's sprite from Super Mario Strikers
Blue Shell
Super Mario Strikers artwork: Princess Daisy
"Princess Daisy's witty attitude matches her playing style."
Team number: 9
Team color: Orange
Type: Offensive
Super Strike: Torpedo Strike
Preferred item:
A Red Shell from Super Mario Strikers
Red Shell
Yoshi, as seen in Super Mario Strikers.
"Yoshi leads with a cool head and fierce courage."
Team number: 8
Team color: Blue
Type: Balanced
Super Strike: Foot of Fury
Preferred item:
A Spiny Shell from Super Mario Strikers
Spiny Shell
Wario from Super Mario Strikers
"Wario will stop at absolutely nothing to win the match."
Team number: 00
Team color: Yellow
Type: Aggressive
Super Strike: Belly Blast
Preferred item:
A Bob-omb from Super Mario Strikers
Bob-omb (big)
Super Mario Strikers artwork: Waluigi
"Waluigi's ego tends to be his biggest enemy."
Team number: 0
Team color: Purple
Type: Offensive
Super Strike: Drop Rocket
Preferred item:
A Bob-omb from Super Mario Strikers
Bob-omb (multiple)
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong from Super Mario Strikers
"Donkey Kong's talent can slip even the best players."
Team number: 55
Team color: Turquoise
Type: Aggressive
Super Strike: Power Fist Strike
Preferred item:
A Banana from Super Mario Strikers
Banana (big)
Sidekicks fill out the teams, appearing as members of four different species. They cannot perform Super Strikes and have less impressive statistics than the captains. Their colors depend on the captain.
Toad's icon from Super Mario Strikers
A Red Toad from Super Mario Strikers
Hammer Bros.
Hammer Bro
Birdo as depicted in Super Mario Strikers.
Koopa Troopa as depicted in Super Mario Strikers
Special team
This unique team can only be unlocked by beating the Bowser Cup. It has four fielders, all of whom have good statistics and can perform Super Strikes.
SuperTeamMSF.png SuperTeamMSF.png SuperTeamMSF.png SuperTeamMSF.png
Bowser's Super Team
Artwork of Super Team from Super Mario Strikers SuperteamMS.png
Artwork of Super Team from Super Mario Strikers
Team number: Ω Super Strike: Robo-Strike Color: Gray Type: Robotic Nightmare
Kritter lunging for a football/soccer ball.
Kritters act as goalies for all teams; The Super Team has a mechanical Kritter.
Bowser breathing fire at Waluigi and a Koopa Troopa
While not playable, Bowser sometimes takes the field to cause havoc.

Player's skills[edit]

Within this game, it is necessary to know some basic and advanced skills. There are some explanations about these according to the Mario Strikers tutorial, the Strikers 101.

Skill Explanation Tip
Pass Passes allows to change the ball with others. Ground Passes and Lob Passes are effective to get the ball.
One-timer Shot A quick pass, where the last receptor makes the goal instantly. Kritter could be confused by an acrobatic volley pass.
Slide Tackle The player who does not have the ball can trip the opponent with the ball, and sometimes get the ball while hitting them (steal). If the player makes the slide tackle near the opponent, both players will trip and lose the ball.
Big Hit A brutal tackle that can flinch the victim by a moment. Big hits don't allow to steal the ball.
Perfect Pass Results of a Perfect Pass is when the player makes the pass before the opponent's goal. The ball's trail turns green. Ground and Lob perfect passes are effective.
Shooting The only way to score, the player can charge for a powerful shot and automatic trajectory. A shot can be failed by passing to other characters.
Turbo Running A second breath to reach the ball, the turbo running allows to run from riots quickly. A turbo running can restrict players from free moving, deking, or shooting.
Deke Evasion from opponents' attacks if the player has the ball. When deking while the opponent goes attacking, with a turbo run, the player can make some distance between the defender and itself.
Loose Ball Shot An immediate shot, which the player gets the loose ball. A good immediate shot could be when goalies are stunned.

Other information such as Super Strikes and Power-ups are explained aside.


Power-ups are items that are obtained when the player attempts to make a goal, or gets fouled when not holding the ball. They appear at the top of the screen, on a bar displaying up to two items. The player can use the items to get or defend the ball, like tripping their opponents with bananas or summoning a huge Chain Chomp to stun them. Power-ups can be disabled at the Gameplay Mode screen. It is notable that the goalkeepers are immune to all sorts of power-ups, as they are to regular attack moves.

  • Bananas: Bananas are tossed on the floor and stay there until a character slips on it. They come in sets of 1 to 6 peels.
  • Green Shells: Green shells fly in a straight line, bouncing off the walls and harming anybody who gets hit by them. They can be obtained as a single or triplets.
  • Red Shells: When red shells are shot, they home in on the nearest character, tripping or knocking them over. Red shells are destroyed if they bump into walls. They can be obtained as a single or triplets.
  • Blue Shells: Blue shells act just like green shells, but with one difference: they freeze their victims, rather than just knocking them over. Like the green and red shells, they come as singles or sets of three.
  • Spiny Shells: Spiny shells act in a similar manner to green shells. However, when they come into contact with a character, they do not disappear, instead continuing until they either hit another item or bounce off the wall twice. This shell, as usual, can be obtained as either singles or triplets.
  • Giant Green Shells: Essentially a larger version of the green shell. Anything standing in the way of its destructive path will merely be bowled over. These shells are only available as a single.
  • Giant Red Shells: The red version of the giant shell. Unlike the small version, they continue to move after bumping into a wall. When initially shot off, they will home in on the nearest character, but afterwards, they merely act like a giant green shell. Like the green ones, they only come in sets of one shell.
  • Giant Blue Shells: Acts in the same manner as the giant green shells, with the exception of freezing characters on impact. On occasion, the shell will also explode on impact, affecting any nearby characters as well. Like the other giant shells, they only come in sets of one.
  • Giant Spiny Shells: These shells are completely unstoppable, leaving behind a trail of destruction anywhere they go. Only comes in sets of one.
  • Bob-ombs: After being thrown, these living explosives will stand still for a second, then blow up, affecting anyone who is too close to it. They can be obtained in sets of one or three.
  • Mega Bob-omb: Essentially a larger Bob-omb. Their explosion radius is roughly four times larger. Plus, it sends out a shockwave, harming anyone who is even near it.
  • Mushroom: Doubles the user's speed.
  • Star: Doubles the user's speed, as well as harming anyone they come in contact with. Can only be obtained by the losing team.
  • Chain Chomp: This all-powerful huge monster will appear as a big shadow over the character who has the ball. Once it lands, it begins running around, hunting and stunning all of the opponents' members and destroying everything in its path. Chain Chomps do not go away without having stunned at least one character. Only the losing team can come into possession of a Chain Chomp.


The Fields in Super Mario Strikers do not affect gameplay, and thus are only cosmetic changes.

Field The Palace Pipeline Central The Underground
"The Palace" from Super Mario Strikers
Pipeline Central from Super Mario Strikers
"The Underground" from Super Mario Strikers.
Location Mushroom Kingdom Mushroom Kingdom Subterranean
Capacity 15,000 25,000 35,000
Field Type Grass Concrete Metal
Home of the Mushroom Cup Flower Cup Star Cup
Field Konga Coliseum Crater Field The Battle Dome Bowser Stadium
Konga Coliseum
Crater Field stadium as it appears in Super Mario Strikers.
The Battle Dome from Super Mario Strikers
Bowser Stadium from Super Mario Strikers.
Location Kong Island Yoshi's Island Bowser's Castle Deep Space
Capacity 31,000 42,000 68,000 50,000
Field Type Wood Grass Concrete Rubber Compound
Home of the Super Flower Cup Super Mushroom Cup Super Star Cup Bowser Cups
How to unlock Unlocked by placing in the top 3 in the Mushroom Cup. Unlocked by placing in the top 3 in the Flower Cup. Unlocked by placing in the top 3 in the Star Cup. Unlocked by winning the Bowser Cup's playoff round.


Cup Teams Rounds System Notes
Mushroom Cup 4 3 Table System When the player places in the top 3, the Konga Coliseum and the Flower Cup are unlocked.
Flower Cup 6 5 Table System When the player places in the top 3, the Crater Field and the Star Cup are unlocked.
Star Cup 8 7 Table System When the player places in the top 3, the Battle Dome and the Bowser Cup are unlocked.
Bowser Cup 8 7 Rounds + 2 K.O. Rounds (+ Match against Super Team) Table System, the top 4 continue to the Playoff System When the player wins the cup, the Bowser Stadium, the Super Team and the Super Mushroom Cup are unlocked.
Super Mushroom Cup 4 6 Table System When the player places in the top 3, the Super Flower Cup is unlocked. When the player places first, the "Perfect Strike" cheat is unlocked.
Super Flower Cup 6 10 Table System When the player places in the top 3, the Super Star Cup is unlocked. When the player places first, the "Field Tilt" cheat is unlocked.
Super Star Cup 8 14 Table System When the player places in the top 3, the Super Bowser Cup is unlocked. When the player places first, the "Weak Goalies" cheat is unlocked.
Super Bowser Cup 8 14 Rounds + 2 K.O. Rounds Table System, the top 4 continue to the Playoff System When the player places first, the "Infinite Powerups" cheat is unlocked.


There are four difficulty settings. The higher the difficulty is set, the more the passing, deking, and Super Strike skills of the CPU increase:

  • Rookie (Novice in the Commonwealth version): A very easy level. CPU lets the player win and make Super Strikes.
  • Professional: An easy level. CPU will make some unexpected maneuvers, such as dekes and Super Strikes.
  • Superstar: Hard. The CPU takes the ball, and tries to make a goal. Also, the CPU can rumble the player's Super Strike meter to attempt throwing the player off.
  • Legend: Very hard. CPU can try to steal the ball and attack the player. If it has the ball, it can make dekes as soon as the player attempts to attack it. The CPU also attempts Perfect Strikes. It can rumble the player's Super Strike meter to attempt throwing the player off.

Note: In the Super Cups, the Rookie/Novice setting is not available.


Main article: Trophy
The Super Striker Award.

Trophies are awards won by achieving a certain number of special actions. Additionally, all cups of the game are trophies, including the Mushroom Cup, the Flower Cup, the Star Cup, the Bowser Cup, the Super Mushroom Cup, the Super Flower Cup, the Super Star Cup, and the Super Bowser Cup. The cups' trophies are won by winning the cup. These special trophies can also be unlocked:

Trophy Awarded for # Needed for Bronze # Needed for Silver # Needed for Gold Powerup unlocked for Gold
Veteran Matches in Cup Battles 25 50 100 Shells
Sniper Goals in Cup Battles 75 150 300 Accelerator
Super Striker Super Strikes in Cup Battles 25 50 100 Explosives
Paramedic Fouling in Cup Battles 250 500 1000 Giant
Tactician Doing a Perfect Pass in Cup Battles 75 150 300 Freezing


Cheats are special options available in the cheat menu. They can be unlocked by winning a Super Cup or a Gold trophy. Their effects vary. These only work for free play modes, not for the cups.

Cheat Effect
Custom Power Ups Sets which types of power ups appear in the game. Available are "Shells", "Accelerator", "Explosives", "Giant", and "Freezing".
Field Tilt The field tilts in favor of the losing team.
Infinite Power Ups Power Ups are infinitely available.
Weak Goalies The goalies let shots in 2.5x more often than usual.
Perfect Strike A Super Strike is always in, regardless of where the cursor is stopped.

Game Modes[edit]

Grudge Match[edit]

Two teams participate in a series at the field of their choice. They can play for as many games as they want.

Cup Battle[edit]

Players choose a single team and participate in one of the four Cups, each progressively increasing the amounts of teams and games. If they quit their match in the middle, they forfeit the match.

Super Cup Battle[edit]

The same as a Cup Battle, but the four Super Cups can be played. In itself, it's a hard mode version of Cup Battle, with new trophies.

Custom Battle[edit]

Three to eight teams play in a league table or knockout bracket. The table can be a single or double round-robin.

Strikers 101[edit]

Strikers 101 from Super Mario Strikers
Gameplay in Strikers 101.

A tutorial menu. Players can learn the basics of the game and hone their skills. More than one player can participate, and the players can choose any character. While scores are counted, there is an infinite time limit. At the beginning of the match, there is a menu that automatically opens, and options show how to do certain techniques. During gameplay, a scrolling bar of information on the bottom shows what button inputs does what. Players can play only on Pipeline Central in this mode.


Players can view their awards and records.

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of Super Mario Strikers pre-release and unused content

In concept artwork, Mario is shown wearing several different outfits, which were abandoned in favor of the design used in-game. It also shows Mario's team number was 10; however, in the final game, the number 10 was assigned as Peach's team number, while the number 1 (usually reserved for goalkeepers) was assigned as Mario's team number. Peach is also shown as wearing a different outfit. Early screenshots of the game showed different textures and outfits for characters. Super Strikes were also given to teammates and Team Captains were given different Super Strikes, which resemble the Mega Strikes used in the next game, Mario Strikers Charged.


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


A promotional browser game was released in 2005 called Super Mario Strikers -- Heads Up.

An excerpt of the December 2005 issue of Nintendo Power advertising the Super Mario Strikers Player's Poll Sweepstakes
An advertisement for the Player's Poll Sweepstakes.

Issue 198 of Nintendo Power released in December 2005 included a Player's Poll Sweepstakes as a promotion for the game. The grand prize, awarded to 25 winners, was a copy of Super Mario Strikers and a soccer ball with a Chain Chomp pattern. The soccer ball was also given to the 100 winners of the second prize. The third prize, given to 50 winners, was a Nintendo Power t-shirt.

A similar Chain Chomp soccer ball was later sold at the Nintendo World store. Compared to the original, the pattern was on different areas of the ball, and there was no Super Mario Strikers logo on the back.


Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo GameCube Kristan Reed,
8/10 "Mario Smash Football neatly distils the entire 'fun for everyone' ethos that permeates so many of Nintendo's titles. It's charmingly designed from the ground up to be as fun and accessible as possible, yet despite its astonishing simplicity, it still managed to hold our interest well beyond our expectations. With polished visuals, amusing audio and impressive technical touches adding the final gloss to this excellent, addictive package, it's yet another fine example of why the GameCube shouldn't be written off just yet."
Nintendo GameCube Sterling McGarvey,
4.5/5 "Super Mario Strikers will release to a fraction of the fanfare that Big N fanboys would have given to their truly desired holiday title for 2005. No, it's not teenage Link taking down goblins with a bow while riding Epona, but it's definitely the must-own first-party title for a relatively weak GameCube showing this holiday season. The single-player should keep people tided over for a little bit, but not long for too long. The multiplayer more than covers the bases, though, as Strikers will join Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Super Monkey Ball series, and the Mario Party games as one of the 'Cube's best titles for armchair warfare. Plus, how many Mario games get away with letting one of the characters do a crotch chop as a victory dance?"
Nintendo GameCube Matt Casamassina,
7.6/10 "Super Mario Strikers is the quintessential arcade sports game. It's short on options, lacks depth, but when you jump in and play it, you're bound to have a really good time. It delivers both intuitively learned and mastered control mechanics and that rare multiplayer experience that is incredibly hard to put down. So if you're planning to buy this one purely for its multiplayer offering, you can add a full point to our review score. However, the title is still far from perfect. Its single-player offering lacks features and is also void of the satisfying trash talking that distracts from the ho-hum graphics presentation."
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 76
GameRankings 76.26%


NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all names are conjectural.

Infinite ball shots[edit]

This glitch can appear during matches. A character must hold the soccer ball and go to the opponent's field. If the player shoots the ball towards the goalie without charging and is hit by a Blue Shell and frozen at the same time[1], the ball will remain stuck on their feet, but keeps emitting the purple rings caused by the kick while the victim is frozen. Because of that, the goalie responds to block the shot, repeatedly lunging and falling in an attempt to get the ball. In this state, the Ball cannot be taken by the other characters; the glitch wears off once the victim is unfrozen and shoots the ball normally.

Super Team without unlocking[edit]

If player two rapidly taps the A Button and B Button buttons on a captain, as player one pushes A Button on the locked Super Team on the character select screen, the first player can play as Super Team without unlocking them.[2]

Imperfect Strike[edit]

In order to recreate this glitch, it is mostly recommended to play a Grudge Match with 2 players or more, and also to play with the Perfect Strike cheat code enabled. First, players must make sure that the rival captain is a tall player like Donkey Kong, Super Team, Waluigi, or Wario, then choose any other captain for their team. Before doing the Perfect Strike, the rival captain (along with one or two sidekicks if possible) must get up close in front of the Kritter goalkeeper while he faces the player's captain; only then, they should do the Perfect Strike from a long distance and, if executed correctly, the rival captain will get hit by the ball and not the goalie, preventing the score.

As a consequence, both the player's own and their rival's teams will remain unable to move; not only that, but the camera will also be stuck on a different angle while still focusing on the ball. The only character the player can unfreeze during this glitch is their rival's Kritter goalkeeper; to do so, they have to fail a Super Strike, so the Kritter can either catch it or throw it back; both of these actions will allow the Kritter to move again. To fully disable the glitch, the player has to score a goal so the screen displays the celebration and the replay; after that, all characters will be able to move again.[3]


Main article: List of Super Mario Strikers staff

Super Mario Strikers was made by staff of both Nintendo and Next Level Games. The game was produced by Satoru Iwata and Kensuke Tanabe, and was supervised by Shigeru Miyamoto. The game was directed by Mike Inglehart of Next Level Games.

This is the first game to feature Kenneth W. James, who temporarily replaces Scott Burns, as the voice of Bowser, a role that would become permanent starting with Super Mario Galaxy. Likewise, Jen Taylor did not voice Princess Peach and Toad or record any new voice clips for the characters, even though the game was released before her departure from Nintendo, making it the only Nintendo GameCube Super Mario game where she does not voice Peach and Toad.

References to other games[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオストライカーズ
Sūpā Mario Sutoraikāzu
Super Mario Strikers

French (NOE) Mario Smash Football
German Mario Smash Football
Italian Mario Smash Football
Spanish (NOE) Mario Smash Football


  • This is the only Super Mario Nintendo GameCube game to support 16:9 widescreen, albeit implemented in a vertical direction recalculating the FOV, also affecting the in-game camera zoom to simulate a horizontal effect, as well as 480p.
  • An unused promotional poster for this game was created, but ultimately rejected due to it resembling a scrotum. In the image, two soccer balls dangle from a net bag, with the quote "You're gonna need a pair"[4].


  1. ^ Blue Shell Glitch
  2. ^ "Super Mario Strikers Super Team Glitch," from Firebird2031. YouTube. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "Mario super strikers funniest glitch ever!!" from Blue Pianta Rules!!!. YouTube. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Sickr. (November 17, 2014). Here’s A Controversial Canned Promotional Poster For The First Mario Strikers Game. My Nintendo News. Retrieved December 16, 2017.

External links[edit]