|Dev: Camelot Software Publishing, Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|Release: March 24, 2017|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Comic mischief|
I suspect tennis will be the most popular of the group, because it’s accessible and addictive. Although you have a simple, multipurpose swing, you need to learn need to learn some more advanced techniques. Every now and then, you’ll see an aura appear where the ball is going to land. If you can make it in time, then you have to quickly and accurately input the correct button combination to make shots that could potentially help you win the game. As fun as it can be, I started to question the Simon Says nature of the game and whether I enjoyed it in multiplayer, since I could see my opponent’s next move. Nevertheless, this is the only that I felt best captured the spirit of both Nintendo and tennis - it has that pizzazz that I’m looking for.
Although I’ve enjoyed Mario Golf games in the past, I found myself underwhelmed by its inclusion in Mario Sports Superstars. As usual, you have a meter where you determine how hard and accurately you want to hit it, as well as whether you want to apply any spin. It might just be because this is the slowest pace of the bunch that I noticed how much that golf felt just like that - another golf game.
Some of you might be wondering whether horse racing counts as a sport, but that’s irrelevant because it’s clearly the worst of the bunch. You choose a character and one of many ugly, palette-swapped horses, and try to collect as much carrots as you can to maintain a healthy stamina meter. I’m reminded of Epona in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but at least in that game it felt like I was controlling a horse. Such is not the case with horse racing. However, I can think of two reasons why Nintendo wanted to include it: it provides a much-needed change in scenery, and it might appeal to fans of Mario Kart and Nintendogs. As for me, no amount of bonding with my horse could help convince me from wanting to play Mario Kart instead.
Mario Sports Superstars’s multiplayer is a mixed bag. Thanks to the simple UI, it requires few steps to set up a match. However, it’s also impossible to tell which games are popular now. For instance, I could try to set up a match of horse racing, but I could wait several minutes several times without accomplishing anything. On the other hand, I had no problem setting up a game of tennis. I experienced a lot of lagging throughout my experience with the multiplayer, but your mileage may vary.
Mario Sports Superstars could appeal to multiple demographics, but might not hold the attention for any of them. Each sport is fun, but the lack of variety in games and their respective courses wears thin. The Mario sports games are rife with potential for players of all ages, sports fans or not, to gather their 3DS consoles and participate in wild tournaments. But with Mario Sports Superstars, I only want to go further inside my house to play different Nintendo games.