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'Super Mario Strikers' (NGC) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2005 @ 3:14 p.m. PST

Super Mario Strikers, known in Europe as Mario Smash Football, is a five-a-side based football tournament pitting teams of classic Nintendo characters against each other. To win games players simply have to place more balls in the back of their opponent's net than the other team.

In Mario Smash Football anything goes, so players who get fouled will get unique Mario Kart style items to avenge themselves with. These can range from mushrooms, which give them a superhuman burst of speed, to shells, which freeze or knock down the opponent's defenders.

Football is all about team-work and Nintendo's stars have brought along their friends to help ensure they are the ones lifting the cup at the end of the season. Each team is captained by a well-known character, such as Mario, Luigi or Donkey Kong and filled with other Mario themed players like Toads and Koopas. The different teams all provide essential support for their star players, setting up those all important goal opportunities.

Single player mode is split into a variety of different modes, giving players more choices than Jose Mourinho's reserves list. The most simple of the bunch is Grudge Match mode, in which two teams battle it out to score the most goals. Battle Mode is the game's main championship mode. It pitches all the teams against each other in a league championship, where players compete for the coveted Bowser Cup. The stars of Battle Mode will then get a chance to compete in the Champion's League of the Mushroom Kingdom, Super Battle Mode - a rock hard championship for the ultimate teams. In addition to all of this, Mario Smash Football features an innovative championship customisation mode called Custom Battle, allowing players to tailor championships to their personal specifications.

Every football fan knows one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game is watching your players thoroughly beat your best friend's team. Mario Smash Football does not disappoint here, providing an addictive multiplayer mode in which up to four players can engage in fast-paced games to crown the true champions of the pitch.

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