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Mario Strikers Battle League Football Preview: Let’s Play. Kicking. Again!

We pushed our opponents hard in our preview of Mario Strikers Battle League Football: will it be an empty goal?

Those of you who have had the opportunity to read and (inevitably) love Nintendo: the Official Magazine will have already caught the quote in the title of this preview dedicated to Mario Strikers Battle League Football. For our part, not knowing who will sign the possible review of the title, we could not refrain from making a mention now to one of the most daring marketing campaigns ever attempted by the European division of the Great N. Moreover, of group photos in the football world there are plenty of them, but only one sees the stalwart athletes ready more than ever to do four jumps on a stretcher. Ahem.

This very “wide open” opening serves to make a necessary clarification: the verve with which Western study Next Level Games, now a wing of the Kyoto colossus, has reinterpreted the Mariesque canons and has not “returned”. She just never left! And we couldn’t be happier. Interpreting football with constant and colorful caciara is not exclusive to the mustache in red, but only her entourage is able to grasp this approach with such class. And as always, the lightheartedness of a beating on the teeth is an excuse like any other to put intriguing gameplay ideas in their unsuspected depth on the table.

National without filter: until the last Hyperthiro

The basics, in the ad-hoc build on which our Mario Strikers Battle League Football preview is based, are taught to us by Fùtbot. Our robotic teacher (of dubious Clankesque parentage) provides the player with a staggered smattering of the various tricks that make up the gameplay. The latter is easily summed up with the oxymoron behind the game’s design. If on the one hand the more complex (and, for the purposes of the experience, potentially boring) aspects of football are dampened by an almost total absence of rules, on the other it must be said that perhaps it is only the ZL button that does not come. touched.

Each stage of the tutorial therefore puts us in front of different (but never too many) concepts to be assimilated little by little, united by their context. One lesson for movement, one for shooting, one for passing and so on. To add spice to everything, then, at the end of the lesson we will have to give proof of what we have learned in a real “class test”. The timer often present in the test phases is not our only opponent; sometimes we will also be confronted with a team of Yoshi with a “bad neighborhood” character that permeates the entire game. And if this title has the confidence to allow the removal of objects and hyperthires for a more “earthly” simulation, there is a reason.

“They manage to shoot certain shots / that fly low for ten episodes” – Preview Mario Strikers Battle League Football

We learned more concepts in the case of Mario Strikers Battle League Football than Nintendo Switch Sports inculcated in the case of its preview. Compared to other Big N titles, the learning curve of the Mariesque football is not afraid to raise without too many ceremonies. We talked about the “swim or sink” tutorials, but the “real” game shows severe punishments (with or without kicks) for those who allow themselves even the slightest moment of distraction. The action is really al heart-poundingand mastering the passing (both of the ball and of the character) soon proves essential.

Although this is football according to Wario in terms of unfairness, the experience as a whole is characterized by theequilibrium as the good old Aldo Biscardi would have liked. Each action, from rugby-style tackles to loaded shots, features different maneuvers with which, ideally, you can witness an endless tango of swerves and dodges. Ideally, of course. Our last test game, thanks to two teams whose elements were fought over by four players, offered instead the utter “ignorant” chaos that fans of the series have come to love over the years. Or that, in the case of a neophyte like myself, they fell in love with it in five minutes.

Let’s Go to the Stadium Drughters’ Way – Mario Strikers Battle League Football Preview

Progress in the game is tangible through the coinswith which we will be able to release the due equipment for the roster of characters at our disposal. Local games, beyond the aforementioned possible removal of the imaginative elements, require not a little customization. Once you have chosen your characters, you can give them the various components of the armor. These range from helmets to armor, and each element boasts a bonus to statistics (with a penalty to offset it). In other words, a heavyweight like Bowser can become more agile in the right clothes.

This is not the only element of personalization present, however. The level design, although it does not boast repercussions on the gameplay, it is based on the dualism of two different elements. We have two different selections for each half of the pitch, aimed at creating a stadium whose halves always collide with each other. In their selection screen, i characters (Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Toad, Wario, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Waluigi and Rosalinda) wear their most classic colors, but once they have decided which half of the pitch to play on, the teams will have to choose a single color to avoid make (further) confusion.

Serie Ahia – Anteprima Mario Strikers Battle League Football

Multiplayer, ever since the first Mario Smash Football on GameCube, is the centerpiece of the whole experience. On the other hand, as happens with Pokémon and Mario Kart, the single player is nothing more than a smattering and then all of them play together. For this reason, the emphasis ononline consists of an ideal meeting point between the real championships and the ever-present combination of longevity and support for the software with which Fortnite has made school. Come to think of it, so far the Next Level Games series (and we’re happy to call it “series” at last!) Has avoided creating parallels with promotions and relegations. Till now.

Everything changes with Club Striker, where up to 20 players can join an existing team or start their own. Club members can have matches to lead the entire group towards promotion… or relegation, as the case may be. This concept has also been compared to online game guilds such as World of Warcraft, albeit applied to a very different context. In other words, therefore, we will have the opportunity to assist our teammates in these ranked matches… or to enjoy their progress ourselves. For sure, longevity is guaranteed.

A kick to predictability

We conclude this preview of Mario Strikers Battle League Football with a little scoop: who of you is subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online will be able to try the game firsthand! In fact, you can already find a special demo on eShop, called First Kick, for all subscribers. The trial version includes the aforementioned tutorial, but as you may have already guessed it still requires an always-on connection to use the offline features as well. If, on the other hand, you are ready to test the real online first hand, then we have two dates for you. Mark them on your calendar!

Saturday 4th June e Sunday 5 the doors of the Great N Cosmic Olympic Stadium will be open to all Nintendo Switch Online members. The time slots for this “test run” of the servers are the same for both days, that is: from 05:00 to 06:00 for early risers, from 13:00 to 14:00 in the early afternoon and, finally, from 21:00 to 22:00 as a last resort. And let’s talk about the last few possibilities with good reason: from 6 June onwards, First Kick it will no longer be re-downloadable. For those who miss this opportunity, or for anyone else not interested in a free trial, the appointment is for another Friday: the June 10.

Now it’s up to you to tell us yours: we tried the title, but what idea did you have? Let us know below, and as always don’t forget to stay on for all the most important news for gamers and more. For your purely gaming needs, you can instead find the best discounts in digital format on Instant Gaming.

Published by
Arcangelo Padricelli

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