What Happened To Mario Strikers & Mario Baseball?


The Mario Sports games are usually a fun way
to kick back and have a blast if Mario Kart or Party gets old at times. There’s a good amount to try between Mario
Golf, Tennis, Hoops 3-on-3, and others, but today I wanna talk about what the heck happened
to Mario Strikers and Mario Baseball??? Am I the only one that’s been begging for
both of these series to get sequels again? I know I’m not. And almost every other spin-off series has
been getting news games every few years this past decade. Yes, this past decade. Mario Strikers Charged was one of the first
Mario games on the Wii as it came out in 2007 with Mario Super Sluggers coming out in 2008. Both Strikers and the Baseball games have
a whopping total of 2 games in their entire series and both haven’t gotten a sequel
in over 10 years. You’d think maybe people didn’t like these
games that much since that’s the case, but hell no is that not the truth. For the longest time, Mario Strikers Charged
was THE best-selling Mario sports game. Among the different versions of Mario Tennis,
Power Tennis, Mario Golf, all the sequels, and every one of the other spinoffs singularly,
Strikers Charged was the most successful with sales, clocking over 2.6 million units. Now, Mario Tennis Aces surpassed that number
selling 2.75 million, but Strikers Charged for the past decade was at the top, along
with Mario Super Sluggers. Mario Super Sluggers is currently tied with
Mario Tennis on the Nintendo 64 as 3rd best-selling Mario Sports game, making 2.3 million copies
sold. While their GameCube predecessors can’t
boast the same numbers, Mario Super Strikers still did good and sold as good as many other
sports titles, Mario Superstar Baseball doing decently less so, both series have games within
the Top 3 most successful Mario Sports games, not to mention both series’ games have had
critical success gaining good reviews. So why the hell have they been on a decade-long
hiatus? And some of you may not know much about these
series to care enough so you may ask, “why is he making a video on it?” Wait I got a comment that reads, “we already
have a sequel to both that came out a few years ago on 3D-“oh. See, we don’t talk about this one. Not only did it sell bad & wasn’t as critically
successful as the series in question, each sport was a significantly lighter version
of any pre-existing Mario sports genre, completely missing the appeal & charm those genres had
in their own series. But otherwise, what happened and can we see
a sequel to Mario Baseball and Mario Strikers at all anytime soon? Let’s start with Strikers first. For further clarity, Mario Strikers is essentially
Mario soccer. The Mario cast is pitted in various soccer
fields with varying gimmicks and styles, but most of the time you’re surrounded by an
electric fence and you’re tackling other players into them, off stage, hurling as many
items at one another, while trying to shoot the ball into the goal, with the captains
gaining their own special abilities and can mega strike the ball for extra points but
at the expense of the goalie’s health. It is soccer fused with Mario and Mario elements,
but it also gives its own unique flavor. The art style of Strikers is very gritty,
dirty, aggressive, etc. and the humor and slapstick are more extreme than what most
Mario games do. This is the game Waluigi does his famous crotch
dance by the way. Like this game all around is much more brutal
and vulgar than most Mario games, it’s arguably the most “adulterated” looking at it if
that makes sense. Not to mention because you can tackle players
into electric fences, hurl a slew of items, mega strike, etc. it’s violent nature for
a Mario game makes it very fun. The Mario Strikers series is my favorite sports
spin off series hands down because of the style it possesses and how much fun the gameplay
is. What I’d give for a sequel to come on Switch. Next Level Games is the studio that works
on Mario Strikers, but they’ve also been hard at work on Punch-Out!! For the Wii and Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon
along with Luigi’s Mansion 3. Because they’re pressed on finishing Luigi’s
Mansion 3 at the moment, and Luigi’s Mansion 3’s also getting DLC, I don’t think we’ll
get a Mario Strikers anytime soon. There is a Mario Strikers Easter Egg in Luigi’s
Mansion 3 though, an art gallery has a painting of Strikers Mario performing a Mega Strike,
so Next Level hasn’t forgot about Mario Strikers thankfully. But it’s an Easter Egg, likely not indicative
of much. Assuming they do care about making a sequel,
then I’d imagine in 2-4 years from now we’d see one for Mario Strikers. Next Level Games or Nintendo, if any one of
you is watching this, there are plenty of people that would absolutely love a sequel
to Mario Strikers. Imagine us getting new playable characters
like Rosalina, Nabbit, Dixie Kong, King Boo or Pauline in Mario Strikers with new maps
and such. People would eat that up in a heartbeat, I
promise you. Mario Strikers would also just be a fantastic
fit on the Switch, between the varying control schemes, HD Rumble, having a console portable
Strikers and the install base being massive and very active and just getting bigger. Next Level Games has been pretty busy working
on new projects one after another since Mario Strikers, but let’s hope Next Level makes
another Mario Strikers when they’re done with Luigi’s Mansion 3 because Mario Strikers
is a fantastic game and I would love for them to make a brand-new game. Next up, let’s discuss Mario Baseball. If not for Mario Strikers, Mario Baseball
would’ve been my favorite Mario sports spinoff since it’s not just a great game, baseball’s
also my favorite sport. But it being my second favorite still means
I hold it to a high standard like Strikers. The Mario Baseball games are much more within
the confines of what you’d expect Mario games to look and play. It’s baseball with a Mario spin on things. Captains can execute special power swings
and pitches, characters have chemistry with one another, you play in various Mario character-themed
fields, each character has their own stats, and there’s a massive amount of Mario characters
to pick to join your team. They had various different color Yoshis, Toads
and Shy Guys but each color had slightly different stats from one another, you could play as
the Kremlings from Donkey Kong, King K. Rool, which was his last appearance before Smash
Ultimate, Tiny Kong and Funky Kong, Wiggler, King Boo, Petey Piranha, 5 different Baby
characters, along with the typical Mario cast: the princesses, Wario & Waluigi, Dry Bones,
Bowser & his son, etc. For 2008, this roster of playable Mario characters
was utterly astounding. And the total slew of Mario characters since
then has gotten bigger and bigger. Imagine if they made a new game and god knows
how many new characters we’d get. The Koopalings, Nabbit, Rosalina, a Luma,
Pauline, Cappy, a New Donker, the Broodals from Odyssey, Baby Rosalina, Peachette, Honey
Queen, King Bob-Omb, or now that Nintendo owns the rights to the original Mario & Luigi
new characters, we could get the likes of Fawful, Cackletta, Starlow, Prince Peasly,
Princess Shroob, Antasma or Midbus playable now, add more Donkey Kong characters like
Lanky Kong, Chunky Kong or Kiddy Kong, add Warioware characters like Mona or Ashley,
crossover with other Nintendo characters like Link, Kirby or Ness, there’s a bunch of
possibilities for the kinds of new characters they could toss into a new Mario Baseball
game if they made one. I’m also aware that Nintendo usually co-develops
these games with Bandai Namco, they helped make these Mario Baseball games and Bandai
Namco is usually busy working on various types of fighting and anime games. Going into next year, they have a new Dragon
Ball game to worry about, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4, the new My Hero Academia game,
a One Punch Man game upon many others, not to mention they did lend a hand in helping
Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but Bandai Namco is a ginormous
company so if they’re not so spent on too many developers working on other games at
a certain time in 2020 or the near future, a new Mario Baseball game would do wonders
and gain plenty of popularity. You can make some of the hypothesized newcomers
captains too, you can add more fields for Rosalina or Pauline, upon other ideas. I can’t stop wondering what made them stop. It’s likely due to wanting to work & focus
on other projects. But it could also be due to Nintendo or the
other studios losing interest in making those games again, making safer bets on the other
series, but to go over a whole decade without a new Strikers or Baseball, especially when
both titles were well received and well sold, makes little sense to me, especially when
during the 3DS and Wii U era where Nintendo was in a bind with the Wii U, we got a new
Mario Tennis game, a new Mario golf, a mediocre Mario lite sports compilation, etc. Why neglect Strikers and Baseball? A new Mario Baseball game and a new Mario
Strikers game is something I’ve been wanting for a decade now and the Switch would be the
perfect system to revisit those series on. Mario Strikers is chaotic and brutal, but
highly replayable and always fun to play due to its competitive nature and grittiness. Mario Baseball is grand and charming and an
easy go-to game for a Mario multiplayer. I would love these 2 series to make a comeback
within the next couple years or so. Make it happen Nintendo and also maybe Next
Level Games and Bandai Namco. Y’all got talent and skill. It can easily go to making sequels for these
titles. Do any of you agree? Do you disagree? Should we ask Nintendo to consider Strikers
and Baseball making a new game again alongside Next Level Games and Bandai Namco? Thank you for watching and stay tuned for
more Mario content and other discussions. Stay super.

100 thoughts on “What Happened To Mario Strikers & Mario Baseball?

  1. Who cares! What happened to mario golf. The original is a classic, the gamecube game is really deep (as are most first party gamecube games), and the GBA game is a full on golf RPG (at least we finally got a spiritual successor in Golf Story). Other than the 3DS game which was a shell of its former self, nothing for like 15 years. It still blows my mind that there was no game for Wii, it feels like a no brainer with the motion controls. Like Wii sports golf but a fully fleshed out game.

  2. Man not a lot people usually talk about sluggers but it does deserves a sequel, me and my cousins played that game for ages and I actually liked the story mode

  3. Strikers would be awesome, would definitely cop that in an instant on Switch
    I'm just glad that we at least got Aces, I STILL was playing Mario Power Tennis with my friends in college before Aces came out, so that was a nice surprise!

  4. I love Super Mario Sluggers I spent so much time on it when I was young, I’d love to play a new one, I could see them adding Metro City from super Mario odyssey, with a brand new baseball stadium

  5. Mario Stikers breathes new life into the genre. It’s clear people want it – look at the success of Rocket League.

  6. I somehow forgot Mario Strikers, and then when seeing this video I remember how many hours I put into this game back in the day

  7. I still play strikers more than fifa its just a great soccer game and fun to play with friends on the gamecube and have a little tournament

  8. I didn’t think about the possibility of bringing non Mario characters into a baseball game. If they did that along with a bigger roster of characters, I think that’d be so worth buying.

    Also if they make another Mario Strikers, they really should make King K. Rool a Captain with how the Kremlings are already goalies. It’d be awesome.

  9. Mario Strikers is literally my favorite game that ever existed!!! Haha they need to make a new one… no exaggeration..

  10. Would kill for both. Sluggers had a surprisingly fun story mode and Superstar Baseball before it was also nuts. Just PLEASE don't force motion controls on us. That's what makes Superstar more replayable than Sluggers for me. Strikers and Charged? Daddy yes

  11. i still play strikers on my gamecube. a new strikers would work so well, especially with online play. new uniforms, abilities, arenas, etc. are all DLC that people would buy if the game was fun enough (which it could be).

  12. NextLevelGames actually listens (Twitter, E-Mail…) and it definitely seems they really would love to do another Mario Strikers, however Nintendo is the company who decides whether we get a sequel or not…

  13. thank you for making this vid these were two of my favorite childhood games and I have always wanted to know why they don't make them anymore on the new consoles

  14. I personally liked superstar baseball a lot more than super sluggers. I thought SS was too easy and felt choppy. Superstar baseball felt so smooth and nuanced. I love that game so much 😭

  15. I had no idea Mario strikes charged existed. I remember the game cube one tho. The robots were op, but I always used Luigi with hammer bros

  16. Baseball is a waste but I would be cool with more super strikers.

    Baseball is bad. It’s not an actual sport and everything about it is boring.

  17. They'll probably release it as a classic downloadable game on the Nintendo eShop. They'll sell you on nostalgia and make easy money.

  18. How would the defender block the super moves in Striker on the switch? You would have to move goalie's hands by moving the Wii controllers to the area where the ball was going.
    I would kill for this to be brought to the switch.

  19. The original strikers is my favorite game to this day charged much less so but if they had a sequel I’d cry and buy a switch.

  20. i only ever played both the versions on the gamecube, but i would love to see both of these franchises come back to the switch.

  21. It can easily happen bc like fifa came out and stuff and Nintendo is such a big company that they can make it happen… also it would be a perfect fit for the switch bc of the portable nature of taking soccer or baseball to a friends house

  22. I actually dont know if i want a new mario striker. This game is a legend of its time. It was perfect in everything it does. So all i want is a remake of it. I dont ask for more. We are getting remakes all over the place so for the love of gods just do the one remake we all want…

  23. Mario Strikers was and will forever be one of the most brutal games ever, watching the captains use their bankai's at the goalkeeper was incredibly painful but satisfying as well

  24. Fuck the people who downed this!!!! I love Mario soccer and Mario baseball! I’ve been waiting for either one and nothing!!!!! You can add a dlc and make more money like that. I know i would spend money on DLC characters/stadiums!! And i can imagine the online play(if it gets better)! 5v5 !! That sounds fucken fun!!! Please nintendo we need these titles back ASAP!!

  25. They died because everyone prefered the mechanics of the GameCube versions. The Wii versions were stupidly over the top and required little to no skill to score 30 points. If/when they finally reboot these series, they need to start from where the GameCube titles left off

  26. I’d love a sequel to Mario Golf that has a RPG like story mode like the one on the GBA had. That series hasn’t been the same since that element of the games was scrapped and I miss characters like Joe and Kid making an appearance. Mario Golf Advance Tour is what helped inspire me to start playing golf as a kid, and man oh man I’d be so happy if they were to announce a Mario Golf with a similar style.

    P.S. Not to mention the music in that game was amazing. Kid’s theme was classic.

  27. Lack of Mario Spinoffs, in general, is disappointing.
    Feels like all we can count on in the future is Tennis, Party, and Kart racing.
    Personally, I would like a new RPG Mario Golf game to finally succeed advance tour.

  28. I honestly can't say which game I love more. They're both such amazing games and I played them both a ton growing up. If I had to pick one to get first I would have to say a new Strikers

  29. I would love to see a new Mario Baseball game.Cause I only played one &,that's Super Mario Sluggers for the Wii.And,I hope one of the controls is for a single joycon for controls like in Sluggers.

  30. Everyone has that parent and son game

    Mario strikers was that game with me and my dad

    It’s actually his favorite game of all time and we still have it on the gamecube. 🙂 happy memories

  31. I already made my dad do a 2h30 long car ride for getting Mario Strikers on Wii and I finished Mario Sluggers 4-5 times at 100% … AND I HEAR EVERYBODY WANT TO HAVE SEQUAL TO THEM … NINTENDO, HURRY UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!

  32. I am an avid fan of Mario sports games. They're a big reason why Mario is my favorite series and I even enjoy them more than the mainstream titles.

    Mario Strikers and Baseball both need a third installment. They started on the GCN and got better sequels on Wii. To say that the demand isn't there would be ridiculous.

    Now, I ended up enjoying Mario Sports Superstars as my favorite game in 2017. Even so, it's clear as day that that game lacked the Super Mario charm and flavor that most sports prior had.

    The amount of new characters in these potential games would be mind-boggling to see. Rosalina, Pauline, the older Koopalings, WarioWare characters, Kremlings like Kritter and King K. Rool, multiple Kongs, Peachette, Nabbit…the list goes on.

    If I had to choose a favorite, I would prefer to see a third baseball game, but Mario Strikers exudes style, grace, and a rarely seen gritty tone.

    This was a magnificent video, dude!

  33. Well, Next Level Games just finished Luigi’s Mansion 3! So we’re still hoping for a next Strikers game to come to Switch!

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