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. I keep coming back to the Mario Strikers Charged intro on a monthly basis… I thought I was the only one who still cared about that game. 😮

  2. I especially would like another strikers on the switch, that game was especially unique not only because it was fun to play but also contained a lot of style and personelity.

  3. Mario Strikers Charged was amazing like actually the specials kicks that were in the game were all amazing and Super Mario Sluggers was a very nostalgic game for me that story is just a amazing beat it too many times to count but ngl Mario Sports Mix was also rly fun too

  4. Never played Super Sluggers because I live in the PAL region (that was such a weird thing to do btw) but superstar baseball is pretty much my favourite mario spin-off ever.

    I just love how absolutely bonkers the roster of characters is. You can play as a godamn pianta for example.

  5. Hey, what did you mean when you said Nintendo now owns the rights to Mario and Luigi? Has there been any more information about the unfortunate bankruptcy of AlphaDream? Just curious.

  6. Mario super sluggers is my favorite Mario sports title. I've been waiting so long for another Mario baseball game

  7. Mario Golf in Mario Tennis are ten times worse then Mario baseball and Mario soccer I have no idea why they would have made tennis and golf game so many times when they're so much more boring

  8. Mario Strikers Charged was my jam as a kid (despite not being a football/soccer fan).

    The gameplay was intense but fun, the Mega-Strikes were just as cool as a Final Smash and it showed that established characters can have this expressive edge without having to erase their personality traits.

  9. I think both would play great on the Switch. I’m wondering, though, if Nintendo would go all out with Strikers like they did the first two games; those games’ edginess feels very much like a product of its time, not the more open Nintendo of recent years (though the Switch is at least more diverse).

  10. I'm guessing why we haven't seen a new Mario Strikers at least is because of Nintendo and Miyamoto with the whole, "OMG, Mario being all edgy and having personality!"

  11. I would agree, but you butchered the pronunciation of Broque Monsieur so badly, I‘ll have to comment on that instead.

  12. If Mario tennis aces is anything to go by. This is the perfect time to bring back strikers, and all-stars. I would buy these games instantly and buy the dlc as well without hesitation.

  13. I want both Mario strikers and baseball! They’re both awesome and the story mode for baseball was a personal fave of mine

  14. Wouldn’t it be cool To have an actual story mode in a strikers game? But not in the form of a couple games, but a 3D area?
    I don’t know, with a vibe like this, I imagine a rogue story.

  15. if you think about it the mario and sonic series that in include football and dream football, dream football is kind of like a mario and sonic strikers

  16. I have no say on sluggers since i never played it but strikers was epic man. The robots in the first one? I mained waluigi and you know dang well i miss that crotch stance lol

  17. I personally am not one for sports games, that applies to my favorite plumber, although with him, I'll at least give it a chance. I wish we would get another Mario sports game thougg, as I was interested in Mario Tennis Aces. I especially would like another Strikers game

  18. If they were to do this o believe that they would need to bundle up on sports cause 1 sport for 60 dollars is pretty steep but to get both for 60 would be grand

  19. Hey, its great to finally see someone come out and ask this crucial question! I just wanna begin by introducing myself to you as someone who has covered the Mario Sluggers game on my channel for over 6 years now and my fans absolutely love it.

    I can't tell you how many times I've had to reply to comments or people in my streams asking me about what I'd like to see in a Mario Baseball sequel and it really frustrates me that it's been 11 long years since the last game which is what I've had to express in recent years.

    I have no clue what the hold up is for both games. I'll admit, I'm not a Strikers fan cuz I don't like soccer very much, but I just wanna say upfront, that if a fanbase deserved a sequel more, it'd be Strikers since tons love it. I would give a heartfelt congrats to those fans who waited so long for a sequel to that.

    Finally, I'll say that if Bandai Namco doesn't want to step in and make a Sluggers sequel, I would hope Camelot steps in since they could finally step away from tennis for awhile after releasing 3 different versions in a 6 year span (2012-18). By the way, I cringed so hard when Tennis Aces was announced especially since that's pretty much easy to make I guess. And don't get me wrong, Aces is actually great, just Nintendo better not dare make another Tennis game before a new Strikers or Baseball game comes out or I will ask to speak to Doug Bowser (gently of course)

    Anyways, sorry for a lengthy comment, but I was so eager to say all this kind of stuff to you after watching this. Hope you have a great day!

  20. I loved these two video games! Despite the fact that I do not like sports video games or even sports in general, I was a big fan of these games. So YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS I would like a new game for both there.

  21. There's another one that needs a new game. Mario Hoops 3 On 3/Mario Slam Basketball on the DS. If you havent played it, play it. That game is soooooo much fun

  22. Another Striker charged game will be good, but how about a Mario football game with the same tone. It should call Mario Blitz

  23. I've been wanting to find a Pre-owned version of Super Sluggers but alas. It alongside Mario Kart and Pokemon are the ONLY games I'll play over and over again. I really want a Sluggers remake for the Switch, especially with multiple ways to play it will be AWESOME!

  24. Strikers was freaking amazing. I kinda disliked the Wii Motion Controls for MSC, but other than that, they were amazing

  25. Guess I’ll be the one guy to say I want another Mario Baseball like even GCN’s theme sums it up “let’s play a baseball game” like the gameplay was fun the story mode was solid and I spent hours playing it with family

  26. I still love Mario Strikers and i just played it again a few weeks ago. I would love to have a Sequel. Regarding Baseball: I played the first game but i wasnt able to play the second because it never released in Europe. It was 1 of my most wanted games tho. I would also love to see a new Wario Land. The last one is already over 10 years old, but i fear that Wario Ware killed it completly.

  27. Super Mario Strikers on GameCube will always have a special place in my heart. My all-time favorite Mario game! a Mario Strikers 3 would be wonders!

  28. Now that more and more characters have be introduced and reintroduced, now is the perfect time to bring back Mario Baseball, which relies on having a massive roster to choose from because teams are so big. Believe it or not, I actually sent an e-mail to Next Level Games about what characters they can add to a potential third Mario Strikers (and then I had to send the e-mail through a message on their Facebook page, because for some reason they didn't get it). Doubtful they'll actually implement my suggestions, but at least now they know what characters to choose from next time.

  29. I almost forgot about these games. These were my favorite games back then. Strikers was so awesome and intense, Sluggers was chill and relaxing

  30. I am 100% with you, my friend. I would go as far as to say Mario Super Sluggers is my favorite Mario sports game EVER. To this day, we've not had a Mario game with the sheer diversity of playable characters, and chew on this: Until the Mario Tennis Aces DLC, Mario Super Sluggers was the last time Petey was playable. I have so many great memories of Mario Superstar Baseball, Super Mario Strikers, and Mario Super Sluggers; despite never having gotten to play it, I also have great memories of Mario Strikers Charged because of videos I'd pull up of Bowser's metal theme playing while he slams everyone into electric fences and breathing fire everywhere and then turning into some kind of Giga Bowser-esque monster during his Mega Strike. I doubt we'll ever again get a Mario Baseball or Mario Strikers game, but I'll always look back fondly on those underrated series and I can't go too long without busting them back out for a good time. Also, Mario Superstar Baseball's Bowser Castle and Mario Super Sluggers' DK Jungle had two of my absolute favorite environments and music tracks in the entirety of Nintendo's history. In all honesty, I'd be worried if we got more games in those series because it's been so long that it just might not be the same anymore, considering how many people have probably left and been succeeded at Next Level and Namco who helped make those games great. I'd honestly rather have those amazing series remain with the great legacy they have rather than get half-assed new additions that tarnish their legacy. /cough/mariokart7andtour/cough/

  31. Omg! How did I forget about these games?! Sluggers and Strickers Charged are amazing games. Baseball became my favorite sport because of the game and Charged was such a good sequel from the GameCube original

  32. I just played sluggers yesterday and got Planta as an MVP when my twin brother. It was a fun time Beating level 2 CPU at Yoshi Park.

  33. I agree with everything but introducing other Nintendo characters into sluggers, we all know what that did to the identity of Mario Kart…

  34. Finally someone makes a video like this. I rly want Strikers! I played the shit out of Strikers Charged. I broke 3 nunchuks just by using them alot!

  35. I'd play Strikers Charged online just to slam the opponents on the electric fence and get people rage quitting

  36. Plus with it being on switch. Add a competitive online mode, new captains, fix exploits like the toad jump, and maybe even new goalies who specialize in certain game play aspects.

  37. The Strikers franchise is a goldmine, if NLG has another game in mind, Strikers would be the perfect series to return to for the Switch. I mean the Switch already has a huge enough fanbase, can you imagine what they could do with millions of copies sold?

  38. Another Mario sports game where it crosses over with Square Enix again would be awesome too, preferably Mario Hoops but I’d be fine with another.

  39. While I can understand Baseball (Though I wanted Sluggers to be released in Australia, despite nobody caring about it), there is no reason why Strikers should be neglected, Soccer is like, the most popular sport on the world!

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