|Mario Strikers Charged|
|Date Released||May 23rd, 2014|
|Completionist Rating||Finish It!|
|Link||Mario Stikers Charged|
Mario Strikers Charged, known in Europe and Australia as Mario Strikers Charged Football, is a sports video game developed by Canadian developer Next Level Games and published by Nintendo for the Wii. This game was announced at the 2006 Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany as the sequel to Super Mario Strikers for the Nintendo GameCube. It was released on May 25, 2007 in Europe, June 7, 2007 in Australia and July 30, 2007 in North America.
The game supports the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, through which players can participate in online matches and tournaments. Upon its European release, it became the first Wii online game to be available outside of Japan. It was also the first Mario game released on the Wii and the first Mario game to be given a rating higher than E by the ESRB.
Uploaded on May 23rd, 2014, Mario Strikers Charged was the first episode uploaded after Final Fantasy VII month. This episode was a way to cool down from the heavy story from Final Fantasy VII, and also included a special second-time guest: Zan Alda! Along with Super Mario RPG, this is Zan's second Mario game that he has reviewed with Jirard. They also do it due to Nintendo shutting down the wifi servers for Wii and DS.
The opening is filmed inside of a "live studio audience," with more corny acting than usual. Greg wonders what game they're going to do next after Final Fantasy VII month. Greg suggests Zelda and Metroid, but Jirard says he needs to play something less serious. Suddenly, Zan Alda comes in with an empty box of ice cream sandwiches. He also suggests they play a game, and suggests Mario Strikers Charged.
The two admit the spin-off Mario games don't really have much of a story, but they don't mind. Though they're glad that Next Level Games has become akin to a second-party developer for Nintendo. And they're fond of the presentation and theming. The detail in music and its variety also get some attention from the two.
Jirard and Zan praise the game's creativity, and even its violence that's uncharacteristic of Mario. The power-up system is also given kudos for how useful they can be. He finds the cheat codes pointless, though, as the cheats apply to both teams. Despite the lack of a real completion bonus, Zan is a huge fan of the game's online when it was still running, despite difficulty connecting.
Overall, Jirard finds the game addictive, and fun to play with friends.
- Zan Alda
- On Normal Boots, the episode is misspelled as Mario Strikes Charged, instead of Mario Strikers Charged.