Mario Sports Mix is a Sporting game available on the Wii. It can be played in Singleplayer Splitscreen Competitive Cooperative modes.
Mario Sports Mix is a Sporting game. Sports games recreate a wide variety of real life competitive activities. Depending on the sport, these will either have an action or strategy focus. Popular sports games are often released on an annual basis, each year the game receives new player rosters and game improvements.
Mario Sports Mix can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.
Mario Sports Mix can be played in a Splitscreen mode. Split Screen Multiplayer games involve multiple players by providing a portion of the screen for each person. This enables two, three or four players to be involved in the game using just one console. Although popular for the PS2, Gamecube and Wii it is becoming less common in modern 360 and PS3 games which are less willing to sacrifice horsepower from the visuals to accomodate the extra players - they opt for an online multiplayer mode instead.
Mario Sports Mix can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.
Mario Sports Mix can be played in a Cooperative mode. Cooperative Multiplayer games provide an experience that is played symaltaneously by multiple players. Unlike the simple arena competitive multiplayer style games where players try to kill the most enemies, true co-operative games are designed to take a group of players through a campaign experience together. This will involve sections where players have to work together to proceed - either from the sheer difficulty as in Halo 3 on 360 or by the design of levels such as LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
Mario Sports Mix complements Mario and Sonic's Olympic sports with some fleshed out sporting action. Four player challenges span Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey and Dodgeball.
Mario Sports Mix is a themed sports collection for the Wii from Square Enix. It revisits the territory of Mario Charged Football although with the simpler game play of Square Enix' DS sports game Mario Hoops 3 on 3.
Mario Charged Football
i have a mixed history with Mario-themed sports games. as far as i'm concerned, Mario Tennis on the N64 and Mario Kart 64 are two of the great multi-player games of my lifetime. my friends and i sank so many of the hours that made up our first year at university into them and Perfect Dark that i'm ashamed to think of it. (aside: i'm not really, really i'm proud and nostalgic to think of it).
in more recent times, i've been a fairly big fan of the Gamecube and Wii Mario Kart outings and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games and Mario Strikers Charged on the Wii. there is, however, a darker side to the magic plumber's sporting exploits.
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