Mario Sports Mix (2010) for the Wii is the Spiritual Successor to Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Like its predecessor, it was developed by Square Enix, and features teams of up to three characters facing off in certain sports on fields with different gimmicks. It features three new sports and one sport returning from the aforementioned Mario Hoops 3-on-3: volleyball, dodgeball, hockey, and basketball.
This game provides examples of:
Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: The Star Ship. Especialy outside of tournaments, when crystals that you can collect rain down during the match. The Behemoth's battlefield counts as well.
Badass Mustache: The usual offenders, namely Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi.
Confusion Fu/Lethal Joke Character: The Tricky characters (Black Mage, Moogle, Cactuar, and Slime) usually have one stat that they excel in, while the other two are utterly awful and plain bad respectively. They make up for this by having a repertoire of strange moves up their sleeve (Black Mage), breaking their max stat (Cactuar), or having their excellent stat be one that people usually doesn't expect (Slime).
Instant Runes: The White Mage uses this instead of the circle used by other characters to aim their special abilities. She also uses them in place of a dive in volleyball. They also appear when your team uses their special attack against the Behemoth.
Shock and Awe: Black Mage mostly uses thunder spells to block or stop incoming balls. He also uses it in his special move. Waluigi also fires electric balls when performing his special move.
The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Hey... how did the AI get all those coins so quickly? This espescially applies in hockey, where one goal leads near the end of a game are not safe at all. The computer will usually gather up five or six coins in a matter of 10 seconds, and then score. Now your one goal lead has turned into a five goal deficit. You're pretty much screwed after that.
True Final Boss: The Behemoth, which can only be faced when the Final Fantasy team has been defeated in every sport. A harder version, the Behemoth King, is fought in Sports Mix mode.
Weak, but Skilled: Peach, Daisy, White Mage, Waluigi, Moogle, and Black Mage, who all have high Technique ratings to make up for low power and/or speed.