YMMV / Mario Strikers

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Very, very downplayed in terms of Bowser Jr.. One of his animations has him hurting his foot kicking the goal post and starts crying. If you saw that, admit it, you felt pretty bad for him.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: In Super Mario Strikers, any time you pull off a Super Strike, and even more so if you make it a "perfect" super strike. The awesomeness is doubled in Mario Strikers Charged, where the Mega Strike animations are far more epic.
    • In general, just how emotive the characters are in this game! This is probably the only Mario spin-off that doesn't use the same familiar voice quips that longtime fans are used to hearing, plus everyone shows off how expressive they can be if they were allowed to show more than the bare minimum of their personality in a non-RPG Mario title.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: see here
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Crystal Canyon is especially good, for only being able to hear it between goals and power-ups.
  • Even Better Sequel: Charged. It adds a great deal of depth over the original by adding the "charge" mechanic to the ball, giving the sidekicks their own abilities, giving the captains special items, and making the stages have unique obstacles. The fact that it's even edgier and more over-the-top than the original doesn't hurt either.
  • Game Breaker:
    • The Hammer Bro as a sidekick in Charged. Use his skillshot, and you'll get a free goal almost all the time.
    • Any of the characters that can teleport. Some of them can be difficult to use since the wind-up takes some time, but it's a very effective way of getting past the goalie.
  • Memetic Mutation: Waluigi's crotch chop.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • When characters get knocked into the electric fence, they let out cartoony yelps of pain. When the character in question is Peach in Super Mario Strikers or Daisy in Mario Strikers Charged, however, the screams sounds startlingly realistic.
    • In Crystal Canyon, the characters are rather violently incinerated by the focused solar rays. They all reappear at the start of each round, but it's pretty disturbing.
    • Two words: Thunder Island. If you have a phobia of severe weather, then this is the absolute worst kind of Eldritch Location for you.
    • The Mega Strike animations in Charged. Those faces (especially the Glowing Eyes of Doom) practically scream Implacable Man and No-Nonsense Nemesis. Some players may also find Wario's Mega Strike quite disturbing.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The super team in the original game is a group of black and red menacing looking robots designed by Bowser to beat your team, no holds barred... And then they start doing back flips and dance the Robot. Even moreso in the sequel, where the only Super Team robot we see is one cleaning a theatre in the end credits.
  • The Scrappy: The robotic Super Team in Super. Apparently Bowser's playable representation in the game (as he was relegated to being an occassional hazard), their only interesting quality was that every team member could do a Super Strike, and they were otherwise a total eyesore that looked out-of-place in a Mario spinoff. They were removed outside of a cameo in Charged, where Bowser himself was made a playable captain instead, and they were not missed.
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