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Mario Super Sluggers is a Mario baseball game for the Wii released on June 19, 2008 in Japan and August 25, 2008 in the United States.

Mario and his friends arrive in the Baseball Kingdom, an island with several ballparks where all of them can have fun playing ball. The conflict begins when Bowser Jr. takes over the island and Mario has to make a baseball team for himself so he can take on Junior.

This game can be considered a Sequel to the GameCube's Mario Superstar Baseball. Mario Super Sluggers features a new collection of minigames, a new Challenge Mode, new characters and new ballparks.

The game was never released in Europe and Australia because the sport is not popular in those areas and because Mario Kart Wii was being produced at the same time. Interestingly, this is the only Mario Wii game that wasn't released in these areas.


Mario Super Sluggers provides examples of:

  • Action Commands: Sometimes a runner will arrive at a base at pretty much the same time as the baseball. The game will enter "Close Play" mode, during which you'll have to press the button on screen before your opponent. If the runner wins, they are safe at the base. If the fielder wins, they tag out the runner. Close Plays don't trigger at first or second base. Most often they'll happen at third base and home plate.
  • Amusement Park: Yoshi Park features a rollercoaster and a train in the background. The train is a gimmick of the ballpark that can knock out the outfielders temporarily, possibly ruining an attempt to steal a home run.
  • Big Bad: Bowser Junior takes over the Baseball Kingdom, and your mission is to defeat him in his own arena.
  • Bleak Level: Luigi's Mansion has ghosts, graves and a mysterious music in the middle of the night.
    • Bowser's Castle: The final playable field in the game, and where you face off against Bowser's team.
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  • Cap: The maximum number of stars you can have in a given game is 5. You'll have to use them if you want to get more.
  • Casino Park: The Wario City ballpark is located in a downtown area, with what appears to be either a casino or a hotel in the background. There are flashy neon lights at night.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After defeating Bowser in Challenge Mode in his own castle, Mario and his friends invite him to play baseball together for fun. Bowser accepts.
  • Defeat Means Playable: In Challenge Mode, characters will challenge you with missions, and if you complete them, they will join your team.
  • Edible Bludgeon: Baby DK uses a banana to hit the baseball.
  • Egopolis: The ballparks are character-themed: Mario Stadium, Daisy Cruiser, Peach Ice Garden, Luigi's Mansion, Bowser Jr. Playroom, Bowser's Castle, DK Jungle, Wario City and Yoshi Park.
  • Enemy Mine: An interesting one in the final story cutscene. Wario and Waluigi load the baseball pitcher (which Mario and DK are using to launch fireworks) with a Bullet Bill. Bowser of all people jumps in front of Mario to hit it, which sends Wario and Waluigi flying into the air. He walks away without so much as a nod in acknowledgment.
  • Jungle Japes: DK Jungle is set in a dense jungle where barrels are shot out of cannons at the fielders, and a statue of Donkey Kong can be seen in the background.
  • Limit Break: Making good plays will fill your Star gauge. Every time it's completely filled, a star will be added to the counter. Using a star in batting will make the contact more prone to being a base hit, and using it in pitching will produce a faster or tricky pitch. Team captains may use two stars instead of one sometimes.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Bowser is actually the one behind the takeover of Baseball Kingdom. His son just does the work.
  • Mini-Game: 9 of them:
    • "Piranha Panic". Score points by hitting the Piranha Plants with different pitches.
    • "Barrel Basher". Break the barrels by hitting the baseball as they roll in from 5 directions. Reach the goal score before time runs out to win.
    • "Graffiti Runner". Attack or use items to steal the paintbrush. Paint with it more than the others to win.
    • "Blooper Baserun". Run around the bases and gather coins. Get the most to win.
    • "Ghost K". Hit the ghosts by pitching balls to them in order to get points. Get the most to win.
    • "Gem Catch". Get the gems that come at you while avoiding error items on the field. Reach the goal score in a set amount of turns to win.
    • "Bob-omb Derby". Smash Bob-ombs that come at you with the bat to get home runs. The further the batted ball travels, the more points.
    • "Wall Ball". Charge your pitch and release it to break ice walls and score points. The last ice wall you break is the one which matters most. Get the most points to win.
    • "Bowser Pinball". Keep hitting the iron ball with the bat and rack up points by bumping into different objects on the field, like a normal pinball.
  • Nostalgia Level: Luigi's Mansion is unlockable and playable at night. The spooky mansion and music greatly remind one of Luigi's Mansion.
  • Palmtree Panic: Mario Stadium is set on a beautiful beach. Also overlaps with Green Hill Zone.
  • Power Fist: Donkey Kong uses a boxing glove to hit the baseball. Not any less powerful than an actual bat, as he has the second highest batting stat in the game, after Bowser, Petey Piranha and King K. Rool.
  • Ship Tease: Mario has good chemistry with Peach, while Luigi has good chemistry with Daisy.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Peach's Ice Garden takes place inside an ice rink, with Freezies acting as obstacles on the field.
  • Tornado Move: This is Luigi's special ability. He can encase the baseball in a tornado, which makes it VERY difficult to catch when batting and difficult to hit when pitching.
  • Toy Time: Bowser Jr.'s Playroom is set in a whimsical-looking playroom.
  • Translation: "Yes": According to Dry Bones:
    Clackety clack! Clack clack clacky clacky clark clurk clank clank clink! (Stop.)
  • Unstable Equilibrium: The better you play in a given baseball game, the more stars you will get. The more stars, the more star swings/pitches, and the more good plays that will net you more stars. So if you're doing poorly, it'll be hard to come back. Especially if your opponent has a ton of stars.
  • Villainous Rescue: In the ending, Wario and Waluigi fire a Bullet Bill at Mario and DK. Surprisingly, it's Bowser who comes to the rescue and hits the Bullet Bill back at Wario and Waluigi.


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