Another installment in the Super Mario Bros. mega-franchise is set to soon hit the Nintendo 3DS, and today, the company unveiled a brand-new trailer featuring all five sports that players can get rough-and-tumble with. As evidenced in the latest sneak peek, Mario Sports Superstars, the handheld exclusive developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Camelot Software Planning, includes a handful of mini-games: Soccer, Baseball, Golf, Tennis, and Horse Racing.
Appropriately titled "5 Sports in 1!", the new video takes a slightly silly approach to showing players what Mario Sports Superstars is all about. With sports commentary that's, admittedly, a bit goofy -- the voice-over actor stretching out the "goal" announcement to an exaggerated extreme -- a slow-motion replay of Princess Peach's "major league hair flip," and the dig at always-in-second-place Luigi, it seems the Super Mario Bros. universe will continue to bring the fun with Mario Sports Superstars.
What's most important about the trailer, however, are the details it offers up about the games included. Each of the five games have received their own footage clips, and in Mario Sports Superstars, will be available to play in both single-player and multi-player modes. More standard sports like Mario Baseball and Mario Tennis have taken a trip around the Nintendo 3DS console in years past, but in Mario Sports Superstars, Horse Racing will make its first appearance on the handheld.
All sports included in the title have a slew of options to customize and elements to master. Players can learn the ins and outs of proper baseball pitches, fine-tune their team's roster and roles during soccer practice, and even groom their horses to derby-level perfection.
Fans also have the option to choose from 18 different in-game characters, including long-time favorites Mario and Luigi (and their evil counterparts, Wario and Waluigi), Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Yoshi, Bowser. If those are a little too mainstream for a player's liking, they can also take any one of the following for a spin: Birdo, Boom Boom, Bowser Jr., Diddy and Donkey Kong, Lakitu, Pom Pom, or Princess Rosalina.
For a limited time, Mario Sports Superstars will be supported with an exclusive line of Amiibo cards, which are set to launch alongside the game's release. A random card will be included in specially-marked retail packages of the game, for a short time post-launch, and players can pick up packs of five Amiibo cards for $4.99 USD. 90 cards in total are available to buy, and include "Star Characters" and "Superstar Characters," the latter of which comes with in-game collectibles like clothing and gear.
It seems Nintendo's on-the-go gaming systems and its upcoming titles are intertwined with each other. With the recent release of another Nintendo handheld, the Switch, it will certainly be interesting to see how Mario Sports Superstars performs on the older 3DS. Moreover, another game within the Super Mario Bros. series will hit the bright and shiny new Nintendo Switch: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Stiff competition coming from inside the family may complicate Mario Sports Superstars's success, but given the longevity of the franchise, with Donkey Kong being named as one of professional wrestler-turned-actor John Cena's favorite video games, it may only be a blip on the radar.
Mario Sports Superstars is available now for the Nintendo 3DS in the Europe and Australasia regions. It is set to release in North America on March 24, 2017.