Retro Gaming 00’s- Mario Strikers Charged: (2007)

As many people know Mario Strikers: Charged was a fantasy sports game that was released for the Nintendo Wii back in 2007. Mario Strikers: Charged was the ‘07 successor to the original GameCube title from 2005. Similar to its predecessor Mario Strikers: Charged was developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo. However, Mario Strikers: Charged was a Wii exclusive that had a few features that the original GameCube title lacked which added to its appeal. While Mario Strikers: Charged had multiplayer gameplay the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection allowed people to play online as well as locally. Mario Strikers: Charged allowed players to participate in tournaments and online matches; giving them slightly more options outside of single-player mode. Also, the local game modes which consisted of Domination Strikers Challenge and Road To Strikers Cup were all very interesting. Strikers Challenge was a single-player mode which required players to win matches under certain preconditions that gave the opposing team the upper hand. Domination Mode allowed handicap matches between multiple players including 2 vs 1, 1 vs 3 along with normal 1 vs 1 or 2 vs 2. The Road To Strikers Cup was a tournament that allowed to to four players simultaneously against CPU characters in order to compete for three different cups.

While the Road To Strikers Cup was an exciting game mode there were critics who were bummed about the fact that Mario Strikers: Charged lacked a campaign mode. A single-player campaign mode could have made Mario Strikers: Charged a significantly better game than its predecessor from 2005. Especially, considering the fact that not much had changed in Mario Strikers: Charged in terms of gameplay comparison to its prequel. Similar to its predecessor Mario Strikers: Charged managed to reach over one million in sales on the Wii console like the prequel did in on GameCube between ‘05-‘06. The Mario Strikers series is one of the most unique sports related games Nintendo has given us; along with the likes of Mario Golf and Mario Tennis. In fact, there are people around the world who have wanted to see a sequel for Mario Strikers: Charged for at least 13 years now. While Strikers: Charged is definitely worthy of a sequel it looks like it might not happen anytime soon unless Nintendo says otherwise.

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