Nintendo Press Release
Superstars of Nintendo Universe Invade America's Favorite Pastime
Pitch a Curving Banana Ball or Power up to Knock One Out of the Park
REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Joe DiMaggio may be the greatest hitter of all time, but would he have been able to hit one of Bowser's
somersaulting Bullet Bills? Even the greats from America's favorite pastime
wouldn't have a glimmer of hope against a crew from the Mario(TM) universe
-- the true baseball champions.
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Donkey Kong(R) doesn't feel the need for a bat and simply uses his boxing
glove to punch the ball out of the stadium. Watch out for Mario and Luigi's
fireball pitches that light on fire or have Diddy Kong(R) throw the almost
unhittable, curving banana ball.
Rated E for Everyone, Mario Superstar Baseball is great for family fun.
The sparkling character personalities yield a highly entertaining game for
both children and adults.
"This easy-to-learn, hard-to-master ballgame features all your favorite
characters in absurd rivalries," said George Harrison, Nintendo of America's
senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Even the
playing fields offer a glimpse into the characters' personalities, perfectly
blending Mario and his crew with the time-honored sport of baseball."
The mechanics of the game are just like real baseball, but with a Nintendo
twist. Spinning tornadoes may launch a fly ball into the cheap seats, and a
floating item box might obstruct a shot to center. Power up to hit a bomb or
be safe and hit the ball in play. Players also should watch out for rolling
barrels in the field that will knock them over as they hunt down a ground
Play exhibition games for one or two players, or journey through the land
to complete baseball-related missions in Challenge mode on the way to a
showdown with Bowser. Players also can beat multiple skill levels and compete
against up to three others in mini-games that unlock new characters, features
and stadiums. Mario Superstar Baseball builds on the great collection of
Nintendo sports games like Mario Golf(TM), Mario Tennis(TM) and Mario Kart(R):
Double Dash!!(TM), which has sold nearly 2 million copies. These games
revolutionized their sports by embracing the Nintendo universe, subsequently
enhancing the experience with creativity and originality.