Posted by James Bowden
A great Mario sports title is one that crafts a solid foundation in the advertised sport before plastering Nintendo’s world of plumbers, princesses, apes and reptiles over the top. Like ketchup to a plate of chips, Mario and buddies should be there to embellish the fun; you should be able to imagine it being perfectly serviceable without the extra, but all the better for it. A bad Mario sports title is one that seems to use the ‘tache and company to justify itself, trying to hide lacklustre gameplay behind their raw star power. That situation is like ketchup to a plate of burnt chips: even the wonders of pulped fruit can’t redeem the bad taste.