Mario Strikers: Battle League was scheduled to be out on June 10th and Nintendo has now revealed the roster of playable characters in the game.
The Nintendo Switch sports game will feature Mario, Luigi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Wario, Waluigi, Rosalina, Toad, and Yoshi at launch.
The Playable roster in Mario Strikers: Battle League has been revealed with new character art. This was shared by the official Twitter account @NintendoUK.
For now, it’s still unclear if there will be more characters that can be unlocked over time or if we’ll see more additions after launch. The previous game in the series, Mario Strikers Charged, offered 12 captains and eight sidekick characters to choose from.
The smaller roster has many fans replying to the tweet with worry or disappointment. Some question why fan-favorite characters like Daisy and Bowser Junior have not been included. Many are also worried that Battle League will employ the same “drip-feed” strategy that other Nintendo Sports games have been using. This means the game will have only a little content at launch and add more via updates over the next few months after the game’s release.
Mario Strikers: Battle League is the latest game developed by Nintendo subsidiary, Next Level Games. They are the studio responsible for Luigi’s Mansion 3. This will also be the first Mario Strikers game in 15 years.
Next Level Games developed the first two games in the series, so it’s safe to say the studio knows what fans are looking for. Hopefully, Mario Strikers: Battle League will provide fans with something new and fun. Hopefully, we’ll also get Daisy back in the game as soon as possible.
Then again, Mario Kart 7 didn’t include Waluigi so perhaps characters that aren’t Mario, Peach, and Bowser are more expendable than we originally thought.
Mario Strikers: Battle League will be released on June 10th exclusively on Nintendo Switch.