Mario Strikers Battle League has a meaty new free update that adds Diddy Kong and Pauline as playable characters, a new stadium, a new gear set, a new ranking system, and a bunch of pretty significant balance tweaks.
At launch, Mario Strikers received mixed reviews, with most complaints seeming to revolve around its relative lack of content: our own 2.5/5 star review called it an “undercooked” and “slightly thin” experience, while noting its solid mechanics. and fun animations.
Today’s Mario Strikers Battle League update is the second to add a ton of new stuff. The headliners are obviously the quick and agile Diddy Kong and the surprisingly powerful Pauline. The character made her debut in 1981’s Donkey Kong as Mario’s love interest before Peach, and much more recently she made a comeback in Super Mario Odyssey, where she served as the mayor of the game’s undisputed best level, New Donk City.
Not that she doesn’t seem like a strong person, but I’m a bit surprised to see that Pauline’s strength stat seems to be even higher than Bowser and Donkey Kong’s, and she’s pretty fast on top of that! I’ll be anxious to see if Nintendo nerfs Pauline in the future or just lets her rule the field as the boss she apparently is hers.
Elsewhere in the update is the new Planetoid Stadium and the Barrel team, which you can see in the trailer above. Then there’s also a new “Striker Ranking”, which gives you a score based on your performance in matches over a fixed period of time.
Finally, there are some balance updates to be aware of before your next match. Namely, CPU teammates should be able to mark opponents more quickly, while the loading time of perfect free passes and lofted passes has been “tweaked”. Interestingly, Nintendo says that the online matchmaking system has also been updated, but doesn’t specify exactly how. Check out the full patch notes (opens in a new tab) for all the changes.
Another new update for Mario Strikers Battle League is coming out this year.
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