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Quick Look: Mario Strikers: Battle League

Grubb and Dan hit the pitch and deliver some nice kicks.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Jun. 13 2022

Cast: Jeff Grubb, Dan

Posted by: Jason

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Love me some battle league footy.

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hot new QL team

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grubb's mic is crackly, keep hearing pops on it. has been doing it during podcasts/shows too.

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Mario Strikers Tournament on Giant Bomb. Jeff Grugg said it! You heard him.

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I bought this at launch but ended up giving it away to an in-law a two days later when the limitations of the multiplayer became apparent. Specifically, there can only be two Switches on the same team online, so if you want four human-controlled players, you need two pairs of people. Moreover, there's no way to play four people against the CPU unless all four are local. All that being the case, no thanks, I'm not interested. Nintendo's lackluster online play options strikes again.

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@confusedseagull: Wonder if its part of his move and new setup?

Thanks for the QL into the worlds 2nd best after all the DK games sport.

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Are you ready for some footballl?!

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Is Jeff crackling again or is there something wrong with the audio on my end?

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Last 5 min. was intense as hell

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Edited By YummyTreeSap

There are a lot of things that could cause it, but the mic crackling of that variety tends to be a sample rate or buffer size issue, but it's hard to say for sure. Or it could just be like my Focusrite interface where the drivers are dogshit and you just have to unplug and plug the thing back in every now and then.

Anyway, something about this game just isn't doing it for me. It seems slower than an arcade style sports game should be, or something like that. I don't know. I had pretty high hopes for this one but watching it in action immediately killed it for me.

Also it's fucking insane that in a two player vs. match the player icons are labeled "1" and "5".

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Oh man, these new folks are really here just doing normal GB stuff. It wasn't a dream!

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Hurray for multi-people Quick Looks! So many funny lines in this one. 🤪 with all the tackling happening, it might as well be hockey.

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Hell yes, thanks y'all!

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Multi-person quick looks from people who actually like video games. GB is back. Thanks Dan and Grubb for bringing me back!

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Wario simply carrying the ball around is an incredible detail.

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All these filthy tackles, it’s like a whole team of Vinnie Joneses.

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Name me one thing @jeffgrubb can’t do? I’ll wait.

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Jeff grubb natural as fuck on the quick look, good stuff

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A Dan/Grubb soccer game quick look! Can a Dan/Grubb/Danny janky cricket game quick look be far behind?

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Just like most sports games...you play them for a while with a friend, hate it, go middling on it, then love it when you get that one match where you almost or do beat your friend. That said... it's why usually house rules, you let your new friend get more hits than normal in a fighter unless they gloat then you tear em up with the risk they will never wanna play that game again.

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ryan, jeff, vinny, jeff, drew, abby, ben. i will give up all of them for the insanity that is dan.

also rip ryan.

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The music seems really good in this. Some good pumping videogame rock tracks.

Also, wtf Wario?!?! Is it just because he doesn't play by the rules?

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Bend it like Birdo heh heh.

@danryckert I'm glad to say that thanks to Luis Suarez 3 biting incidents, we now know that the real world of football doesn't appreciate it when players use their mouth!

The gameplay here looks okay, but for 60$ it's such a barebones affair. It's like Nintendo actively wants you to move on from a game after a day or 4 instead of giving you reasons to stick with it a bit longer.

And the game just looks.. desaturated. Shouldn't this be a bright summer-ish fun time instead of this grey Speedball-like where everyone wears spikey iron suits? The goal celebrations are well done though.

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Dan back for quick looks yessssss

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I have only known Jeff Grubb since his presence here on GB and I just want to say that I really like Jeff Grubb.

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Dan 1 - Grubb 0

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Dan the crazy Nintendo fan is back. Good times ahead.

EDIT: Jeff Grubb in every quick look. Good stuff.

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I went ahead and created a club in the game for any fellow GBers interested.

Club Code:

XV16FX

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Great new QL team!

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If you had told me last month that Jeff Grubb and Dan Ryckert were going to Quicklook Mario Strikers, I would have told you to get out. Great job guys.

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Picked this game up yesterday and had a blast playing couch co-op, definitely a good time when playing with someone locally, not as much fun without someone to banter with. Great vibes on this QL and I can't wait for more

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This is a great quicklook. Wished the game had more in it, but it looks fun.

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I am here for this content all day long. Giant Bomb is BACK. THANK YOU ALL. Dan is the miracle Hail Mary play that connected.

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End of this was amazing.
LOVING the new team.

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This is the chill shit I love GB for.

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Glad I checked this out, it has me excited for new QLs. Great stuff Jeff and Dan. Wish this specific game was more robust. Was looking for an excuse to get this for local versus play, but the lack of progression/unlocks is just too much at full price.

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Great Quick Look! Love the Grubb-Ryckert-dynamic.

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My favorite quick look in years :) Thanks guys!!!

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quick looks are back!

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I feel like naming something a Blizzard right now is a bad idea.

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I'm sure this game will be fun with friends and family, but the mechanics changes look to make this inferior to the last one. For example, changing items to random pick-ups kinda make sense considering it's Mario and all, but making some of them team-specific just seems like a waste of time.

The last game rewarded items for charging shots to a minimum level or to players attacked without the ball. (The latter was basically a penalty for overly aggressive play.) If having a catch-up mechanism was a concern, they could've just kept that old system but rewarded losing players with better items.

I'm also not keen on the removal of character-specific items. Give me back my Wall-Luigi!