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When it comes to Wii Sports, if you're anything like our beloved friend and colleague David Moore, you're still playing it on your outdated Wii every week, reliving the golden days of motion-control gaming. Alternatively, you may still have that old GameCube that is still functional, allowing you to play Super Mario Strikers when you get weary of the FIFA grind.

My friends, if you're looking forward to the next generation of Nintendo soccer games, some exciting news arrived this week: Both Mario Strikers and Nintendo Switch Sports have just been revealed on the Nintendo Switch, bringing with them long-awaited updates to some of our favorite titles. In addition, for the first time, you will be able to attach a controller to your leg in order to participate in a soccer game.

Soccer On Switch Console

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Super Mario Strikers was a popular five-on-five soccer game starring Mario characters that was first launched for the GameCube in 2005 and has since gained widespread popularity. However, the series has been inactive for more than 15 years, despite the release of a sequel on Wii (Mario Strikers Charged). Until now, that is.

On Wednesday, Nintendo revealed Mario Strikers: Battle League, a new installment in the Mario Strikers franchise that has been in need of an update for some time. Who hasn't heard of the Mario Strikers? It's essentially an NBA Jam meets Mario hybrid complete with power-ups (including items), special moves, and special moves.

Mario Strikers: Battle League makes it plain that this is not soccer, but rather "a five-on-five sport similar to soccer," for reasons that are most likely legal. Having said that, we are aware of what it is, despite the fact that its moniker is more akin to Rocket League than FIFA.

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There are some contemporary modifications included in the current iteration, such as new gear that grants cosmetic and statistical boosts, and the addition of a skill-based super shot to the game. On a single Switch console or online, up to eight players (unfortunately, no goalkeepers) may participate in a single match.

The18 is particularly enthused about a new mode that is similar to FIFA's Online Pro Clubs, but is likely to be more enjoyable to play. We're already making plans to form a soccer club to beat up on all of the 8-year-olds who believe they know how to play the game. (Actually, we're going to have our butts handed to us by these 8-year-olds, but we'll lose while doing fun grownup things like drinking beer and paying taxes, so we'll know who the actual winner is.)

Mario Strikers isn't the only beloved classic getting a contemporary makeover for soccer on Nintendo's Switch gaming system. With more than 82 million copies sold, it has been more than 15 years since Wii Sports transformed gaming by introducing motion controls to the public and became the best-selling single-console game of all time. Unfortunately, despite the wide range of game types offered, soccer was never made accessible on Wii Sports.

Nintendo is attempting to change that with the release of Nintendo Switch Sports on April 29.

Even though it will take some effort to avoid calling this game Wii Sports, Switch Sports seems to have the potential to become an immediate smash. Tennis and bowling are among the returning sports, as are three new ones: badminton (a kind of indolent tennis), volleyball (a form of more involved tennis), and, of course, soccer.

Soccer on Switch Sports looks more like Rocket League than FIFA, but given that you'll be utilizing motion controllers, this is a reasonable aesthetic option given the nature of the gameplay. While you can move around, pass, shoot, and score while using two joy-cons with motion controls, the true appeal of Switch Sports soccer will be the use of a leg strap that comes with the physical edition of the game, which will be available in the coming months.

To the best of our knowledge, this will be the first big video game in which you can use a gamepad to kick a ball with your leg, however it looks that a software update will be necessary in the summer in order to fully use that feature. In addition to soccer games and modes with the Xbox Kinect, there were others with the Kinect that did not need the use of a controller.

And, perhaps best of all, each sport will be accessible for online play, allowing players to pit their wits against others across the globe and ultimately discover who is the greatest Wii bowler ever.

Lamps, televisions, and small pets should all be avoided. On the 29th of April, you will no longer be safe.

The majority of us have moved on to larger and occasionally better things from Nintendo, such as Super Mario Odyssey - have any of you guys tried it yet? It's very great. However, some people, including many of us here at The18, still yearn for the days of Super Mario Strikers and Wii Sports. We can't wait to see what these new games have to offer when they are released in a few months. If you’re fortunate, maybe we’ll video ourselves losing to 8-year-olds in Mario Strikers this summer.

As a result of the Nintendo Direct on Wednesday, we may look forward to a number of interesting games, including Triangle Strategy, a remake of the RPG classic Chrono Cross, and 48 — four-eight! — brand-new Mark Kart 8 courses. To be honest, I'm most enthusiastic about Earthbound, which is one of my all-time favorite games, making its way to the Penalty Kick Online platform.

For the first time in a long time, we don't have to worry about how terrible the FIFA series is on the Nintendo Switch.