Known as Mario Pinball Land in North America
About The Game
Roll up, roll up! See Mario in his most unique guise ever: a pinball! In Super Mario Ball, a visit to a fairground sees Princess Peach turned into a ball and kidnapped by Bowser, so the perky hero clambers into a cannon and shoots after her.
Ricochet around the themed levels, consisting of deviously designed pinball tables, and defeat enemies to collect coins and stars. Rack up enough stars to unlock doors to new areas — but you won't be able to progress until you defeat each boss. So what are you waiting for? Roll to it!
Mario ball is a bit different from most Mario games.
Peach still get's kidnapped by Bowser obviously (some things just don't change)
But for most this could well prove to be one of the hardest Mario spin off titles.
If you like Pinball you'll almost certainly want to check this out as Mario put's his own style to the genre.
Better get Mario into a ball ready for the next attempt.
Like all pinball games this one has a high score table and you can aim to get the highest possible score you can manage.
However unlike most pinball games the high score is largely a secondary feature with the main aim of the game being to save princess peach from Bowser.
Having being transformed into a pin ball Mario must play across 5 worlds.
You'll start off only having access to 4 of the worlds all of which are home to a star key held by a world boss.
Obtain all 4 star keys and place them in the statues of the 5th world to go face off with Bowser.
In addition to the star keys each world has multiple stars to collect by completing certain objectives (beating a set amount of enemy or accessing certain areas among them)
All the courses have multiple areas that can only be accessed by passing through doors most of which need a set amount of stars to unlock.
you'll also pick up gold coins, blue coins & a red coin challenge awaits once a boss is beaten.
Coins all add to the scores but can also be used to access special items, buy lives or play mini games to earn more stars.
You'll need to beat the four bosses to get all the keys and face Bowser.
Some will always find the game too frustrating and I won't lie at times it certainly can be.
When you get to a section of a world that has 2 or sometimes even 3 doors you can end up heading through the wrong one and end up in an area you've already previously completely cleared only to let the ball fall through back to where you were and try to get the right exit next time.
Likewise there is nothing quite as frustrating as earning that hard fought star only to fail when it comes to collecting and fall through the flippers before you've grabbed it. (even if you go straight back to the stars location it's gone and you'll have to earn it again)
But for those that persist there is more than enough here to take most non expert players well over 6 hours of game time offering good value for money and something the vast majority of Mario titles do any more an all around decent challenge!
All the usual Mario suspects are present and ready to be taken out for various rewards.
5 themed Mario worlds each offering something a bit different.
A genuine challenge.
Time Attack mode for those that want to an extra challenge.
Spend blue coins in toads tent to play some pinball challenges for more stars.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
The layout of the levels can prove frustrating at times.
Will always prove to be too difficult for some players.
Anyone looking for a straightforward Mario themed Pinball game won't find that here.
Unfortunately even skilled players will occasionally find themselves going through the wrong door and having to back track.
For the most part I quite like a challenging while playing games. (at least to the point where I can probably beat the game if I put the effort in)
At times Mario ball feels more frustrating than challenging earning a star then slipping through the flippers after missing the star collect by mere centimetres can't really be described a anything else.
A couple of sections in the worlds could prove to be a huge frustration. (inside the pyramid springs to mind)
But on the whole it the game offers good value for money, some Mario charm and for me at least rewards players who want to put the effort in.
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.