Ninty Date Battalion Wars And Mario Baseball

Mario Smash Football

Following in the footsteps of Mario Golf, Mario Power Tennis and Mario Smash Football, Nintendo once again brings sport to life in the latest of the Mario themed sport games series. Be prepared, this isn’t your average baseball game – it’s an arcade style outing featuring over 30 of your favourite characters and icons from Nintendo’s Mario franchise including Wario Ware, Donkey Konga and Bowser Jr.

The game is packed full of fun features and surprises. There are more than 5 different themed stadiums to play in, each with their own unique characteristics inspired from previous Nintendo games like Peach Garden, Yoshi’s Park and Wario Palace.

There are several game types in Mario Baseball including Exhibition mode, which features standard matches for up to two players and Challenge mode, where players wander through a world of wild trials, playing mini-games to earn coins and power ups, unlocking characters and clearing baseball-related challenges on their way to a showdown with Bowser. Toy Field Mode can be played with up to four players and the objective is to collect points through hits and coins in a selection of mini-games. Finally Mini-Game Mode involves a series of five mini-games, all of which can be played with up to four players.

Mario Baseball will strike on the Nintendo GameCube when it launches on November 11th 2005 at the estimated retail price of around £40.

Battalion Wars

Following on from Advance Wars Dual Strike in full 3D glory, Battalion Wars is set in the 21st century where a minor border dispute between the Western Frontier and the Tundran territories has escalated into an all out war. Exhausted by the fighting the two armies reach a stale mate, until the despotic ruler of a nearby country, Kaiser Vlad, seeks to use this situation to conquer both countries. Forced to sign a desperate alliance, the Western and Tundran armies now must fight together to survive the new menace.

In Battalion Wars the player has absolute control over all units, switching back and forth between their different troops with the tap of a button. Victory in this game requires the combination of vehicles which include jeeps and tanks, along with aircraft such as helicopters and fighter jets with a strategic deployment of infantry forces. The player can even choose what equipment individual units are issued with. Troops can use a range of equipment from rifles to flamethrowers to combat enemy infantry or defeat armoured vehicles with rocket launchers and explosives.

This game’s main mode features twenty huge missions set in varying locations across the map. Once on a mission the player chooses one unit, which they control from a third, person view, and at any point can switch to another better-situated soldier. Players control the remaining forces using the C stick in conjunction with an innovative menu to give orders and move troops. The intuitive command interface makes commanding simple, giving orders like advance, attack and defend to groups or individual units.

Variety is the name of the game and Battalion Wars doesn’t disappoint with huge variation between the missions. Some levels are simply a heated battle between two opposing forces, others have a single soldier escaping with vital captured information, and each stage is different enough that nothing will feel too familiar. Offering enough real time action to keep the biggest adrenaline junky hooked, it also offers fiendishly tough challenges to keep strategy fans on the edge of their seats.

Battalion Wars will be marching onto a Nintendo GameCube near you on December 9th 2005 for an estimated retail price of around £40.