Nintendo is giving a huge nod to RPG fans in the Wii’s upcoming Mario Sports Mix.
It’s always a great feeling when you level up a Final Fantasy character to a really high level, acquire some sort of powerful spell or weapon, and destroy every foe in your path. On the other hand, it’s also a really great feeling to slam dunk a basketball in Yoshi’s face. Thanks to Nintendo’s Mario Sports Mix, the archetypes from Final Fantasy will now know what it’s like to do both.
This week, Nintendo’s Japanese website for Mario Sports Mix revealed that the crew from the Mario games won’t be the only group playing against each other in various sporting events. Joining Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Wario, Toad, Donkey Kong, the millionaire, and his wife, will be a Final Fantasy ninja, white mage, black mage, moogle, and cactaur.
In other words, the game just raised its awesome stat by 100. The accompanying video shows the characters in action, and they look deadly. You know, about as deadly as you can be while playing volleyball. The ninja creates illusions of himself to keep his basketball shots from getting blocked, the white mage casts holy spells to spike a volleyball, the black mage shrinks opponents, the cactaur shoots his trademark 1000 needles, and the moogle uses his oh-my-god power of cuteness to dominate in dodgeball.
It almost seems unfair, really. Mario simply jumps on enemies’ heads or smashes them with his butt, while the weakest black mage attack will burn anything to a crisp. I’m thankful that Square Enix and Nintendo evidently came to an agreement to put the powerful and cute characters in Mario Mix, because now the world will see a moogle dunk. Edit: Apparently this has happened before in Mario Hoops 3 on 3, but it’s still awesome.