Superstars of Nintendo Universe Invade America’s Favorite Pastime

Superstars of Nintendo Universe
Invade America’s Favorite Pastime

Pitch a Curving Banana Ball or
Power up to Knock One Out of the Park

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 29  — Joe
DiMaggio may be the greatest hitter of all time, but would he have been able to
hit one of Bowser’s somersaulting Bullet Bills? Even the greats from America’s
favorite pastime wouldn’t have a glimmer of hope against a crew from the
Mario(TM) universe– the true baseball champions.

"Play ball" Aug. 29 with the launch of Mario Superstar Baseball(TM) for Nintendo
GameCube(TM). Players choose their captains from more than 20 beloved characters
in the Mario universe, including Peach, Daisy, Yoshi(TM), Birdo, Bowser, Bowser
Jr., Wario(TM) and Waluigi, who all have a unique Star Skill that allows them to
perform a special move while pitching or batting. Donkey Kong(R) doesn’t feel
the need for a bat and simply uses his boxing glove to punch the ball out of the
stadium. Watch out for Mario and Luigi’s fireball pitches that light on fire or
have Diddy Kong(R) throw the almost unhittable, curving banana ball.

Rated E for Everyone, Mario Superstar Baseball is great for family fun. The
sparkling character personalities yield a highly entertaining game for both
children and adults.

"This easy-to-learn, hard-to-master ballgame features all your favorite
characters in absurd rivalries," said George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s
senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Even the
playing fields offer a glimpse into the characters’ personalities, perfectly
blending Mario and his crew with the time-honored sport of baseball."
The mechanics of the game are just like real baseball, but with a Nintendo
twist. Spinning tornadoes may launch a fly ball into the cheap seats, and a
floating item box might obstruct a shot to center. Power up to hit a bomb or be
safe and hit the ball in play. Players also should watch out for rolling barrels
in the field that will knock them over as they hunt down a ground ball.

Play exhibition games for one or two players, or journey through the land to
complete baseball-related missions in Challenge mode on the way to a showdown
with Bowser. Players also can beat multiple skill levels and compete against up
to three others in mini-games that unlock new characters, features and stadiums.
Mario Superstar Baseball builds on the great collection of Nintendo sports games
like Mario Golf(TM), Mario Tennis(TM) and Mario Kart(R):
Double Dash!!(TM), which has sold nearly 2 million copies. These games
revolutionized their sports by embracing the Nintendo universe, subsequently
enhancing the experience with creativity and originality.

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