I recently had the opportunity to see an extended live gameplay demo of the upcoming revitalization of the long-dormant Mario Strikers series, Mario Strikers: Battle League. You can get my full demo impressions here, but at the end of the session Nintendo announced some additional news regarding some pre-launch and post-launch content for players to enjoy.
First, Nintendo is launching a “Test Kick” which serves as a half-demo/half-online test. The original download will give players a taste of the gameplay through the tutorial and base game, but as the June launch date nears, players will be able to engage in online matches at specific times. Mario Strikers: Battle League Test Kick is available today for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.
While getting your hands on a game before launch is great news, Nintendo has also confirmed good news for those picking up Mario Strikers: Battle League. Nintendo has announced that several post-launch content, including characters, will be coming to Mario Strikers: Battle League for free. Nintendo isn’t ready to announce any additional details, but it’s always good to know that the company is committed to evolving the experience.
While Nintendo is tight-lipped about what additional characters will enter the field after launch, if you look at the rosters of other Mario sports titles, you can probably make some pretty educated guesses. At launch, Mario Strikers: Battle League includes Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Peach, Rosalina, Toad, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario, and Waluigi. If you look at the list of recent Mario sports titles like Mario Tennis Aces and Mario Golf: Super Rush, you’ll notice that several stalwarts like Daisy, Toadette, Bowser Jr., Koopa Troopa, Diddy Kong, Birdo, Boo, and Shy Guy are missing. , along with many lesser characters like King Bob-omb, Pauline, Chargin’ Chuck, and Dry Bowser.
We don’t know how many characters (and what other content) the dev team will add post-launch, but Mario Tennis Aces launched with 16 playable characters in June 2018 and received 14 post-launch characters over the course of 13 months. following. How committed Nintendo and Next Level Games are to free post-launch content for Mario Strikers: Battle League remains to be seen, but we hope to find out soon after the game’s June 10 release date.
For more on Mario Strikers: Battle League, read our in-depth preview here.