Mario and the gang hit the soccer pitch in a video game released on this day in history.
Super Mario Strikers, developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo, was released exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube in North America on December 5th, 2005.
The game features five-a-side soccer with characters from the Mario Brothers universe. That includes Peach, Waluigi, Birdo, Toad, Mario and many more. The basic gameplay of soccer is there—the teams try to score goals against each other. But, the Mario twist comes in with the use of items such as red shells, bananas and more. There are also Super Strikes, which a Captain can pull off for two points if successful. The game features both single and multiplayer modes.
The game was a success for Nintendo’s first disc-based system, selling over 1.6 million copies. A sequel, Mario Strikers Charged, would later be released for the Nintendo Wii.