A small synopsis of our early encounters with Mario Smash Football, accurately, phonetically transcribed from the source tape.
"GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! GOOoooooaAAAALLLL! Goooooaaaaaal! GUHGUHGUHGUHGUHGOOAAAAWOooooAAAaaaaLLL-AH!" [snip]
Several hours later:
Nintendo has confirmed a release date for its surprisingly-entertaining Mario-flavoured football game, Mario Smash Football - known to those who saw it at E3 as Super Mario Strikers. It'll be released on 18th November.
Super Mario Strikers has gone through a bit of a name change via Nintendo of Europe, now re-titled as Mario Smash Football.
Games journalists are often accused of championing silly little semi-mediocre games because they want to sound clever. Well, I have long since given up on sounding clever, so I'm quite content to say whatever the hell I like. For example: SEGA Soccer Slam was brilliant fun, and its reception on GameCube and latterly PS2 and Xbox was downright maddening. Not least because I'd dig it out of a Friday night and my assembled chums would start, "Woah, woah... I heard that was awful." This angers me. You... wouldn't... like... the feeble joke I thought of wheeling out there. But, if you played it, you probably would like Soccer Slam.