Mario Superstar Baseball(JPJapanese: スーパーマリオスタジアム ミラクルベースボール
Romaji: Sūpā Mario Sutajiamu Mirakuru Bēsubōru
Fan Translation: Super Mario Stadium Miracle Baseball) is a game for the Nintendo GameCube that is developed by Namco and published by Nintendo. At the time, this game featured the most playable Mario characters ever in a game (with its sequel beating it by nine), and is also the first Mario game that Namco has ever fully developed on any platform. The game features over thirty characters as they play baseball through many diffrent courses. It also features many modes, and mini-games. A sequel called Mario Super Sluggers was released three years later.
Team Chemistry is a fun little addition to Mario Baseball. Each character has a special connection with another player, and if he's tossing or batting from a player that he's friends with, then his shot will be much better. For example, Mario's compatible with Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi, if he's throwing to one of them, the throw and catch will be much better than with someone else.
In the main, and multiplayer mode, there is a selected name for each team depending on which character you choose as the team captain, the following is a list of all the teams that are in both the single and multiplayer mode.
Luigi - Luigi Gentlemen, Luigi Vacuums (reference to Luigi's Mansion), Luigi Mansioneers (reference to Luigi's Mansion), Luigi Leapers (reference to the fact that Luigi is known for his high jumping qualities)
Diddy Kong - Diddy Survivors, Diddy Ninjas, Diddy Tails, Diddy Red Caps
Bowser - Bowser Flames (reference to the fact that Bowser can breathe fire), Bowser Blue Shells, Bowser Monsters, Bowser Blackstars
Bowser Jr. - Jr. Fangs, Jr. Bombers, Jr. Pixies, Jr. Rookies
Note that Toad, Pianta, Noki, Koopa Troopa, Dry Bones, Magikoopa, Paratroopa and Shy Guy are all available in different colors, which give them slightly different abilities. Hammer Bro (using a hammer as a bat) not only changes color, but you can turn him into either Fire Bro (wooden bat with fire painted on it) or Boomerang Bro (boomerang bat).
Mario Stadium - Easiest field, no hazards, for beginners, or players who want to play a regular game.
Peach Garden - ? Blocks, Hedges.
Wario Palace - Tornado, Chain Chomps.
Yoshi Park - Piranha Plants
Donkey Kong Jungle - Klap Traps, Barrels
Bowser Castle - Lava Pits, Fireballs, Thwomps.
Chain Chomp Sprint
Despite every other character in the video game speaking, Mario is the only one that doesn't, even when talked to, his word balloon is completely blank. This is possibly because Mario is a typical silent protagonist, and never has spoken an in game conversation other than speaking in an unexplainable language in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and saying Luigi's and Peach's names in a few games.
King Bob-omb makes an appearance as one of the Bob-ombs in the mini game Bob-omb Derby.