Mario Strikers: Battle League gets its own demo, offers online play

Mario Strikers Battle League Mario And Ball
Mario Strikers Battle League Mario And Ball (Image credit: Nintendo)

What you need to know

  • Mario Strikers: Battle League is a soccer game featuring Mario and friends coming to the Nintendo Switch.
  • This iteration of the Mario Strikers series focuses on each character's special abilities turning the tides of a match.
  • The demo runs from June 3 to June 5, 2022.

Mario Strikers: Battle League is the latest iteration in the Mario Striker series, featuring beloved characters from the Mushroom Kingdom playing the sport that brings people together — soccer.

Nintendo announced in a tweet that a free demo for the upcoming game, called Mario Strikers: Battle League First Kick, is headed to the Nintendo Switch eShop. Players can download the demo now to play through the tutorial that showcases the game's new features. Online multiplayer matches will start on Friday June 3, and last through Sunday, June 5. Players will form two teams of up to four players, with a maximum of two people playing locally per console.

There are several time slots where players can engage in multiplayer play, which are as follows:

Friday, June 3

  • 8:00 — 9:00 p.m. PT

Saturday, June 4

  • 4:00 — 5:00 a.m. PT
  • 12:00 — 1:00 p.m. PT
  • 8:00 — 9:00 p.m. PT

Sunday, June 5

  • 4:00 — 5:00 a.m. PT
  • 12:00 — 1:00 p.m. PT

Mario Strikers: Battle League releases on the Nintendo Switch on June 10, 2022.

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.