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Square Characters in Mario Hoops

by Mike Gamin - July 14, 2006, 12:21 pm PDT
Total comments: 25 Source: Nintendo.co.jp

Square will add some of its own characters to the upcoming DS sports title.

Did you think Mario sports games were only for Mario characters? Not when Square is involved. The official Japanese site for Mario Hoops revealed five new characters that come directly from the Final Fantasy universe.

  • Ninja
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Moogle
  • Sabotender (Cactuar)

Instead of going with specific characters from later games in the series, they opted to go with more generic jobs like those seen in the first game on the NES.

You can see them for yourself here.

Talkback

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorJuly 14, 2006

I'm sure many of you already know how much of a Final Fantasy fan I am. You may also know how much of a basketball fan I am. I'm obviously a Nintendo fan. I can't flipping wait for this game.

UltimatePartyBearJuly 14, 2006

This news has increased my interest in this game quite a bit. The art style is pretty different from anything else FF related I've seen. Are there any screenshots that show them off yet?

Cac-to-the-friggin'-trot.

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

TJ SpykeJuly 14, 2006

I don't really care about Final Fantasy, but i'm sure this will increase interest in this game and that's a good thing.

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Guitar SmasherJuly 14, 2006

Is this still a basketball game?

ReverendNoahWhateleyJuly 14, 2006

When I first read this headline, my initial thought was, "They're finally following their bliss. Cloud in short-shorts." I'm relieved they're staying away from including the full pantheon of teen-angsty, melodramatic characters. Kudos.

Ian SaneJuly 14, 2006

That white mage is going to compete with Peach and Daisy for the "uncomfortably attracted to" crown. face-icon-small-wink.gif

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusJuly 14, 2006

If you looked in that japanese nintendo site the character art for them is bad ass also theres a page 3 of characters so I wonder whats next enix characters? Geno? or what.

UltimatePartyBearJuly 14, 2006

I didn't notice the other page before. Looks like Bowser Jr.'s growing up. His horns are starting to come in.

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Originally posted by: Ian Sane
That white mage is going to compete with Peach and Daisy for the "uncomfortably attracted to" crown. face-icon-small-wink.gif


Sacrilege. She's got nothing on Daisy. Pro666's avatar has sold me on that.

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

Yeah, Daisy's definately more attractive in these profiles in her signature short shorts.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorJuly 14, 2006

Man, the more I think about thsi game, the more I want Kingdom Hearts III to be Wii exclusive because Nintendo lands join the story line...

CalibanJuly 14, 2006

It's a basketball game so I won't get it no matter who they put in it, even though they look awesome, however my decision is still pending from a review.

MarioJuly 14, 2006

These losers in the game will give me more motivation to get better at the game to destroy anyone who uses them on WiFi Connection.

Will this game have Wi-Fi?!?!

Also, More New Characters speculated via screencaps of the Japanese commercial at Gonintendo.com.

Shyguy, Koopa Troopa, Boo, Dizie Kong and maybe even something else.

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorJuly 15, 2006

This game won't have WiFi. It comes out in a week in japan and there is no sign of an emblem on the box art and no mention of it on the web site.

Wow, what's this game's development timeline, from announcement to release? It seems like it was developed really lightning fast.

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

MarioJuly 15, 2006

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Originally posted by: Pale
This game won't have WiFi. It comes out in a week in japan and there is no sign of an emblem on the box art and no mention of it on the web site.

Damn, I remember something about it having WiFi straight after first info was released. OH well guess i'll skip this. face-icon-small-tongue.gif

Infernal MonkeyJuly 16, 2006

What, no Ian comment on how Square's whoring out their mascots and it's all Nintendo's fault because of no HDTV support and a lack of GTA on Super Nintendo? What sort of insanity is this?

PryopizmStan Ferguson, Staff AlumnusJuly 16, 2006

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Originally posted by: Ian Sane
That white mage is going to compete with Peach and Daisy for the "uncomfortably attracted to" crown. face-icon-small-wink.gif



This is total BS. I feel no shame. The White Mage is super hot. I'm also glad it's confirmed that the white mage is definitely a girl as it has been totally dominating my fantasies for years.

wanderingJuly 16, 2006

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Originally posted by: Pryopizm
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Originally posted by: Ian Sane
That white mage is going to compete with Peach and Daisy for the "uncomfortably attracted to" crown. face-icon-small-wink.gif



This is total BS.

Agreed. Comparing the white mage to daisy is like comparing a Ferrari to a garbage truck.

PryopizmStan Ferguson, Staff AlumnusJuly 16, 2006

The White Mage being the Ferrari.

wanderingJuly 16, 2006

Yes.

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Originally posted by: Pryopizm

This is total BS. I feel no shame. The White Mage is super hot.


If the white mage is hot, then Jimmy Soul had it right.

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Originally posted by: Pryopizm

I'm also glad it's confirmed that the white mage is definitely a girl as it has been totally dominating my fantasies for years.


Seriously guys, this white mage? Uh-uh. Not cutting it.

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

KDR_11kJuly 18, 2006

I'm also glad it's confirmed that the white mage is definitely a girl as it has been totally dominating my fantasies for years.

The white mage is whatever the character is who got the job.

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