Nintendo apologizes after sending email about Mario “Kart” Strikers to users in Japan

Fans are amused by the sudden fusion of two beloved titles.

Written by. Marco Farinaccia based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-05-30 18:40 JST)



Mario Strikers: Battle League is a sports game coming to the Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo will be holding an online demo event called Mario Strikers: Battle League First Kick that will be available June 3-5. Nintendo sent an email introducing the event to Nintendo Switch users, but they made a careless error in the email sent to users in Japan. On May 30, a corrected email was sent out, and the content of this email has drawn attention on social media.


The above image shows the introduction email for the online demo event. The point of note is the email subject line at the top of the image where the title of the game is written. Instead of Mario Strikers: Battle League, the title is Mario “Kart” Strikers: Battle League. The title sounds like it’s for a game that combines the battle soccer gameplay of Mario Strikers with the beloved Mario Kart series and would be a potential dream come true for fans.

Nintendo sent out a revised email on May 30 that corrected the mistake and apologized to their customers for the confusion and inconvenience that the error had caused.

While there were some who were talking about the incorrect title at the time the initial email was sent out, it was only after the apology email from Nintendo, something that is quite rare, that people really started to pay attention.

A wide range of people were amused all over social media, including those who didn’t even notice that there was an error in the title, those who thought that there was a new Mario Kart coming out, those who thought it may have been a title reminiscent of Rocket League, and even those who actually hope that Nintendo will make Mario “Kart” Strikers.


As for the actual game, Mario Strikers: Battle League is title based around the new sport Strike, a soccer-like game that features combat elements. The athletes competing in this new sport are none other than the characters from the Mario series, including Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and more. While the game is based around soccer, what sets it apart are the combat elements that allow you to interfere with opponents by using force.

The online demo event, Mario Strikers: Battle League First Kick, is going to be held June 3-5 and will allow players to try out online team battles. You can team up with friends or even random players to participate in a match. You can choose from ten characters to play with, but the demo does not allow you to purchase and equip Gears, which in the full game can be used to customize your character’s abilities. The demo event is the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of the game as well as discover the different playstyles and abilities of the characters.

As they say, any publicity is good publicity, even if comes from a careless error. The online demo event may be a good chance for those who are interested in Mario Strikers: Battle League to give the game a try.