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Mario Tennis Open


Mario Tennis Open

ESRB: Everyone - E
Platform: Nintendo DS , DSI
Category: 3DS

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Camelot Software Planning

Mario dons a tennis outfit and hits the courts in a game that does to tennis what MarioKart did to go-cart racing. So yes, it’s like MarioKart but for a smaller niche.


The graphics are exactly what you’d expect from a Mario game. My novel, and probably temporary fascination with 3D aside, Mario Tennis Open doesn’t offer anything new in the graphics department but I honestly didn’t expect it too. On the other hand, I’m still impressed with the technical quality of the 3DS and Mario Tennis Open doesn’t disappoint either. The Mario spin-off games have a style and this game stays true to that. While that does somewhat prohibit a “Whoa, that’s new” reaction, the images are sharp and, unless you’re playing online with a slow internet connection (grr), smooth.


Again, like the graphics, the music is what you’d expect if you’ve played games like Mario Kart, Mario Party, or other Mario spin-offs. Nothing surprising here, but it fits the style of the game. It’s hard to go into great detail here so it’s probably best that I don’t try.


Now, I compared this game to MarioKart but, the thing is, it’s not as fun. With MarioKart, the numerous tracks plus 7 opponents ensures that you’ll generally have a different experience each time you play. With Mario Tennis Open, you have a game that starts off fun but gets old a lot sooner.

The game does have a few mini-games. They’re not bad but I felt there could have been more to it. They’re a needed diversion, as the exhibition/tournament modes can get repetitive. That said, there are only a few mini-games. They’re simple which is good, or would be if there were more of them. I don’t want to be too harsh about this though since I haven’t really had time to figure out just how much can be done with the 3DS. If the designers were limited by the capacity of the system then that may have affected the content.

The game does have quite a number of unlockables, namely in the form of outfits and rackets you can put on your Mii which affect your stats. These are generally unlocked in the in-game shop after each game vs. the computer. I found though that grinding to mini-games for the coins to purchase the unlocked items became time consuming.


Despite the criticisms mentioned earlier in the review, the game was fun for a little while. I’d probably have a better time of it if I was younger but there comes a change in expectations with age. For a tennis game, it was pretty good but there’s really only so much you can do with that particular sport, video game wise.


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