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Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color is a much different experience than its N64 effort. In addition to the core gameplay found in the N64 version, the GBC version features an RPG-style world that allows you to work your way up through the ranks at the Royal Tennis Academy.

The main mode, Mario Tour, has you starting off as a Rookie with low stats. By completing training programs and defeating other students, you're able to gain experience points, which allow you to boost your tennis stats. When you're not playing tennis, you can spend time wandering the Academy grounds: talking to other students, or just taking in the sights and sounds.

In addition to the main game, there's also an exhibition mode (singles or doubles) for quick-play. And, if you get tired of playing the computer, the game supports the Game Link Cable for play against a friend.


Mario Tennis Game Boy Color Story mode
Mario Tennis Game Boy Color Losing the game
Mario Tennis Game Boy Color Title screen.
Mario Tennis Game Boy Color Instructions on how to play a mini-game

Promo Images

Mario Tennis Logo
Mario Tennis Screenshot As you accomplish certain tasks, you'll unlock hidden characters and extra courts.
Mario Tennis Screenshot In this mini-game, Donkey Kong has to hit the banana panels a certain number of times without missing the ball.
Mario Tennis Screenshot There's no better way to work up a sweat than by watching other people work out. Pass the nachos!

Alternate Titles

  • "Mario Tennis GB" -- Japanese title
  • "マリオテニスGB" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

UOL Jogos Game Boy Color Jan 24, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Color Jul 01, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Portable Review Game Boy Color Oct 25, 2005 39 out of 40 98
Gaming Target Game Boy Color Jan 22, 2001 9.8 out of 10 98
Nintendo Land Game Boy Color 2003 92 out of 100 92
Super Play (Sweden) Game Boy Color Feb, 2001 9 out of 10 90 Game Boy Color Jan 31, 2001 17 out of 20 85
Power Unlimited Game Boy Color Apr, 2001 85 out of 100 85
All Game Guide Game Boy Color 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamekult Game Boy Color Mar 01, 2001 6 out of 10 60


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