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Mario Tennis

MobyRank MobyScore
Nintendo 64
88
3.6
Wii
...
4.0

User Reviews

Easily the best tennis game ever (Better than Super Tennis) Nintendo 64 Feem (45)
Because Mario's Tennis was such a success, right? Nintendo 64 Pixelspeech (955)
Even Mario can't make tennis fun. Nintendo 64 Attila (496)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Nintendo 64 29 3.6
Wii 1 4.0
Combined MobyScore 30 3.6


The Press Says

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99
Nintendo 64Nintendo Land
Overall this is one of the best N64 games. It is definitely the best multiplayer game for N64. Watch out Goldeneye, Smash Bros. and Perfect Dark 'cause Mario Tennis is coming to town!
98
Nintendo 64Nintendo Land
This game, like Mario Golf has many hidden secrets like hidden characters, and hidden courts. Once Mario Tennis comes out for Game Boy Color you can use the Transfer Pak to upload characters from the Game Boy game to the N64. With a colorful cast of characters and unique play modes Mario Tennis is fun for all ages.
96
Nintendo 64Game Freaks 365
Virtua Tennis on the Dreamcast came out only a month earlier, but as displayed in this review, Mario Tennis departs the mainstream of tennis gaming, reviving what would have all but been considered a dead genre. Since Mario Tennis' rise, other companies have served up some titles, but none have matched the quality of what I consider the best sports game on the Nintendo 64.
91
Nintendo 64Power Unlimited
Eindelijk is er een reden om Perfect Dark uit je Nintendo 64 te halen. Mario Tennis is minder realistisch dan Virtua Tennis maar de lieve graphics en de vertrouwde characters geven een sfeer aan het spel die je alleen maar in Nintendo games tegenkomt.
91
Nintendo 64Nintendojo
Outstanding game. I wish there was a little more depth in the single player game, but hey, the multiplayer action is totally unstoppable. A dive button would have been nice as well but nothing's perfect. Not even Mario. In the meantime, Camelot has proved once again that it is a premiere developer of incredibly fun sports titles. I can't wait for the GB version of this bad boy!
91
Nintendo 64Gaming Target
Camelot has developed another amazingly fun and addictive sports game. They have made another gem in the Mario (blank) series of games, and this is a game experience that should not be missed. If you are still not convinced of the fun factor of the game, or are not huge on multiplayer games I would suggest that you rent this title first and make sure it's for you. Everyone else, buy this title immediately. It's very enjoyable and can be picked up at any time, if only it was that easy to put it down.
90
Nintendo 64Da Gameboyz
There is potential for this game to take up a lot of your time before you have exhausted the features completely. But there is also potential for you to become tired of playing before you reach the end; there are no great rewards, but there is self-satisfaction. Mario Tennis is a much better multiplayer party game than a single player game. The matches are always intense and adrenaline pumping. Wait, did I just say what I thought I said? Yes that's right, the adrenaline WILL flow. Mario Tennis is appropriate for all ages, and kids, you might even get those non-nintendo parents of yours to try it. The Joystick is up!
90
Nintendo 64Cubed3
It really is that good. Stuff your Tim Henmans and your Andy Roddicks all we want to know about it Wario and Paratroopa! Superb depth in gameplay and a wonderful feel for how the game plays in real life make this title a privilege to play. Add to that a superbly evil multiplayer and controls so perfectly balanced that you glide about the court with style and you have the best sports game on the N64. We normally don't wax lyrical about something unless it is very special, and judging by our comments thus far this title is well worth your attentions. It'll be your own fault if you ignore it.
90
Nintendo 64IGN
Developer Camelot proved that it knew how to take classic Nintendo mascots and deliver them into a great sports title when it shipped Mario Golf last year. But the company has really outdone itself with Mario Tennis, one of the most polished games to ever grace Nintendo's 64-bit console. The title, which features more than 16 classic mascot characters and realistic tennis rules and physics, plus more bonus modes than you can shake a stick at and an unsurpassed multiplayer mode, is so difficult to put down that there really is no use in trying. But even if you can find the willpower to take a break from the action, you'll keep coming back for more as you try and unlock all of the secret characters and arenas in the single-player mode, and once you're done with that it's time to call all of your buddies over and let loose. Just make sure you've got some comfortable chairs because you and your friends are going to be playing for a long, long while.
90
Nintendo 64Digital Press - Classic Video Games
To keep it simple, this is one for the most enjoyable games to come out on the 64 in quite some time. Nights can go by attempting to unlock everything and even more time passes when battling it out with the multi-player mode. Keep the difficulty level high, and you may never, eeeever, finish this one. From the addicting gameplay to the enjoyable characters, any gamer will find this game in their console for quite some time.
90
Nintendo 64WomenGamers.com
Tennis hasn't been represented in a meaningful way on consoles beyond early Pong variations that culminated with Nintendo's own Super Tennis on the Super Nintendo -- hands down the best to ever be released to the console public to date. Even with the powerful draw of its mascots at its disposal, Nintendo turned to a developer most experienced at making archaic sports accessible to the masses. That developer is Camelot Software Planning, the company responsible for the famed HotShots Golf series, and more recently, Mario Golf on the Nintendo 64. Mario Tennis is instantly approachable. The mascots sport unique skills and they animate and handle without a hitch. It is amazing how easily anyone can pick it up and go through the gaming modes without hesitation.
86
Nintendo 64Mag'64
Mario Tennis reiht sich nahtlos in die Produktreihe wie Mario 64, Mario Kart oder Mario Party mit ein. Diese Namen stehen für Spaß, Action, Überraschung und Abwechslung. Die Grafik ist wie bei den anderen - bunt, aber genial. Die KI ist aber diesmal höher ausgefallen, was das Game noch reizvoller macht. Es ist kein Larifari Tennis aber auch keine Simulation. Es ist eben Mario Tennis. Ein Fun Game das mit vielen Spielmodis aufwartet, der allein auch viel Spaß macht, aber mit vier Mann kommt erst richtig der Spaß zum tragen. Wer schon die anderen Mario Titel besitzt und begeistert ist, der kann hier gar nicht daneben fassen.
85
Nintendo 64HappyPuppy
I have said it before, and I'll say it again: I have never been disappointed by a game with "Mario" in the title, and Mario Tennis is no exception. This is a must-have title for the multiplayer alone. Gather some friends and hit the court; just ready your best trash talk, 'cause this game brings it out hardcore.
85
Nintendo 64Total! (Germany)
Der Umfang stimmt also so weit, und auch an Abwechslung fehlt es nicht. Zudem lassen sich die knuffigen Athleten sehr genau und flüssig steuern, abgesehen davon, dass die Matches sehr unterhaltsam in Szene gesetzt werden. Manchmal kann euch das Spiel aber ganz schön zum Fluchen bringen. Einige Gegner scheinen die Siebenmeilenstiefel gefrühstückt zu haben und kommen mühelos an jeden Ball, während ihr verzweifelt alle Register eures Könnens zieht. Außerdem wird nicht ganz deutlich, wann die Filzkugel mal ins Aus fliegt und wann nicht. Das bestimmt der Computer offensichtlich je nach Schwierigkeitsgrad. Aber das sollte euch nicht abschrecken, denn mit ein bisschen Übung findet ihr schnell die passenden Taktiken für die jeweiligen Gegner und bringt viele spannende und motivierende Ballwechsel ans Tageslicht. Mario Tennis ist beileibe nicht nur für Fans des weißen Sports interessant, und sei euch hiermit wärmstens empfohlen.
85
Nintendo 64Jeuxvideo.com
Mario Tennis se place donc sans conteste comme l'un des titres les plus fun sur Nintendo 64. Le jeu est rapide et le rythme est soutenu en permanence. Les parties sont encore plus folles en double, et les nombreux challenges garantissent une durée de vie particulièrement longue. A acheter sans hésiter quel que soit votre attrait pour le tennis.
82
Nintendo 64GameSpot
There is no doubt going to be a minor debate over which of the two games, Mario Tennis or Virtua Tennis, is better. Thanks to quality gameplay and Nintendo's rich stable of character designs, Mario Tennis goes toe-to-toe with Sega's game in every conceivable way. To discuss which is better is a moot point. Nintendo comes at you with familiar faces and more unique modes, while Sega's game counters with real tennis pros and slightly more accurate gameplay. Don't let its happy looks and age-appropriate gameplay fool you. Mario Tennis hits hard and fast.
82
Nintendo 64G4 Tech: Tech TV
Is it fun? In a single resounding word, yes. Mario Tennis is a accomplished title from Camelot that hits hard and fast.
80
WiiNintendo Life
With Mario Tennis, the portly plumber proves once again that he can make any sport more entertaining. The game later received a sequel on the GameCube and Wii, which, despite mostly being very similar, introduced some questionable gameplay elements that many did not particularly enjoy. If you were one of those people and would rather have a pure, unspoiled Mario Tennis experience, look no further: this is his best outing so far.
80
Nintendo 64Super Play
Men trots att det finns 16 karaktärer att välja mellan - det kommer dessutom att gå att få fram ännu fler från den kommande Game Boy Color-versionen - och massor av roliga spelsätt är Mario Tennis inte helt och hållet befriat från brister. Spelkontrollen borde ha varit lite enklare och de alternativa spelsätten är snarare roliga små avbrott än riktigt bra tennisunderhållning. Fast med det i bakhuvudet är det nog ingen risk att man blir besviken. Turneringarna och vänskapsmatcherna är jätteroliga och både grafiken och musiken förmedlar en härlig värme. Det märks att utvecklarna på Camelot gillar sitt jobb. Annars hade de aldrig kunnat göra ett så här charmigt spel.
80
Nintendo 64Gamekult
Mario Tennis est sans conteste le meilleur jeu incarnant ce sport sur Nintendo 64. Pas dur ! Mais il faut savoir qu'il profite d'une réalisation soignée, d'une jouabilité parfaite et de l'univers enfantin mais attachant de Mario. Quoiqu'on en dise, les principales qualités d'un jeu vidéo sont là, avec en plus un zeste de magique dans les matchs mis en scène.
80
Nintendo 64All Game Guide
Mario Tennis offers a slew of multiplayer modes, a wide assortment of playable characters, and worthy computer competition. You can take on your pals in singles or doubles matches in the Exhibition, Ring, and Bowser Court modes, and there are always the hidden courts to unlock and Tournaments to enter when you are going solo. Whether you've got three friends and a few controllers or you just want to test your ability against the computer, there's plenty of fun to be had in Mario Tennis.
75
Nintendo 64The Video Game Critic
There's a doubles tournament included, but for some reason you can only play with a CPU partner - not a friend! There are a few wacky "bonus" games included, but these range from headache inducing (rings mode) to vomit inducing (tilting court). Mario Tennis is a quality title with a lot of bells and whistles, but I wish Nintendo would have shown a little constraint in the control department.
73
WiiWiiloveit
Overall, Mario Tennis delivers in its gameplay enough that fans of the sport or attempted recreations thereof can make peace with the areas where the game falters. You may still find, after playing this, that you have better tennis games in your collection you can turn to. But if you're like me and love tennis games, it's easy to have a "Why not?" sort of attitude about buying it. Whatever the case, even though $10 may seem like a bit much to spend, some will still find it worth revisiting even if they've played its superior follow-ups.