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Square and Nintendo reunite for a unique take on the basketball genre in Mario Hoops 3 on 3. Mario Hoops uses almost exclusively the DS stylus to play both offense and defense. Despite having all the moves you would expect from a basketball game the rules are quite different. Instead of 2-3 pointers. You collect coins along the ground which affect your score if you make a basket. Games can get on average up to 300 points.

On the offensive side you can tap the screen to dribble the ball, swipe in your teammates direction to pass, stroke up to dunk, and show your impressive ball handling skills by dribbling the ball in full 360 degrees around your character.

On the defensive side you can do everything from jumping, to stealing, to blocking. The game even allows for goal tending. This isn't your fathers basketball game.

Included in the game is the ability to rise through the ranks in tournament mode, play against your friends in multiplayer one on one, and hone your skills in challenge mode. With over 15 courts, unlockable balls, and more than 18 of the most popular Mario and Square characters.

Playing tournament mode pits you and your team of 3 players up against 3 teams in a battle for the typical Mario style cups. While doing so new characters, courts, and balls will be unlocked all of which you can use in singleplayer or multiplayer.

There are two multiplayer modes. One of which is a race to see who can get 100 points by dribbling. This game is 4 player and supports DS download play. The main multiplayer mode is a 1 on 1 battle. Each player has 3 teammates and battles in two periods to see who can get the most coins.


Mario Hoops 3 on 3 Nintendo DS Title screen with main menu.

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Mario Hoops 3 on 3 Screenshot
Mario Hoops 3 on 3 Screenshot
Mario Hoops 3 on 3 Screenshot
Mario Hoops 3 on 3 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "马里奥篮球3对3" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "マリオバスケ3on3" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Mario Slam Basketball" -- European title

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N-Zone Mar 18, 2007 88 out of 100 88
Planet GameCube Sep 25, 2006 8 out of 10 80
PlayDevil Jun 01, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Extreme Gamer Oct 23, 2006 8 out of 10 80 Sep 22, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Games TM Oct, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65 (UK) Oct 25, 2006 6 out of 10 60
1UP Sep 11, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution Sep 22, 2006 C 50


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bricewgilbert (267) added Mario Hoops 3 on 3 (Nintendo DS) on Sep 19, 2006
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