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AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.1
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Overall User Score (25 votes) 4.0

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Overall, Mario Power Tennis is not a game to be missed. It has everything, even a few surprises. (Don't skip the opening scene or the credits.) If you are a Mario fan, what are you waiting for?? Go out right now and get this game. If you did not play the first Mario Tennis and/or are a bit skeptical, I strongly recommend renting it or playing it with a friend who has it. Trust me, you will soon grow a strong liking to the game. The variety of game modes, the spice of the power shots, the unbelievable graphics, and the endless amount of replayability make Mario Power Tennis possibly one of the best Nintendo games on the market.
NGC Magazine (Mar, 2005)
Mario Power Tennis is the game that gives as good as it gets, and if you're prepared to live with the initial inconvenience of Power Shots for as long as it takes to learn how to use them properly, you'll find it a considerable improvement over the N64 original. Or any other tennis sim you could name. Maybe it's a love-it-or-hate-it thing, but we're in no doubt which side of the net we're on.
You can't fault Nintendo for milking a franchise as good as this one, especially since gamers can play the game straight or all tricked out with goofy Nintendo-esque funkiness, which elevates the playability above Microsoft's Top Spin for the Xbox (although you can't play MPT online). It's a fun romp through the courts of the Mushroom Kingdom one more time. I'd say buy it, but the ball's in your court.
N-Zone (Mar 24, 2005)
Mario Power Tennis ist ein erstklassiges Spiel, das den Charme des N64-Vorgängers perfekt einfängt. Die Power Shots hätte man sich zwar für meinen Geschmack auch sparen können, allerdings kann man diese ja abschalten. Dank der eingängigen Steuerung ist der Titel auch für Anfänger geeignet.
GameSpot (Nov 09, 2004)
Mario Power Tennis is a fantastic example of Nintendo in top form. Here's an offering with brightly colored visuals and cheery music. It is, in a word, adorable. But under this gingerbread exterior lies a deep and challenging game of tennis. It certainly takes some liberties with the sport--because the last time we checked, you weren't allowed to bring giant hammers or jetpacks onto the court--but these twists definitely keep things interesting and are intrinsic to the goofy, character-driven style of the Mario name. No matter how you look at it, though, this is hands down the single best GameCube tennis offering, and it's also one of the most enjoyable tennis video games around.
Neues bekommt ihr allerdings kaum zu sehen, Es sind die bekannten Charaktere, die hier spielen. Selbst die Plätze sind aus älteren Nintendo-Titeln bekannt. Kritiker werden sofort Vorwurf des ständigen Aufkochens alter Mario-Ideen erheben. Diesen Schreihälsen legen wir aber nahe, das Spiel erstmal zu daddeln, statt gleich zu mosern. Mario Power Tennis mag zwar nicht die Innovationsbombe sein, detoniert durch den Spielspaß aber hörbar laut. Vor allem im Mehrspielermodus kracht es bombastisch.
Jeuxpo.com (2005)
Mario Power Tennis apporte sa vision du sport. Si les règles sont un tant soit peu conservées, la Mario's touch impose le second degré et quelques nouveautés bien à elle. Camelot nous livre un nouvel opus fort charmant qui s'adressera à un large public.
Geeks Under Grace (Jun 21, 2014)
Mario Power Tennis is a gem in the line of Mario sports games. It has infinite replay value and still holds up well today. Nintendo sure knows how to keep their cast of characters in quality games and it seems as if you cannot go wrong with any game with Mario in the title on a Nintendo platform.
4Players.de (Mar 08, 2005)
Es wird geflucht, gejubelt, gelacht und gejammert: Mario Power Tennis rockt die Couch! Freut euch auf ein lupenreines Arcade-Highlight mit witzigen Animationen, tollen Kulissen und viel Komfort. Sowohl Einsteiger als auch Profis kommen auf ihre Kosten. Und sogar meine anfängliche Powerschlag-Skepsis wurde von der grandiosen Spielmechanik returniert: Die Schlagmöglichkeiten sind so ausgefeilt, dass sich sogar manche Simulation eine Scheibe abschneiden könnte. Man kann seinen Gegner herrlich ausspielen und kontern. Man kann Stopps und Lobs ansetzen, Slice und Topspin schlagen. Was gibt es zu meckern? Erfreulich wenig, denn bis auf das Chaos in den Mini-Spielen, die Beschränkung auf zwei Powermanöver sowie die Leichtigkeit der ersten Turnierspiele gibt es schlichtweg keine Schwächen. Sogar die nervtötende Fahrstuhlmusik lässt sich abschalten. Okay, einen haben wir noch: Dieses Spiel bleibt offline. Aber selbst da geht zu viert im Doppel der Filzball ab - für kleine und für große Cracks!
Gamesmania.de (Apr 04, 2005)
Einmal mehr beweist Nintendo, dass Mario nicht nur in seiner gewohnten Jump’n’Run Umgebung eine gute Figur abgibt. So bietet Mario Tennis dem Spieler zum einen eine wirklich ernsthafte Tennissimulation, die sich in Sachen Gameplay und Tiefe nicht vor Genregrößen wie Top Spin oder Virtua Tennis verstecken muss. Zum anderen brennt Nintendo ein wahres Minispielfeuerwerk ab. Kaum zu Glauben was man mit einem Tennisschläger und einem gelben Ball so alles anstellen kann. Ein absoluter Party-Geheimtipp, auch für alle diejenigen, die mit dem weißen Sport sonst absolut nichts am Hut haben.
Jeuxvideo.com (Feb 24, 2005)
Ceux qui n'ont pas oublié leurs parties passées sur Mario Tennis 64 seront surpris de voir comment cet épisode GameCube parvient à renouveler la série à partir d'idées de gameplay vraiment originales. Les parties sont aussi intéressantes que fun à jouer, même en solo, et les challenges sont agréablement diversifiés.
In many ways, Mario Power Tennis exemplifies the things that Nintendo does better than any company in video games. It’s got a great graphical look – the screen is packed with bright colors, clever animations, and amazing particle effects. As usual, Nintendo’s most popular and lesser-known characters are available for play, featuring everybody from heavy hitters like Mario and Peach to more obscure heroes like Bowser Jr. and Wiggler. More importantly, the game offers up that finely tuned gameplay that has been a trademark of the company’s best games for years.
1UP (Nov 12, 2004)
So in a way, it's much like the game of tennis itself. There's no reason why hitting a ball back and forth until somebody drops it should be much fun, but it sure is. And Camelot's finessed, perfected tennis engine means that Mario Power Tennis -- for all its bizarre features and explosive moves -- is one of the best choices for tennis buffs on the market today.
IGN (Nov 08, 2004)
Four years ago Nintendo teamed up with development studio Camelot Software Planning to make Mario Tennis 64, a colorful and engaging take on the popular sport. Mario Tennis 64 served gamers a fast, intuitive back-and-forth experience topped off with a wide selection of classic Nintendo mascots. Not only was it an excellent multiplayer affair, it was one of the best tennis videogames to release last generation, period. Mario Power Tennis for GameCube is an extension of the first. In some ways, that's all it is.
Fragland.net (Apr 11, 2005)
Next to jumping on the many enemies in the Mario-platform games, our friendly, fat, plumber also does some sport. Think Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and new also the latest new branch in the sport series, Mario Power Tennis. The latter is the subject of this review. The Nintendo64 version got high scores and the expectations for this part were therefore very high.
Game Revolution (Nov, 2004)
You have to hand it to Mario and Co. – they do what they do very well, even if they don’t exactly take big risks. Mario Power Tennis is a reliable, fun game that puts some nice, new spin on an old sport. If you can look past its limited depth, you’ll have a ball.
Nintendo Difference (Jan 06, 2005)
Camelot a encore fait du bon boulot et a réussi à innover tout en gardant un gameplay aux petits oignons ! Les fans de la version N64 devraient adorer cette nouvelle mouture encore plus fun !
G4 TV: X-Play (Apr 07, 2006)
As slick as Mario Power Tennis is from a gameplay standpoint, there are a few “faults” in the overall package. For starters, the character selection could have benefited from more of Nintendo’s franchises, and the voices are weak. Mario still sounds like he’s been kicked in the meatballs. It’s also a little disappointing that there’s no stat tracking or custom profile feature for competitive-minded players. The lack of a true career mode or create-a-player feature is also a letdown, as is the inability to acquire additional special moves or to put points into improving a character’s core abilities. Of course, the focus of Mario Power Tennis is fun, and it delivers that in spades. If you’re in the mood for some wacky solo tennis or are craving multiplayer mayhem, you’ll find Mario Power Tennis serves up nothing but aces.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Feb 03, 2005)
We could take this opportunity to strut up and down ranting with self-righteous indignation about the stagnation of Nintendo's first-party line-up and the amount of repackaging and sideways steps that seem to belie its newfound "Revolutionary" principles. But as long as the games are still this entertaining, and do enough to keep us satisfied, we'll be happy to play them. So we're not going to. Besides, that'd be a bit too grown-up.
GameSpy (Nov 11, 2004)
Though Mario Power Tennis is quite different from the previous version, it's a superior product in almost every way. It's based on excellent gameplay mechanics that are taken in really interesting directions through gimmick courts. Mastering each player will take dozens and dozens of hours. Multiplayer games are a total riot. Though it doesn't look or sound as good as other games on the market, there's no denying the sheer amount of fun this game offers … even if Camelot ruined Shy Guy for me.
GamePro (US) (Nov 11, 2004)
It's not fair to call Mario Power Tennis a sports game. Sure, it's got a solid tennis game engine, but it comes hustling onto the court with the full complement of Nintendo's wild and wacky Mario legacy to back it up. No contest.
Mario Power Tennis is a must-own for anyone looking for a great mutliplayer game, but for the single player there's not quite enough challenge, or a solid career mode like the GBC games, to recommend spending out full price on.
Jeuxvideo.fr (Mar 04, 2005)
Nintendo nous montre encore sa capacité à nous éditer un titre multijoueur. Le mode solo reste intéressant pendant un temps. À plusieurs, on tire toute la quintessence du jeu. On reste ébahi par la touche Nintendo et l'environnement hyper coloré. On en prend plein les yeux et les oreilles. Les règles officielles du tennis sont quant à elles respectées. Un mélange arcade/simulation à conseiller à tous les fans de Nintendo et à tous ceux qui veulent s'essayer à un bon jeu de tennis. Aller, bon jeu et que le meilleur gagne !
Good-Evil.net (Feb 11, 2005)
Finally, I have to say that I enjoyed the game, but I do not know if I would recommend buying it for 50 bucks. If you were a big fan of the first game and love tennis games, I would say go for it, but it lacks the depth of Smash Bros. Melee when it comes to extras, coming closer to what Mario Golf or Double Dash had instead. It makes a really good party game and an excellent rental, but I don’t think it’s worth buying until it becomes a player’s choice title.
Netjak (Sep 07, 2005)
This is a great rental title; you will certainly get your money’s worth from renting it. Mario Power Tennis is also a solid purchase, if the price was $20 or so. Mario Power Tennis certainly has a lot going for it, but there are several factors that keep it from being truly enjoyable, most notably the lack of a decent doubles mode, the problematic Power shot, and the poor menu navigation. Yup, you’re better off saving your money on this one.
Games TM (Dec 30, 2004)
Buried under all the extra modes and special moves lies much of the playability and charm of Mario Tennis 64 - it's just much harder to find this time. By sticking to the basics it's possible to have good matches against computer opponents and friends, but there should be so much more on offer from a title that's had Nintendo fans salivating for months.
Games TM (Dec 30, 2004)
Buried under all the extra modes and special moves lies much of the playability and charm of Mario Tennis 64 - it's just much harder to find this time. By sticking to the basics it's possible to have good matches against computer opponents and friends, but there should be so much more on offer from a title that's had Nintendo fans salivating for months.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 21, 2007)
Mario Power Tennis has a tournament mode that lets you climb the ranks, but it inexplicably prompts you to "delete your game" after each tournament, which makes no sense at all. Also included are "gimmick master" tournaments featuring contraption-laden courts that change on the fly. These look great and add variety, but the gimmicks (such as sliding floor panels) are distracting at best and annoying at worst. A selection of mini-games is also included in the package, with highlights that include playing against an octopus or taking shots at ghosts in the windows of a haunted house. The games that require you to reconfigure mazes or paint pictures are just a headache. Mario Power Tennis was never produced in large quantities and can be hard to find. Perhaps Nintendo realized the game wasn't quite up to their usual high standards.

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