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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
  • "Mario Basketball: 3 on 3" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

N-Zone Nintendo DS Oct 25, 2006 86 out of 100 86
Extreme Gamer Nintendo DS Oct 23, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Nintendo DS Sep 13, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Consoles Plus Nintendo DS Feb, 2007 15 out of 20 75
NGamer Nintendo DS Dec, 2006 69 out of 100 69
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo DS Oct, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65 (UK) Nintendo DS Oct 25, 2006 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Nintendo DS Dec 03, 2006 C+ 58 Nintendo DS Feb 26, 2007 4 out of 10 40
Nintendojo Nintendo DS 2006 4 out of 10 40


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