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Nintendo DSN-Zone (Mar 18, 2007)
Mario Slam Basketball ist ein Hit. Es zeigt, wozu die DS-Technik imstande ist, und die Steuerung kann sich auch sehen lassen. Hier geht alles locker von der Hand. Der Turniermodus macht viel her, doch wirklich überzeugt hat mich - als Fan des Battle-Modus aus Mario Kart - die Münzjagd. Schnell, unkompliziert und extrem spaßig ist sie für mich das wahre Highlight des Spiels. Kommt schon, Felix, Christoph und Sebastian ... ich will noch mal.
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Nintendo DSGameSpot China (Sep 04, 2006)
《马里奥篮球3对3》里,马里奥将和蘑菇王国的大家一起进行新奇的篮球盛会,而在幻想世界里,神秘的三人组也悄悄盯上了这场盛会。
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Nintendo DSN-Zone (Oct 25, 2006)
Während einige ihre Begeisterung für den italienischen Klempner durch New Super Mario Bros. wiederbeleben konnten, hat es bei mir bis Mario Slam Basketball gedauert. Als altem Basketball-Crack machte es mir besonderen Spaß, mit den sympathischen Helden den stylischsten Mannschaftssport überhaupt zu erleben, zumal die Stylus-Steuerung erstaunlich gut funktioniert. Außerdem muss ich Mario einen Tipp geben: Daisy ist viel cooler als Peach!
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Nintendo DSBravo Screenfun (Jan 24, 2007)
Die Nintendo-Clique trifft sich zum Basketball-Turnier - und überrrascht mit neuartiger Stylus-Steuerung: Mario, Yoshi & Co. bewegt man mit dem Steuerkreuz. Gedribbelt wird dagegen auf dem Touchscreen. So können sich die Sportler etwa mit dem Ball abwenden, um Angreifern die Abnahme zu erschweren. Zudem sind Spezialwürfe und der Einsatz von Gegenständen möglich: Bombe, Banane und Krötenpanzer bringen jede Menge Action und zusätzlich Taktik auf den Platz! Mit nur drei Spielern pro Team bleibt der Ballsport dabei immer übersichtlich. Abseits des Korbs sorgen Minispiele für Abwechslung: Beim Rennen muss man 100 Goldstücke aus Bonusfeldern dribbeln, und im Hunter-Modus versuchen die Widersacher, sich die Münzen gegenseitig abzujagen - dabei kommt man ganz schön ins Schwitzen!
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Nintendo DSPlayDevil (Jun 01, 2007)
"Mario Slam Basketball" is a great sports title. Like any sports game, if you don't like the actual sport, you might find the game limited, or not much fun. But for anyone with even a passing interest in either arcade sports games or basketball would be advised to take a look at this. There is plenty to do and unlock in the single-player game, and then the multiplayer rocks too, making for a formidable game.
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Nintendo DSExtreme Gamer (Oct 23, 2006)
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is a fun take on basketball which proudly makes use of the Nintendo DS's best feature, the touch screen. If you're a fan of Mario and you want a quick and easy fun game, Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is your slam dunk. I had a lot of fun while reviewing Mario Hoops and I strongly recommend checking it out.
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Nintendo DSCubed3 (Sep 08, 2006)
Overall, I think this is a great game, even if you don’t like basketball. But like any other DS game, I’d recommend playing it in short bursts; otherwise you’d end up doing the same thing over and over again - not that it’s not fun, it can just be a little tiresome. But that aside, the graphics can’t be faulted, and the control system is new and unique.
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Nintendo DSGamePro (US) (Sep 13, 2006)
With an interesting control scheme and a whimsical presentation, Mario Hoops 3-on-3 offers a delightful twist on the sport of basketball. So warm up your stylus and lace up your shoes: it's game time!
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Nintendo DSGameSpy (Sep 13, 2006)
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is yet another Nintendo-branded sports title, like the popular Mario Strikers, that gives its respective sport that kid-friendly Mario twist, while remaining challenging enough and deep enough to appeal to die-hard sports fans. If you think this game is easy, just wait until you unlock the hard mode and the game's later tournaments. Just bear in mind that it doesn't play like a traditional basketball game. We have enough of those already. Try something different, please. This is just plain fun.
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Nintendo DSPlanet GameCube (Sep 25, 2006)
When Mario Hoops was first announced, many people scratched their heads. Why would Square Enix make a Mario Sports title? The result is a very entertaining title with the level of polish that Square Enix is known for.
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Nintendo DS4Players.de (Feb 26, 2007)
Dieses Basketball ist genau das Richtige für Arcadefans, die es zwischendurch mal elegant und fies krachen lassen wollen - die Kulisse gehört zum Besten, was es auf dem DS zu sehen gibt und das Spielerlebnis ist rasant und dynamisch. Ich bin vor allem positiv überrascht, wie viele intuitive Manöver Nintendo hier für Stylisten anbietet: Man kann mit dem Stift nicht nur cool dribbeln, täuschen, werfen und spektakulär dunken, sondern auch Bälle stehlen, einen Schirm zur Defensive bilden oder zum Rebound ansetzen. Aber die Freude ist nicht ganz ungetrübt: Erstens kommt es immer wieder zu Fehlmanövern, da man mit dem Stylus sehr schnell mal die falsche Bewegung macht; auch die genialen Spezialmanöver lassen sich nur recht hakelig ausführen. Und da die reine Knopfsteuerung nicht alle Finessen anbietet, ist sie leider nur ein halbwertiger Ersatz - gewinnen kann man so allerdings trotzdem. Zweitens vermisst man gerade in den Finalspielen bessere Automatismen in der eigenen Defensive.
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Nintendo DSLawrence (Sep 18, 2006)
While it certainly offers some fun (and an innovative control scheme), Mario Hoops unfortunately grows stale too fast. Unless you have a friend with the game, you'll quickly tire of the tournaments, exhibition games, and forgettable minigames. The addition of several unlockable characters is nice (especially the surprise inclusions of some Square characters), but it's not enough to significantly prolong the experience.
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Nintendo DS411mania.com (Sep 22, 2006)
This is a game that could’ve easily been rated much higher had there been Wi-Fi connectivity, smarter AI and a richer single card download-play option. Not including Wi-Fi was inexcusable as it would have easily been one of the most played games online. On the other hand, I found myself having a good time in between train rides to and from to work. So long as the difficulty was appropriate, the games were challenging and a blast to play. I’d honestly recommend this game for any DS owner out there as I feel the game at least deserves a try. Some will be hooked, some won’t, but you can’t deny the fun of Mario Hoops 3 on 3.
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Nintendo DSJeuxvideo.com (Feb 14, 2007)
Un titre assez étonnant qui réussit à exploiter les capacités de la console de façon intelligente sans pour autant négliger le plaisir de jeu. A l'instar d'un Mario Tennis, Mario Slam Basketball est un titre facile à prendre en main mais qui se complexifie lorsqu'on veut en maîtriser toutes les subtilités. A quand un Mario Karatéka développé par Square Enix ?
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Nintendo DSArmchair Empire, The (Oct 27, 2006)
Basketball fans will mostly be put off of the strange mechanics of Mario Hoops, but this game isn't for them anyway. Each game barely lasts more than five minutes, making it an ideal pick-up-and-play game, and the arcade feel is likely to impress even sports games haters. Despite the lacking multiplayer options and the annoying AI, Mario Hoops is a pretty solid game, and hopefully we'll see a console-sized rendition in future.
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Nintendo DSFragland.net (Apr 02, 2007)
A relatively innovating game when we’re talking controls and the form of basketball. The question is ‘Will it keep on being interesting although it has a rather repetitive gameplay?’. The game is very easy to learn which makes it a great game for kids somewhere around the age of 7 tot 10 years old. All in all it remains a fun game, mainly cause of the controls.
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Nintendo DSFOK!games (Mar 09, 2007)
Mario Slam Basketball lijkt een beetje een basketbalgame te zijn voor iedereen die niet van basketbal houdt. Het beroemde balspelletje is behoorlijk omgeploegd door Square-Enix, wat maar door weinig sportpuristen zomaar geslikt zal worden. Dit terzijde is MSB een geslaagde sport/party game geworden. De besturing met het touchscreen is verfrissend, voelt natuurlijk aan en werkt ook nog eens erg lekker, maar is helaas niet zonder kleine mankementjes. Soms wordt je gekrabbel op het schermpje nou eenmaal niet vertaald naar de bewegingen die jij voor ogen had. Een groter minpunt is het gebrek aan uitdaging en levensduur waar veel gamers tegenaan zullen lopen.
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Nintendo DSGameSpot (Sep 12, 2006)
Mario Hoops presents an interesting new way to control what turns out to be a fun little basketball game.
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Nintendo DSGames TM (Oct, 2006)
An excellent Mario sports game, and yet another worthy addition to the increasingly impressive DS catalogue.
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Nintendo DSNGamer (Dec, 2006)
Perhaps it's the fact that we're English, and we don't really get on with basketball that well at the best of times, but this really does seem like a weak effort - even with the added bonus of being able to understand it all properly, having only played it on Japanese import previously.
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Nintendo DSIGN (Sep 12, 2006)
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is a game to get for the production value -- if you want to see what the Nintendo DS can really do, this is one you'll want to get. The gameplay just never reaches the presentation's level, and never quite gets up there with the likes of the other Mario sports on Nintendo handhelds and consoles. Lots of potential here, but Mario Hoops' repetitive, mushy design just doesn't quite get up there with the likes of the plumber's Tennis, Golf, or Baseball outings.
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Nintendo DSGame Freaks 365 (2006)
Overall, it’s unfortunate that such an alliance between Square-Enix and Nintendo created such an average and disappointing video game. Mario Hoops 3-On-3 isn’t the worst DS game out there, but it can’t run with the big dogs like Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, or any other basketball game for that matter. Better luck next time, guys.
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Nintendo DSGame Informer Magazine (Oct, 2006)
There are two types of DS games. The first (and better) type manages to use the DS’s touch screen to simplify and streamline familiar gameplay activities, while at the same time adding new, unique elements that could have never been possible without the system’s technology. The second kind takes genres that we’ve all played for years, and then tacks on ill-fitting, gimmicky control schemes for the sake of saying that it has “groundbreaking” touch-screen elements.
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Nintendo DSEurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 25, 2006)
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is actually a very good simple basketball game, but the simplistic AI and chaos factor often prevent that from shining through. It's certainly well presented, and at its heart it's really very enjoyable, but with weak AI and no game modes other than Tournament and Exhibition, the single-player mode quickly wears thin. If it only had online or single-cart multiplayer modes, or some decent single-player content other than the basic minimum, or the option to turn off the items, it would be so much better. As it is, it's not got enough variety or sophistication to remain fun for very long.
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Nintendo DSG4 TV: X-Play (Nov 06, 2006)
Mario Hoops 3 on 3 is certainly a unique take on basketball, and definitely entertaining. At times, however, the game’s insistence on being a DS game gets in the way of playability. Completely relying on the stylus to handle the ball is a bold design choice, but tends to feel unnecessary and rather gimmicky. Overall, this is a solid title, but certainly not the best in the Mario sports series.
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Nintendo DS1UP (Sep 11, 2006)
3-on-3 is an initially decent game of basketball, as long as you're not looking for a sim -- and really, there's little else on the system worth considering for hoops. But the grand experiment of translating stylus swipes into intuitive no-look passes and alley-oops fails more often than it works, and that's the big "if" upon which the whole thing hangs. If you know of at least three other players who plan to dive into what's offered here, then it's worth a try. For anyone looking for real longevity past the initial trial cups and training games, you're better off biding your time until something less frustrating comes along.
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Nintendo DSThe Video Game Critic (Dec 03, 2006)
The camera moves around constantly, and it's easy to lose track of the ball - or even your character. The game is definitely on the easy side, and I breezed through all four tournaments without losing a single game. Fortunately, that opened up a "hard" mode. Mario Hoops might have been better suited to the GameCube, but I suspect Nintendo thought it might be too similar to Mario Strikers. I enjoyed this game enough, but it's not the slam-dunk I was hoping for.
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Nintendo DSNintendo Spin (Oct 03, 2006)
So I guess that while I’m sure SquareEnix tried really hard to make a good sports game, they miserably failed once again! I think this game should have been developed by someone else, or maybe they should have worked on it longer since it doesn’t feel complete, especially when compared to other Mario Sports titles.
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Nintendo DSGame Revolution (Sep 22, 2006)
Mario Hoops is a decent, little game that's a bit too decent and way too little. It's good for a laugh or two, but it fails to capture the fast-paced fun factor of previous Mario sports titles. Mario Caber Toss, here I come!
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Nintendo DSEurogamer.de (Feb 26, 2007)
Hätte Square Enix doch nur versucht, zumindest ein Arcade-Basketballspiel zu machen - es hätte so gut sein können! Die schönen Charaktere und Plätze, die gelungene Steuerung... aber was nützt es, wenn das Gameplay nicht passt, wenn die KI nicht existent ist, wenn nach kürzester Spielzeit die Luft raus ist? Nicht viel.