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A decent tennis game for the Virtual Boy. LittleUrn of Arabia (9) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
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Incredible game that was ultimately under-appreciated. Matthew Broussard (7) unrated

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Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US) (Oct, 1995)
Whether or not you're a racket buff, you can find plenty of cool gameplay in Mario's Tennis. It isn't Wimbledon, but the tennis is virtually the same.
GameFan Magazine (Nov, 1995)
While not a particularly loaded Tennis game when it comes to options (it's strictly one player action) Mario's Tennis is a great playing and fantastic looking game. The environments are simply a joy to play on and the control is dead on. Anyone can pick up this tennis game and instantly dial in the controls. I'll tell you one thing, once you've played tennis in 3-D it's hard to imagine playing any other way. Now bring on a game with actual players!
The Video Game Critic (Jul 17, 2003)
The only drawback to doubles is how you can't always see what your partner is doing due to the close camera angle, but it's still a nice option to have. To excel at Mario Tennis, you really need to learn how to play the net, since overhead smashes and drop shots are key to beating the game on the hard level. Mario Tennis is a quality title that set the standard quite high for Virtual Boy games.
A tennis game wouldn't be complete without a few faults (snicker, snicker), and this one is no different. Minor quibbles include the lack of league play, saved statistics, and multiple court surfaces such as grass or clay to compete on. It also would have been nice to play as or against more characters, with at least 14 to choose from instead of only seven. Apparently both Wario and Bowser had prior commitments... Yet Mario's Tennis remains an extremely entertaining arcade experience, one where it's easy to pick up but difficult to put down.
While most players would've preferred a classic Mario adventure as opposed to this, you can't really argue that this game isn't worthy of it's title. The pick-up-and-play style lets anyone immediately step up to the challenge, regardless of their skill level. While a little more work could've been spent creating some new game modes, this game can still help people kill a few hours if they need to.
Retro Game Reviews (Jun 01, 2015)
Mario's Tennis is a limited game and I can understand why some refer to it as more of a tech demo. What's here plays extremely well though and the 3D effect of the Virtual Boy affords you much greater precision over your shots that leads to a satisfying (if admittedly short) gameplay experience.
Electric Playground (Aug 30, 1995)
I'm really not sure how long you'd keep playing Mario's Tennis. It's a solidly constructed game, it just suffers from not being 'next gen' enough. As a diversion to introduce yourself to the Virtual Boy, it is quite nice. As a game that will expand your consciousness of where interactive entertainment is taking us, I'm afraid Mario's Tennis will fall way short. In tennis terms, the game is a net shot. You'll have to decide for yourself where it lands.
Nintendo Life (Apr 08, 2009)
The small character roster makes the tournaments laughably short but this is a solid, if simple, tennis game. Good music and graphics combined with the excellent 3D effect of the court ensure that Mario’s Tennis is an excellent introduction to the Virtual Boy, plus it's cheap and easy to find these days. If only Nintendo had released that link cable, though..
Game Players (Sep, 1995)
Not the best title available, but a good solid play that can stand the test of time, enhanced with a depth that only the Virtual Boy can offer. Tennis anyone?
Retroage (Nov 28, 2013)
Czy warto zainwestować w ten tytuł? Gra bardzo dobrze sprawdza się na różnego rodzaju imprezach jako nieznana ciekawostka oraz demonstracja efektu 3D. Do grania w domowym zaciszu znajdziemy jednak pozycje z dużo lepszą grywalnością.
Mario Tennis demeure un jeu fort sympathique constituant une bonne démo pour découvrir la machine atypique de Nintendo.
Le Geek (Mar, 2009)
It would be hard to recommend a Virtual Boy to a casual retro gamer, because they cost so much and have such a limited library. On the other hand, they have a definite wow, uniqueness factor. And if you already have one, Mario's Tennis is cheap, definitely worth a pickup.
Game Zero (1996)
Not bad, and considering that this game is the system pack-in, you're not going to go to far wrong with it. Although if you're a casual player and somehow managed to pick up a Virtual Boy without this game, I wouldn't recommend going to far out of your way to hunt it down. Sound is pretty average for the system, and the 3-D effects are decent, but nothing to jump about. Playcontrol is straight forward and easy to figure out. Since there isn't anything phenomenal going on graphics-wise, I'd have to say the replay factor is fairly low.
Random Access (Oct 27, 2011)
Would I ever recommend Mario's Tennis over any other of the Mario Tennis games? Heck, no. Would I recommend Mario's Tennis for the Virtual Boy in general? Well, only if you really need a tennis game for your Virtual Boy... because this is the only one. It's a good distraction for about ten minutes, but it will never claw its way to the top of your favourite games list.
Defunct Games (Feb 20, 2005)
It's not that the game is bad, it's a fun little game, but it's difficult to play for an extended amount of time, and pulls off as nothing more than a novelty item. It's a shame, this game had real potential.