Summary: Getting its start in stereoscopic 3D on the Virtual Boy back in 1995, the Mario Tennis series has returned to its original roots with Mario Tennis Open on the Nintendo 3DS. It's been seven years since we've seen a brand-new Mario Tennis title, with the last new entry launched on the GameBoy Advance back in 2005. Every Mario Tennis game was seemingly better than the last, making the series a fan-favorite out of all the Mario Sports spin-offs.
Excerpt: It takes a big man to step back when they feel they may have been compromised. Our editor in chief wrote the preview for Mario Tennis Open, and Nintendo has been flaking with Family Friendly Gaming in recent months. He decided to hand the review off to me since he felt he was compromised due to the problems FFG has been having with this company.
Excerpt: Mario Tennis Open will likely disappoint a few Nintendo fans, largely because it's among the more content-lite entries in the series. You can forget about role-playing elements from its handheld predecessors, or the annoying character specific power shots from the console side (happy to see those get the boot).
Pros: Super Mario Bros. inspired mini-game, plenty of detailed courts and characters, user-friendly Dynamic View, lots of items to unlock, eye-friendly 3D effects, online multiplayer, download play.
Cons: Less content than previous Mario Tennis games, you can only customize your Mii, no way to filter Dynamic View from online multiplayer.
Excerpt: Title: Mario Tennis Open Developer: Nintendo Platform: 3DS Mario Tennis Open provides the things we’ve come to expect from the plumbers sporting escapades over the years: a great assortment of courts, engaging mini-games, the usual cast of characters, nicely presented with some lovely fluid action and colourful, crisp graphics. The staple play modes are all there, single player, online and some inventive minigames.
Simple game for all ages is best played with others.
Common Sense Media
5 July 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Mario Tennis Open is a family friendly tennis game for Nintendo 3DS with single-player and multiplayer modes. This game depicts tennis as a fun and challenging sport and promotes healthy competitive play among small groups. Online play allows kids to connect with friends and strangers, but does not facilitate communication. Note, though, that players' customizable Mii avatars can be shared in StreetPass mode.
Excerpt: Mario and his friends have been trying their fat, cartoony hands at a number of different sports and activities for years, though it’s generally agreed that Camelot Software’s Mario Tennis franchise is near the top. Yet despite its popularity the series skipped over the DS entirely, so it’s no wonder that the buzz surrounding the 3DS iteration, Mario Tennis Open, had an air of excitement since it was first announced.
Pros: It's just as fun as it ever was, Single-cart and online multiplayer make it great with friends, Bonus modes are enjoyable and somwhat imaginative
Cons: 3D is lackluster and barely noticeable, Lack of singleplayer is crippling, Light on content, in general, mostly due to the previously mentioned lack of singleplayer
Excerpt: Once upon a time, I was bizarrely excited for Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour for the Nintendo Gamecube. I have no idea what exactly sparked my intense desire for the game, but for some reason the idea of Mario-themed golf seemed awesome to me, especially following addictively wacky fun of the Mario Party series. Instead, I got a humdrum golf game with Mario characters. I played it maybe twice and never touched it again.