Summary: Parents need to know that Mario and the gang tend to cartoon-up sports titles, making them fun for fans of the sport and people who've never played a sports game before. This game is colorful and challenging and using the stylus will only make kids feel more involved with the game, and more responsible for the results (win or lose) than games using standard control schemes. This game teaches the importance of teamwork.
Excerpt: I was a little bit skeptical when I first heard about Mario, and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom playing some basketball with their typical style of sports action (translation: not realistic, with use of coins and items to determine the outcome). Nintendo has done enough in other sports with Mario that I kept my mind open. There are three characters from the Mushroom Kingdom on your team, and you play against three other characters.
Excerpt: Developer – Square Enix Publisher - Nintendo Features Wireless Single-Card Download Play (2-4 Players) Wireless Multi-Card Play (2-4 Players) Mario is one of the most diverse sports characters I have ever seen grace the videogame world. From kart racing, baseball, tennis, golf, and even soccer, he seems to do it all. Well Nintendo has once again put Mario through his athletic paces as they have recently released Mario Hoops 3-on-3.
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: works surprisingly well most of the time. However, to really get all of the nuances, you'll need to sit through an exhaustingly long tutorial. It's also way too easy to try to pass the ball and end up accidentally shooting. If the touch controls become too unwieldy, the help buttons allow you use a more standard control scheme, unlike some other recent DS games (you hear me, Starfox Command?
Excerpt: Its basketball mayhem in Mario Hoops 3 on 3. Developer Square Enix has teamed up with Nintendo to bring one of the best looking games onto the Nintendo DS despite some obvious shortcomings beyond the game\’s gorgeous visuals. Mario Hoops is far from your classic basketball game, taking elements from Mario Kart and combining them to form one hell of a title.