Summary: First off, if you want this game for the basketball part, then don't buy it. However, if you want Mario, then you might consider buying it. The Bad: Your teammates in this game are completely useless. They never go for the ball and they simply stand there waiting for the ball. it feels more like Mario Hoops 1 on 3. Lame. Also, after playing this for a while it gets extremely boring.
Summary: Reviewer:Adriel Rahman This game is very fun as soon as you pick it up but after a while, it gets repetitive. Your teamates know nothing about basketball. They don't help you out in any way. You are the one who has to do everything. So when you play against tougher teams, they will knock you into the year 3000. Also the controls don't always work properly. After you beat single player theres only multiplayer to look foward to.
Lovely design, but severely lacking in other elements
Miranda Bogardus, Amazon
7 October 2006
Summary: Mario has had his fair share of excellent sports-knock-off games, from Mario Kart to Mario Golf. However, there is always a first time for everything, and while this not exactly being a first time, it is a new low. Mario Hoops 3-on-3 comes in a very flashy package, with very high-end graphics, and Final Fantasy developer Square Enix as a partner.
Summary: Mario's been the man on the tennis court and golf course, but he's never walked onto the hardwood of one of America's most popular sports: Basketball. Mario Hoops 3-On-3, a game that was interesting developed by Square-Enix, is a beautiful, impressive game on all fronts of presentation, unlockables, and the traditional Nintendo charm. Sadly, Mario and Co. get stuffed in the key element of any basketball game: the action on-court.