Has the typical flaws of Mario sports titles, but fun and unique game nonetheless
22 August 2008
Summary: Anyone who played Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars knows that Nintendo/Square Enix collaborations can result in absolutely amazing games. Unfortunately, there haven't been too many since then, but Square Enix reunites with Nintendo once again for the Nintendo DS game, Mario Hoops 3-On-3.
Summary: I purchased this game for my son and he really loves it. He and his sister can connect with their DS systems and play one another. It was a great compliment to her Princess Peach game as well. Both have provided hours of entertainment.
Summary: Nintendo's longtime plumber mascot has had his share of whacky sports games for a while now with the Gamecube, and Mario Hoops 3 on 3 finds Mario gracing the hardwood on the DS. The first thing you'll notice is that the game uses an interesting control scheme. Using the stylus and touch screen to perform moves and such, this takes a bit of time to get used to, but once you do, the game's a breeze.
Summary: Ok, overall, this is a great game. The only problem I've had with it so far is that my character sometimes throws the ball in a different direction when I want him/her to throw it to another teammate. Also, it can be hard for people that are left-handed to play this game because you have to use the D-pad(on the left side of the DS) and use the stylus at the same time.
Summary: Normally, I don't offer direct rebuttals to other reviews, but in this case I'll make an exception. Some have said the controls for this game are "fiddly" and "unreliable". Not so for me. I find them simple and intuitive and very fun. It's cool to actually play a basketball game where there is actual ball control. Furthermore, shooting, blocking, passing, and stealing are all very easy to use.