Excerpt: Mario Power Tennis on the Gamecube is a tennis game played with Mario characters. This game is one hundred percent Mario, and one hundred percent tennis. There is an amazing intro movie, that is just stunning to behold. The game ending is hilarious out takes from the intro movie. Singles, and doubles play are both well represented. There is also an amazing amount of players, mini games, and tournaments to unlock.
Excerpt: Mario is an odd character. While being the traditional platforming hero hes also a golfer, doctor, kart racer and tennis player. It seems Mario can be successful at whichever genre he chooses. In the light of such new Mario Sports projects being announced such as Mario Baseball, we have the release of Mario Power Tennis. The original game on the N64 was a big hit in the later stages of the machines life.
Conclusion: There are a number of Gimmick Courts and almost all force your to be accurate and serious about tennis. The Gimmick might be that the court is made of sliding tiles or that crocs knocked off the net attach to your opponent’s ankle and slowing your opponent down. If you’re not interested in this creativity, MPT features the usual Exhibition and Tournament modes in both singles and doubles play.
Summary: Pikmin 2, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Metroid Prime 2...apparently Nintendo has a case of sequel-itis this fall. Fortunately, each game takes the fun gameplay of earlier games and enhances it. Mario Power Tennis is no different.
Pros: Controls are very simple and intuitive, Gimmick Courts provide a lot of charm and challenge, Power Shots add a nice twist to the gameplay without disrupting its balance
Cons: Power Shot animations can get repetitive, Single player mode can be a chore to veterans, since the experience isn't much different from before
Conclusion: While Mario Tennis was once thought to feature online play and broadband enabled, Nintendo officially commented saying the game will not feature either online or broadband play. We'll have more info on this as soon as it’s released in Japan this October.