Excerpt: Nintendo is the sole video game developer responsible for the hit series' of Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, etc. They've to say the least, revolutionized the way that we look at games, play games, and talk about games. If it wasn't for Nintendo, the 'game pak' would be the duller 'game pack'. Who needs proper English anyway, right? Nintendo sure doesn't, they make their own rules. In this case, they made their own rules for how a tennis game should work.
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
Excerpt: Mario Power Tennis is a fantastic example of Nintendo in top form. Here's an offering with brightly colored visuals and cheery music. It is, in a word, adorable. But under this gingerbread exterior lies a deep and challenging game of tennis. It certainly takes some liberties with the sport--because the last time we checked, you weren't allowed to bring giant hammers or jetpacks onto the court--but these twists definitely keep things interesting and are intrinsic to the...
Pros: Strikes an incredible balance of depth and accessibility, Great variety of gameplay options, Tons of personality
Cons: Unskippable super move animations, Uneven difficulty in tournament mode