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.
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
Excerpt: The Mushroom Kingdom has hosted tennis tournaments before, but never one as explosive or downright wacky as this! Use new character specific power moves- one offence for smashing the ball at high speeds across the court, and one defence for reaching the ball no matter where your opponent hits it! Struggle to return the oppositions’ shots as you play on new ‘gimmick courts’ where things such as sludge and conveyer belts will try and slow you down.