Mario Tennis Open has arrived on Nintendo 3DS and everything that we have come to know and love about the franchise arrives in portable fashion. Mario has been playing tennis with his comrades for over 10 years and with this new entry into the series, it looks like the pudgy little plumber and all of his friends won’t stop hitting the courts anytime soon.
How did the game fair? Read on and find out!
Mario Tennis Open focuses squarely on the tennis experience and looks as expected; colorful and vibrant as ever. Developer Camelot is once again at the helm and does a fantastic job once again with this fun series. If you have played any of the other titles in the franchise, you probably know what to expect. What’s impressive is the number of unlockables in the game and players will be spending a whole lot of time trying to unlock everything this title has to offer.
I remember playing Mario Tennis back on the Gamecube and it felt like a magical experience. Everyone in my household grabbed hold of a controller and we all laughed until we cried. While this portable version of the game does come across just fine, I feel that it has failed to capture some of the magic that held my attention so many years ago.
The customization options are wide and varied but only can be applied to your Mii characters. I feel that this was a bit of a missed opportunity and would’ve loved to customize all the characters of the Mushroom Kingdom. With hat said, developer Camelot does know how to make a quality tennis title and this is a very fun and addicting title.
Camelot also further extended the gameplay by adding four mini-games that are quite good and kept my attention for a while. Players will find themselves shooting at rings and hitting coins all the while watching a sweet throwback to the 8bit Mario in the background; a welcome touch for Nintendo fans.
The game does allow for online, local, single cart download and StreetPass-based interactivity and there are plenty of ways to challenge other gamers on the court.
If you are looking for a quality title to play locally with friends and are a fan of the franchise, Mario Tennis Open should be in your Nintendo 3DS library. The game features a solid single-player experience and was very addicting to play. All in all you will enjoy the new entry in the series, even though it’s not the best one to date.
Overall Myvideogamenews score: 7.5 out of 10.