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A sports game developed by Camelot Corp. and published by Nintendo. There's the exhibition mode where you can play either singles or doubles matches with one of the Mario characters. In the Mario Tour mode you are in a RPG-style setting where you must tra

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      03.06.2010 17:12
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      A brillant and the best tennis game for the game boy!

      Mario tennis for the game boy colour is a fantastic game one of the best games avaliable for the game boy and that really is saying alot! Ok so it may not be realistic tennis action such as virtual tennis and top spin provides but this gem of a game is still better than both of them.

      Of course like every sport type game mario stars in you can select many characters from the mario universe and play against either the computer or another human player, there are alot of mario characters to choose from in this game plus others you will unlock along your way. Gameplay maybe pretty basic at times like I said before its not exactly text book tennis gameplay but then again its a mario game its not supposed to be like playing a professional tennis game.

      The best thing about this particular version of mario tennis is the mario tour mode, this is a real great in depth RPG mode where you a trainee tennis star set out to become the worlds greatest tennis player and to beat the best tennis star ever...........John mcenroe!!! well actually its not john mcenroe its none other than MARIO! Anyway the start of the game you start at the tennis academy and eventually you will be able to beat other tennis players in the academy in order to climb up in the ranks until you play the champion of the whole academy! Once you prove yourself and beat the champion you then get a chance to fly to the open island tournament where you can really make a name for yourself. And then if you manage to win that tournament you can go where not many tennis players have gone before.............The mushroom kingdom where eventually you will be able to enter the greatest tennis tournament and try and beat the tennis master himself Mario!!

      All in all this tennis game is fantastic it has great characters to choose from, many different courts to play on, great music to listen to and an absolutely great RPG single player mode which will have you glued to your game boy for weeks! A definite buy.

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      18.04.2009 17:45
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      "Mario Tennis" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 2001 by Nintendo. It features popular characters from the "Super Mario Brothers" series of video games. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      In video game chronology, Mario Tennis follows on from the well received "Mario Golf" title for the Gameboy. The idea of featuring Mario in sports related games is not a new one but was only really developed after the millennium. Mario Tennis was originally released as a Nintendo 64 title and due to its wide success was brought to the Gameboy Color. In the game, the player has access to numerous gameplay modes such as quick exhibition matches with singles or doubles, or a more full fledged career mode. The career mode, otherwise known as the "Mario Tour", sees the player select a character and develop his or her skills in a roleplaying style setting. As the player progresses he or she will be able to apply attributes for better play such as increased swing power. There is also a second player option via optional game link cable. Generally speaking, Mario Tennis is not a difficult game to complete as many swings by the various computer opponents will send the ball in the same direction. This can become very easy to predict where the ball is going to land allowing the player to quickly and effortlessly respond to the play.

      The graphics of this title are very good. The game is presented from an isometric perspective which sees the player's character occupying the bottom of the screen and the computer opponent on top. The colouring is quite good and remains accurate to a real tennis scenario. I also found the detailing of the characters to be good and was able to differentiate clearly between them. The audio is of a comparably good standard. Some pixelation was obvious in the tennis court but is quickly overlooked during areas of faster play. There are numerous well composed musical scores which feature higher quality tones and other sounds to create an excellent soundtrack. The sound effects are also appropriate with various "pops" after each ball strike.

      I would recommend Mario Tennis to prospective buyers. While it may lack the advanced technology of the Nintendo 64 version, the Gameboy Color release is of an excellent standard and remains an enjoyable play through use of the second player option.

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      19.09.2001 02:37
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      The first tennis game I played was on the original game boy and had very little content. This new version of Mario tennis has a lot more variation. After the title screen and short intro you are given the option to choose between 3 different game types:- - Exhibition: chose your character/s singles or doubles number of game per set and then play a short match. -Mario mini games: take on a character and complete two levels. You have a choice of 5 characters (some of which have to be unlocked) and the each character has a mini game. For example choose Donkey Kong and hit the ball against a wall of moving bananas to score points. Once you’ve completed this level the next one will open which is slightly harder. After that you open challenge mode where you can compete to get the highest score. -Mario Tour: This is the main section of the game and it is possible to have up to three saved at once. Basically you chose two characters and the go to tennis school where you compete with other pupils to rise up the ranks from junior to senior and then the varsity level. You can do this in both single or doubles matches. As well as this you can wander round the level (very similar to a role playing game) talk to other people (all though this seems to have very little to do with the actual game and is just to pass those boring moments. You can also go to the training ground where you practice certain games types as well as the indoor training area that has two games similar to those in the "Mario mini games". For each match you win or training exercise you complete you get points, which enables your character to advance in skill levels improving certain aspects of his skills and improving them. At senior level you get the choice of an extra racket and in Varsity level you can choose from more rackets and even change your shoes! -In all these modes the game controls are the same and well thought out for the obvious limi
      tations of the Gameboys lack of buttons (although I find this to work in favour of Gameboy) there are basic hits using A or B buttons and or you can double tap for a power shot and a little colourful streak behind the ball! Or use both for top spin then you can press A then B or B then A in quick succession to do a lob shot or drop shot) If anybody knows any other moves let me know! -Other functions in the game include a terms dictionary so you can learn some of the tennis language. View stats so you can view the performance of your characters. Linked play so you can battle against other real people. There is also a mode to do with the N64 but since I don’t own one I don’t really know what this is.

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        14.07.2001 06:51
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        Provided you like tennis games this is one of the best I have played. I've always been a fan of "fun" tennis games (ones that aren't too realistic) and provided you like this type of game you should enjoy Mario Tennis. Despite being called Mario Tennis if you play the main mode of the game you will probably see little of the mario characters in comparison to normal humans. --RPG Elements-- The game adds a number of RPG elements to the normal tennis game which helps to make you feel you are actually achieving something when you complete a task or win a match. Rather than just playing a game and having it have no impact on anything, you can play the "Mario Tour" mode of the game, in this you create a new player that you have to work on improving through a number of matches and mini-games. The RPG elements come from a number of places, for example you can wander around and actually talk to people rather than constantly playing match after match of tennis. The main part of the RPG elements however comes from the advancement of skills, every time you achieve something (win/play a mini-game, play a match etc.O) you get some experience points, the better you do the more you get, after you have a certain number of points you can advance a level and improve one of your skills. Rather than skills constantly improving however they can also get worse through not being advanced, this is useful in that i prevents you getting perfect at every single skill quickly, high levels in one skill will come at the expense of low levels in another skill until you have been playing for a large amount of time. The other RPG element in the game comes from the different items you can equip. While you can only change your racket and shoes this does offer a number of different choices, for example you can equip shoes which lower your skills but let you gain 50% more experience while wearing them or a racket which will raise a few
        of your skills at the expense of others. The fact that these are changable at any time means you can experiment to find the best for you in general and also equip specific items when you feel you need them to complete a task or win a match. --Game Modes-- As previously mentioned there is the Mario Tour mode, this is the story mode of the game and is probably that the majority of people will play most often. You start as a new entrant to a tennis academy (along with a doubles partner) and must work your way through to the top, once there you go on to enter tournaments, play Mario and a variety of other things. This mode contains a number of mini-games which vary in difficulty and aim to teach you a variety of skills and improve them once you have learnt them (as well as provide valuable experience to make you more able to face upcoming tennis matches). This is the best mode in the game for me and one which will last a long time before you have achieved everything possible. You can also play a single match using either one of the Mario characters (initial choice of Luigi, Baby Mario and Donkey Kong but new characters can be unlocked) or one of the characters from the Mario Tour mode (either ones you created or just ones you face in that mode). This is a single match which lets you choose the number of games, sets, doubles/singles, court and difficulty and is great if you just want a quick game or to quickly practice something. There are also a number of mini-games that can be played from the main menu, one for each Mario character (Luigi, Mario etc.), while you cannot improve the skills of your Mario Tour character here your top score is recorded and many of the mini-games can be very fun to play. The games consist of doing a number of things, Luigi has to aim to hit a star on the court to get points, Donkey Kong has to hit a moving banana panel against a wall etc. You have the ability to link to another Game Boy and play
        a 2-player game of Mario Tennis however not knowing anybody with this game I have been unable to test this out. All game modes allow both singles and doubles tennis to be played (except the mini-games), both can be fun to play and though you aren't forced to play either to get the most out of the game you should try both. --Gameplay-- The game itself is very smooth to play and easy to pick up, it builds you into the game slowly starting with relatively easy challenges and opponents (perhaps too easy if you have played many tennis games before) and slowly increases the difficulty as you progress. While it is possible to easily beat challenges by taking them when you are much higher level than intended you will find it harder to get to that level without taking the challenges in the first place and there are certain things you must acomplish to progress in the game so it does balance out somewhat. Many of the ways of hitting the ball may take a bit of getting used to to start with as many require a combination of buttons and directions to be pressed (for example A then left/right then B) but given a bit of practice and the training you do during the Mario Tour mode and you should get used to them reasonably quickly. --Graphics-- These are limited by the Game Boy Colour however certainly achieve what they need to. The graphics take on a more fun and comic rather than serious look and whille you will never see anything as impressive as could be seen on the N64 version of the game you can see where your character is, where the ball travels and what characters look like easily enough to play the game perfectly well. For the machine they are on they look great but some people may not be prepared to accept them. --Sound/Music-- The sound is good and never gets annoying to me, the music however does get a bit repetative fairly quickly as most other Game Boy games do, as well as this it tends to try to make cer
        tain moments of the game sound dramatic but unfortunatly fails to do this very sucesfully. The music can be turned off however if you do get annoyed by it and is just as playable without any sound on at all. It's not great but I don't think it could have been done much better either. --N64 Link-- The game can be linked to the N64 version which allows a number of functions to be performed such as unlocking certain things and trasfering your character(s) back and forth so you can improve them on either game. This is great if you have an N64, the peripheral to transfer data and Mario Tennis for the N64 however isn't something I can see most players of this game using. As well as this the controls are apparently the same for both games making it easy to start playing either after you have played one. --Saving-- The game can be saved at any time (even in the middle of a match) which makes it easy to pick up and play knowing you can quit whenever you want to, it also means that if batteries are low you can save without having to repeat what you have recently achieved. --AI-- The AI in the game is good however not perfect, it is noticable when playing a singles match that the computer can be fooled a few ways making it easier than it should be to win certain matches. This problem however seems less in doubles matches as you have 2 computer players to fool and a computer partner to work with. As well as this it seems that some things are easier than they should be, I have yet to see a double fault for example. I personally have no complaints with the AI. --Manual-- The manual for this game explains everything that needs to be explained and does everything a manual needs to. While it won't fascinate you with interesting details it will tell you how to do things if you are stuck, explains the controls well, explains the game modes well etc. --Problems-- The game isn't perfec
        t though, there are a few problems with it that may spoil your enjoyment. Firstly once you have finished the "Mario Tour" mode of the game there is little incouragement to improve your character further, once you have completed it the most fun you can get often comes from replaying the game or concentrating on the other modes of the game. Secondly if you don't have the N64 version and a way to transfer data you miss out on a number of characters and other little features, annoying to have to be forced to buy another game to get the most you can from this one. Another problem is the lack of realism, while I don't like complete realism in a game this one makes it too easy at times, faulting while serving for example is nearly impossible unless you are specifically trying to do so. --Conclusion-- If you like tennis games this is a great game for you and it could even convince a few people who haven't got much enjoyment out of this type of game that they actually can be fun. Having said this however if you dislike tennis games chances are that you will also dislike this. Constantly playing matches can be a bit boring over time however if you only play the game now and then or mix in different types of matches (singles and doubles) and play some mini-games inbetween it can maintain your interest for quite some time.

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          28.06.2001 04:14
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          Mario Tennis Camelot have hit big with Mario Tennis they have taken the same roll as Mario Golf where there is a storyline and you have to train you and your partner. Its like in Pokemon where you get experience points and move them up levels. So you have to decide do you want to make your doubles partner good and you bad, or do you want to make you good at you partner bad, or try and keep them eqaul. Its all up to you. So what does genre does it fall under sports or a RPG? Well to be honest its Both! What’s on Mario Tennis? There are several modes of play which are all exciting from the Great Story mode to Exhibition. In the story mode you control a guy or a girl depends and you select a partner. Once selected you go through a lengthy F.M.V sequence which tells you of the basics of the game. You start off unranked and you have to get through the junior, senior then into the versity squad. This takes a lot of doing. You have to do this in both signals and doubles. There is then an exhibition mode where you can just pick up and play. Then there is the best part, the Mini-games there are 5 too start of with but only 3 are available to play. Can you download from the N64 version? Yes you can. You download extra Mini-games and characters. You get an extra 4 Mini-games and 5 more characters. The new mini-games come from Wario, Yoshi and Bowser. The extra characters are the same + more. How long will it take to complete the game? I have been at it for 45 hours and still not there. I am doing the final cup put can not beat the person in the finals. There is also the Pick up ‘n’ Play hours not added onto that score. So all in all bout 80 hours for 100% completion of the Game. How Would I rate the Game? Graphics: 10/10 The graphics are great. There are beautifully mastered by Camelot. They are some off the best graphics on a GBC game that I have e
          ver seen. The characters are detailed and the tennis courts are beautiful. I even have to say on how well the tennis ball is displayed. The are displayed in the consoles 8-bit chip but to be honest they look like 16 bit they are that impressive. . You would think that the GBC would not be able to cope with all the superb graphics. But it can. There is not even a single but of slow down in the whole game. Controls: 9/10 The controls are fairly easy to learn. Control pad moves around your character, A and B buttons hit the ball. You use combos to hit the balls in different way and can even charge up shots. Your characters are all different. They can be slow and powerful like D.K or fast and weak like Baby Mario. Music: 7/10 Sounds wise, it’s your typical gameboy color game. It's got the repetitive midi backgrounds seen so vividly in almost all Nintendo games. It does get annoying but you can always turn of sound. There are little squeaky noises when a character will speak. Perfect Dark is one of the whole games which lets you hear them characters speak. (you could read my op on that too) Gameplay: 10/10 The story is great. You start of as a beginner in a tennis university and you have to work you way up. The characters will get harder to face and the games longer. Once you have had a match with a tennis player then you can keep him and face him again in a exhibition match. There are also mini games which are great in a GBC game as they had Pick up and play to a game. Its great for taking to work it passes away the hours. Overall 9/10 (not an average) I would get this game and would recommend it to any one. Its just pure gameboy genius and would expect a Gameboy Advance Release soon.

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            07.05.2001 02:56
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            Mario Tennis Camelot have hit big with Mario Tennis they have taken the same roll as Mario Golf where there is a storyline and you have to train you and your partner. Its like in Pokemon where you get experience points and move them up levels. So you have to decide do you want to make your doubles partner good and you bad, or do you want to make you good at you partner bad, or try and keep them eqaul. Its all up to you. So what does genre does it fall under sports or a RPG? Well to be honest its Both! Well, I gotta admit, Camelot outdid themselves once again, by delivering some of the best visuals I've ever seen on the GB Colour. Now these are suppose to be 8-Bit graphics, but because of the high amount of detail on the characters like eyes, clothing designs, and one of the best looking tennis courts out their, it can easily be passed up as a 16-bit game at first glance If you look at everything going on, it'll be hard to believe the GB Color can handle this, I mean, there's 4 players, all with a high amount of detail on them, plus the court looks great with chalked white lines marking the boundaries, and you got scores for both teams, and with all this going on, you would think this would get hard on your eyes, but does it? Nope, not a chance. Not even a single flicker. Just some of the best graphics on the GBC hands down. What’s on other in Mario Tennis? There are several modes of play which are all exciting from the Great Story mode to Exhibition. In the story mode you control a guy or a girl depends and you select a partner. Once selected you go through a lengthy F.M.V sequence which tells you of the basics of the game. You start off unranked and you have to get through the junior, senior then into the versity squad. This takes a lot of doing. You have to do this in both signals and doubles. There is then an exhibition mode where you can just pick up and play. Then there is the best
            part, the Mini-games there are 5 too start of with but only 3 are available to play. Can you download from the N64 version? Yes you can. You download extra Mini-games and characters. You get an extra 4 Mini-games and 5 more characters. The new mini-games come from Wario, Yoshi and Bowser. The extra characters are the same + more. How long will it take to complete the game? I have been at it for 45 hours and still not there. I am doing the final cup put can not beat the person in the finals. There is also the Pick up ‘n’ Play hours not added onto that score. So all in all bout 80 hours for 100% completion of the Game. How Would I rate the Game? Graphics: 10/10 The graphics in Mario Tennis are beautiful. They may even be a notch better than those in Mario Golf. The players, the courts, and even the tennis ball all stand out so that there is no graphically limited gameplay effects Controls: 9/10 The controls are fairly easy to learn. Control pad moves around your character, A and B buttons hit the ball. Your character might seem a little bit sluggish for moving around the court at first, but that's because each character has their own set of attributes, like Donkey Kong may be slow, but really powerful, and Baby Mario is pretty fast, but also very weak Music: 7/10 Sounds wise, it’s your typical gameboy color game. It's got the repetitive midi backgrounds seen so vividly in almost all Nintendo games. One can always turn down the volume and listen to a CD if he or she feels like doing it that way. As for the effects, they are adequate. Nothing exceptional, but you can't really have any ''exceptional'' sound effects in a gameboy game Gameplay: 10/10 Well, the story mode is a blast to play, and gives something worthwhile to put hours in on your own in single player so you can unlock all those extra
            modes, plus you got mini games as well for extra fun. The exhibition mode will let you go on for hours against your friend. And to top it all off this game is one of those rare GB titles compatible with the Transfer Pak. Where you can upload game data from the GB to the N64 version of the game and gain extra characters and modes for both versions. Overall 9/10 (not an average) I would get this game and would recommend it to any one. Its just pure gameboy genius and would expect a Gameboy Advance Release soon

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              18.04.2001 21:06

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              Plumbers, they're an interesting lot they are. Especially fat plumbers. Even more so, Italian fat plumbers playing tennis. And this is no exception. Camelot come out with another quality game. The first time you play Mario Tennis, the controls seem to be a bit simple. Firstly, only two buttons are used when playing. You press the A or B button, the controls lock into position, and then when the ball is reached, the computer will hit it automatically. Very handy. With the help of the computer, nets, faults and outs rarely occur. This makes Mario Tennis easy to pick and play for people of all abilities. So whether you are after a long session of tennis tournaments or a quick ten minute blast, the game is perfectly suited to it all. But in order to master the game, it is necessary to learn and practice the different moves. It is only after prolonged play that you can truly experience and enjoy the depth of the gameplay. The graphics are all very sharp and bold. There are 16 characters to choose from (2 of them being secret) and each one has its own special traits. For example, Princess Peach and Yoshi are both fast but have weak shots. Bowser and Donkey Kong are fat and slow but they have powerful shots. The shot can charge up to create a power shot which can devastate the computer. Secret courst can be unlocked. There are tournaments, special games and of course, multiplayer. The multiplayer is amazing. Up to 4 players can play, and it is sublime. 2 vs. 2 doubles action can be a great laugh, although sometimes a bit hectic! Battle mode is also fantastic. Camelot have made some great games in the past, but this leaves them out to dry. Will there be any more titles in the Mario sports series? Mario Cricket perhaps . . . . . .

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