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"This is an arcade tennis game featuring, possibly the Planet's most famous plumber, Mario. And his pals. Developed by Camelot Corp. and published by Nintendo, this game has 14 different characters to (eventually) chose from and several modes of play, "

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      19.05.2011 16:43

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      a good tennis game, yet not great

      I have always been quite sceptical towards tennis games, as they soon become very boring - especially if you play on your own.
      This however do last a bit longer and it´s great fun to play together with friends or family.

      As the name suggest you can play as Mario or a bunch of other well-known nintendo characters including Princess peach, luigi, toad, yoshi, waluigi, bowser, boo and many more. There is also a possibility that if you have the game boy game, you can transfer your character to the "big" game - great feature.

      You can play on variety of surfaces including the obvious such as grass and clay. They all got different speed and bounce. There´s also a number of mini-games to play and some of them are actually really good fun.

      This game is as its best tho when you are not playing it alone. Then it will last you quite a long time. Even tho the single feature of the game with clearing tournaments and stuff is good, it´s not great.

      All in all a good tennis game, but you do get bored of it after a while.

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      04.02.2005 13:12
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      Mario Tennis another game from from the mario franchise there seems to be so many different games now adays featuring Nintendo’s favourite and most loved characters such as Super smash bros, Mario party, mario kart as well as many others.

      This is a tennis game with a difference firstly you get to play with up to 14 of your favourite Nintendo characters from Mario, donkey, toad there are many others some are locked and you will have to completed certain parts of the game to be able to use these characters.

      There are many fun game modes to be played in this game from the regular quick exhibition game to tournament games where you have to work you way through a tournament, to win a cup and unlock stuff in the game. You can play a tournament either as singles or doubles. The tournament mode is similar to Mario kart where you have a 50cc cup in mushroom flower or star cup each cup gets progressively harder. There is a ring shoot mode where you have to hit the tennis ball as many times through the rings in a rally as you can this can prove to be quite tough but is good fun. There is also a Piranha challenge mode where you have to try to return the ball 50 times to get to the next stage, this is quite a hard mode and takes a bit of practice to perfect. With the many different modes in this game modes in this you will have plenty to do and you will be playing it for a long time.

      this game has the feel of many other Mario the feel of a complete game where there is not many flaws, With fast intense game play which will leave you wanting more and more The game play is very responsive but not realistic in all cases because you can do some very strange power shoots in this game and you can also game power ups so this makes it different so this isn’t a game for the tennis purist.

      The characters and courts both look very good and the presentation is clear with no fuzziness at all the characters do make their usual sounds and you get to hear them scream when there hitting the ball. The music in the background gives this game a good feel to it.

      This is really a game to sit back and have fun on your own or with friends this game looks and plays well it make not be the best tennis game out there but it is worth having if you enjoy the other Mario games.
      I give this game 4/5 stars thanks for reading my review
      If you are interested in getting this game check out the auctions at ebay the link is below.
      http://search.ebay.co.uk/mario-tennis-n64

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        01.05.2003 00:53

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        I'm not a fan of sport games to play on the N64. I mean, you can't adventure or anything, but when I borrowed Mario Tennis from a neighbor, he practically wrote me off as a stalker because I kept begging for him to let me keep it. Mario Tennis is by far one of my absolute favorite games. The 3-D characters are sooo cute, and this is not an easy game...at least on the difficulty setting. The special stages, like the Ring tournaments and the Bowser stage are adorably creative, and you can even transfer new characters and tennis courts from the Game Boy onto it! (unfortunately I don't have the Game Boy Tennis version, but I DO have a Game Boy) It's really cute when you get to a game point, set point, or championship point, because Mario talks during it with his precious little accent =) and there's a little blob thing sitting on a cloud with a camera recording you! I just love those things on the clouds, they're so hilarious. You might not think so, but... Overall, you could play it for hours on end and even get a bit frustrated since you'll probably be less than 5 percent finished!!! It's VERY addicting but extremely entertaining. I hadn't like tennis before and didn't even know how to play it, but this game literally taught me everything I needed to know, and now I even want to play tennis itself!!! You should DEFINETELY buy this game if not already!!!! It's one of Nintendo's best, I can assure you. Even if you hate sports (or Mario, but you'd have to be psycho to hate him) BUY THIS GAME!!! You'll thank yourself later....at least I do. =)

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        01.03.2002 02:20
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        When you think of sports games, soccer, football, and basketball are normally the first that come to mind. Though great sports in their own right, golf and tennis just don't translate that well into videogame form - they just don't seem able to provide the sort of excitement that gamers crave. Or can they? If the developer is Camelot Software, then yes, they most definitely can. Add the world's most recognizable mascot to the mix, and you've got a title guaranteed to provide hours of fun. Mario Golf and Mario Tennis are without a doubt, the best of their genre, each emulating their respective sport to perfection, while still bringing that elusive 'fun factor' to the table. In this review, I intend to tell you just why Mario Tennis is regarded as one of the Best of N64. Upon starting the game up, you'll notice that Mario Tennis has one of the most comprehensive mascot line-ups of any Nintendo title yet. Players ranging from Bowser to Paratroopa to Shyguy are all available for selection, and each with his or her own attributes. In all, there are 16 characters from which to choose, providing everyone with the chance to select their own personal favorite. Once you've got your chosen character all suited up, it's time to step onto the court. The game offers a number of gameplay modes that, standard tennis modes aside, are as wacky as the characters partaking in them. The Piranha Challenge for example, sees you taking on three piranha plants as well as an opponent. The objective here is to return all of the balls that the piranha plants spit at you, while preventing your opponent from hitting any of them. Another off-the-wall event, is the Ring Shot. Here you are expected to not only win the point, but to hit the ball through a pre-determined number of rings as well. Easier said than done. As fun as many of these periphery modes are, the heart of the game is the standard tennis mode. Playab
        le in single, as well as multi-player modes, the tennis physics are refined to near perfection. Accurate lobs, drop-shots, slices, top-spins, and volleys are performed with a combination of just two buttons. Yup, you heard me, two measly buttons. Using a combination of double-taps as well as the A and B buttons simultaneously, you can perform an array of shots that would make any tennis professional proud. The single player game is a lot of fun to play, but due to the simple fact that you're competing against the computer and not a human opponent, gets boring rather quickly. This is only compounded by the fact that you have to finish the preliminary three tournaments with each character to unlock the later tournaments. What you end up with is a whole lot of drudgery. Like most N64 titles though, MT shines brightest when enjoyed by four players. There's nothing quite like smashing a ball down the line, and then being able to rub it into your opponent's face for the rest of the game. It's so incredibly simple, yet so incredibly fun. Two other mutli-player modes exist, that while enjoyable, aren't in quite the same league as the standard Exhibition Mode. Bowser's Stage is a tennis match with a twist - you're playing on a court suspended by chains above a lava pit. As players move around the court, it tilts and sways, altering the ball's flight rather dramatically. Included in this mode are the power-ups we've all come to know and love. Banana peels, stars, and turtle shells are all here, and they make for some crazy matches indeed. The other multi-player mode I alluded to, is the Ring Shot Mode. The object here is to be the player, or the team to reach a set number of rings first. Battle Royale requires you to actually steal balls from your teammate in order to get the rings. You see, whoever hits the winning shot, gets all of the rings accumulated during the rally. Needless to say, a whole lot o
        f shouting normally ensues. Graphically, Mario Tennis is on par with the best titles on the system. Everything exudes a level of polish and care - something we've come to expect from Nintendo. When struck, the ball, depending on which shot you play, leaves a colored tail behind it. When performing power-up shots, players are surrounded by their trademark special effects. As Wario charges up a shot for example, he is surrounded by lighting. The courts themselves vary not only in look, but in how they play as well. Matches played on clay are slower, with less passing shots, while those on grass are faster, and more reflex-oriented. As expected, each character is recreated to perfection, each with his or her own trademark characteristics and taunts. The sound is a mix of original scores and Nintendo classics. Once unlocked, the character-themed courts are accompanied by their respective themes. The Mario Bros. court for instance, is home to the original Super Mario Bros. theme song, neat stuff. In short, Mario Tennis is a must-own game. It provides the sort of multi-player goodness that we've all come to expect from Nintendo, all bundled up in a package of the highest quality. The only word to describe this game is, "supa dupa fun". Well, that's three words, but you get the point.

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          09.10.2001 22:48

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          >> Background Info << Mario is the main dude at Nintendo, and his tennis game is really a brilliant piece of work! Lauched in 2000, it has kept the N64 afloat. >> Graphics << The graphics are excellent, and not a million miles away from thos of virtua tennis on the dreamcast. They are typical of any mario game, with bold colours to make the game simple. >> Gameplay << This is the main "pro" of any mario game, its basically a pick me up and your off sought of game. From the moment you pick up the controllers, it feels great. Its as if your fingers already know which buttons to press, and where they are located! *Same for any mario game* >> Price/Where to buy << Brand new, this game will still set you back 45 big ones in your local shop, however have a rummage through the bargain bin at any second hand games shop, and I am sure a copy of this will be lurking within the depths. A preowned copy of this delighful game will cost you between £22 and £30, depending on what sought of condition it is in. >> Longitivity << I have had this game for about half a year now, and I am no where near completing it. You do all the tournaments, and then another secret mode pops up, I have not got a clue where it will end. You will not finish this in a hurry, at least 250 hours worth of gaming in this baby. >> Sound << The sound is okay, the misxture of randon jingles and childish bleepy sound creates a very friendly atmosphere, sound good in both mono and stereo, not sure about surround sound speakers though. >> Summary << If you have children in the household then this is the game to get, and its also the perfect excuse for you to play it! Go out and buy it, second hand though!

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          27.08.2001 04:39
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          Since owning an N64, there have always been a select few games that nestle at the top of my wish list. Mario Tennis was once one of them. Boasts from many’a’friend on how fluid the game flowed, and the shear gameplay had made me ever more eager. So I cashed in my dooyoo miles (just before the rewards shake up, may I add) and toddled of to Amazon to buy the little blighter. ***Packaging*** Its sparkly, cartooney, laden with bold colours – basically its your typical Nintendo, marioish packaging. Nothing special, yet somewhat attractive. ***The Manual*** Beef I hear you cry. Your not wrong my friend; this can only be classed as a beefy manual (bit like old Bothy, except he is not a manual, me thinks). However I have to dampen your innocent blissful thoughts – the beef is not British! Yes I am afraid to have to report that this little scamp contains, among others, French (Pah), and German (Acht) beef. Although on a lighter note it is free of the not-so-good 3 lettered disease. Anyway the manual is dull, yet nicely presented. Black and white, to the point - does its job. ***Graphics*** Blocky Bold Slick Childish Easy on the eyes. Nuf said ***Gameplay*** Console + Mario Tennis + 4 pads + 3 mates = Bliss ***Sounds*** Clicky Clunky Childish Need I say more? Oh yeh, and corny. ***The Game*** Basically it’s your traditional game of tennis, Mario style. Where overhead smashes are plentiful and blurred backhand trailblazers are commonplace. There are various modes for you to play, a brief summary of which I have compiled below: Ring Shot- Get the ball through the rings. Whilst also competing against the clock, opponent, rally and various other controls. Tournament- Progress through the ranks in order to get your player star rated. Exhibition- Practice, or a mess about with your m
          ates. Piranha plant- Like an automatic ball machine – fires balls for you to hit in all direction. The game is for 1-4 players, determined by the amount of pads you have. All though I strongly recommend you get at least one buddy to join in the fun. ***Useful Info*** The game has an RRP of £44.99 You can get it from “amazon.co.uk” for £34.99. (Maybe a reward for your hard dooyoo chores) Ideal for the kids, enough depths to satisfy even the most accomplished gamer. Holds its value well, and therefore has a high exchange value. The bloke at gamestation quoted me £24 trade in. Try and get the expansion pack – it boosts the graphics no end. ***Tips*** Complete singles mode with a character to enable star mode. Simply hold down “R” when at the select screen to activate Hold down “L” to enable left hand mode. Complete both singles and doubles to unlock more tournaments. Exploit your opponents’ weaknesses – for example “Babymario” can be lobbed easily as he is a shortass! Thanks for reading

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            03.08.2001 05:41
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            mario tennis is a tennis game that you will love it can be more realistic than a tennis game with people in it. this game has a varity of hardness put that dont stop you. you can sore to the top in singles or sore to the top in doubles with a mate or computer i would recormend a friend because when you do a good shot thay can thank you. The players to look ouy for our bowser and wario they have powerful shots but dont be them because there to slow.i would advise you to buy this game but its up to ypu i would.

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              02.08.2001 02:57
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              Mario may just be the most famous computer game character ever created, starring in over seventy games since his birth in 1981. New to this collection is Mario Tennis for the N64, yet another game genre for our moustached hero to appear in. Mario and pals literally smash onto your screen as you begin the game…and what’s this? A new character! New arch-enemy of Luigi surfaces in Mario Tennis, a meaner, uglier version of Luigi,‘cleverly’ named Waluigi. In the beginning… Mario and his best chums are enjoying a lovely day on the tennis courts, when the party is suddenly interrupted by the evil Wario brothers, and as if that isn’t enough to ruin a party, Bowser, the mean, spiky shelled monster decides to crash the game. Bravely, Mario and Luigi step forward to protect their gang from a fight, but to their amazement, a fight isn’t what the villains are looking for. They want a tennis match, and won’t be content until they’re thrashing around the courts, winning all the games. But will Mario and his mates let the bad guys walk away in victory? I think not! The game uses typical N64 graphics, with bright colours, amazing detail, and virtually flawless animation. Maybe one of the poorer features of this game is the unanimated crowd, who are unfortunately created from many dots, rather than recognisable figures. The fantastic courts make up for this though, with detailed surfaces and unique features on each. A wide range of camera angles is included, courtesy of the friendly Lakuta and his flying cloud, who film the games. There are four main playing surfaces. These are Hard Court, Clay Court, Grass Court and Composition Court. On each court, the features of the ball vary, such as the bounce and speed. Many other courts are available, but these must be unlocked first to be obtained. ¤ Hard court Speed: Normal Bounce: Hard ¤ Clay court Speed: Sl
              ow Bounce: Weak ¤ Grass court Speed: Fast Bounce: Weak ¤ Composition court Speed: Fastest Bounce: Normal Like in many Mario-style games, each character has a number of hilarious unique sounds and vocals, and this game never fails to put a smile on any face. Each character grunts and groans as they jump to smack the ball to the opposite side. The crowd can also be heard cheering and booing for the players. These interactive sounds give a realistic thrill to the game. There are sixteen characters to choose from in the game, who all fit into certain categories. Mario and Luigi fit into the ‘all-around’ type, whilst others such as Peach and Toad are classed as ‘technique’ players. Other groups are ‘power’, which includes Bowser, ‘speed’ which includes Yoshi, and ‘tricky’, which includes Boo. Each player possesses their own individual playing style. Tennis manoeuvres are easy to pull off with a combination of one or two buttons, for example, a lob is made by pressing A, and tapping B quickly after. When completing a mode, each character has a separate ending sequence, which are humorous and entertaining to watch. There are six original modes to play, each very different from the others… • You can practice and develop basic skills in Exhibition mode, learning character strategies and discovering opponent weaknesses. • You could just move straight to Tournament, winning cups to unlock exciting new courts, using as many characters as possible. • In Ring Shot mode, players must shoot balls through various sized hovering rings to clear them and progress. • In the Bowser Stage, the court rocks and tilts! This can be difficult at times, attempting to reach the ball or goodies which often appear, but when the court tilts in your favour, make the most of it! • In Pir
              anha Challenge, extra balls are sent onto the area by creeping piranha plants at the sidelines. Confusing! Keep your eye on the ball…and that one…and that one! • In Multiplayer, up to four characters can play on the same court for a game of doubles. These matches are always intense, as the players storm around the court sending balls flying. In this competition, a teamwork strategy is often needed. Mario Tennis is a great party game as it’s exciting and humorous, yet serious at the same time. Many amazing modes are included in this package, and there is great desire to complete all of them with as many game characters as possible. Therefore, lastabilty is high and gameplay is fantastic. Although the game has a slightly childish feel, it’s appropriate for all ages. Ø And finally, some tips to help players who own the game… • Left-handed character At the character selection screen, hold L while selecting a character to make them left-handed. • Handicap At the character selection screen, hold R while selecting a character to make them have handicaps and be more powerful. There are two bonus characters in the game, who I will not name, but tell you how to obtain them… • Play as Bonus Player 1 Win the Star Cup/Singles Tournament. • Play as Bonus Player 2 Win the Star Cup/Doubles Tournament. Hope this helps! Thanks for reading =O)

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                17.07.2001 07:47
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                Mario Tennis is indeed a smash hit! I must say I fell in love with it and left it but thanks to Wimbledon I am back playing a game that took just 8 months to code. Camelot Nintendo's new second party developer made this game in 8 months yet still made it so well it rivaled the massive Virtual Tennis on the Dreamcast. You play as characters who are from the Mario universe including the oldie Birdo and the newbie Waluigi and even a BOO. Smash, lob, slice and hit your way to victory in the most addictive game of its type. The levels are gorgeous and lush based around various areas in Mario's universe from peaches castle to Donkey Kong's castle. The game can be hard but not as hard that you will hate it and getting everything is a task and a half (you have to win it as everyone!). I have said about the Gameplay alot but it is perfect, it may look cute but serious Tennis fans will love it and not so serious ones will also love it. It plays realistically with proper bounces etc... You soon discover indivdual characters strength and you will come to love them. The music is stuff of legend from Donkey Kong's theme to Mario's. The Pirana plant and ring shot mode is also excellent and fun if only for a short while. But it is the multiplayer where it really opens up as this is what makes the game so special and with a link up to the Gameboy Colour version this game does have it all! GO BUY IT NOW! Dringo

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                  I had been saving for two weeks when I decided to go out and get something for myself. Being a great fan of consoles (Nintendo 64) and games; especially sports; I bought what was claimed to be the most entertaining tennis game on the market “MARIO TENNIS 64”. I thought this game would be great and I wasn’t disappointed. Great graphics and sound play, easy-to-use configuration, superb game variety, multi-player capabilities and animated characters make this game a smashing hit. Let’s start from the top: -Great Graphics With 3D characters, courts, officials, linesmen (actually bombs) and visual speed and spin there are fabulous and amazing graphics that go with this game. The courts range from slippery French clay to hot and sunny Wimbledon grass (starting 25th. Yes!!!!!!) There are also animated courts with different ball speeds (slow, fast, fastest), bounce (weak, strong, strongest), designs and the linesmen (bombs) blow up at an “out” called from the umpire adding to the fun side of the game. Another outstanding image is that one can actually see the ball spin or zoom through with real ball movement and acceleration. (The graphics are of the highest quality and this game got a 10/10 for graphics in the official Nintendo magazine) -Sound Play Apart from the graphics there is outstanding sound that accompanies this game. Sound ranges from player comments to background music. Players react, showing signs of frustration and other emotions (Mario jumps in the air and shouts “Yoweeeeeeee” when he wins a point). Background music also plays a big part in the game, either while playing a match or even when playing one of the other modes, (it can be turned off if not desired) During championships, there are different types of music played through different rounds (music beat gets more serious as rounds go by and on important points i.e.
                  match point, set point etc.) and this shows a more serious part of the game to us. -Game Variety When you finish with the torrid championship race there are so many other amazing activities in the “racquet house”. There is the piranha challenge where one has to hit balls, back past the computer, which are being shot at all angle from cannons behind the court. This part of the game is very challenging and also gets you pumped up for the grueling championships. Another mode is the “ring shots mode”. This aspect of the game is much easier to complete. The object is to play rallies with the computer while at the same time making sure that the ball passes through the desired amount of rings (stated at the top). This game also has multi-player capabilities, allowing you to play with up to four other mates. So if you want to see who’s better then there’s always the one on one. -Animated Characters One might think that just because there are no real people, the game is more on the fake side, but that cannot be said for “Mario Tennis”. With real physical features, strengths and weaknesses of SIXTEEN different characters there is more to the game than the game itself. Different characters have different height and weight and the link is actually shown by the players’ movements, hand-eye-co-ordination and speeds making the game extremely realistic. Mario Tennis is an awesome game and it gets a full 10/10 from me.

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                    01.06.2001 21:39
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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. I wont tell you what you build up for as i really suggest you buy the game it really is that good. 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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                      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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                        28.11.2000 22:51
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                        From the day Nintendo announced Mario Tennis, most people know what we could expect, lightning fast action and a top-notch multiplayer mode. Camelot has delivered that and more with Mario Tennis, delivering not only a great multiplayer experience but also packing in tons of single player challenge. Although one or two of the modes in the game are hit and miss Mario Tennis is a worthy successor to Mario Golf, Camelot's last N64 title. The real draw to the game is just how easy it is to play. You can basically walk in, play a set or two and then be on the same play level as someone who's played the game for the last few days. Only a few buttons are used in the game, A and B are used to hit the ball and you can use Z to cancel a shot. Experienced played can learn how to angle shots and use A, B combinations to pull off more powerful and tricky shots, but mostly you'll be returning the ball with some quick tapping to the controller. Overall there's an excellent balance for players who are just started to those who are looking for more of a challenge.

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                          21.11.2000 07:24
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                          Is Mario tennis the game of the Century? When looking at the game shelves in a local game shop I found MARIO TENNIS, I was ready for some tennis playing, with thoughts of Virtua Tennis and Smash Tennis on other consoles. At the time I wasn’t sure, I decided not to buy the game and instead to hire it for a few days, deciding that it was probably too cutesy, cuddly and babyish for a 17 year old. This game for sure proved me wrong, like Mario cart had done a few years ago. This game is fast paced and keeps you totally addicted to your N64. It’s another masterpiece and will definitely be on my Christmas list. So why is this game so good? 1: Characters All the well-known and extra Nintendo characters are included. Mario, Baby Mario, luigi, Daisy, Princess, Paratrooper, Yoshi, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior etc All these character have different abilities, which adds a strategic element to game. Some of the bigger characters like Bowser and Donkey Kong can hit much harder than the other character but move very slowly. Others like Mario and Luigi have an overall high skill rating, while characters like yoshi and princess are very fast but can’t hit hard. 2: Mulitiplayer Upto three of you mate can join in, with a double match, all playing at the same time, and obviously the screen isn’t annoyingly split into 4 small screens. This creates real competition between you and your friends, which is a real laugh. 3: Graphics The graphics yes are very colourful, but are very sharp (No N64 Blurryness) at a very high frame rate and the tennis surface look spectacular. Characters are also improves by blinking eyes and hair movement etc. 4: Motion of player The motion of the tennis plying characters is spot on, and leaving the total control of players up to the player. The A button is used for a slice and the B button is used to hit with topspin. A combi
                          nation of these two buttons will create lob shots, smash shots and spinning shots that just drop over the net. All these shots can be place with as much power as the player wants by keeping down the button for longer and at any position on the court by using the control stick for direction. 5.: Lastability With the usual Mario, Mushroom, Flower, Star and Special cup tournament to compete in there plenty here to keep you occupied. The multiplayer aspect will keep your mates hooked for years to come Summary If you are the kind of person who loves the Mario franchise, like Mario Cart, Mario Golf etc and can see past the colourful slightly cute graphics then this game will give you immense enjoyment for years to come.

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                            17.11.2000 20:39
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                            Tennis has never been so good. Unless of course you are playing for real and your good at it. But anyway this games about being the fabulous Super Mario, knocking a tennis ball about a court with the massive intent of winning the "world famous STAR CUP". This is only one element of the game and in true nintendo style there are many more variations on a simple game of tennis, theres: Ringshot: hit the ball through some rings, the winner is the person with the most rings. Battle: normal game of tennis but with slopping court, powerups(such as flying turtles etc). The fishy battle: your up against fish throwing balls at you, return as many balls as you can. All the characters in Mario Golf are in the Tennis game and with a few more. Each character has there own unique play style so you will have to master all of them. As the game goes the delevopers "Camelot" have made big emphasis on keeping a game of tennis the same as you would see in on the tele, you can do drop shots, top spin, back spin, lobbing and so on. The controls are fluid and responsive and every character responds differently to each other, so some charaters would dive for a ball or others would just throw there arm up (lazy tikes). A massive advantage of this game is the the multiplayer element, having played it with 3 other friends, it has been a great laugh and we could play it for hours. Another massive bonus is that it is so easy to pick up, you only use buttons A and B and someone who has just started to play it will immediatly look like a tennis pro. Perhaps a problem with the game is that I personnally found it a bit too easy but if you complete the game with all the characters you get some more bonus levels, so lets hope the competitions a bit harder! Overall a great game on the N64, and nintendo needed this to keep the N64 alive for a few more months.

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