Waiting for a second serve
Media Create serves up disappointing Wii U and 3DS results
It's Wednesday, so you know what that means - we're at the half way point of another gruelling week! Actually, it means Media Create Japanese chart results, though it could also mean the first thing; in truth, the results are rather grisly this time for Nintendo, but considering its strong...
Other titles show improvement, however
Even if Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival looks a little underwhelming as a gaming package - yes, we're still reviewing it - the inclusion of two amiibo figures in the package should help, in theory, to make it more attractive. Unfortunately that's not proven to be the case in the UK, as the title has failed to...
Into the net
Mario's spin-off titles have been integral to Nintendo systems for multiple generations, typically designed to bring families and friends together for light-hearted fun. The tennis spin-off has often found a fascinating middle-ground between depth and accessibility, though the home console entries have often been focused on simple...
Nintendo Life writers and some readers pitch in
We're not going to sugar coat it - Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash isn't a golden entry in the spin-off series. We were disappointed by the lack of content in our preview and are currently testing out online play before publishing our review, but what we can say right now is that we w
Waiting for a second serve
The Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash review embargo has passed, but we're yet to post our own despite having had plenty of access to the game for quite some time. Simply put we've opted out of going for the initial 'Score Pending' approach this time around while we wait for launch weekend online play on live servers. We've used...
Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom chums are a talented bunch. They race karts and motorbikes, compete for medals in the Olympics, get into the swing of golf and more besides. They also, of course, play a bit of tennis - maybe it's for the exercise, the fashionable sportswear or to enjoy a post-match bowl of strawberries and cream...
Bringing some magic to the court
The cast of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash continues to grow, and Nintendo's latest reveal brings in a relatively recent creation from Super Mario 3D World. The green Sprixie from that title will make her début on the tennis courts, bringing her cutesy style to the upcoming Wii U release. The reveal trailer also shows...
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is one of a couple of key Holiday releases on the Wii U, fitting snugly into being familiar, accessible and inviting for families, in particular. As it has Mario in the title and is a 'wacky' sports game there's certainly the prospect that it could win over a few households for some multiplayer fun over the...
Don't lie, you wanted her in the roster
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is one of the Wii U's key titles coming up in the near future, and now Nintendo has upped its PR offensive for the November release. While it may not necessarily be the sort of big-name game to blow anyone's hair back, it could nevertheless provide some innocent fun over the dark...
Tricky Boo, of course
With around a month to go until release Nintendo is stepping up its efforts with Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, one of the Wii U's key Holiday releases. Following its brief appearance at E3 the title has been playable at a few expos and gaming events, and the latest trailer now shows us a slightly expanded cast. In terms of new...
Charging the net in the Holiday season
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is lined up to be a key Holiday title for the Wii U, and Nintendo of America has confirmed its release date in the territory. As you can see in the tweet below it'll arrive on 20th November in the region. In the next few months the sporting sequel will be joined in the region -...
Wii U eShop / N64
Some people would say Mario Tennis is worthy of praise solely for the fact it introduces the glorious specimen known as Waluigi into the Nintendo World. These people are right, but you can't write a full review out of that. In all seriousness, Mario Tennis marks a highlight in Nintendo's adaptation of the sport into a fun, casual style...
The original classic
The Nintendo 64 was home to various classics and also kickstarted some key franchises, and though Mario Tennis may not be on many top 10 lists for the system it is - in the opinion of this writer - up there with the most fun games on the console. Yes, that's nostalgia speaking. One of a number of games on the N64 that had...
A surprise service sent over the net in Nintendo's Digital Event at this year's E3, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U marks the first home console appearance of this particular Mario Sport in over 10 years. If early impressions are anything to go by, it's one to watch for - the demo we played on the show floor was very simple,...
Game, set and match
During today's Digital Event at E3 Nintendo has been revealed that the Mario Tennis series is blasting onto Wii U this Christmas in the shape of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, bringing with it the usual arcade-style gameplay the franchise is famed for. This time around, the Mega Mushroom power-up will be making the cut, and will...
Quite the smash
It wasn't the portly plumber's first outing on the virtual court, but Mario Tennis was nevertheless the first smash-hit in the franchise. The simple control input is easy to understand, yet allows for advanced techniques too; the control sticks enhances accuracy greatly. The single-player tournament mode is a bit drawn and...
Wii U eShop / GBA
Raising a racquet
Originally released on Game Boy Advance in 2005, Mario Power Tennis is unusual in that it takes the tennis simulation genre and embeds it into a role-playing game experience. It’s a combination that works surprisingly well, with the biggest success being a player progression system which allows you to level up your character and...
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