"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 repetitive, therefore, making this a game that's much better when enjoyed with friends."
User Reviews (9)
"It's a great game with many different modes, unlockables and a colorful roster of characters (including the day view of Waluigi). Games can be played strategically, in which players can trick one another with lob and drop shots or perhaps take a risky move and head straight for the net. Each character possesses different stats, though mainly through their mastery of a particular trait."
"This game introduced us Waluigi (give him his own game!). This is a good tennis game with Mario characters. Play traditional tennis modes and other modes like the one where you use Mario Kart style items to hit your opponents while playing tennis. Connect with Game Boy Color version to get bonuses for both games. That's the way DLC was done back then kids."
"Mario sports titles range from uninspired to over the top, but Mario Tennis for the N64 seems to get everything right. Wide range of old and new Mario characters? Check. Simple yet different court designs? Check. Extra modes and features to keep you playing outside of tournaments? check and check. One of the best pick-up-and-play games ever and a blast in multiplayer to boot."
"+simple to learn +controls feel good +skill variation between characters is well done +doesn't feel too gimmicky +links to Game Boy Color version -doesn't have as many options as future versions -lacks adventure mode from Game Boy Color version -introduced Waluigi, which feels like scraps from the creativity barrel -ultimate version would have traditional controls as one option and GOOD motion controls as another"
"Mario Tennis isn't only the best entry in the series but one of the finest Tennis games ever made. The game offer fun and challenger on single player mode but really shines on Multiplayer. Virtua Tennis may have the customization and reality but Mario Tennis have the pure sense of joy, fun, challenge, weirdness,that only Nintendo can offer. Amazing single player, and perfect multiplayer."
"This is hands down my favourite tennis game ever. I loved the simple and yet effective controls and the gameplay was easy to pick up and yet difficult and very rewarding to master. One of the multiplayer highlights on the N64 for me. Few games can rival the fun and insanity of a 4 player doubles match. They kept it simple and nailed it."
"A great game, and the best in the Mario Tennis series. Single player represents quite a challenge. The multiplayer provides the opportunity to gather friends, and promptly lose them over fraught tennis matches. The controls feel so intuitive, the graphics do the job, and overall the character selection is excellent. The only thing wrong with Mario Tennis is that it introduces us to Waluigi."
"Pure fun, great to play alone or with friends. Some weird character options like DK jr. are cool and the introduction of Waluigi is sure to be of note to many. The controls are tight and the graphics have aged well. Single player is challenging and the mini games are a blast too, however multiplayer is probably the best part of this awesome game."
"An excellent game that is still in heavy rotation for me today, and my personal favorite Mario Tennis title. While the single player can be fun, the core element of this game is the multiplayer. Playing a ring match with a friend against a CPU team is a blast and the highlight of the game for me. The sequels can’t touch the 64 version."
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