Welcome back to the Definitive 50, I’m Newbs. Okay, so the Mario Tennis franchise technically
got started on the Virtual Boy with Mario’s Tennis. But let’s be real here: most people
got their introduction to the series on the N64. Also, it’s the N64 version that introduced
the most handsome of all Nintendo characters, Waluigi, to the world. Following their good work in bringing Mario
Golf to the N64 and GameBoy Color, Camelot moved on to doing the same for Mario Tennis. The game may appear simple at first, but deceptively
so. It’s just tennis, and presses of the A button alone are enough to serve and return
the ball. The more you play though, the more you realize there’s a lot more to the controls.
Combinations of the A and B buttons in different times and orders will result in all kinds
of different shots. Holding either button will also lead to a more powerful charge shot
– this is dangerous though – characters are frozen in place while charging up. Mario Tennis features a wide cast of classic
Mario characters – many you’d expect – Toad, Yoshi, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and all the rest.
There are also a few more notable entrants as well. Boo is playable and especially devious
– he allows players to control his serves in the air. The game also includes a rare
appearance from Donkey Kong Jr., who can actually be unlocked as a playable character. Most importantly though, Mario Tennis gave
the world Waluigi. The lanky villain serves as Wario’s doubles partner, and evil’s answer
to Luigi. Best of all, his eyes shoot rainbows when he scores. I have no idea why. Waluigi’s
sick reach makes him absolutely killer at the net, and he’s arguable Mario Tennis’ best
character. Mario Tennis features a rich selection of
modes. Players can work through a series of Singles and Doubles Tournaments with all the
different characters. Additional courts and characters can be unlocked by winning these
tournaments under various conditions. There’s also the Piranha Challenge and Ring
Shot modes to try out. The real thrill of Mario Tennis is, of course,
the multiplayer! The N64 is known for its numerous top notch competitive multiplayer
games – and Mario Tennis definitely ranks as one of the must-play party games. Up to four players can battle it out at once
in Mario Tennis, when taking advantage of the game’s doubles option. This means that
in addition to trash talking and generally hating your opponents, you get the added bonus
of getting to scream at your own teammate, who will undoubtedly screw up in some indefensible
way at some point. A number of different courts, each with their
own properties add yet more variety to the multiplayer. The Bowser Stage raises the stakes to the
next level. Seemingly inspired by Mario Kart, this special mode introduces an ever-shifting
court and Mario Kart style items for some seriously chaotic tennis. As with Mario Golf, Mario Tennis also allows
players to bring characters over from its GameBoy Color counterpart using the Transfer
Pak. Once again, transferred characters can earn additional experience points on the N64
that improve their stats back on the GameBoy game. The joy of Mario Tennis lives on. Not only
has the series come to GameCube, Wii, GBA, and 3DS, but Waluigi keeps showing up games
as well.. Let me know what you think of Mario Tennis
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Dennis Veasley

6 thoughts on “Mario Tennis Review – Definitive 50 N64 Game #25”

  1. Still the best Mario sports game IMO, followed by N64 Mario Golf. And while I do like Waluigi, I wish he could be playable in a Wario Land game alongside Wario & ( for the first time ever ) Captain Syrup.

  2. What I find more odd of this game is that Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. appears together, when the actual DK is the old Donkey Kong Jr.

  3.  We played 4 player double teams and battle royal on the ring game. This game is all reaction and skill, which leaves plenty of room for getting better. 

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