Mario Tennis
Preview

System: Nintendo 64
Genre: Sports/Tennis
Developer: Camelot Software Planning
Publisher: Nintendo
Release date: August 24th, 2000
ESRB rating: E
Players: 1 - 4 simultaneous
Save: Battery?
Memory size: ?
SRAM size: ?
Peripherals: Rumble Pak, GB Transfer Pak
MT64 screen shot

Overview

Camelot Planning, the same developers behind Hot Shots Golf (PSX) and Mario Golf (N64/GBC) are taking the reigns of another Mario sports game. This time, Mario and friends will be serving up the fun on the tennis court! Camelot is again planning on a Game Boy Color version of Mario Tennis, so just like with the Mario Golf N64 and GBC combination, you'll be able to transfer some sort of data between Mario Tennis 64 and it's GBC partner.

Play modes
If we've learned anything from the design of Mario Golf, we should expect play modes galore in Mario Tennis. Here's what I've seen so far:

  • Exhibition
  • Tournament
  • Ring Shot
  • "Piranha Plant Challenge" (expect a renaming...)
  • One(?) hidden mode
Reminiscent of Mario Golf's Ring Shot mode, one version of this mode in Mario Tennis challenges you to hit the ball through all the golden rings with only a limited number of shots.

Cast of characters

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Baby Mario
  • Yoshi
  • Birdo
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Toad
  • Waluigi
  • DK
  • Bowser
  • Wario
  • Koopa Paratroopa
  • Boo
  • Shy Guy (or possibly Flyguy)
  • four "Camelot humans"

Toad fans rejoice -- Toad is a playable character again! The standard Mario Kart / Mario Golf lineup is back, with Birdo and Boo to boot. Expect a few hidden characters, and... Waluigi?!

Waluigi
Waluigi is supposedly Luigi's evil cousin and/or Wario's brother (I've heard both ways). While his name seems stupid and unoriginal at first, let me explain it from the Japanese creators' point of view. First, take note that Wario is Mario's evil counterpart, and that the word "Wario" resembles warui, a Japanese adjective meaning "bad." Next, if we take Waluigi's name and translate it to Japanese, we get Waruiigi (R's are used for the "L" sound in Japanese), and we can see that they managed to slip "warui" into his name. Clever! But now, what letter goes on his hat? Well, since Wario's "W" is basically an upside-down "M," they gave Waluigi an upside-down L.

Like in Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros., every character will have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Early information has them broken down into four types:

  • Average (Mario, Luigi)
  • "Speed" (Baby Mario, Yoshi, Birdo)
  • "Technique" (Peach, Daisy, Toad, Waluigi)
  • Power (DK, Bowser, Wario)
  • "Tricky" (Boo, Koopa Paratroopa)

As an added bonus, every character has a neat little logo on his or her racket (i.e. Mario has an "M," Yoshi has an Egg, etc.) -- another sign that Camelot is trying their best to make the game look good.

Screen shots

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