New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis
By Erin Bell,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
GameCube tennis game updated with motion-sensitive controls.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
In item battle mode you can shoot turtle shells at your opponent a la Mario Kart.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing controversial about this colorful, kid-friendly sports game beyond the fact that you can shoot turtle shells at your opponent in "item battle" mode. The game features familiar characters from the "Mario" universe, including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, and Koopa.
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What’s It About?
When it launched back in 2004 on the GameCube, MARIO POWER TENNIS was \
Is It Any Good?
There's plenty to do in Mario Power Tennis, from tournaments and exhibition matches to gimmick courts and item battle (where the court is strewn with item boxes that contain red and green shells, mushrooms, stars, and other power-ups). It will take a player a while to experience all of the various modes, and there's also plenty to unlock. Players can participate in either singles or doubles tennis in any combination of one to four human players.
The additional motion sensitive controls and the ability to automate certain actions makes the game even more accessible but comes at the sacrifice of a small amount of precision. Smash shots especially seem harder to execute. Nevertheless, Mario Power Tennis demonstrates once again Nintendo's knack for creating a fun party game that can be enjoyed by a broad range of gamers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether they think playing this game will make them better tennis players in real life. What type of shot is the hardest to pull off and why? Do you like playing the "gimmick" courts and item battles, or do you prefer a more "pure" game of tennis?
- Platform: Nintendo Wii
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Release date: March 9, 2009
- Genre: Sports
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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