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Wimbledon is over and the British summer has been something of a washout for most of us – so what better time to take a look back at one of the best indoor court options for the Nintendo 3DS?
Mario Tennis hit the shelves in May this year and was pretty well received by many of the critics. For those unfamiliar with the title, it brings together a whole host of beloved Nintendo characters to compete in an explosive tennis tournament on a range of surfaces and across four individual cups. Similarly to the Mario Kart series, these range from the basic Mushroom Cup to the much more difficult Star Cup. The game had previously been seen on the Nintendo 64, GameCube, Game Boy Colour and Game Boy Advance, but of course had never been seen in glorious 3D – and seemed absolutely ideal for the format.
As with most of the titles in the Mario series, Mario Tennis Open – as it was titled for its release on 3DS – served up some serious aces when it came to its vibrant and colourful locations. From the simplicity of Mario Stadium, a grass court designed for tennis purists, to the fiery depths of Bowser’s castle and the slippery surfaces of Penguin Iceberg, there really is something for every mood. Plus, in addition to the 16 different Mario characters you can use to play, there’s also the option to use your own customisable Mii character and climb up the rankings as you go. You can also enhance your game by visiting the shop area of the Club Room to unlock new items or upgrade your player. This might mean greater hitting power, a little extra spin or maybe just a more impressive kit and racket.
Obviously, one of the most attractive things about the game though was how the Nintendo 3DS console technology was going to set it apart from its previous incarnations on other platforms. Firstly, the 3DS gyroscope allows for some incredible low camera zooms and lets you adjust shots more specifically so you can take your opponents by surprise. That said, it can make it a bit trickier to get your returns in when using this mode, so it’s a good idea to sharpen up your circle pad skills before diving into it. If you’re a fan of the wireless options of the 3DS, StreetPass will let you share Mii data with others and play with friends or complete strangers if you so wish!
All in all, if you fancy some courtside action on the go or in the comfort of your living room, Mario Tennis Open on the Nintendo 3DS is a great option. Strawberries and cream sold separately.