» Rants: Mario Tennis Open

Nathan Schwartz

|    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Developer: Camelot
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: 3DS
  • Players: 1
  • Rating: E
  • Genre: Sports

In terms of content variety, Mario Tennis Open is fairly lightweight. In the single player mode you can play through two sets of tournaments each containing four events (the second of which only unlocks after finishing the first with the character you’ve completed it with) in either singles or doubles modes. That’s about it. As far as controls go, it’s definitely accessible, and offers a satisfying tennis experience, though I don’t understand why it tried to make the scheme so complicated for power-ups (i.e. pushing A for one, Y for another, A -> B for yet another, and so on) when you could just push X to do any of them.

With regards to camera angles, I wasn’t such a fan of it auto-adjusting depending on how I held the system, but I do appreciate having the option to choose between close-up and distant vantages. Personally, I did find the latter to be superior as it offered a better sense of distance. Finally, I found the game to be a tad too easy.

All in all, it’s an enjoyable tennis game (especially for a handheld), but its slim selection and low difficulty level definitely put a hindrance on the experience.


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