Mario Tennis 64 Online
Release year: 2000 | Players: 1-4 players | Developed by Camelot Software Planning
Mario Tennis 64 (N64)
Mario Tennis 64 (AKA マリオテニス64 Mario Tenisu Rokujūyon in Japan) is a 3D sports video game developed by Camelot Software Planning and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console in 2000.
Camelot has really outdone itself with Mario Tennis. While Mario Golf was also a big hit, nothing could compare to the polish and realism of Mario Tennis 64. It was an honest to goodness successful attempt at combining a fun, casual Mario game with one if the greatest sports of all time. Adding Waluigi to the Nintendo World was a nice touch too. After all, who wouldn’t want to play a tennis game featuring characters made up entirely of familiar faces from other Mario games, right?
If you are wondering whether the game really is as good as its description, you will be happy to know that it doesn’t have any negative reviews at all. Unlike other Mario sports games, you won’t have to go through the hassles of playing endless single-player games just to unlock every single character one by one. In Mario Tennis 64, there are only 2 unlockable characters at the start of the game—and they are pretty easy to unlock.
What’s more, Mario Tennis keeps the familiar experience of a real game alive by having matches in two flavors: Singles and Doubles. The controls are quite easy too. The game has a button combination system that lets you choose exactly what kind of hit you want to make. By using just the A and B buttons, you can create different combinations and easily help turn the tide in your favor.
For visuals and sound, you will get exactly what you expect out of a Mario game—simple and cute, in a way that only Nintendo can pull off. Nothing is overly detailed, and all of the characters come to life with adorable but funny tennis court animations. Camelot also uses a lot of great sound lines that make each character’s personality shine through. You’ll hear Mario’s usual “Momma-mee-a!” and Donkey-Kong’s loud roar whenever they win a set, with a cheering crowd screaming “Yeahs” and “Yahoos” along with the background music.
All in all, Mario Tennis 64 isn’t only a crowd favorite, but is also a Nintendo classic. Even though it is been almost 20 years since its release, players can still find themselves enjoying the game to this day.
Mario Tennis 64 game has been ported to Nintendo 64 (this version), Game Boy Color, and Virtual Console.