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NPC: Mario Power Tennis - Review

Written by J-Monkey on Thursday, 9 April 2009No Comment

Title: New Play Control!: Mario Power Tennis

Format: Wii (originally for Gamecube)

Price: £29.99

Wi-Fi: No

Players: 1-4

Age: 3+

Developer: Nintendo / Camelot

Mario Power Tennis was a phenomenon and sparked a new era in gaming tennis when it was first released back on the N64. But now Nintendo have taken this classic and supposedly ‘enhanced’ the control system, to make it playable for the Wii, and although they did that, they haven’t really done it very well.

The whole reason the game was re-created for the Wii is to experience the new control system is offered for Wii fans, and Mario Tennis fans. The controls are rather imprecise and there’s too many ways to swing the remote to make a different shot. Swing up for a lob, swing down for a volley etc. and half the time you’re not thinking about that, just thinking about getting the ball back; not to mention the addition of the A + B buttons to put more power on your shots, which makes it rather complicated and tricky to follow, despite the mini-tutorial you’re given at the start.

With all that said however; the gameplay is still rather brilliant. You have the exhibition mode where you can have a quick knock-about to get used to the controls and the game itself, or if you want to challenge your friends and family. You can really customise the games too with the courts, the game modes and the rules of the game. In the tournament mode there are many different tournaments in singles and doubles with the usual Mushroom, Flower and Star Cup to play, along with the Gimmick Masters, which are just regular tournaments with a slight sinister approach to the court. Then there’s the mini games, which are just a bit boring.

Yoshi fires his smash move at Waluigi in singles action.

There’s plenty of Mario feel to the game to make it feel like a proper Mario game, along with the fact it feels like a proper tennis game as well with proper rules compared to the Wii Sports version. Plenty of unlockables along as well, which makes this a proper games compared to an aspect of a game which Wii Sports offered, so you’ve got a great package.

Overall, the package is a winner with the gameplay and feel about the game being fantastic. But the game was re-created with its controls in mind, and they haven’t been as good as most expected, which has really let the game down. 81%

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