Mario Tennis 3DS: Everything We Know
Nintendo's plumber hits the court in 2012. Here's what you can expect.
Mario has starred in a variety of sports games, but the Mario Tennis series is without question one of the best, standing tall amongst the Mario Kart and even Mario Strikers titles.
Although it technically began with Mario's Tennis on Virtual Boy in 1995, most players fell in love (Get it? Love?) with the 2000 game for Nintendo 64, simply called Mario Tennis. Here, they picked their favorite Nintendo character and enjoyed one versus one and even doubles action (offline), rushing the net for an overhead smash or confusing opponents with a lob. Great stuff, and don't forget about the entertaining Game Boy Color version that arrived several months later.
Since that time, Mario Tennis gravitated to Game Boy Advance, GameCube and even the Wii (a port of the Cube edition). Now Mario and Co. are set to hit the court once more in the highly anticipated and somewhat mysterious Mario Tennis 3DS.
Little is known about this game, but we scoured different websites to present everything we know about this promising sports effort.
-Set to debut in 2012.
-Currently being developed by Camelot Software Planning, the same group behind Mario Tennis for N64 and GBC, as well as Mario Golf and the Golden Sun games.
-Features both singles and doubles action.
-Lakitu hangs out near the court at all times, but it remains to be seen whether he reprises his usual role of cameraman. That said, he never takes his eyes off the ball.
-Toad occupies the chair umpire's seat.
-Various Toads surround the court, suggesting they serve as ball boys, yet they don't chase after the ball.
-Playable characters include (for now) Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Bowser.
-Peach Dome is one of the confirmed stadiums.
-The crowd is comprised of animated 2D fans, a mix of Toads, as well as Piantas and Nokis from Super Mario Sunshine.
-Holding the volley button for a certain amount of time powers up your shot.
-Characters use individually themed rackets. Mario's features the letter M, while Bowser's contains an image of his face. Luigi's has a green L, while Princess Peach's racket sports a gold crown.
-Nintendo tracks the speed of each shot, then displays it in miles per hour on a digital board.
-The game features gyroscope support.