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Nintendo Celebrates History of Mario Tennis

by Adam Riley on 06/27/12

To celebrate the start of Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, Nintendo has released a special Mario Tennis Open infographic that showcases the great history of Mario Tennis titles released since the first game in 1995. Fans will know that to be a bit factually incorrect, though, since Mario appeared to referee matches in the 1984 NES game, Tennis, and its 1989 Game Boy port. Additionally, for to include Mario Tennis on the Virtual Boy is confusing, since Europeans never even had chance to try that piece of hardware! Anyway, as Nintendo continues...

Nintendo has delivered action-packed tennis fun since Mario's Tennis first appeared on the Virtual Boy handheld in 1995.  Each new game across the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Colour, GameCube and Game Boy Advance brings more excitement and features, increasing the number of playable characters, mini-games, multiplayer modes and colourful graphics.

The latest in the popular 17-year series, Mario Tennis Open, launched on 25th May on Nintendo 3DS and brings together the best elements from the franchise in a champion game (editor: ...and yet fails to be the best in the series). It is the first Mario Tennis title to feature online play and has 3D graphics, without the need for special glasses.  Players can choose to compete as their favourite character or as their own Mii and can customise their skills by dressing in different tennis gear. There are also quirky mini-games where tennis is used to complete levels from Super Mario Bros. (NES) and players are challenged with obscured vision thanks to three Ink Flowers.

Thoughts on why Mario Tennis Open was ultimately a disappointing experience can be found in my Cubed3 review here.

History of Mario Tennis

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