In Mario Tennis Open on Nintendo 3DS, you can use basic button controls like previous titles in the series, but with the addition of gyro sensor and Touch Screen controls - made possible thanks to Nintendo 3DS - you can enjoy tactical tennis with greater depth than ever before.
Play singles or go multiplayer with up to four people in a range of different modes. You can play with friends both locally and online, or search for other players online in your region to take to the court against. Serve, volley and smash your way up the leaderboard and see if you have what it takes to reach the top of the circuit. If you have friends nearby, you can even play a multiplayer match with just one copy of the game through Nintendo 3DS Download Play! Choose from a variety of your favourite Nintendo characters or use your Mii character for a personalised tennis experience like none before. You can also customise your player of choice by winning coins and unlocking items from the in-game shop. Mario Tennis Open utilises StreetPass in new and exciting ways. Play a game against other players you meet in the street without even lifting a finger and see if you haul in some coins as a reward. It's a whole new ball game!
There is not much to explain about Mario Tennis - it's tennis with Mario characters. It has some RPG elements, like gear (for example boots, rackets, etc.). If you played Mario Kart 7 on 3DS, the idea is pretty identical in execution, only difference being you don't get coins to purchase stuff from playing the main game but mini-games, which are amusing, like the one where you play against the wall that displays Super Mario Bros. game. Also it took away all the special shots and character traits previous games had, which in my opinion is welcomed change, because now it's more about the skill. Also, there is finally ability to play with people regional online, although I think it's better to see your opponent face to face and see his defeat. For 3DS, it's not a bad game at all and if you're fan of the series, you won't be disappointed. If you're new to the series and expect some power-ups and crazy action, you should pick up the Wii U version of Mario Tennis or lower your expectations a little.
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