Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color)

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This article is about the game Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color. For information about the Nintendo 64 game of the same name, see here.
Mario Tennis
MarioTennisGBC.jpg
Developer(s) Camelot
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy Color, Virtual Console (3DS)
Release date Game Boy Color
Japan November 1, 2000
USA January 16, 2001[1]
Europe February 2, 2001
Australia February 2, 2001
Virtual Console (3DS)
Japan June 26, 2013
USA December 26, 2013
Europe January 2, 2014
Australia January 2, 2014
Genre Tennis
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s) 1-2 players
Media
Game Boy Color:
Media GBC icon.png Cartridge
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Game Boy Color:
Nintendo 3DS:

Mario Tennis is a tennis game for the Game Boy Color. It is the third Mario Tennis game in the series, and the first handheld game in the series. The game features an RPG-like story mode, in which the player controls either Alex or Nina in a quest to become the top tennis player and beat the best player of all, Mario.

Controls[edit]

Menu[edit]

  • +Control Pad - Select Option
  • A Button - Confirm
  • B Button - Back

Mario Tour Overworld[edit]

  • +Control Pad - Move/Select
  • A Button - Talk/Confirm
  • B Button - Run/Back
  • Start Button/Select Button - Menu

Tennis Match[edit]

  • +Control Pad - Move Character
  • A Button/B Button - Hit the ball in a very weak manor.
  • A Button + A Button - Topspin Shot, a red, powerful, high bouncing shot.
  • B Button + A Button - Slice Shot, a blue, defensive shot with side spin and a low trajectory.
  • A Button + A Button - Smash, the most powerful shot, clad in purple.
  • A ButtonB Button - Lob Shot, a high shot that aims for the back of the court with very high bounce.
  • B ButtonA Button - Drop Shot, a low, weak shot that barely glazes over the net with little bounce.

Play Modes[edit]

Mario Tennis has several different modes. The modes are Mario Tour, Exhibition, Linked Play, and Mario Minigames.

Mario Tour (Story Mode)[edit]

In Mario Tour, the player takes control of Alex or Nina. They are the new students trying to make their way up the ranks at the Royal Academy, a school for tennis. At the beginning of the game, the player gets to choose whether they are going to play singles or doubles matches, and can change between either whenever they want. The players partner can be either Harry or Kate.

In Mario Tour, the player's character does exercises with coaches and plays against higher ranked players in order to get a higher rank for him or herself. Higher ranks mean they can challenge better players. Eventually, they can get a high enough rank to enter the Island Open. After the Island Open the player can face Mario in singles on the Castle Court. In doubles, both Mario and Peach.

As the player progresses through the ranks, the player gets to increase their characters ability in different areas (similar to an RPG).

Exhibition[edit]

In this mode, the player plays a single game of tennis. The player may choose what character both they and the computer uses as well as the court and computer's difficulty level. Both singles and doubles are available in Exhibition.

Linked Play[edit]

Linked Play is just like Exhibition Mode, except that the player plays against another human player instead of a computer. Linked Play requires two Game Boy Colors, two copies of Mario Tennis for the GBC, and a link cable.

Mario Minigames[edit]

This is a group of minigames presented by various Nintendo characters. Minigames are unlocked when their respective characters are unlocked, meaning that half of them need a Nintendo 64 Transfer Pack to be unlocked. The minigames include:

Name Image Character Used Description
Boo Blast Boo blast.png Mario This Minigame sees Mario rallying a ball with Luigi, trying to hit Boos that hover above the net. The score doubles with each hit for a maximum of 128 points per hit.
Shooting Stars LuigiShootingStars.PNG Luigi This game involves playing as Luigi to smash stars. More points are collected for each consecutive hit.
Target Shot Baby Mario Target Shot.png Baby Mario In this game, Baby Mario must hit the ball into the targeted area. Hitting the appropriate shot will deliver more points.
Banana Bunch MarioTennisGBC DKMinigame.png Donkey Kong Donkey Kong must bounce a ball on a wall with Banana panels on it. The panels give out points based on the amount of Bananas on it.

Nintendo 64 Transfer[edit]

With a copy of Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, a Nintendo 64, a Transfer Pack, and a copy of Mario Tennis for the GBC, it is possible to transfer information between the two versions of the game. Characters from the Game Boy Color game can be transferred to the Nintendo 64 game and vice-versa.

Characters[edit]

There are many characters in this game. All characters have different statistics, making each of them unique. Most characters need to be unlocked by beating them in the Mario Tour. Some Mario characters need to be unlocked by a N64 Transfer Pak. Below is a full list of all of the characters in the game.

Mario Characters[edit]

Name Image Skill Type Unlock Condition
Mario MarioTennis1GBC.jpg All-Around Beat in Singles
Peach PeachTennisGBC.jpg Technique Beat in Doubles
Luigi LuigiTennisGBC.jpg All-Around Initially Playable
Donkey Kong DonkeyTennisGBC.jpg Power Initially Playable
Baby Mario BabymarioTennisGBC.png Speed Initially Playable
Yoshi YoshiTennisGBC.jpg Speed N64 Transfer Pak
Wario WarioTennisGBC.jpg Power N64 Transfer Pak
Waluigi WaluigiTennisGBC.jpg Technique N64 Transfer Pak
Bowser BowserTennisGBC.png Power N64 Transfer Pak

Mario Tour Members[edit]

These characters must be created before they are usable.

Alex Nina Harry Kate
Alex.png Nina.jpg Harrytennis.jpg Kate.jpg
Bonuses: +1 Stroke +2 Dash Bonuses: +1 Placement +1 Reaction Bonuses: +1 Top +1 Angle +2 Serve +1 Speed Bonuses: +1 Slice +2 Angle +1 Serve +1 Dash
Story Role Player Story Role Player Story Role Player's Partner Story Role Player's Partner

Species Members[edit]

Unlockable Characters[edit]

Species Members[edit]

  • Pam (All-Around) (Unlocked by completing Singles in Junior Champ)
  • Bob (Power) (Unlocked by completing Singles in Junior Champ)
  • Beth (Speed) (Unlocked by completing Singles in Junior Champ)
  • Fay (Power) (Unlocked by completing Singles in Senior Champ)
  • Curt (Tricky) (Unlocked by completing Singles in Senior Champ)

Notable Members[edit]

  • Mark (All-Around) (Defeat him in Mario Tour by Doubles in Varsity Squad)
  • Sammi (Techinique) (Defeat her in Mario Tour by Singles or Doubles in Island Open)
  • Sean (All-Around) (Defeat him in Mario Tour by Doubles in Island Open)
  • Spike (All-Around) (Defeat him in Mario Tour by Singles or Doubles in Island Open)
  • Elden (Speed) (Defeat him in Mario Tour by Doubles in Island Open)
  • Emily (Speed) (Defeat her in Mario Tour by Singles in Island Open)
  • A. Coz (Tricky) (Defeat him in Mario Tour by Singles or Doubles in Island Open)
  • B. Coz (Power) (Defeat him in Mario Tour by Doubles in Island Open)

Non-Playable Characters[edit]

Mario Characters[edit]

N64 Status Icon Cameos[edit]

N64 on GBC Icon

Notable Members[edit]

Courts[edit]

Image Name Ball Speed Bounce Area Unlock Condition
GrassCourtGBC.jpg Grass Court Fast Weak Island Open Available Initially
HardCourt.jpg Hard Court Normal Strong Royal Tennis Academy Available Initially
ClayCourt.jpg Clay Court Slow Weak Royal Tennis Academy Available Initially
CompositionCourtMap.jpg Composition Court Fastest Normal Royal Tennis Academy Available Initially
CastleCourtmap.jpg Castle Court Normal Normal Peach's Castle Beat Level 3 of Shooting Stars
Tropics court map.jpg Tropics Court Fastest Weak Mario World Beta Level 3 of Target Shot
JungleCourtMap.jpg Jungle Court Fast Strongest Mario World Beat Level 3 of Banana Bunch
StatCourt.jpg Star Court Fast Strong Mario World Have a everything marked with a Star on the Clear Status menu.
WarehouseCourt.jpg Warehouse Court Slow Strong Mario World Beat every Mario character in exhibition with a Mario character.

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color) staff

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color).

Trivia[edit]

Daisy's appearance at Peach's side.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Date info of Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color) from TMK, retrieved 11/26/2012