Mario Tennis (series)

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Mario Tennis
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First Installment Mario's Tennis (1995)
Latest Installment Mario Tennis Open (2012)
Number of Installments 8 (6 main, 1 port, 1 upcoming)
Parent Series Mario

The Mario Tennis series is a series of six tennis games that feature Mario and his friends playing tennis. These games include Mario's Tennis for the Virtual Boy, Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color, Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, Mario Tennis: Power Tour for the Game Boy Advance, Mario Power Tennis for the Nintendo GameCube, and New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis for the Wii, as well as Mario Tennis Open for the Nintendo 3DS. Half of the series have a very large amount of characters, that were only featured in the Mario Tennis series. It is the sister series of the Mario Golf series.

Main Games[edit]

Title, Original Release and System Synopsis
Mario's Tennis

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Mario's Tennis is a Virtual Boy game, the first game of the Mario Tennis series. It was later followed by Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64. It features Mario and the other playable characters from Super Mario Kart (except Bowser) playing a classic game of tennis. The game was one of the first Virtual Boy games to be released and is one out of the only three Mario games to be released on the Virtual Boy.
Japan July 21, 1995
Virtual Boy
Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64)

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Mario Tennis is a Nintendo 64 video game, later released for the Game Boy Color. It features Mario and his friends playing a classic game of tennis, with a few Mario twists. It was originally going to be called Mario's Dream Tennis, but was changed for unknown reasons. This game marked the debut of Waluigi, and also Princess Daisy and Birdo's re-entries into the Mario series.
Japan July 21, 2000
Nintendo 64
Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color)

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Mario Tennis is a tennis game for the Game Boy Color. The game features Mario and other characters. It also introduced a RPG-like story mode, where the player controlled Alex or Nina on a tennis adventure to beat the best of all players, Mario.
Japan November 1, 2000
Game Boy Color
Mario Power Tennis

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Mario Power Tennis is a game for the Nintendo GameCube. It is the sequel of Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64. In this game, Mario and his various friends (and enemies) meet up to play a few rounds of tennis. Like previous Mario sports titles, all the playable characters have Power Shots. Additionally, there are courts in the game that have special effects and events during the game. Also, there are special games for each court to play with.
Japan October 28, 2004
Nintendo Gamecube
Mario Tennis: Power Tour

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Mario Tennis: Power Tour is very similar to its GameCube counterpart, except it is for the Game Boy Advance. It brings back the RPG elements of its predecessor. The game is not compatible with Mario Power Tennis like its golf counterpart. The PAL region's name for this game is Mario Power Tennis (same as the GameCube game).
Japan September 13, 2005
Game Boy Advance
Mario Tennis Open

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Mario Tennis Open is released for the Nintendo 3DS. It features some elements from Mario Power Tennis from the Nintendo GameCube. This game features gyroscope support and online multiplayer (via Nintendo Network). The new playable characters are Baby Peach, Dry Bowser, Luma, and Metal Mario.
USA May 20, 2012
Nintendo 3DS
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

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Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is an upcoming game for the Wii U. It returns Chance Shots and features Mega Mushrooms that give players advantages.
Japan November 2015
Wii U

Ports[edit]

New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Mario Power Tennis for the New Play Control!

This game is a port of Mario Power Tennis for the Nintendo GameCube. For the Wii version of Mario Power Tennis (via the New Play Control! lineup), the controls are not like the Nintendo Gamecube version, since the game makes use of the Wii's motion controls. This version includes a tutorial movie to demonstrate how to use the Wii Remote in this game. Players can choose to play with the Wii Remote only, or with the Wii Remote/Nunchuk combination for advanced control of playable character participants.

Gameplay Menu[edit]

In the five installments of the Mario Tennis series, many gameplay menus appear. Below is a list of them in alphabetical order.

Menu Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64) Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color) Mario Power Tennis Mario Tennis: Power Tour Mario Tennis Open
Connectivity Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Exhibition Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Item Battle Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Mario Minigames Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Ring Shot Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
RPG style Story Mode X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Tournament Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg

Courts[edit]

In the five installments of the Mario Tennis series, many tennis courts appear. Below is a list of them in alphabetical order.

Court Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64) Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color) Mario Power Tennis Mario Tennis: Power Tour Mario Tennis Open
Comet Observatory X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Dark World Check mark.svg1 X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Delfino Plaza X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Donkey Kong Jungle Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Luigi's Mansion X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Mario Bros. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Mushroom Gorge X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Peach's Castle Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Ricco Harbor X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Sherbet Land X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Stadium Area X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Wario's Place Check mark.svg Check mark.svg1 Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Yoshi's Island Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg

1 - Usable only after having used N64 to GBC Connectivity

Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64)[edit]

Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color)[edit]

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

Playable Characters[edit]

In the six installments of the Mario Tennis series, many Mario characters appear. Below is a list of them in alphabetical order.

Character Mario's Tennis Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64) Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color) Mario Power Tennis Mario Tennis: Power Tour Mario Tennis Open Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
Baby Mario X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 Question.svg
Baby Peach X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 Question.svg
Birdo X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg
Black Yoshi X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg2 X mark.svg Check mark.svg4 Question.svg
Blue Yoshi X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg2 X mark.svg Check mark.svg4 Question.svg
Boo X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Question.svg
Bowser X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Bowser Jr. X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Question.svg
Princess Daisy X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Question.svg
Diddy Kong X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Question.svg
Donkey Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Question.svg
Donkey Kong Jr. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg3 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg
Dry Bowser X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 Question.svg
Fly Guy X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg
Koopa Troopa Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg
Light Blue Yoshi X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg2 X mark.svg Check mark.svg4 Question.svg
Luigi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Question.svg
Luma X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 Question.svg
Metal Mario X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg4 Question.svg
Mario Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Paratroopa X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg
Princess Peach Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Petey Piranha X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg
Pink Yoshi X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg2 X mark.svg Check mark.svg4 Question.svg
Red Yoshi X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg2 X mark.svg Check mark.svg4 Question.svg
Shy Guy X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg
Toad Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Waluigi X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Question.svg
Wario X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Question.svg
White Yoshi X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg2 X mark.svg Check mark.svg4 Question.svg
Wiggler X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg
Yellow Yoshi X mark.svg Check mark.svg1 X mark.svg Check mark.svg2 X mark.svg Check mark.svg4 Question.svg
Yoshi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Question.svg

1 - Playable in only Multiplayer/Special Games
2 - Color changed by using Rolling Egg Return
3 - The character is unlockable
4 - The character becomes available after scanning a specific QR Code

Trivia[edit]

  • In Nintendo Monopoly, there is a Brick Block/Coin Block card that rewards $100 for winning a tennis tournament.
  • Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach are the only characters that are playable in every Mario Tennis game to date.
  • Bowser, Donkey Kong and Waluigi have also appeared in all of the main Mario Tennis games, not counting the Virtual Boy title.
  • Luigi is the only playable character to appear as a default character in every game.