Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Except for the mildly annoying audio elements and certain segments of the story mode getting bogged down with too much uninteresting dialogue, Mario Tennis: Power Tour really is a game you have to nitpick at in order to find any weaknesses.
  2. Except for the mildly annoying audio elements and certain segments of the story mode bogging down in too much uninteresting dialogue, Mario Tennis: Power Tour really is a game you have to nitpick at in order to find any weaknesses -- nothing about the title stands out as being a serious problem whatsoever, it's that great.
  3. The simple, pick-up-and-play aesthetic that Nintendo oozes from its sweaty pores will soon have you thwacking the balls around the court like Roger Federer on Sunny D.
  4. If you're a hard-core tennis sim fan, then Mario Tennis: Power Tour might be a bit too cartoonish, mainly because of the over-the-top, unrealistic power shots. Otherwise, casual fans could enjoy this handheld-perfect title.
  5. Ew, they put RPG in my tennis... [Jan 2006, p.135]
  6. The game tries to do too many things rather than focus on perfecting a single facet of the gameplay, and as a result Mario Tennis: Power Tour just misses the mark and ends up serving up a shallow, forgettable game.
  7. Power Tour is a solid title, but it's not as tight as Bjorn Borg's headband. [Dec 2005, p.190]
  8. Its deep RPG mode and over-the-top game mechanics are perfect for gamers who are willing to try something different in the world of tennis.
  9. The bulk of the gameplay in Power Tour comes from its RPG narrative, and sadly, it's fairly average at best. Most people won't even pay attention to much of the dialog, no matter how good and funny it it--and if you do decide to read it, there really are a lot of sparks of humor to be found in it.
  10. It's not that the story mode isn't deep or won't provide you with a good time if you've never experienced anything like it, but for those of us who have, it's about as dry as an overcooked piece of chicken.
  11. A rousing tennis game for the Game Boy Advance that's thick with bells and whistles in every regard.
  12. 80
    A perfect example of how to bring a fleshed-out console sport onto a handheld, and all of the seemingly frivolous extras only help to enhance the experience when you're tired of battling the A.I.
  13. One of those great Nintendo games that takes a somewhat interesting sport and makes it one seriously engrossing game well worth the purchase price.
  14. 90
    It's the best representation of the sport on the handheld, and it offers up the same amount of depth and playability.
  15. 60
    But the actual tennis is excellent and the various mini games are lots of fun, so if you absolutely love the Mario Tennis series and/or have a few friends that also own this game (because each player needs a copy), it's a decent purchase.
  16. While Mario Tennis is by all means a decent game, it lacks the flair that would make you want to play it over and over again. [Jan 2006, p.108]
  17. Despite the fairly deep single-player mode, the fact remains that in some ways, this title isn't as deep as its companion game "Mario Golf: Advance Tour."
  18. It's beautifully constructed, funny, and exciting. It is simply jam-packed with the joy of gaming.
  19. The game is surprisingly close it its bigger brother, with the same addictive charge shots and simple, satisfying play. [Nov p.100]
  20. Computer-controlled opponents offer a solid challenge and matches are often tense and exciting.
  21. Storming through the Power Tour mode in singles and doubles is an entertaining ride, and there's plenty of replay value with the multitude of unlocked minigames and characters.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 27, 2013
    This game is a very random game because of the fact that not many people have played it. Its a Tennis game of course, the fact that Mario is in it makes it way more fun. Unlike Mario party or Mariokart, this game was more of an unknown in the many Mario games. The game has a story, its silly and makes little to no since but yea its there if you want to pay attention to it. The game play is as good as a game boy advance game could be; the graphics are again as good as it gets for the system. In the end this was a pretty great game and one of my favorite GBA games of all time. The problem with this game that I have tho is that Mario is not in this game till the very end, and that's really upsetting to me cause he is in Mario party and Mariokart why is he to busy playing golf and soccer? Regardless if you are a fan of Mario and want something new try this game and see for yourself how fun this is. Full Review »
  2. Jun 12, 2012
    I don't like tennis, but this game was great. Playing matches was so much fun and kept me satisfied for a while. It isn't all about the matches though, the characters are neat, and the machines are challenging and never left me bored. I beat the game doing doubles, and it wasn't too short, but I then realized I wasn't halfway done when I still had to do singles. This game is incredibly fun, and belongs in your gba library. Full Review »
  3. Jun 4, 2011
    Mario Tennis: Power Tour is essential for any Mario fan or sports fan with a GBA. Pros: Easy-to-learn gameplay; fun mini-games; the RPG elements surprisingly add a bit of flare within the game. Cons: The multiplayer requires more than one cartridge; some pointless dialogue that hogs up gameplay time. Full Review »