Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. The variety of game modes, the spice of the power shots, the unbelievable graphics, and the endless amount of replayability make Mario Power Tennis possibly one of the best Nintendo games on the market.
  2. Whether you classify it under sports, party, or fighter, Camelot has produced a fine game. If you are looking for an awesome pick-up-and-play multiplayer game this holiday season, you cannot go wrong with Mario Power Tennis.
  3. A delicious blend of pleasure and pain. Everyone should own a copy of this (and practise lots as well). [NGC]
  4. Courts range from Standard to Gimmick. Standard courts are just as they sound. Gimmick courts are courts with bizarre little features added on to make it either easier for you or harder for you, depending on how you play.
  5. 90
    Although it might not be much of a tennis simulator with a realistic attitude, it is still tennis at heart and will test your skills even if you're a pro in real life.
  6. As a Mario game, it is bursting with charm and laughs from all your favorites, and as a tennis game it is both solid and fun to play - Mario Power Tennis comes Heartily recommended.
  7. This is hands down the single best GameCube tennis offering, and it's also one of the most enjoyable tennis video games around.
  8. Great control, fun, lots of stuff to do and solid tennis? Mario Power Tennis is a great game even for those that don't generally like tennis unless Anna Kournikova is playing.
  9. A great tennis game despite the overly gimmicky special arenas and extra game modes. The AI plays too predictably, too. [Apr. 05]
  10. The graphics are what you would expect from a Mario franchise, colourful, loveable and damn right cute. From the initial opening movie to the closing credits your left in no doubt that this is pure marketing genius.
  11. As long as you are not in tournament mode, the game can be the most normal game of tennis you've ever played, or the most ridiculous one you've ever played.
  12. One of the best tennis games to come along in a long while, maybe even since its N64 parent. The controls are tight, the gameplay is easy to get into and highly addictive, and the graphics look superb.
  13. 9 / 8 / 9 / 8 - 34 gold [Oct 2004]
  14. 85
    The core is still intact, and it still works. That said, some of the additions are a mixed bag. The new power moves, while cinematic and certainly pretty, can jar the flow of matches and make it difficult to continually follow the ball.
  15. An extremely solid game that maintains the great tradition of the franchise. While I doubt it will be remembered as a classic, it will definitely provide fans with many great moments of fun. [Jan 2005, p.127]
  16. 85
    Camelot's finessed, perfected tennis engine means that Mario Power Tennis -- for all its bizarre features and explosive moves -- is one of the best choices for tennis buffs on the market today.
  17. 85
    Don't be fooled by bounty hunters; Mario Power Tennis is one of the best games you'll play this holiday season. Alone or with friends, you'll have a ball.
  18. The familiarity of the characters will allow all gamers to relate to the game plus the fact it offers both serious and not so serious game modes really enhances the game and makes it one of the better tennis games around, even when compared to proper simulation titles.
  19. An alright game when you play it against one friend, but it gets real fun as a title when you play it with three other friends.
  20. If you own and still play the Nintendo 64 version, I still believe that it is worthwhile to pick up the GameCube version because of the updated graphics, new power shots, characters and courts.
  21. A reliable, fun game that puts some nice, new spin on an old sport. If you can look past its limited depth, you'll have a ball.
  22. If you're looking for a quick, fun game that demands reflexes, has replay value by the bucket loads, and is a blast to play with friends, check it out.
  23. Playing solo does grow old, and a few of the minigames are more tedious than fun, but the solid gameplay will have you and some buds up till all hours of the morning to get in more more round. Good times. [Holiday 2004, p.140]
  24. MPT may not reinvent the game, but it definitely whacks it up enough to warrant a revisit. [Jan 2005, p.120]
  25. Compared to "Virtua Tennis," the undisputed king of the tennis franchises around here, Mario Power Tennis is a bit fuzzier and more forgiving in every respect, but, unless you turn them off, the power shots shift the dynamic in quite a different direction.
  26. I am just really disappointed that the game didn't include more in the single player portions of the game, but luckily make up most of its ground in the multiplayer side of the game.
  27. 80
    It's based on excellent gameplay mechanics that are taken in really interesting directions through gimmick courts. Mastering each player will take dozens and dozens of hours. Multiplayer games are a total riot.
  28. It may be simple, but it's addictive. Add in a couple of friends to the mix and you'll be happy you picked this up. [JPN Import]
  29. 80
    Nintendo's got the party magic when it comes to four-player multiplayer good-times, too. No matter how you might manhandle the A.I., playing with your pals is the best way to enjoy this tennis match.
  30. Excels in fresh, exciting gameplay, especially when battling or playing cooperatively with friends. The many different courts, characters, and moves should keep you busy for months.
  31. 80
    The lack of a true career mode or create-a-player feature is also a letdown, as is the inability to acquire additional special moves or to put points into improving a character's core abilities.
  32. Mario Power Tennis is all about a great game of tennis, with responsive controls, colorful graphics, and a nice, lighthearted style. Fans of the sport shouldn't be surprised if they find one of the best tennis games out there.
  33. Winning solo tournaments can be frustrating due to difficulty spikes, but treats to unlock include additional characters, gimmick courts and amusing mini-games to help hone your skills.
  34. You can criticise it for not being a perfect reproduction of tennis and sometimes getting a little over-excited with its colours and power moves but you can't hate this game just because it wants you to have fun.
  35. It's solid fun, but rarely anything more – if you owned the N64 version, I strongly advise that you stay away from this.
  36. 75
    Such a hard game to review as the core gameplay is so much fun, but many things are holding back from achieving greatness. The 'power shots', while a good addition, should never have been made compulsory for Tournament play.
  37. Impeccably made, and full of Nintendo-land cheer. [Jan 2005, p.70]
  38. The initial abbreviated matches against CPU-controlled swingers may seem too easy, but the game ramps up in difficulty at a steady pace. [Jan 2005, p.138]
  39. It's like Wimbeldon gone weird... But if you strip it down to its essence, there's still a fast and solid tennis game underneath.
  40. The poorly designed power shot idea is enough to force any buyer of this game to ship their copy on a one-way trip to hell.
  41. 55
    Mario Power Tennis certainly has a lot going for it, but there are several factors that keep it from being truly enjoyable, most notably the lack of a decent doubles mode, the problematic Power shot, and the poor menu navigation.
  42. Power Tennis has depth only insofar as there's a great deal to do – medals to win, records to beat and tournament trophies to hold aloft – but all the frills and gimmicks overcomplicate something that wasn't broken in the first place. [Jan 2005, p.92]
  43. With so much going on, getting any enjoyment out of the multiplayer modes is far too much work and the simple, fun aspect found in titles like Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Kart: Double Dash!! has been replaced by, well, clutter. [Jan 2005, p.112]
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jul 1, 2014
    7
    Not as god as it's predecessor due to it having a little too much going on! I mean all the shells and stars and special moves just took away from the experience for me. Visually it was obviously far superior to the N64 version but the gameplay became too cluttered. Still fun, but could have been better. Full Review »
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    7
    The Mario sports titles have always been a mixed bag in terms of quality but Mario Power Tennis certainly amongst the best. Allowing up to four players to take the court as a range of characters from previous Mario games, each with their own unique style, Power Tennis is sure to provide most gamers with hours of multiplayer fun. Just ensure to turn off the special shots as these are far too powerful and completely unbalance the game. Full Review »
  3. Jan 19, 2013
    7
    While character imbalance when it comes to power moves can be very jarring and frustrating gameplay element, the core of the game is still good and it is a decent addition to the Mario sports series. Full Review »