User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40

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  1. Dec 9, 2014
    7
    out of all the Mario sports games (besides Mario kart of course) this one is the most fun. there is nothing negative I can find to say about this game, but at the end of the day its just a tennis game, but a really good tennis game
  2. 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.
  3. 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 farThe 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. Expand
  4. 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.
  5. JackB.
    Jul 27, 2007
    9
    One of my favorite games on the Gamecube. A brilliant and well-developed game.
  6. JonnyL.
    Jun 3, 2007
    2
    this game is the dumbest peice of crap i've ever seen. To create an element of skill in the game that it would otherwise lack, nintendo put special moves into a game of tennis. this game is boring and i reccomend nobody buy it.
  7. PedroR.
    Sep 10, 2006
    10
    Unlimited fun! As it happens with every super mario feature (like super mario strikers, super smash brothers melee, mario party and more we all know about)
  8. HarryH.
    Jun 30, 2006
    10
    This game is so great i have played it for the last 79 days and i know that sounds stupid but it is true. Another great game on the gamecube.
  9. Will
    Mar 2, 2005
    10
    It is mint, basically.
  10. BlueFalcon
    Dec 12, 2004
    8
    This game is very much like the Mario Golf sequel on gamecube. Camelot for the most part got it right, but they also added some minor unwelcome elements (for mario golf it was an easy swing that can't be disabled and boo moving across the screen every 3 seconds). Mario Power Tennis has power offensive and defensive moves which can't be turned off except in multiplayer. They add This game is very much like the Mario Golf sequel on gamecube. Camelot for the most part got it right, but they also added some minor unwelcome elements (for mario golf it was an easy swing that can't be disabled and boo moving across the screen every 3 seconds). Mario Power Tennis has power offensive and defensive moves which can't be turned off except in multiplayer. They add a neat new element to gameplay, but you have to watch a predone 2-3 second animation sequence every time. It's a bit disruptive to gameplay when these happen 3 or 4 times every rally. It can also be frustrating to see an opponent return an obvious winner after it's already past him. Again, it can be an interesting gameplay element, but they seriously should have included the option to disable it. Other than that, there's not a lot to complain about. Maybe unforced errors could be a bit more frequent. It may take you 10 tennis matches before you see a ball called out. The new gimmick courts are maybe the most significant addition from mario golf 64. Some of the are excellent fun. Expand
  11. [Anonymous]
    Nov 28, 2004
    10
    I was a big fan of the n64 version of mario tennis, but this one blows it away.
  12. DanK.
    Nov 10, 2004
    9
    Really great and addictive, specail move cutscenes get annoying and game can be a little repetitive.
  13. TheoG.
    Nov 10, 2004
    10
    Really good character design - all are different and have complementary strengths and weaknesses, not to mention really unique styles of movement so the difference between Boo and Waluigi is felt in the controller. GREAT party / drinking game.
  14. Jan 19, 2013
    0
    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.
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. 9 / 8 / 9 / 8 - 34 gold [Oct 2004]
  2. MPT may not reinvent the game, but it definitely whacks it up enough to warrant a revisit. [Jan 2005, p.120]
  3. 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.