Mario Tennis Nintendo 64
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. While its direct competition is the Dreamcast's "Virtua Tennis," those who pass up this one because of cutesy characters and backgrounds will miss out on one of the best games for the system, hands down.
  2. But don't take it that lightly: it's cute good- looks and sense of humour don't detract at all from what is an exquisitely crafted game of tennis.
  3. The gameplay is so addicting that you might just forget that there’s no chance of Venus Williams’ mini-skirt fluttering up in the wind.
  4. The combination of tight control, classic characters, and an endlessly competitive gameplay balance makes Mario Tennis one of the best multiplayer sports games ever.
  5. If you ever thought you'd see a fun Tennis game, this is certainly it, and probably one of the most fun games in any genre.
  6. It's a game that's so amazing, if you don't own the system that plays it, you feel inclined to rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible.
  7. Lifelike tennis action with whimsical Mario Bros.-style flair that's insanely addictive and provides more fun than you could possibly imagine.
  8. It must be understood that the 9 you see on the right in the Overall category of the review scores is a qualified 9. It's the highest possible 9 that can be given, mere micrometers away from a 10.
  9. Yes that's right, the adrenaline WILL flow.
  10. 90
    The title, which features more than 16 classic mascot characters and realistic tennis rules and physics, plus more bonus modes than you can shake a stick at and an unsurpassed multiplayer mode, is so difficult to put down that there really is no use in trying.
  11. Like most games with "Mario" in the title, it's good stuff. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  12. This is a game you'll probably keep coming back to periodically even as the years progress -- its simplicity and charm will likely ensure it a lasting place in your game library.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Doce'
    Dec 18, 2003
    6
    Not bad, can't wait till it cames out on Gamecube.
  2. JyriV.
    Nov 11, 2002
    0
    Se on perseestä ja syvältä haistakaa paska homot.
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    9
    This is my favourite tennis game of all time. The gameplay was absolutely fantastic and in my opinion this was one of the best 4 player games on the N64 (which is saying something). Easy enough to get into but difficult to master it got the balance just right and didn't clutter the gameplay with needless powerups like the Gamecube follow-up. Great memories. Full Review »