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
Buy On
  1. CNET Gamecenter
    90
    Lifelike tennis action with whimsical Mario Bros.-style flair that's insanely addictive and provides more fun than you could possibly imagine.
  2. The combination of tight control, classic characters, and an endlessly competitive gameplay balance makes Mario Tennis one of the best multiplayer sports games ever.
  3. Da Gameboyz
    90
    Yes that's right, the adrenaline WILL flow.
  4. Daily Radar
    100
    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.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    90
    Like most games with "Mario" in the title, it's good stuff. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  6. Game Fan
    97
    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. 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.
  8. (The designers have) managed to balance strict tennis rules with forgiving arcade-style gameplay and have created a wonderfully solid release.
  9. 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.
  10. Call me evil, but there is nothing more satisfying then overhead-smashing a ball right into the cute noggin of either Baby Mario or Toad.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Nintendorks
    90
    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.
  15. Spank!
    80
    This is a surprisingly realistic simulation, and yet its overriding concern is to entertain. Which it does. In spades.

Awards & Rankings

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#8 Most Discussed N64 Game of 2000
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#8 Most Shared N64 Game of 2000
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. May 12, 2014
    10
    The first Tennis videogame I ever played. It also aspired me to play tennis later in my life. This game is still amazing and still has charm.The first Tennis videogame I ever played. It also aspired me to play tennis later in my life. This game is still amazing and still has charm. It is way better than any nintendo wii tennis game. Yoshi is by far the best. I used every character and got them all to gold. I still have a copy to this day. It is one of the few n64 games i wish to keep. Full Review »
  2. 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 gamesThis 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 »
  3. Nov 28, 2012
    9
    This game was so amazing me and my daddy used to always play it. It was so good and it never gets old i could just go over who didnt have anThis game was so amazing me and my daddy used to always play it. It was so good and it never gets old i could just go over who didnt have an N64 back then? Full Review »