New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis Wii

Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
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  1. The game doesn’t have much new content. A few new courts and characters won’t attract anyone who’s spent serious time on the GC version. Still, I couldn’t help but find myself getting wrapped up it the game again, even if I had the nagging feeling that this version seemed a little easier than it had before.
  2. With its additional shot possibilities (and the ability to control your movement), Wii Sports Tennis looks downright primitive by comparison.
  3. 83
    The graphics aren't sharp, HD models, but Mario Power Tennis looked good when it first came out, and it still looks good today. It's not perfect, and more carefully retooled port would have been preferable, but Mario Power Tennis provides what's important: fun.
  4. This is easily worth the $30, especially if you happen to have friends over on a regular basis.
  5. You have to hand it to Mario and Co. – they do what they do very well, even if they don't exactly take big risks. Mario Power Tennis is 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.
  6. With the basic controls it's like a jazzed up version of Wii Sports. With the full manual controls it's a mess. Take your pick.
  7. Attractive tennis with a Mario twist, but hobbled by hard-to-aim motion controls.
  8. Games Master UK
    77
    The Wii controls haven't enhanced it in any way but it's still a decent tennis game. [Apr 2009, p.80]
  9. Ultimately, this is one of the most surprising titles of the previous Nintendo console, and undoubtedly it will take by surprise those who didn't have the chance to enjoy it then. Unfortunately, there are some unpolished aspects, like the technical part of the game, although the worst thing we've found is the absence of the online component, which would have dramatically increased the fun in this game.
  10. For anyone who already owns the Gamecube version of Mario Power Tennis, there isn’t anything new here to justify another purchase unless you’re really looking for an alternate control scheme. That said, newcomers to the series are getting a great game for a fantastic price. Game, set, and match: Nintendo.

Awards & Rankings

#99 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#36 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 31, 2015
    8
    I like this game in the wii more than in the gamecube,I like the new controls,this game is as great as the gamecube version,I think it hasI like this game in the wii more than in the gamecube,I like the new controls,this game is as great as the gamecube version,I think it has better graphics and it is fun to play it with the wii remote,I give it a 8 out of 10. Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2014
    6
    It´s overall a good game, except for the simple fact that the controls are sometimes unresponsive!Game play is horrible, you want to do aIt´s overall a good game, except for the simple fact that the controls are sometimes unresponsive!Game play is horrible, you want to do a smash and it does not connect! Full Review »
  3. Zjm
    Jul 23, 2011
    6
    New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis designed for the Wii did not quite live up to its predecessor. There are an innumerable amount ofNew Play Control! Mario Power Tennis designed for the Wii did not quite live up to its predecessor. There are an innumerable amount of controls jammed in to just the wii remote, making it exceedingly difficult to apply desired spin on the ball, control the ball, and pace the ball. As I compare the revamped version of Mario Power Tennis to its solid precursor I remember the great fun of choosing which side to hit the ball to creating a master plan running my opponent all around, but now characters like Daisy are of no apparent value because of the challenge to place the ball with the new timing system where you actually want it. On the up side, it took care of some obvious problems of the gamecube version. Now instead of having a good side, and a bad side, two views exist for each player to take away that dilemma. Also the ball goes out and hits the net much more frequently adding an element of imperfection that greatly improves the game. Another changes include everyone serving the same speed. Nintendo thought they did us a favor by improving minute things about the game, but by adding the new controls they actually made the game less enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, this is still a entertaining and fun-packed game, and the controls aren't that bad, but Mario power tennis for gamecube was simply better. If you are and individual seeking an forbearer struck your fancy, and are interested in trying the new Wii controls, then give it a try! Full Review »