User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 65
  2. Negative: 1 out of 65
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  1. Aug 12, 2018
    10
    Holy crap, this is the best Mario Tennis, no, THE best tennis game in general. Everybody buy this game right now and you will have tons of fun.
  2. 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.
  3. Will
    Mar 2, 2005
    10
    It is mint, basically.
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. JackB.
    Jul 27, 2007
    9
    One of my favorite games on the Gamecube. A brilliant and well-developed game.
  7. DanK.
    Nov 10, 2004
    9
    Really great and addictive, specail move cutscenes get annoying and game can be a little repetitive.
  8. 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
  9. [Anonymous]
    Nov 28, 2004
    10
    I was a big fan of the n64 version of mario tennis, but this one blows it away.
  10. Nov 4, 2016
    10
    This game was worth my 15 dollars. The graphics are shiny and the gameplay is fast and improved on the 2 games before it. Why is this game hated for is my question?

Awards & Rankings

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#15 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
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#16 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Weekly Famitsu
    85
    9 / 8 / 9 / 8 - 34 gold [Oct 2004]
  2. GMR Magazine
    80
    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.