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Mario Tennis Open
Mario Tennis Open - North American Boxart
Boxart
Developer(s) Camelot Software
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario Sports
Release date JP May 24, 2012
NA May 20, 2012
EU May 25, 2012
AU May 24, 2012
Genre(s) Sport game
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Ratings ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: 3+
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Previous game Mario Tennis: Power Tour
Next game Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Mario Tennis Open is the sixth installment in the Mario Tennis game series. It is for the Nintendo 3DS, first released on May 20, 2012. The game features gyroscope support and online multiplayer (using the Nintendo Network procedures).

Gameplay

The gameplay features the traditional basic elements from previous Mario Tennis games, utilizing the buttons of the 3DS during gameplay single or multiplayer matches. Players can perform various different tennis shots by selecting the shot panels on the touch screen.

Chance Shots

Chance Shots may appear if the opponent performs a bad rebound, in that case, a small colored area with a symbol of a Mario enemy or item appears in the player's court.  To perform a chance shot, players have to perform the shot whose color corresponds to the colored area when they are in the area, either by pressing the correct button or button combination or by touching the matching color on the touch screen, otherwise, the shot is a normal shot.  However, players can perform a simple shot that automatically selects the appropriate shot, but this Chance Shot is weaker. Players on the receiving end of a Chance Shot may negate the effects by using a shot with an opposing spin.

Controls

Menus

  • (A) - Confirms a command.
  • (B) - Cancels a command. If players win an exhibition match, they can press this button to automatically return to the main menu.
  • (Start) - may be used instead of (A)
  • (L) - Toggles between the character's dominant hand.
  • (R) - Toggles between the character's star rank. In multiplayer, this is based on the data of player who created the room. Therefore, the player who has created room needs to have his or her characters starred if members of the room want to give their characters a star rank.

Matches

When preparing a shot, note that the buttons will function similarly to a dead-key on a keyboard.

  • (A) - Performs a topspin.
  • (B) - Performs a slice.
  • (X) - Performs a simple shot. This button automatically performs a weak version of the appropriate shot.
  • (Y) - Performs a flat shot. This button is used for Smash Shots as well. Note that Smash Shots and Purple Chance Shots are different shots.
  • (A) → (B) - Performs a lob.
  • (B) → (A) - Performs a drop shot.
  • (A)/(B)/(Y) While the opponent is receiving or serving the ball, or while your doubles partner is serving - The character performs a taunt that makes his or her shots better until someone scores. The effect weakens every time you return the ball, you cannot layer multiple taunts in a row to increase the effect past the maximum.
  • (L) - If the player is charging a shot, this button cancels the charge.
  • (L) During doubles matches - Creates a speech bubble above your characters head saying "Got it!"
  • (R) - Performs a lunge.
  • (L)/(R) While any player is serving - Cycles through three different touch screen layouts.
  • (Start) - During a match, this button stops the game and opens a menu that contain choices such as viewing game rules, setting gyroscope controls, choosing to restart matches, and canceling matches.

Note: Double tapping any of the single button shots will increase their strength and capability

Tournaments

Like in all Mario Tennis games, Tournaments can be played either in Singles or Doubles. Every tournament consists of a standard 8 player tournament. You must play through each of them in order to unlock the next one. However, once they are all unlocked, you may play them in any order of your choosing.

World Open

Mushroom Cup

The Mushroom Cup is played on the Mushroom Valley court, and is the easiest of all tournaments. (Unknown AI level)

Flower Cup

The Flower Cup is played on the Wario Dunes court, and is a little harder than the Mushroom Cup. (Unknown AI level)

Banana Cup

The Banana Cup is played on the DK Jungle court, and is harder still. (Unknown AI level)

Champions Cup

The Champions Cup is played on the Mario Stadium Courts, which is played on 3 different courts, the Hard Court, the Clay Court, and the Grass Court. This cup is the hardest of the 4 cups, after you complete the Championship cup in singles, you unlock the Star version of whichever character you played as. Beating this unlocks Pro AI in Exhibition mode. (Unknown AI level)

Star Open

Due to the difficulty of the Star Open, only star characters are allowed to enter. Once again, you must play through each of them in order to unlock the next cup

1-Up Mushroom Cup

The 1-Up Mushroom Cup is played on the Peach's Palace Court, and eases you into the Star Open. (Unknown AI level)

Ice Flower Cup

The Ice Flower Cup is played on the Penguin Iceberg Court, and is a little harder than the 1-Up Mushroom Cup. (Unknown AI level)

Shell Cup

The Shell Cup is played on the Bowser's Castle Court, and is harder still. (Unknown AI level)

Final Cup

The Final Cup is played on the Galaxy Arena with Morph Court, and uses Pro AI. Beating this for the first time will unlock Ace AI.

Game Modes

Exhibitions

In Exhibition Mode, you just simply play tennis matches, either Singles or Doubles. You get to pick the difficulty level of the CPU, either Novice, Intermediate, Expert, and later on, Pro and Ace. You then pick whatever Court you want to play on. Finally you pick how many sets and games you want to play, either 1, 3, or 5 sets, and either 2, 4, or 6 games to a set.

Courts

The following is a list of courts that you can play on in Mario Tennis Open

  • Mario Stadium
    • Clay Court (Bounce: Weak, Ball Speed: Slow)
    • Hard Court (Bounce: Strong, Ball Speed: Normal)
    • Grass Court (Bounce: Weak, Ball Speed: Fast)
  • Mushroom Valley
    • Mushroom Court (Bounce: Strong, Ball Speed: Slow)
  • Wario Dunes
    • Sand Court (Bounce: Weak, Ball Speed: Slow)
  • DK Jungle
    • Wood Court (Bounce: Normal, Ball Speed: Normal)
  • Bowser's Castle
    • Stone Court (Bounce: Strong, Ball Speed: Fast)
  • Penguin Iceberg
    • Snow Court (Bounce: Strongest, Ball Speed: Normal)
  • Peach's Palace
    • Carpet Court (Bounce: Normal, Ball Speed: Fastest)
  • Galaxy Arena (unlocked after defeating Star Open in singles or doubles)
    • Crystal Court (Bounce: Strongest, Ball Speed: Fastest)
    • Morph Court (Bounce: ???, Ball Speed: ???)

Special Games

These games earn you coins, you can use them to buy clothing parts for your Mii in the Item Store.

Ring Shot

You must hit the ball through golden rings in order to earn a certain amount of points before time is up. You can get more points by hitting the ball through 2 or 3 or even 4 rings at once than just hitting it through one at a time.

Super Mario Tennis

You go through redesigned classic Super Mario Bros stages. You must get the ball to the flagpole at the end before time runs out. You need to add on to the remaining time by earning points.

Galaxy Rally

You must complete a certain number of rallies without missing 3 times. It becomes challenging, because the opposite court side consists of 4 disappearing tiles that disappear each time you hit them, thus creating a hole in the court in which you cannot hit balls to. As soon as you hit another tile though, the previous hole gets filled back in and a new hole appears in the space that you just hit. After 40 rallies, it becomes less predictable as another hole appears. After 80 rallies, only one space remains as floor.

Ink Showdown

You must score a certain amount of return aces. Sometimes you will also get ink balls spit at you, if you don't hit them, they ink up your screen, making it harder to see.


Characters

Playable

Unlockable

  • Luma (Technique) (Unlocked by completing Superstar in Galaxy Rally)
  • Baby Mario (Speed) (Unlocked by completing 1-3 in Super Mario Tennis)
  • Baby Peach (Tricky) (Unlocked by completing Pro Rings in Ring Shot)
  • Dry Bowser (Defense) (Unlocked by completing Inksplosion in Ink Showdown)

Unlocked With QR Code

  • Red Yoshi (Technique)
  • Blue Yoshi (Speed)
  • Pink Yoshi (Technique)
  • Yellow Yoshi (Power)
  • Light-Blue Yoshi (Speed)
  • Black Yoshi (All-Around)
  • White Yoshi (Tricky)
  • Metal Mario (Power)

Non-Playable

Items

Players can unlock various clothing items in which to equip their Mii with by simply playing tennis matches, either in Exhibitions or Tournaments. The items are unlocked randomly as you play games, there is no set order in which they unlock, so the last item that one person unlocks may be the first item that someone else unlocks. The items are then up for sale to buy in the item shop with coins earned from the Special Games. The items come in various sets of clothing, as 4 different parts: Racket, Uniform, Wristbands, and Shoes. When you equip your Mii with clothing, it gets a special boost in stats based on which clothes you used, the stat boost is greater if you equip an entire set. The numbers shown are the prices of each item in terms of coins. In order to buy every single item from the shop, you would need a total of 158,350 coins.

  • Mario
    • Racket: 1000, Uniform: 800, Wristbands: 250, Shoes: 800
  • Luigi
    • Racket: 1550, Uniform: 1100, Wristbands: 700, Shoes: 650
  • Peach
    • Racket: 1200, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 800
  • Yoshi
    • Racket: 100, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 300, Shoes: 850
  • Wario
    • Racket: 1150, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 350, Shoes: 600
  • Waluigi
    • Racket: 1550, Uniform: 1150, Wristbands: 700, Shoes: 700
  • Bowser
    • Racket: 1200, Uniform: 1900, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 600
  • Donkey Kong
    • Racket: 1200, Uniform: 950, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 600
  • Daisy
    • Racket: 1000, Uniform: 700, Wristbands: 250, Shoes: 600
  • Diddy Kong
    • Racket: 1200, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 650
  • Luma
    • Racket: 2950, Uniform: 1700, Wristbands: 1450, Shoes: 1350
  • Boo
    • Racket: 1650, Uniform: 950, Wristbands: 900, Shoes: 950
  • Bowser Jr
    • Racket: 1250, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 800
  • Dry Bowser
    • Racket: 1200, Uniform: 950, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 600
  • Green Shell
    • Racket: 900, Uniform: 800, Wristbands: 100, Shoes: 850
  • Red Shell
    • Racket: 1600, Uniform: 1100, Wristbands: 800, Shoes: 850
  • Super Mushroom
    • Racket: 1000, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 250, Shoes: 700
  • Fire Flower
    • Racket: 1200, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 700
  • Ice Flower
    • Racket: 1400, Uniform: 950, Wristbands: 500, Shoes: 800
  • Super Star
    • Racket: 4000, Uniform: 1350, Wristbands: 700, Shoes: 900
  • Banana
    • Racket: 1750, Uniform: 700, Wristbands: 700, Shoes: 650
  • Lightning
    • Racket: 1200, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 650
  • POW Block
    • Racket: 1000, Uniform: 850, Wristbands: 300, Shoes: 600
  • Question Block
    • Racket: 1400, Uniform: 850, Wristbands: 500, Shoes: 600,
  • Chain Chomp
    • Racket: 1000, Uniform: 1000, Wristbands: 250, Shoes: 850
  • Thwomp
    • Racket: 1200, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 550
  • Bob-omb
    • Racket: 1000, Uniform: 850, Wristbands: 350, Shoes: 550
  • Bullet Bill
    • Racket: 950, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 200, Shoes: 800
  • Blooper
    • Racket: 4200, Uniform: 1150, Wristbands: 2050, Shoes: 900
  • Cheep Cheep
    • Racket: 1400, Uniform: 700, Wristbands: 550, Shoes: 550
  • Lakitu
    • Racket: 950, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 250, Shoes: 2400
  • Hammer Bro
    • Racket: 1200, Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 600
  • Magikoopa
    • Racket: 1750, Uniform: 700, Wristbands: 700, Shoes: 600

There are also several rackets that don't have clothing to go with them, but have costumes that go with them instead.

Next, there are a couple rackets that don't have a specific set or costume to go with them, but they fit in with other sets or costumes.

There is also one last racket that doesn't fit in with any of the clothing sets or costumes.

Finally, there are a few clothing sets that don't have any one racket that go with them. Instead, they all go with one particular racket, the Yoshi Racket.

  • Red Yoshi
    • Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 800
  • Blue Yoshi
    • Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 300, Shoes: 850
  • Light-Blue Yoshi
    • Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 300, Shoes: 850
  • Yellow Yoshi
    • Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 350, Shoes: 600
  • Pink Yoshi
    • Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 800
  • White Yoshi
    • Uniform: 800, Wristbands: 400, Shoes: 700
  • Black Yoshi
    • Uniform: 900, Wristbands: 250, Shoes: 800

Mii Costumes

There are various costumes that the player may unlock for his/her Mii. Much like the sports gear in the Item Shop, the costumes have different effects on one's Mii abilities.

  • Mario Costume (Win the Final Cup singles tournament)
  • Luigi Costume (Win the Final Cup doubles tournament)
  • Peach Costume (Get at least 800 points in Ring Shot Challenge in one match)
  • Yoshi Costume (Scan a QR Code on the game's website)
  • Wario Costume (Collect 800 coins in Super Mario Tennis level 1-4, and win)
  • Waluigi Costume (Collect 800 coins in Super Mario Tennis level 2-4, and win)
  • Bowser Costume (Win at least 50 Victory Medals)
  • Donkey Kong Costume (Meet 50 Mii characters via StreetPass)
  • Daisy Costume (Get at least 700 points in Ring Shot Challenge in local multiplayer in one match)
  • Diddy Kong Costume (Meet 20 Mii characters via StreetPass)
  • Luma Costume [Collect 1,500 coins in the Galaxy Rally Challenge]
  • Boo Costume (Buy at least 100 different items in the Item Shop)
  • Bowser Jr Costume (Win at least 20 Victory Medals)
  • Dry Bowser (Win at least 100 Victory Medals)
  • Wiggler Costume (Earn a total of 5,000 points in online matches)
  • Petey Piranha Costume (Complete Ink Showdown Challenge Perfectly)
  • Fire Mario Costume (Turn at least 2 Mario characters into star characters)
  • Propeller Mario Costume (Turn at least 5 Mario characters into star characters)
  • Bee Mario Costume (Turn at least 8 Mario characters into star characters)
  • Cloud Mario Costume (Turn at least 10 Mario characters into star characters)
  • Tanooki Mario Costume (Turn at least 15 Mario characters into star characters)
  • Toad Costume [Have 50,000 coins on hand at any one time]
  • Goomba Costume [Add 100 items to the item-shop shelves)
  • Koopa Troopa Costume (Win 10 consecutive StreetPass matches)
  • Shy Guy Costume (Win 20 consecutive StreetPass matches)
  • Birdo Costume (Beat an Ace level opponent in a singles exhibition match)

QR Codes

There are various items and playable characters unlocked via the QR Code screen accessed by pressing Up+Start on the File Select Screen. Each region might doing something different for these in a different order.

Name US location JP location EU location AUS location
Yoshi Costume Found on Club Nintendo Found on the game's website Found on the game's website Released
Blue Yoshi Found on the game's website. Released Released Released
Red Yoshi Found on IGN's website. Released Released Released
Pink Yoshi Found on GamesRadar. Released Released Released
Yellow Yoshi Found on Joystiq's website Released Released Released
Black Yoshi Given at select Gamestop stores on June 9, 2012 Released Given at specific Asda stores on May 25–26, 2012 Released

White Yoshi

Given in Nintendo Power's July 2012 issue Released Given at specific Asda stores on May 25–26, 2012 Released

Light-Blue Yoshi

Found on Toys R Us' website Released Released

Released

Metal Mario

Found on the Mario Tennis Open Facebook fan page Released Released Released

Media

Trailer

Mario Tennis Open (VG) (2012) - Special Games trailer01:54

Mario Tennis Open (VG) (2012) - Special Games trailer

Screenshots

External links

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