Mario Tennis Open
|Mario Tennis Open|
|Release Date(s)|| North America: May 20, 2012|
Japan: May 24, 2012
Europe: May 24, 2012
Australia; May 25, 2012
Mario Tennis Open is a Mario title on the Nintendo 3DS that was released on May 20th 2012 in North America, in Japan and Europe on May 24th and May 25th in Australia. It will feature gyroscope support and online multiplayer.
Mario Tennis Open features the traditional elements that were seen in past Mario Tennis games, utilizing the buttons of the 3DS during single and multiplayer matches. Players will have to earn points by hitting the ball into the other side of the court and have it bounce twice, the same as it is in real tennis. Players will earn 15 points for every shot that is successful and will win the set, game, or match when they reach 60 points. The set and game points can be altered by the player in exhibition mode though tournament will stay the same,
 Menu Controls
- Circle Pad or D-Pad will move the cursor.
- A Button will confirm the command.
- B Button will cancel command, transition back to previous menu screen. And when a player wins an exhibition match, they can use it to return to the main menu.
- Start Button - During the match will pause the game and open a menu with choices for viewing game rules, gyroscope controls, re-do matches, or cancelling matches.
- L will toggle the character's dominant hand.
- R Button will toggle between the characters star rank.
 Game Controls
- Circle Pad or D-Pad moves the character.
- A button performs the topspin shot.
- B button performs the slice shot. This will also restart an replay at another angle.
- X Button performs a simple shot.
- Y Button performs a flat shot.
- A then B Button performs a lob shot.
- B then A Button performs a drop shot. Also will make the character perform a taunt and make their next shot stronger.
- L Button is used for when a player is charging a ball and is able to cancel it. It lets the partner know the player will hit the ball by saying "Got it".
- R Button is used for when the character is serving and will cycle through the three shot panel.
 Chance Shots
Chance Shots are a type of shot that only appear when the opponent performs a bad rebound. When this happens, a small colored area will appear on the players side with a symbol of an item or enemy. The color of the symbol will match the color of the panels on the touch screen. To be able to perform one of these chance shots, the player will need to press the correct button, button combination or touching the matching color on the touch screen. If they do not, it will be a regular shot.
Those players who are on the receiving end of the Chance Shot, will experience side effects that may hinder them. They however, could lessen the effect by pressing the correct opposite shot.
Here is a list of the Chance Shots and their effects:
|Red||Fire Flower||Creates a flame shot. When an opponent hits this shot, they will be pushed back drastically.|
|Blue||Blooper||Creates a high curve ball with a blue sparkling trail. The opponent will spin out of control when they hit this.|
|Purple||Star||Creates a Smash Shot.|
|Yellow||Cheep-Cheep||Creates a curving extreme lob that will bounce at the back edge of the court.|
|Gray||Bob-omb||Lower drop shot that a normal drop shot.|
 Game Modes
 Exhibition Mode
Like in the past Mario Tennis games, the exhibition mode is the versus mode of the game. Players are able to pick between singles or doubles match and choose their character and opponents. The can change their hand dominance or star rank. The opponent's CPU difficulty is also chosen after than and will right from easiest to hardest: Novice, Intermediate, Expert, Pro, and Ace. After this, the court will have to be chosen then they can determine the games and sets. Then the match will start.
 Tournament Mode
The Tournament Mode of the game is like the past tournament modes in the Mario Tennis game. This Tournament Mode will have a total of eight cups and the arrangement of the cups are changed. Players can only play in the second set of the cups after the character has a star ranking. This can be done by beating Champions Cup. During Doubles Tournament, only the character they control will get the star rank. When the Champions Cup has been completed, the Pro Difficulty is unlocked. The Final Cup will unlock the Ace difficulty.
After the Cup has been unlocked, players can play them at any time, no matter what character is used. Players will not have to complete the first three cups to beat special cup and earn the Star Rank like previous titles.
Tournament mode is very similar to the tournament mode in the previous Mario Tennis games. However, two more cups are added and the arrangement of the cups are different. Players must have a star ranking to participate in the second set of cups. They can achieve this by beating Special Cup. However, in the Doubles Tournament, only the character they control earns the star rank. Beating Champions Cup unlocks the Pro difficulty, which is more difficult than Expert, while Final Cup unlocks the most difficult COM difficulty for Exhibition Mode, the Ace difficulty.
Once the player has unlocked a cup, he or she can play that cup at any time, no matter what character is being used. As a result, characters do not have to clear all three cups to beat the Special Cup to earn the Star Rank, unlike in the previous titles.
 Special Games
The final game mode is the Special Game mode. These games will have special rules and features added to them that normal gameplay will not have. Some of these modes will be similar to previous Mario titles. Ring Shot will now be included in Special Games instead of an option in Exhibition Mode. Each Special game will have four difficulties and are named according to the special game.
Players will have to unlock each difficulty by beating the previous. They can unlock characters from completing the third level of each Special Game and unlock outfits for their Mii with meeting the requirements in the 4th difficulty.
Here are the four Special Games:
 Playable Characters
- Mario (All-Round)
- Luigi (All-Round)
- Peach (Technique)
- Yoshi (Speed)
- Daisy (Technique)
- Boo (Tricky)
- Bowser Jr. (Tricky)
- Diddy Kong (Speed)
- Donkey Kong (Power)
- Waluigi (Defense)
- Wario (Power)
- Bowser (Power)
- Baby Mario (Speed) (unlocked after Level 3 of Super Mario Tennis is completed)
- Baby Peach (Tricky) (unlocked after Level 3 of Ring Shot is completed)
- Luma (Technique) (unlocked after Level 3 of Galaxy Rally is completed)
- Dry Bowser (Defense) (unlocked after Level 3 of Ink Showdown is completed)
- Mii (custom)
 QR Downloadable Characters
- Black Yoshi (All-Around)
- Blue Yoshi (Speed)
- Light Blue Yoshi (Speed)
- Pink Yoshi (Technique)
- Red Yoshi (Technique)
- White Yoshi (Tricky)
- Yellow Yoshi (Power)
- Metal Mario(Power)
 Non-Playable Characters
- Inky Piranha Plants
- Koopa Troopas
- Shy Guys
- Buzzy Beetles
- Koopa Paratroopas
There are 8 courts in Mario Tennis Open.
- Mario Stadium (Hard Court, Grass Court, and Clay Court)
- Peach's Palace (Carpet Court)
- Bowser's Castle (Stone Court)
- DK Jungle (Wood Court)
- Mushroom Valley (Mushroom Court)
- Penguin Iceberg (Snow Court)
- Wario Dunes (Sand Court)
- Galaxy Arena (Crystal Court and Morph Court)
 Tennis Gear
|Mario||1000||Daisy||1000||Super Mushroom||1000||Chain Chomp||1000||Magikoopa||1750||Fire Mario||1150|
|Luigi||1550||Diddy Kong||1200||Fire Flower||1200||Thwomp||1200||Toad||1150||Propeller Mario||1750|
|Peach||1200||Luma||2950||Ice Flower||1400||Bob-omb||1000||Goomba||900||Bee Mario||1300|
|Yoshi||1100||Boo||1650||Super Star||4000||Bullet Bill||950||Koopa Troopa||1300||Cloud Mario||1800|
|Wario||1150||Bowser Jr.||1250||Banana||1750||Blooper||4200||Shy Guy||1750||Tanooki Mario||1550|
|Waluigi||1550||Dry Bowser||1200||Lightning||1200||Cheep-Cheep||1400||Birdo||1250||Metal Mario||1750|
|Bowser||1200||Green Shell||900||POW Block||1000||Lakitu||950||Wiggler||1200||Baby Mario||1200|
|Donkey Kong||1200||Red Shell||1600||? Block||1400||Hammer Bros.||1200||Petey Piranha||1200||Baby Peach||1200|
|Mario||800||Daisy||700||Super Mushroom||900||Chain Chomp||1000||Magikoopa||700|
|Luigi||1100||Diddy Kong||900||Fire Flower||900||Thwomp||900||Red Yoshi||900|
|Peach||900||Luma||1700||Ice Flower||950||Bob-omb||850||[Blue Yoshi]]||900|
|Yoshi||900||Boo||950||Super Star||1350||Bullet Bill||900||Light Blue Yoshi||900|
|Wario||900||Bowser Jr.||900||Banana||700||Blooper||1150||Yellow Yoshi||900|
|Waluigi||1150||Dry Bowser||950||Lightning||900||Cheep-Cheep||700||Pink Yoshi||900|
|Bowser||1900||Green Shell||800||POW Block||850||Lakitu||900||White Yoshi||800|
|Donkey Kong||950||Red Shell||1100||? Block||850||Hammer Bros.||900||Black Yoshi||900|
|Mario||250||Daisy||250||Super Mushroom||250||Chain Chomp||250||Magikoopa||700|
|Luigi||700||Diddy Kong||400||Fire Flower||400||Thwomp||400||Red Yoshi||400|
|Peach||400||Luma||1450||Ice Flower||550||Bob-omb||350||[Blue Yoshi]]||300|
|Yoshi||300||Boo||900||Super Star||700||Bullet Bill||200||Light Blue Yoshi||300|
|Wario||350||Bowser Jr.||400||Banana||700||Blooper||2050||Yellow Yoshi||350|
|Waluigi||700||Dry Bowser||400||Lightning||400||Cheep-Cheep||550||Pink Yoshi||400|
|Bowser||400||Green Shell||100||POW Block||300||Lakitu||250||White Yoshi||400|
|Donkey Kong||400||Red Shell||800||? Block||500||Hammer Bros.||400||Black Yoshi||250|
|Mario||800||Daisy||600||Super Mushroom||700||Chain Chomp||850||Magikoopa||600|
|Luigi||650||Diddy Kong||650||Fire Flower||700||Thwomp||550||Red Yoshi||800|
|Peach||800||Luma||1350||Ice Flower||800||Bob-omb||550||[Blue Yoshi]]||850|
|Yoshi||850||Boo||950||Super Star||900||Bullet Bill||800||Light Blue Yoshi||850|
|Wario||600||Bowser Jr.||850||Banana||650||Blooper||900||Yellow Yoshi||600|
|Waluigi||700||Dry Bowser||600||Lightning||650||Cheep-Cheep||550||Pink Yoshi||800|
|Bowser||600||Green Shell||850||POW Block||600||Lakitu||2400||White Yoshi||700|
|Donkey Kong||600||Red Shell||850||? Block||600||Hammer Bros.||600||Black Yoshi||800|
Costumes are used to customize the player's Mii character. These costumes are unlocked by the player reaching a certain requirement. These costumes will increase the Mii's stats like the other outfits do.
- Mario (Beat Star Tournament in singles)
- Luigi (Beat Star Tournament in doubles)
- Peach (Collect 800 points in Ring Shot)
- Daisy (Collect 700 points in Ring Shot with another player)
- Bowser (Collect 50 victory medals/beat 50 people online)
- Bowser Jr (Collect 20 victory medals/beat 20 people online)
- Yoshi (Scan the QR Code)
- Luma (Collect 1500 coins in the Galaxy Rally Challenge Special Game)
- Donkey Kong (Meet 50 Mii characters via Streetpass)
- Diddy Kong (Meet 20 Mii characters via Streetpass)
- Wario (Collect 800 Coins in Super Mario Tennis Level 1-4)
- Waluigi (Collect 800 Coins in Super Mario Tennis Level 2-4 (accessible with local multiplayer))
- Boo (Buy 100 different items in the item shop)
- Dry Bowser (Collect 100 victory medals/beat 100 people online)
- Bee Mario (Turn eight characters into star characters)
- Fire Mario(Turn two characters into star characters)
- Cloud Mario (Turn ten characters into star characters)
- Propeller Mario (Turn five characters into star characters)
- Tanooki Mario (Turn fifteen characters into star characters)
- Birdo (Beat an Ace computer in exhibition)
- Goomba (Add 100 items to the item shelf)
- Petey Piranha (Reach 50 returns in the Ink Showdown Challenge)
- Toad (Reach a total of 50000 coins)
- Wiggler (Earn a total of 5000 points in Online Multiplayer Open matches)
- Koopa Troopa (Win 10 consecutive Streetpass matches)
- Shy Guy (Win 20 consecutive Streetpass matches)
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