Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7 are now available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop at a price of $39.99 each. Select Nintendo 3DS software that is currently available at retail stores will become available in the Nintendo eShop in the future. Nintendo UK announced earlier today that Mario Tennis Open is available on the European Nintendo 3DS eShop.
Metal Mario is an unlockable character in Mario Kart 7 and is now available to unlock in North American copies of Mario Tennis Open. To unlock him – while on the profile select screen of the game – press up on the control-pad plus the start button (at the same time). And then, scan the QR code above with the outer camera of your Nintendo 3DS.
Camelot has worked on a few Mario titles, such as Mario Tennis Open, and the developer wants to work with another Nintendo character. Camelot president Hiroyuki Takahashi revealed that he wants to develop a new Donkey Kong game. Takahashi is apparently a fan of Donkey Kong 64, for the Nintendo 64, and “would love to make a sequel to it.” Should Camelot work on the Donkey Kong franchise, or should it be left for Retro Studios?
Hiroyuki Takahashi, the president of Camelot, was recently interviewed about Mario Tennis Open, which is their latest video game. Toward the end of the interview, Takahashi was asked about whether there will be a new installment in the Golden Sun series. Takahashi said that the Golden Sun games require a great deal of effort to develop, and Camelot may work on a new chapter if there is strong demand for it.
“Golden Sun really requires a full effort to be put in. But of course, if there are enough people saying that we really must create another game, then we may just have to listen to them. Still, you would need to give me a bit of time to work on ideas for the story before we could release a fourth game in the series.”
Mario Tennis Open was released in Europe today. So far, the game has received mixed reviews and holds a score of 70/100 on Metacritic. IGN has criticized the game for “never allowing itself to break out of a more typical tennis mold to be something unique” and gave it a 6.5/10.
GameTrailers praised the game’s multiplayer and online functionality and awarded it with an 8.1/10. Mario Tennis Open is now available to purchase in all regions. Although most reviews were above average, do you think Mario’s new game will be on the list of the best-selling software, as his games were last week?
In an exciting Nintendo 3DS exclusive, a massive Yoshi hunt will soon become available ahead of the upcoming Mario Tennis Open launch on 25th May. The hunt, entitled The Yoshi Chase, will involve tracking down a series of different-coloured Yoshis, playable in Mario Tennis Open, through corresponding QR codes released over the coming weeks through various channels. The Black Yoshi will be the first to be released but there are many more in the pipeline so keep your eyes peeled.
Each Yoshi QR code will be released in a variety of different ways and at different times, so you will have to stay alert to find them – the Black Yoshi will be distributed first exclusively through 30 Asda stores on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May, between the hours of 9.30AM and 5.30PM. White, Blue and Red Yoshi will follow at a later date. These characters can only be activated with the QR code held by in-store sampling teams, so be sure to come down with your Nintendo 3DS so you don’t miss out.
Update: Sorry, this is currently UK only. My mistake!
Edge magazine has awarded Mario Tennis Open a respectable 7/10 in its latest issue. Sadly there’s no excerpts from the review, but it would be safe to assume they enjoyed the game. Edge magazine is notorious for its harsh scoring system so 7/10 is reasonably good. Mario Tennis Open is due for release May 20th in North America and May 25th in Europe.
Following last month’s unveiling of the Special Games mode in Mario Tennis Open, Nintendo has revealed even more details about the upcoming game, which launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on May 20th in North America and May 25th in Europe.
Newly revealed game elements include the following:
- Online Play: Mario Tennis Open players can compete and cooperate in local wireless matches with other opponents and play exhilarating games. Players can also build up their Open Match standings, check the monthly leaderboard and win Victory Medals from every challenger they defeat.
- Ink Showdown: In this fast-paced competition, Piranha Plants spit ink balls from the back edge of the court. Players must destroy the ink balls before they splatter, while hitting tennis balls away from an opponent.
- StreetPass Features: Players can inspire friendly competition by using the Nintendo 3DS system’s StreetPass feature. They can engage in competitive StreetPass Matches or cooperative Ring Shot challenges with computer-controlled versions of people they encounter and share their StreetPass winning streak. StreetPass can also be used to show off players’ Mii characters, which can be customized with new outfits and accessories that can improve their on-court performance. As users play, new items for their Mii will be unlocked in the Item Shop.
- Unlockable Characters: New and familiar Nintendo characters can be unlocked – some through game play, others via special QR Codes. Unlockable characters include Luma, Baby Mario and Dry Bowser.
Nintendo UK has uploaded a fresh new trailer for the super-fun Mario Tennis Open for the Nintendo 3DS. The video gives fans a taster of the characters on offer as well as some of the special unlockable features you’ll find scattered throughout the game. Mario Tennis Open is due for release May 25th in Europe and May 20th in North America.
Nintendo has provided us with a brand new trailer for the forthcoming Mario Tennis Open which is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS. The video shows off the game’s ‘special games’ which see you attempt various mini games that appear to be influenced by a number of Mario titles. Mario Tennis Open is due for release May 25th in Europe and May 20th in North America.