Mario Tennis Open for 3DS hitting the courts May 20

Nintendo today revealed its world famous plumber (who seems to get involved in everything but plumbing) will hit the court this summer with the release of Mario Tennis Open for 3DS on May 20 in North America, and May 25 in the UK.

The launch (volley?) date was revealed during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, and heralds the return of the all-star cartoon sport franchise, which started with Mario Tennis on the N64. The Camelot-developed sequel will sport full touch controls, and allow players to view the court from different angles using the 3DS's gyroscope function.

If rallying against soulless AI Nintendo mascots isn't your thing, Mario Tennis 3DS will also feature local and online multiplayer support for up to four players. Nintendo indicated its online component will be supported with matchmaking systems, leaderboards, medals, and unlockable achievements.

We've heard very little about Mario Tennis Open since it was first revealed at TGS 2011. Expect that to change as Nintendo warms up for its summer 2012 release.


  • IceBlueKirby - February 22, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    w00t! I hope this is good enough to make up for the fact there wasn't a NEW Mario Tennis game for the Wii. I'll still buy this either way though.
  • shawksta - February 22, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    Mario Tennis is one of the best Mario Sport games out there. Its awesome to see they want to improve the experience, and with Camelot back, BOTH local and Online, this games gonna be awesome, I hope it has the extra fun content from Power Tennis on GC. This games gonna be great even without the RPG element, it WOULD be awesome if they added it back in. Considering Camelot's back, I wonder what will happen in the next episode of "The Misadventure's of Wario and Waluigi" XD
  • CommanderCrunch - February 22, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    Is it known yet whether or not this game will have the RPG style story mode that the other handheld games have. That's my favorite part about the Game Boy golf and tennis games.
  • beandipdragon101 - February 22, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    Yeah I'll only buy it if it has the story mode. Those were so much fun.

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