Game. Set. Match! (#NintendoEnthused Mario Tennis Open Tournament)

I’ve had a lot of Nintendo stuff going on this week. And it’s all been fantastic. Rather than try to tackle it all in one big post, I’m going to break it up into two. So I know you’re all dying to hear about my thoughts on the WiiU Experience, but that should hopefully be coming tomorrow.

Today, it’s all about Mario Tennis Open for the 3DS.

Having loved Mario Sports Mix for the Wii, I was excited to see what they’d do with Mario Tennis Open on the 3DS. Let me just say, I’ve only had this game since Monday and it’s already my numer two most played game. It’s a lot of fun.

There’s a slight learning curve with this, but they give you hints in the game. They’ll tell you how to use the “chance shots”–which are really like power shots. Not to mention, the touch screen has all the shot combinations right on it. So you can either hit the appropriate shot on the screen, or hit the corresponding button(s).

You can play singles or doubles, exhibition matches or compete in a tournament, or there’s also fun little special games like Ring Shot (hitting balls through coin rings to earn points before time elapses), and Super Mario Tennis (hitting balls against a screen to play through the original Super Mario Bros levels). Special games are key. It’s through the special games that you really earn coins. And coins let you modify your Miis.

 I mean, look at my little Mii in her adorable Bullet Bill dress, with POW Block sweat bands and racket. Not only does she look cute, but these outfits help improve my stats. There are also character costumes too, so if I wanted to, I could dress my Mii up like Yoshi. (Oh, and search for QR codes, because thanks to those, I have 6 more yoshis and Metal Mario as playable characters. You can unlock more as you continue to play through the game.)

The gyro motion sensors come into play in this game. And at first I didn’t think I’d like them, but really, they are key for doing well in this game.

Now, thanks to my amazing friends at Brand About Town, I’m participating in a Mario Tennis Open tournament. Round one was yesterday, and I was up against my longtime Nintendo friend & rival, Rachel. I thought for sure I was doomed. But miracle of miracles, this is one game I can beat her in, no blue shells required! (And thanks to Rach for being a super sport about it.)

Since I’m still in the tournament, I won’t give out any more tips. At least not until I win it all. (Granted, I’m up against my buddy TOPolk, so yeah, this could all be over by tomorrow night. He plays this game every night.) But this game was a nice surprise and I can’t wait to get more outfits and win all the cups! (Though maybe not in doubles–that was a bit tricky for me, especially to trust that my computer partner to hit the ball all the time.)

Anyway. This has been a great game. If you’ve got a 3DS you should check it out. Play tournaments against friends locally (and only one of you needs the game card!), or play strangers online in sets or quick “tie-breaker” matches.

Don your skorts. Put on your sweat bands. Practice your grunts. And get ready for a fun time. I know I sound like an ad, but this really is a great game and makes my top 3 list for the 3DS.