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Nothing more than a basic sports game with Mario characters
As someone who's a fan of the classic Mario sports games, like Golf, Strikers, Tennis, etc., seeing how there was a game with all of that and more, as well as it being a portable game I could take anywhere really got me pumped. Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest letdowns on the 3DS, since there's really not much here in terms of progression. Sure, the aforementioned sports are all here and accounted for, but that's really all this game has. There's really no incentive to play through each sport whatsoever, as there are little to no rewards for doing so. The roster is disappointing, as there's not much in terms of wow factor or variety. Just the standard Mario fare with Pink Gold Peach for some ungodly reason. Also, this game is just missing the trademark charm that most other Mario sports games had, and the fact that Camelot didn't seem to learn anything from the awful "Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash" hurts that much more, since this is barely an improvement in terms of charm and extra content This is not to say this is an awful game by any means, as the gameplay can be great fun and the visuals are very good for a 3DS game. Multiplayer is fun and the sports can be addictive. But, who's to say that matters in the grand scheme of things when there is not much in terms of incentive, here? I'm sorry, but regardless of how fun a game can be, if there's no incentive, then what is even the point of playing it to begin with when there are games that are just as, if not more fun with more incentive? This doesn't feel like the Mario sports games we all know and love, but rather, a dumbed down version that offers little to no replay value whatsoever, making this a bit of a low in the line of Mario Sports games. I wouldn't say it's quite as bad as "Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash", as this game at least has more to do. But, this is still severely lackluster as a game, which is why I can't really recommend this over other Mario Sports games at all. Even for as just okay "Mario Tennis Open" is, at least that has more going for it. This, however, is nothing more than a basic sports game with Mario characters. Unless you are a die-hard Mario fan that needs every game he's in, just don't bother with this one.
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