Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Games Played 03/23/2009


Mario Power Tennis (2004)
Developer: Camelot Software Planning
Platform: Nintendo GameCube
Purchase Date: 2004

This ever changing court makes everything more challenging and interesting.

I just love how Nintendo slapped the "Best Seller" emblem on the game's cover during the first run of the game's production to convince people to purchase it. It was rather pathetic, as if the game wouldn't sell in the first place. I love Mario Power Tennis because of its clever interpretation of the sports from the variety of offensive and defensive special moves that the characters can use to the rule-altering courts. The graphics are bright and colorful as usual with great character animations and a lot of self-references when it comes to the backdrop designs. It is unfortunate that you can't turn off the trigger animation for the special moves because, though they are quick, they take you away from the game for that brief period of time. The camera would suddenly cut to a close up of your character while he/she/it is going through the animation routine before rudely cutting back to the default view. If they can make everything happen in real time in the next game - as well as adding the now mandatory online feature - it could have the potential of being a real winner.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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