Mario Tennis smashes Virtual Console

Nintendo Store Update: Digital storefront adds mustached Italian Nintendo 64 tennis game for nostalgic front, Frat Party Games sequel on WiiWare, as well as dating, puzzle games, and more on DSiWare.

Nintendo packed 10 new digital titles into its growing software catalog this week. From the comical Nintendo 64 tennis game Mario Tennis to a Robin Hood shooter, Nintendo covered a wide array of genres with this week's update.

While Nintendo had nothing to offer nostalgic gamers recently, this week is a different story. Mario Tennis (1,000 Wii points, or $10) from the Nintendo 64 made its way to the Virtual Console this week. The rerelease includes the same cast of 16 Mushroom Kingdom characters, variety of game modes, items to use, and multiplayer found in the 2000 title.

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Nintendo released three titles on WiiWare this week, one of which was Pong Toss Pro: Frat Party Games (600 Wii points, or $6) from JV Games Inc. The title, inspired by the college-born phenomenon, is a sequel to the 2008 original. The game includes a redesigned throwing system built for accuracy and sports improved graphics and a tournament mode.

Also coming to WiiWare this week is Jett Rocket (1,000 Wii points, or $10) from Shin'en Multimedia. The game puts players in the shoes of Jett and tasks them with exploring Yoroppa, a planet attacked by the nefarious Power Plant Posse. Players will explore poisonous swamps, tropical islands, and freezing-cold glaciers in the action adventure game.

The final game coming to WiiWare this week is Robin Hood: The Return of Richard (500 Wii points, or $5). From Nordcurrent, the game puts players in the boots of Robin Hood the archer, fighting through 12 levels in medieval England.

Switching to the DSiWare front this week, Nintendo released a six-pack of digital titles for the portable download destination. From Ubisoft comes Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects - Revenge (800 DSi points, or $8). In the game, the mutant king has fallen, and the mutant queen has risen to power and is exerting powerful dominion over the insects. In the game, players are tasked with freeing the scorpion champion, the only giant insect capable of dethroning the queen.

Also hitting DSiWare this week was Brain Drain (500 DSi points, or $5). The puzzle-solving game features three game modes: Challenge, Race, and Random. From publisher Enjoy Gaming, the title has more than 200 puzzles, various difficulty levels, and time attacks to complete.

Continuing the puzzle theme this week is Animal Color Cross (500 DSi points, or $5) from Little Worlds Studio. Players must uncover an animal picture that lies beneath the grid from various geographical regions, where fauna from those destinations can be uncovered.

From Circle Entertainment this week comes Ancient Tribe (500 DSi points, or $5). Players assume the role of a benevolent deity in this real-time strategy game set in a world called Savage. As the deity, players will guide the world's inhabitants toward food, resources, and hunting grounds to sustain and grow their population.

Speeding to the dating front, Gameloft's Date or Ditch (500 DSi points, or $5) hit DSiWare this week. Players will face the entire gamut of dating experiences from romantic to wild and can take their dates to go to dinner, see a movie, and "more."

The last game to come to the portable's download destination this week is Maestro! Green Groove from Neko Entertainment (500 DSi points, or $5). The game mixes music and platforming, where players will hit spiders to play drums, shoot fruit to hear melodies, and more.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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35 comments
nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Hmm, haven't played played Mario Tennis in ages. Guess I should download it. :)

mandmsrock
mandmsrock

Jet Force Gemini would be cool to see...also would love to see conkers bad fur day lol...dont see that happening though :(

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

@EternalYoshi that maybe true, but those are resolveable much easier then say Capcom trying to get disney to allow them to put out Ducktails. Also, Nintendo received an ESRB rating for Earthbound a year ago or so, which means they were willing to invest the money in the rating...so I would assume the license is cleared. I checked the page...nothing in their that wasnt taken care of in 1995 would pass muster. The music references arent accurate enough and most likely the music would survive as parody. The music owners would likely not sue because all it would get them is nintendo wouldnt release it, and the profits share is too small. Moreoever the product was already released with no law suit, at the time Nintendo was the dominant player in the video game industry so it wasnt hidden. None of the legal claims would likely pass a motion of summary judgment, but the Beatles stuff might get antsy, they re a litigious bunch

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

ridiculous how they put the original game for virtual console and yet they did it for play control. Oh well what to choose for wii. Anyway looks cool.

GCwasthebestsys
GCwasthebestsys

also, if you haven't got bit.trip.runner you need to stat. best downloadable game i've played in a long long time. world of goo is the last dlc game i remember enjoying as much.

GCwasthebestsys
GCwasthebestsys

just got mario tennis. remember liking this 64 version just as much as the gamecube "mario 'power' tennis" which i did not buy for the wii port

Flint247
Flint247

Downloaded Mario Tennis. :D

EternalYoshi
EternalYoshi

@Bigbudd0045: Earthbound DOES have licensing issues with it's soundtrack, as the game samples and references way too many pop culture and songs that aren't public domain. There's an article called "Earthbound and Legal Issues" on EBCentral. google it for more info. Also, the MSX version of Metal Gear is superior than the NES version.

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

I loved Mario Tennis on the N64! I'll be sure to download it as soon as I'm able.

TTShlo74
TTShlo74

@Blaketoberfest Well.... you are really close. I love nintendo to be honest. I was exaggerating... I really like Mario Tennis. Its dat GREAT!

Blaketoberfest
Blaketoberfest

@ TTShlo74 Considering your "sarcasm", I can tell you're a PlayStation/Xbox fanboy with bad taste. If you read the N64 review of this game, it's hardly a bad title.

TTShlo74
TTShlo74

Mario Tennis is the greatest game of all time... NUFF SAID! (sarcasm)

green_dominator
green_dominator

@wiidsduelpack Ogre Battle 64 had good reviews, there is no official rating on Gamespot but the community seems to love the game, I'd say it's worth checking out.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

The difference between an SNES game and a N64 game is $2. I'll rather have an N64 game. Better graphics and a better game. Also there won't be leftover points. / Anyone? Is Ogre Battle 64 a good game. Seems like a good RPG

maxwellsdemon13
maxwellsdemon13

I used to really enjoy Mario Tennis, wonder if it is still fun...

TTShlo74
TTShlo74

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townsenda1
townsenda1

I figured it was only a matter of time before Mario Tennis made it's way to the V.C.

6h05tly
6h05tly

@Cruse34 Yeah, Ninty (and other devs) should release more N64 games on VC. Maybe OoT Master Quest (for those who didn't play it via GCN port) or Star Wars: Rouge Squadron?

Persecution89
Persecution89

I would love to see more Nintendo 64 games hit the virtual console soon, Mario Tennis is an awesome game and it rekindles some hope i had lost that Nintendo is still willing to put old school games on the Wii Shop.. the lack of VC releases recently was beginning to worry me.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Mario Tennis is such a good game.

1ciscod
1ciscod

Mario Tennis would have been ok to release if they added motion plus controls, and online, but with the tennis games out on the Wii that do both of these it seems unnecessary! Let's have Earthbound and alot of the great RPGs that were on the SNES , it would help fill he RPG Void on the Wii!!! Also how about some more good online games in general!!!! Also Ubi Soft made a Video camera for the Wii last year... how about someone making this usable for online chat in and out of online games!!! After all nintendo did help them make the cam!!!

Flint247
Flint247

I am so glad I bought a Nintendo Points Card last month. :D

lbptoady
lbptoady

FINALLY!!! Ever since my sister took up the N64 to college I haven't been able to play this or SSB! Now they're on the wii! There goes $20.

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

titles not yet out on VC that should have been and have no licencing issues: Contra Mega Man X Earthbound Final Fantasy III (VI) Secret of Evermore Yoshi's Island Strider (NES or Genesis, but preferably Genesis) Metal Gear (NES or MMX) Illusion of Gaea and seriously @thetravman you want Mario Party on VC? really? Each to their own buddy, but you baffled me with that one.

Zanoh
Zanoh

DLing it here.

thetravman
thetravman

Thats cool, but I really want to see some Mario Party.

Flint247
Flint247

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