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ONM Remembered – #273

“Forget Wimbledon and the French Open. If you want tough competitions, Mario Tennis 64 has got the lot.”

from Official Nintendo Magazine issue 97 (October 2000)

A positively jam-packed preview for Mario Tennis on Nintendo 64.
I was really, really excited for this game back before its release, and this preview is to blame – it’s funny how dotting clipart of Mario characters around a page can really bring a sport like tennis to life! I had absolutely no familiarity with the sport then, but these needlessly in-depth pages really sold it, highlighting the gimmicks, the characters, and the variety of ways one can hit a ball with a racket. Buddy, when you know Yoshi and Bowser are involved, even mundane stuff like that seems exciting.