Mario Tennis, known in Japan as Mario Tennis 64 (マリオテニス64 Mario Tenisu Rokujūyon), is a sports video game developed by Camelot and Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. The game was released in North America and Japan in the summer of 2000, and released in Europe later in November. It is the first tennis-oriented game starring Mario since Mario's Tennis, and the second game developed by Camelot on a Nintendo system.
The success of Mario Tennis led to a sequel, Mario Power Tennis in 2004. It was also re-released on the Virtual Console in the PAL region on June 18, 2010, in North America on June 28, 2010 and in Japan on August 31, 2010.
Characters and Transfer Pak features
Marking the sixth Mario game for the Nintendo 64, Mario Tennis brings eleven new characters to the Mario Tennis franchise, including Waluigi, Princess Daisy (Prior to Mario Tennis, Daisy's last appearance was as Luigi's caddy in the 1991 arcade game Open Tournament Golf), Wario, Shy Guy, Donkey Kong and Birdo.
Through the use of an N64 Transfer Pak, players are able to import his or her characters from the Game Boy Color version of Mario Tennis to the N64 game, as well as the characters' stats. After connecting Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color with Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, various options become available; Yoshi, Wario, Waluigi and Bowser can all be sent to the Game Boy Color Version, and GBC characters Alex, Harry, Nina and Kate can be transferred to the Nintendo 64 version. Using the latter four characters, experience points may be earned to transfer back to the GBC version. As the characters go up in levels, one may send his or her improved characters to the N64 version to level up again.
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