October 26th, 2004, 09:29
News from Lik Sang (http://www.lik-sang.com/news.php?artc=3505&&lsaid=219793) [br][br] Today we received the long-awaited successor to the smash Nintendo 64 hit, Mario Tennis for Gamecube, two days early compared to Japan official release date. All pre-orders are shipping as we speak and new orders are welcome for only US$59.90, eligible for free shipping worldwide. We tested this japanese version with Freeloader and it works a treat on both PAL and US Gamecubes without any flaw.[br][br]The Mushroom Kingdom has hosted tennis tournaments before, but this time even more powerful shots and new, character-specific, power-ups guarantee the craziest matches ever. The wild multiplayer action allows players of all ages to pick up the game and instantly start smashing tennis balls around and yet a deep level of challenge awaits those willing to master it. You will use ever stronger shots with a multitude of spins as you continue to boost your skill points. There are four difficulty levels, three ball speeds and three main modes: Exhibition, Tournament and Special Games. Exhibition mode lets you master the basics of tennis, including mini games like Gimmick Court where you'll struggle to keep your footing on tilting courts, slog through sludge and more. In Tournament, battle your way through eight-character playoffs. Special Games like Terror Tennis or Mecha-Bowser Mayhem offer outrageous fun with an unique twist. Whack balls at ghosts, oh the horror (Luigi must feel the deja vu)![br][br] [br][br]Whether you tend to crowd the net like Luigi or prefer to rely on a baseline game as Mario does, we have the official trailer for you to get into some felt-whacking mood:[br][br]Mario Tennis - Official Japanese Trailer[br][br]You can choose your favorite character from a total pool of 14, where each one sports a particular strength. Peach, Daisy and Shy Guy for example are master technicians, while Waluigi specializes in defense. Wario, Donkey Kong and Bowser rely on brute force (who would've guessed?). Others represent either speed demons or are able to put nasty english on their shots. Mario and Luigi themselves are well-balanced characters, relying on different strategies seems to be the key to success with those. Mario Tennis is most realistic on the Peach Dome's regular, clay and grass courts, then quickly gets very crazy with bizarre courts inspired by Luigi's Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine, Donkey Kong, Bowser's Castle and Wario.