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A series of [[SportsGame Sports Games]] by Creator/{{Nintendo}} and, with the exception of the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy installment, Camelot Software Planning (the two companies also partnered with each other on ''VideoGame/MarioGolf'') starring [[SuperMarioBros Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom]] gang. The game gives you a large selection of characters all from the Mario universe. The game is also famous for the debut of Wario's brother (?) Waluigi.
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!!Games in the series:
* ''Mario's Tennis'' (1995) - UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy
* ''Mario Tennis'' (2000) - UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}, UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor, and VirtualConsole
* ''Mario Power Tennis'' (2004) - UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube (Re-released on the {{Wii}} as a "New Play Control" game)
* ''Mario Tennis: Power Tour'' (2005)- UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance
* ''Mario Tennis Open'' (2012)- UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS

!!Game series provides examples of:
* TheAce: Dweezil and Elroy.
* ActionHoggingOpening: ''Mario Power Tennis'' has one of these.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: You sometimes get a piece of tennis clothing for your Mii after finishing a match in ''Mario Tennis Open''. [[RPGElements They have stats, though.]]
* AscendedExtra: Waluigi in the GBA game. It's also the only game he appears in to not have Wario appear alongside him.
** One of [[SuperMarioGalaxy the Lumas]] in ''Open'' becomes playable there for the first time (a Luma can be seen as Rosalina's passenger in [[MarioKart ''Mario Kart Wii'']], and ''SuperMarioGalaxy2'' featured a co-star Luma).
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Volcano Shot and Rainbow Save power shots in Advance Tour require insane status to obtain, but suck.
** BoringButPractical: Slider Shot requires one stats (Spin, which is one of the first to become accessible) to be boosted and is still a fairly solid shot.
* TheBusCameBack: The N64 game, aside from the debut of Waluigi, brought back [[VideoGame/SuperMarioLand Daisy]] and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Birdo]], all three of whom are now staples of Mario spinoff titles.
* ButtMonkey: Wario and Waluigi are treated as this in the opening movie.
** N64 and Power Tennis' victory animations aren't exactly kind to Luigi.
* ButtonMashing: Defeating Mecha-Bowser in Mecha-Bowser Mayhem is simply a matter of [[SpamAttack mashing A]] and dodging the fire breath and bullet bills. You have the option of [[ChargedAttack firing charged shots]] which are slightly stronger and [[HomingProjectile home in]] on Mecha-Bowser but [[CoolButInefficient why waste time with that]]?
* CantCatchUp: Any opponent you unlock in the GBC and GBA versions that 1. Aren't opponents in the Island Open, 2. Aren't in the higher ranks of the Varsity Class, and 3. aren't a [[SuperMarioBros Mushroom Kingdom character]] will generally be bad to mediocre and end up as {{Joke Character}}s.
** LethalJokeCharacter: You can set the Mario characters onto any difficulty in the GBC game, but all of the story characters, regardless of their class, will automatically be set on hard each time you play an exhibition game.
* CharacterCustomization: A new feature in ''Open'' allows players to dress their Mii up with various gear, changing their stats to the player's taste.
* ClimaxBoss[=/=]FinalBoss: A. Coz (in Singles), and The Costello Brothers (in Doubles) in the GBC version. Willy [[spoiler:Costello]], joined by Sheri in Doubles, in the GBA version. Winning nets you the trophy [[spoiler:And an invitation to the Mushroom Kingdom for a chance to face off against Mario.]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: In ''Mario Tennis Open'', in addition to the usable-by-default green Yoshi that specializes in speedy play, QR codes unlock more Yoshis with different stats, such as yellow specializing in power, red specializing in technique, white being tricky, and black being a JackOfAllStats.
* ConfusionFu: Tricky[=/=]Tactical characters like Boo in the N64 and GCN versions, Bowser Jr. in the GCN version, and Willy [[spoiler:Costello]] in the GBA version. They have insane amounts of spin on their balls which can catch a player off guard.
** Strangely, in the GBC game, a speed-oriented character, Spike, has a tricky-type move; his drop shot (a deliberately weak shot that barely makes it over the net) curves to the right, making it harder to follow. Meanwhile, A.Coz has a very powerful lob (high) shot that will fly high, regardless of what part of the court he's on.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Spike, how in the ''hell'' do you get your ball to curve ''at a one hundred and eighty degree angle''?!?
** It's worth noting that while you can get your serves to curve, you and the computer can do this. Spike however does this with his drop shots, something you can never do.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Daisy's tournament win animation has her tripping after getting her trophy.
* DefeatMeansPlayable: Every tennis opponent that you play against in both handheld versions. This includes '''Mario''' himself in the GBC version. For the GBA version, Mario Series characters are instead unlocked at the start and you get Star versions of them instead.
* DummiedOut: The Virtual Console ports currently have no way of replicating the Transfer Pak's functionality, so no GBC players in the N64 version. Additionally, the four characters you could unlock in the GBC version via transfer (Yoshi, Bowser, Wario, and Waluigi) are no longer obtainable.
* EpicBattleBoredom: Victory Medals in ''Mario Tennis Open''. They're glorified versions of dog tags and you can collect them all as long as you defeat a different opponent online. Be aware they can do the same to you.
* FragileSpeedster: Yoshi, Toad in the N64 version, Baby Mario in the N64 and GBC versions, A. Coz in the GBC version. Though since there's obviously no sense of "damage" in tennis, it's more like "Speedster who can't hit the ball very hard."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: If you can manage to see up Peach's dress in the Japanese version of ''Power Tennis'', it'll all be clear.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Just look at the box art. Occasionally he does some plotting, but for the most part he just wants to play tennis.
* GrowlingGut: Yoshi's stomach growls at the start of his tournament win animation in ''Power Tennis''.
* HermitGuru: The Stroke Play "master" in Power Tour decides to become one each time he loses to you.
* HilariousOuttakes: As a reward for beating ''Mario Power Tennis''.
* JackOfAllStats: Mario, alongside other All-Around characters such as Luigi. Also Willy's partner Sheri and Rank 1 Varsity Player Elroy in the GBA version. In ''Open'', out of the unlockable-via-QR Code and differently colored Yoshis, the black one is one of these.
** They do have their differences though. Luigi for example had notably better reach in the N64 version, while Mario was more powerful.
* {{Jerkass}}: The Costello Brothers, A. Coz, and B. Coz, are minor examples. Tori in the GBA version plays this a bit more straight, while Dweezil is a somwhat more milder example. [[spoiler:Averted with the third Costello brother, Willy, who just desires to play against a worthy opponent regardless of the outcome, as well as his partner Sheri who is just confident in both her and Willy's skills, Willy even emphasizes that he's thrilled to be playing in the final regardless of the outcome.]]
** InsufferableGenius: Tori. Elroy and Dweezil are mild examples. Emi at first appears to be a mild version of this but turns out to be a real sweetheart. Mason thinks of himself as this, but is more of a SmallNameBigEgo.
* [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Loads And Loads of Yoshis]]: ''Mario Power Tennis'' gave Yoshi an ability to change colors whenever he used his defensive power. This was deconstructed in ''Mario Tennis Open'', where his colors are now QR singular characters for different categories.
* LightningBruiser: By spending your points wisely, you will be able to make your player character into one of these.
* MightyGlacier: Heavy characters like Bowser and Petey. For a human example, look at Wario or B. Coz. An example of the former in ''Open'', Dry Bowser, takes it a little far with the glacier part -- his walking (as opposed to running like everyone else with feet) movement is the absolute slowest in the game, as if his bones were joined together by molasses joints, instead focusing on his power.
* MythologyGag: Metal Mario in ''Open'' obviously references the Metal Cap powerup in ''Super Mario 64'', but his topspin shots and Fire Flower shots reference the Fire Flower -- his shots for either of those stay low to the ground and bounce repeatedly, and the "flames" around the ball make it look like a fireball from the powerup in question.
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: Both the N64 and GBC versions are necessary to get all the playable characters in either version.
** But [[AvertedTrope averted]] with the GCN, GBA, and [=3DS=] versions.
* OriginalGeneration: Present in both the GBC and GBA games. They serve many roles such as playable Story Mode characters, helpful advisors, opponents, and more. Alex of the GBC game becomes head coach in the GBA game, and Harry, Kate, and Nina become very high ranking coaches.
* PowerGlows: Rackets glow whenever Power Moves are available.
* RedOniBlueOni: You (blue) and your partner (red), also Elroy and Tori (top varsity opponents). Inverted with the differently colored Yoshis in ''Open'' (unlocked via QR code on the game's Web site) -- Red and Pink have more focus on technical skills while Blue and Light Blue focus more on speed like the standard green one.
* RPGElements: The GBC and GBA games feature such features as raising stats and CharacterLevel. The games are made by [[VideoGame/GoldenSun Camelot]], and it shows.
* SaveScumming: That CPU in Star Tourney is at 40 while you're at 0? No problem! Save to keep your record intact!
* SecretCharacter: '''DK Jr.''' and Shy Guy in the N64 version. The handheld version had every tennis opponent you faced during either singles or doubles (meaning you had to play both singles and doubles to unlock them all) and the GBC version included prominent Mario Series characters that were unlocked by beating them in the last tournament ('''Mario''' and Peach) or by connecting your game with the N64 version (Yoshi, Waluigi, Wario, and Bowser).
** [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo Connecting the GBC version of Mario Tennis to the N64 version]] also adds four human characters to the N64 version: the characters that you go through the Story Mode and their doubles partners. As there is no current way of replacing the Transfer Pack method, and no way of getting or connecting to the GBC game currently, you cannot unlock those characters in the VC version. Partially justified in that these characters stats depended on how you had leveled them up in the GBC versions.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Wario and Waluigi in the ''Mario Power Tennis'' opening movie. Since Waluigi debuted in ''Mario Tennis 64'', it's not that surprising.
* StoneWall: Waluigi in the GCN and GBA versions, also Wiggler. Last year champ [[TheAce Dweezil]] in the GBA version.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Dweezil the champ of last year's Island Open in the GBA version. He refuses to speak with you on the grounds that you are a newcomer in the tournament and thus "fresh meat", but warms up to you before the start of your next tennis match [[spoiler:against him]].
* TrueFinalBoss: Mario serves as this for both Singles and Doubles play (joined by [[spoiler:Peach]]) in GBC. He was degraded to just Singles play FinalBoss in the GBA version where [[spoiler:Bowser and Waluigi]] seized the Doubles spot.
* TheUnfought: Kevin, the Varsity Champion of the GBC game (and Varsity Coach in the GBA version), is never in a tennis match with the player (he is defeated in the Island Open by the Costello Brothers in both Singles and Doubles), and thus is never a playable character, despite Mark and Emily, the Junior and Senior Coaches respectively, being playable. In the GBA version, none of the original playable characters that appear in cameos are unlockable, save for obviously the Mario series characters.
** Other characters who're seen in the Island Open (Ellis, Edgar, Frank) are never played. Interesting that Edgar and Frank are just palette swapped.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tori starts off as an InsufferableGenius but when you visit her in the infirmary after she sprains her ankle, she's considerably nicer and wishes you luck in the final.
* WakeUpCallBoss: In the GBA game when you play in the [[spoiler:Mushroom Kingdom]] Tournament for the first time, the first opponents in both the Singles Tournament ([[spoiler:Peach]]) and the Doubles Tournament ([[spoiler:Luigi and Donkey Kong]]) are considerably harder than the later opponents up to and including the FinalBoss of each.
* WeakButSkilled: Peach, Daisy, Waluigi in the N64 and GBC versions. Tori in the GBA version is also an example.
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