Mario Tennis Open
Mario Tennis Open (NA)
North American box art
Developer(s) Camelot
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) 3DS platform icon EShop platform icon
Classification(s) Nintendo-network-icon Streetpass-icon Mii-icon
Genre(s) Tennis

03ESRB - E  01PEGI 3  01CERO A  01USK 0  01Australian Classification Board - G

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Mario Tennis Open is a game in the Mario Tennis series for Nintendo 3DS. It is a successor to Mario Power Tennis originally released for Game Boy Advance. Announced just before the Tokyo Game Show in 2011, the game was released in North America on May 20, 2012 and all other major regions by the end of the month.


The game utilizes the 3DS' gyroscope controls as well as the touch screen. It supports online player matches via Nintendo Network and offers a monthly leader board. Winning in an online match gives the player a "Victory Medal". What these Victory Medals will be used for is unknown. The game uses the StreetPass feature to allow players to engage in competitive StreetPass Matches or co-op Ring Shot challenges using ghost data of people they encounter. Players have the ability to upgrade their Mii's abilities with about 200 original items such as tennis rackets, outfits and costumes that feature different attributes and abilities. For example, by wearing a Yoshi costume, the Mii gains the speed of Yoshi. These can be unlocked either through normal playmodes or with QR Codes.

Special Games

Aside from the single and multiplayer modes, the game features four special modes. These are:

MTO Screenshot Super Mario Tennis
Super Mario Tennis
"Play the original Super Mario Bros. game by volleying against the in-game action to progress. Collect coins, stomp enemies, and find Muchroom power-ups all with your tennis swing. Also playable with two players."
MTO Screenshot Ring Shot
Ring Shot
"Train your aim and hit the ball through rings to score big. The smaller the ring, the higher your score-and go for multiple rings for a bonus. Playable with up to four players."
MTO Screenshot Galaxy Rally
Galaxy Rally
"Rally with the Luma for as long as possible while avoiding the holes that open up on the opposite side. Aim for Star Chips to create a Launch Star and get extra Coins."
MTO Screenshot Ink Showdown
Ink Showdown
"Try to return the tennis balls launched by a trio of Inky Piranha Plants, and get them past your opponent. Watch out for ink balls that could temporarily cloud your vision."


The game features 17 playable characters including Miis, each in one of six player classes. There are four hidden characters that are unlocked by completing certain challenges.


MTO Mario Icon
"Mario is flexible and can
respond to any situation.
He's your man especially
if you are unsure of
which character to use,
or if you are a beginner."
MTO Luigi Icon
"Compared to Mario, he is a bit
less powerful, but Luigi
is good at ball handling.
His specialty is playing
up front, at the net."
MTO Peach Icon
"With her light foot and technical
shots, Peach can really aim for
the corners of the court.
She will lead her opponent
around by the nose with
her skillful play."
MTO Daisy Icon
"Compared to Peach, Daisy can
do more powerful shots. She's
very energetic on the court, too."
MTO Yoshi Icon
"Yoshi's strength is of course
his speed. Even when his
opponent hits a well-placed shot,
Yoshi can usually hurry over
and make the return."
MTO Bowser Icon
"Bowser is proud of his power.
The shots released from his
massive body have explosive
power! No shot is too strong
for him to return."
MTO Donkey Kong Icon
Donkey Kong
"Among all the Power-type players,
Donkey Kong can move most
quickly. With his dynamic
shots, he can overwhelm his opponent."
MTO Diddy Kong Icon
Diddy Kong
"Diddy Kong is small and quick.
He is acrobatic as well,
so he can receive the ball
with ease and return a
very powerful shot."
MTO Wario Icon
"Wario may look comical, but
he sure can return the ball.
His direct shots are very
powerful. Based on the way he
jumps around on the court,
he might not be as
sluggish as you think..."
MTO Waluigi Icon
"Waluigi's strength lies in his
long arms and legs!
He can cover a wide area,
and return any balls with a smash."
MTO Bowser Jr Icon
Bowser Jr
"With his quick moves, Bowser Jr.
has no problem returning balls.
He can hit surprising
Slices that confuse his opponents."
MTO Boo Icon
"Boo can seriously curve
balls to the left and right.
Boo's shots, especially the
Slice, are literally very tricky.
Also, Boo can quickly catch
balls with a ghostly ability,
even the distant ones."
"Use your own Mii character
to play alongside the big boys."

Hidden Characters

Character How to Unlock Character How to Unlock
MTO Baby Mario Icon
Baby Mario
Complete 'World 1-3'
in Super Mario Tennis.
MTO Baby Peach Icon
Baby Peach
Complete 'Pro Rings Challenge'
(500 ring points in 3 minutes)
in Ring Shot.
MTO Luma Icon
Completie 'Superstar' challenge
(finish a 100-hit rally)
in Galaxy Rally.
MTO Dry Bowser Icon
Dry Bowser
Complete 'Inksplosion' challenge
(score 30 times)
in Ink Showdown.

Character Variants

Outside of the main character choices there are also 7 different colored Yoshis to unlock with QR Codes. These Yoshis have different stats than that of the standard green Yoshi. The QR Codes will be distributed over a course of time in a variety of ways. In the UK, a promotion entitled "The Yoshi Chase" involes the distribution of QR Codes to various stores and locations. The QR Codes are region locked, meaning there are different codes for each Yoshi in the major geographical regions. Other character variations such as Metal Mario are also available to unlock with QR codes.

Character JP QR Code NA QR Code EU QR Code Character JP QR Code NA QR Code EU QR Code
MTO Blue Yoshi Icon
Blue Yoshi
Blue Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (JP) Blue Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open Blue Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (EU) MTO Red Yoshi Icon
Red Yoshi
Red Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (JP) Red Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open Red Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (EU)
MTO Yellow Yoshi Icon
Yellow Yoshi
Yellow Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (JP) Yellow Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open Yellow Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (EU) MTO Pink Yoshi Icon
Pink Yoshi
Pink Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (JP) Pink Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (NA) Pink Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (EU)
MTO Black Yoshi Icon
Black Yoshi
Black Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (JP) Black Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (NA) Black Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (EU) MTO White Yoshi Icon
White Yoshi
White Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (JP) White Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (NA) White Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (EU)
MTO Light Blue Yoshi Icon
Light Blue Yoshi
Light Blue Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (JP) Light Blue Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (NA) Light Blue Yoshi QR Code Mario Tennis Open (EU) MTO Metal Mario Icon
Metal Mario
Unknown Metal Mario QR Code Mario Tennis Open (NA) Metal Mario QR Code Mario Tennis Open (EU)

Others / Non-Playable


MTO Court Mario Stadium (Hard)
Mario Stadium - Hard Court
"A legendary court revered by top players."

MTO Court Mario Stadium (Grass)
Mario Stadium - Grass Court
"Tennis aces face off on this famous court."
MTO Court Mario Stadium (Clay)
Mario Stadium - Clay Court
"A legendary court known for high drama."
MTO Court Peach Palace
Peach's Palace - Carpet Court
"This court is in Princess Peach's lavish palace."
MTO Court Bowser's Castle
Bowser's Castle - Stone Court
"Bowser's fiery court built on boiling magma."
MTO Court DK Jungle
DK Jungle - Wood Court
"A rugged court in the heart of the jungle."
MTO Court Mushroom Valley
Mushroom Valley - Mushroom Court
"A court built on a gigantic mushroom."
MTO Court Penguin Iceberg
Penguin Iceberg - Snow Court
"A penguin-filled court floating in icy waters."
MTO Court Wario Dunes
Wario Dunes - Sand Court
"A desert court surrounded by ancient ruins."
Galaxy Dome - Crystal Court
Unlocked by completing the Final Cup in the Star Open Tournaments.


  • On the American boxart, there is a scoreboard that displays the name "Koopa" instead of "Bowser". This is a localization error when the game was Americanized from it's native Japan where Bowser is known as "King Koopa".


The game was received averagely with a 69 on Metacritic and 69.26% on GameRankings. Famitsu gave it it a 34 (9,8,8,9) out of 40. The game sold 101,645 copies in Japan for its first week. As of March 31, 2013, the game has worldwide sales of 1.11 million.

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