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36 of 40 found the following review helpful:
Slam DunkSep 12, 2006
By Michael Kerner
Since Nintendo created their Nintendo DS system, they've absolutely maintained and and defined a whole new way of playing video games to the next degree. Not only that, they've also shown that in the element of their games with Mario. Since Super Mario 64 DS was developed, they've maintained so many DS titles with the Mario name that've delivered from Mario Kart DS, to the return of the classic 2-D days with New Super Mario Brothers. Now, with the success of their sports titles from other systems such as Super Mario Strikers from their Gamecube system, many skeptics are wondering if that kind of a Mario sports title can deliver on the DS. Here is the result.
Mario Hoops 3 On 3 for the Nintendo DS, brings the element of basketball, through Mario and company as if they've made the slam dunk. The object of the game is like most other basketball games, score the highest. You have so many differnt characters to choose from such as Mario and Yoshi, as well as clever unlockables Moogle and company from the Final Fantasy franchise. The courts all have unique Mario details that gave a whole unique way of playing basketball, from slam dunking on a airship, to the depths of the Blooper Sea. The graphics in the game are amazing, and absolutely deliver in detail from each character and move to score. The control, sadly misses a bit of the beat. Although you can control each of the characters well through the regular controls, but with the stylus, that is another story. The stylus controls miss out a little, and take a bit to get used to. Not only that, but it is the only way your character can actually execute their specialty shot from a Mario fireball, to a rainbow swoosh from Yoshi.
Despite a few flaws, Mario Hoops 3 On 3 is a solid sports title for the Nintendo DS. Although there may be other basketball titles down the road for the system, this is a really fun game to play for solo players, as well as muliplayer slam dunk action. I absolutely recommend this as addition to your DS library, and that is worth the slam dunk.
Fun & Enjoyment: B+ for solo players: A- for multiplayer action
Overall: B 1/2+
17 of 20 found the following review helpful:
A fun, fun gameOct 28, 2006
By Mojo Jojo Normally, I don't offer direct rebuttals to other reviews, but in this case I'll make an exception. Some have said the controls for this game are "fiddly" and "unreliable". Not so for me. I find them simple and intuitive and very fun. It's cool to actually play a basketball game where there is actual ball control. Furthermore, shooting, blocking, passing, and stealing are all very easy to use. As for the complaints that the game is all about coin collecting, I'll have to disagree a bit on that, too. Sure, the more coins you collect, the more points you score when you make a basket. But here's the catch, if your opponent makes a basket before you, then all those coins you collected are worth squat. I don't concentrate on coinage at all, merely collecting what I can when it's convenient, and I don't have a problem with winning. Except on the more difficult tournaments, and that's because my opponents are so skilled that they keep me from scoring at all.
Onto the game itself. I love it. However, let me admit a few things. I'm not a sports game guy. I generally find them repetative and dull. The last great sports game I enjoyed was Tiny Toons Sports for Sega Genesis. So if you're a hardcore sports guy, this probably isn't the game for you. On the other hand, if you're like me and want a game with lively animation, great theme, fun gameplay, and fast-paced knucklebiting games, this is a good choice.
The music, graphics, etc. are all top notch, and I love the theme courts. The Luigi's Mansion court, for instance, has ghosts hovering overhead. Sometimes, they catch the ball and float around until someone jumps up and steals it back. The Flower court has giant venus flytraps for baskets. Don't try and dunk because they'll knock you out every time. These schticks are well balanced. They affect the gameplay, but don't dominate it.
Solo play is either Tourney or Exhibition. There's four tournaments consisting of 3 games (or 4 in the last tourney), and each is progressively harder opponents. After you beat them all, a Hard mode is unlocked. And it is definitely hard. But that adjustable difficulty means that you can play at whatever level suits you.
The more I play this game, the better I get and the more I appreciate the level of character interraction. While obviously not everyone will agree with me, this is a very cool little game.
20 of 24 found the following review helpful:
FUN, BUT IT DOESN'T LAST FOREVER.Dec 01, 2006
This game is very fun as soon as you pick it up but after a while, it gets repetitive. Your teamates know nothing about basketball. They don't help you out in any way. You are the one who has to do everything. So when you play against tougher teams, they will knock you into the year 3000. Also the controls don't always work properly. After you beat single player theres only
multiplayer to look foward to. If this didn't have single card multiplayer this would get a very low rating.
GRAPHICS - 10/10
SOUND - 7/10
GAMEPLAY - 6/10
CONTROL - 6/10
OVERALL - 6.8/10
Its better to borrow it from a friend. This game is worth 20 bucks not 30.
Too bad nintendo couldn't put lots of minigames and game modes like tennis
and Super Smash Bros Melee. Its just too repetitive
8 of 10 found the following review helpful:
I LOVE THIS GAME!Jun 18, 2007
By L. Jackson
"In Need Of Kirby C.C."
So far I have ten ds games and this is the best one by far. At first I thought it was hard to memorize all of the special shots that each character has... but it really wasn't. This game has a bunch of characters from the start and you get more and more each time you beat a tournament. There are millions of things to do with this game and I can't find ANY cons (i am pretty hard on rating ds games). When you start out with the first tournament, i think it is the mushroom one, it is pretty easy to win. But when you start moving on to things like the star one, it takes several times to win, plus there are a few surprises along the way. Another good thing about this game is that if you are in the middle of a tournament and you have to stop playing, you can easily pause the game and it will save your progress so you can countinue later from the start of that game. Also, you won't really need to read the instruction book because the game includes a place where it teaches you all of the special trick shots and all of the controls and moves that you will need to play.
Overall this is an AMAZING game and highly better then every other ds game on the market.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Lovely design, but severely lacking in other elementsOct 07, 2006
By Miranda Bogardus Mario has had his fair share of excellent sports-knock-off games, from Mario Kart to Mario Golf. However, there is always a first time for everything, and while this not exactly being a first time, it is a new low.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 comes in a very flashy package, with very high-end graphics, and Final Fantasy developer Square Enix as a partner. Perhaps the partnership with Square may be partly to blame here, as the great Mario sports games are developed by Camelot Software. But that is aside the point.
I will not argue that Mario Hoops is poorly put together, it isn't. As I said before, the graphics are smooth, very colorful, and overall a joy to look at; it looks like your average Mario sports game. The sound is good, with your typical grunts and shouts of both victory and defeat. The partnership with Square allows for some vocalized songs here and there, quite a pleasant surprise.
Just to make myself clear on this, I will say it one more time: Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is a very polished, very well put together game, and has no doubt strengthened the partnership with Nintendo and Square Enix. However, despite the overall quality of the Mario Hoops, the game itself is flawed.
Nintendo tries to change the concept of basketball in Hoops. Your objective is not so much to score actual points, but to collect coins. This aspect is quite irritating, and makes the game a bore to play. Granted, you still need to score baskets, but scoring baskets alone will not do the trick. The coin-collecting aspect was an interesting idea, but it creates an entirely separate game that is not basketball; scoring baskets comes second to collecting coins.
What made Mario sports games so successful before was that they mostly stayed true to the games they were based around. Golf was the same, Tennis was the same, Baseball was the same, each with their own unique Mario flair. However, Mario Hoops 3-on-3 changes the game entirely, and in this case, for the worse.
For those who dislike reading lengthy reviews, I have made assembled a sort of "report card" for quick reference:
Graphics: 9.5/10: absolutely brilliant.
Sound/Music: 9/10: nothing memorable, but still solidly done.
controls: 7/10: well put together, but the touch screen is often unresponsive to commands.
Gameplay: 5/10: Coin collecting digs deep into the score here, it just doesn't work well for the game.