I recently reviewed Mario Tennis Open for the 3DS and, while I thought it was a decent tennis game, I thought it had some flaws that kept it from being a great tennis game. Things like the incredibly easy difficulty and the over reliance on the special shots meant you paid way more attention to the type of shot you were doing than actually trying to actively win the match. Now, the eShop has a tennis game, Family Tennis 3D, available from Arc System Works. It’s part of the “Family” line of games that saw a number of releases on the WiiWare store. That was a series of games I thought were deeply flawed as well. How will this game stack up to those Wii releases and can it compete with Mario Tennis Open for the title of best 3DS tennis game?
What You Need to Know
As the name implies Family Tennis 3D is a tennis game starring a family of characters. You get the series regulars Mommy, Daddy, Billy, Sarah, Gramps and Nan as well as two new characters; Cuz and Auntie. There are multiple gameplay modes such as Free Play (where you set the rules for the match) and tournament play (where you play matches on random courts against four other characters). There are also three mini games that test your tennis ability. Three difficulty levels will give you the option of finding a match that works best for you. You also have the option of playing singles matches or doubles matches depending on which you prefer.