Mario Star Tennis
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Wii
Release Date(s)
25px-Flag of Japan June 7, 2011
25px-Flag of USA June 20, 2011
25px-Flag of Canada June 20, 2011
25px-Flag of Europe June 28, 2011
25px-Flag of Australia June 28, 2011
1-4 Players (Simultaneously)
Age Rating(s)
Genre(s) Sports/Tennis
Media Included Wii Disc
Mario Star Tennis ('マリオスターテニス), also known as Mario Superstar Tennis in Europe and Australia, is a Mario sports game for the Nintendo Wii. It is the successor to Mario Power Tennis for the Nintendo Gamecube. It was first released in Japan on June 7, 2011, and then in the U.S. and Canada on June 20, 2011, and in Europe and Australia on June 28, 2011. It is rated E for Everyone and contains comic mischief and mild violence.


Gameplay is very much like the previous Mario tennis game. Players choose from characters and courts inspired by the Mario universe and partake in tennis matches. They can choose between Singles and Doubles, and the player or team with the most points wins. Of course, the Wii's motion controls are incorporated into the game, and there is also the option of using the Wii Motion Plus accesory for added precision.

Game Modes

  • Tournament Mode: Compete against opponents and work your way to the top in 5 different cups. This is the main mode of the game where most of the characters and courts can be unlocked. Two players can play if Doubles is chosen.
  • Exhibition Mode: Pick a character and a court, set up the rules, and head right into the tennis action. Up to 4 players.
  • Minigames: Play several fun, tennis-based minigames.
  • Extras: Watch cutscenes, view trophies and collectibles, and listen to music, voices, etc.
  • Nintendo Wi-Fi: Connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and face-off against random players and compete in special competitions.
  • Options: Adjust in-game settings such as screen ratio, audio, and more.

Playable Characters

There is a total of 40 different playable characters. Much like in Mario Power Tennis, all the characters have an offensive and defensive shot that may be used once they have a glowing racket. This time around they are not called Power Shots, but instead, they are called Star Shots.

Character Skill Types

Each character has a skill type that can be used to their advantage.

  • All-Around: All-Around characters are balanced and equal in all areas. Perfect for beginners.
  • Speed: Speed characters are usually quick on their feet.
  • Technique: Technique characters excel in the technical aspect of the game.
  • Power: Power characters are generally heavy-weight, and their shots are strong. However, they move very slowly.
  • Tricky: Tricky characters tend to confuse their opponents and throw them off guard. Their shots are unpredictable and have an exaggerated spin. Tricky characters make for difficult competitors.
Character Name Type Offensive Shot Defensive Shot Alternate Costume Tennis Name Tennis Theme
Mario All-Around Iron Hammer Mario Spin NES Mario
Baby Mario All-Around Mallet Smash Train Ride Joker Baby Mario
Luigi All-Around Bouncy Mallet Vacuum Return Samurai Luigi
Baby Luigi All-Around Pacifier Hit Tornado Spin Jester Baby Luigi
Peach Speed Heart Confusion Heart Power Swimsuit Peach
Daisy Speed Flower Finish Pedal Power Ballerina Tutu Daisy
Toad All-Around Toad Effect Mush Dash Gold Toad
Toadette Speed Powerful & Pink Mushroom Bounce Silver Toadette
Yoshi Technique Rainbow Ball Tongue Grab Cowboy Yoshi
Birdo Speed Egg Bounce Suction Cowgirl Birdo
Donkey Kong Technique Donkey Punch Kong Move Yeti Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong Technique Goin' Bananas Kartwheel Black & White Diddy Kong
Wario Power Electric Shot Ultra-Hand Return Wario-Man
Waluigi Power Purple Haze Long Jump Waluigi-Man
Bowser Power Fire Breath Bowser Spin Metal Bowser
Bowser Jr. Power Graffiti Splat Pole Jump Metal Bowser Jr.
Boo Tricky Ghastly Shot Teleportation Astronaut Boo
King Boo Tricky Invisiball Mini Boos Bat King Boo
Koopa Troopa All-Around Shell Shocked Shell Spin Blue Koopa Troopa
Paratroopa All-Around Wing Hit Flight Yellow Paratroopa
Shy Guy Tricky Three Masks Shy Guy Slide Black Shy Guy
Fly Guy Tricky Fly Down High Fly White Fly Guy
Dixie Kong Speed Banana Twirl Ponytail Propeller Kimono Dixie Kong
Funky Kong Tricky Surfboard Smash Wave Rider Esmiko Funky Kong
Dry Bones Tricky Bone Voyage Bone Throw Metal Dry Bones
Dry Bowser Power Exoskeletal Skeleton Spin Metal Dry Bowser
Wiggler Technique Fury Flutter Sick Wiggler
Petey Piranha Tricky Mud Glob Piranha Plant Oily Petey Piranha
Kritter Tricky Club Smash Kritter Troop Office Kritter
King K. Rool Tricky King's Hit Crown Boomerang Doctor King K. Rool
Hammer Bro. Technique Hammer Hit Hammer Throw Dark Hammer Bro.
Blooper Tricky Inked Ink Slide Dark Blooper
Monty Mole All-Around Mole Madness Dig-Up Torero Monty Mole
Magikoopa Tricky Magic Spell Broom Ride Patriotic Magikoopa
Baby Peach Speed Tarzan Yell Rattle Panda Baby Peach
Rosalina Speed Starstruck Star Power Wedding Bride Rosalina
Dora Speed Star Blast Star Filp Bathing Suit Dora
Kai-Lan Speed Dragon Break Sidewinder Bathing Suit Kai-Lan


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