VGChartz's Brent Galietti: "In singles mode, I played as Mario and faced off against Bowser. The two new additions to the franchise made themselves known quite quickly. Characters now jump high to take most of their shots, meaning that nearly any shot can be returned with acrobatic flair. Mario jumps high up to the heavens to return shots, and Bowser not only has serious jumping power, he can do a wicked backhand in mid-air. Clearly no one in the Marioverse skipped leg day."