"Mario’s extracurricular activities are so extensive at this point that it feels like he spends more time partying and participating in sports than he does saving Princess Peach. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The strength of gaming’s most iconic franchise rests in its versatility. To that end, Mario is making his first sports spin-off appearance on the Nintendo 3DS. To say that it is a fun, addictive experience is easy enough, but Mario Tennis Open fails to capitalize on the franchise’s core strengths and suffers from a number of oversights, ultimately making it more memorable for what it could have done - and didn’t."