Mario Tennis Open 3DS gameplay details revealed

Umpire of the sun.

Mario Tennis Open will you to customise players' appearances with stat-boosting gear, Nintendo has announced. The system sounds similar to the customisable car parts collected in Mario Kart 3DS.

Nintendo has confirmed you'll be able to climb into a Bullet Bill outfit (we'd expect it gives you extra speed) or slip into Princess Peach's tennis shoes (just because they're rather comfy, actually).

This latest incarnation of the Mario Tennis series is developed by long-time Mario Golf and Mario Tennis studio Camelot. The game can be controlled via touch-screen or button-based controls. Using the 3DS' built-in gyro controls is also an option.

The Mushroom Kingdom-themed tennis title features the regular cast of Mario characters and plenty of Goombas and Koopas to stomp. You can also import your 3DS Mii character to play as.

Fancy a spot of doubles? Local and online four-player matches are available, as well as leaderboard places to compete for.

Mario Tennis Open launches on 3DS across the UK and Europe on 25th May 2012.

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