It’s no secret that Mario and all of his friends seem to be athletically gifted, and they’ve proven their sport prowess many-a-time in several different arenas. One of the most popular sports that Mario and company seem to revisit is tennis, and it was really only a matter of time until Mario Tennis made its way over to the Nintendo 3DS.

The latest Mario Tennis game doesn’t seem to venture too far off the path established by its predecessors, which is by no means a bad thing. Only Mario, Bowser, Peach, and Luigi have been confirmed as playable characters thus far, but that will surely change as the months pass leading up to the game’s release in 2012.

Mario Tennis 3DS will also include multiplayer, but Nintendo didn’t release much information on the upcoming portable tennis romp featuring the pudgy Italian plumber and his cohorts.

Check out some official screens showcasing Mario Tennis on the 3DS below.

On top of the brand new screenshots, a teaser trailer for Mario’s latest sports venture was released. If there’s one thing that the video demonstrates well, it’s that this is a Mario Tennis game just as we know it from its predecessors. Whether or not that is a bad thing is certainly up for debate, but you can decide that for yourself after checking out the debut trailer for the upcoming 3DS game.

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Nintendo did confirm that Camelot Software Planning (veterans of the Mario Tennis and Mario Golf games) are the ones behind the development of the 3DS title, but details are still scarce. Hopefully this means that there will be a single-player RPG-esque leveling system similar to past Camelot-made Mario sports games, but fans really shouldn’t hold their breathe.

Those looking to get their Super Mario fix this year do have both Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 to look forward to, hopefully easing the pain of waiting for Mario Tennis.

Stay tuned to Game Rant for more information on Mario Tennis 3DS, and a whole bunch of other things related to video games in general.

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Source: Nintendo World Report

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