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Mario Tennis has a wide selection of characters with the two that need to be unlocked in two categories. Here's a quick run through the preferences and types.

Note: To be left handed, hold L button or Z button. For star power, hold R button.

Left handed[edit]

Left handers are mirrors of right handers. For example left topspin can be weak for the right hander compared to a strong left topspin for the left hander. It may be confusing, but can be handy depending on your abilities.

Star Power[edit]

All characters benefit from enhancing their abilities. This can be done by playing through the first three tournaments with any character to receive a star for that character. You can use it to deal with much tougher opponents than before in the last three tournaments.

Types[edit]

This is a basic differentiation between Mario and his friends and enemies. With the size, shape and strength of the cast, you can experiment how the playing style of each works.

All Around[edit]

Mario and Luigi are the only all round characters in the game. They are good choices for beginners getting to grips with Mario Tennis.

Technical[edit]

Peach, Daisy, Toad and Waluigi can hit the balls to the edge of the court with pinpoint accuracy. Beginners can choose those characters if they like to handle single matches.

Speed[edit]

Baby Mario, Birdo and Yoshi can move around the court with ease. Learn how to judge the speed of the ball with these characters, and you'll be a match for anyone.

Power[edit]

Bowser, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr and Wario are monsters with their powerful hits! However, with their power comes incredibly slow speed, so you'll need to be a good judge of your opponent's abilities in order to make use of their strength.

Tricky[edit]

Shots fired by Boo, Paratroopa or Shy Guy are wildly unpredictable, as they zig-zag from left to right in the air. Get lots of practice with these characters, and master their wild shots!