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Supper Mario Broth has posted a scan from a 2000 Nintendo Power interview with Hiroyuki Takahashi and Syugo Takahashi of Camelot. In it, the two developers discussed why Wario and Waluigi don’t have female partners like Mario and Luigi have Peach and Daisy in Mario Tennis.

The Takahashi brothers explained how they wanted Luigi to have his own partner similar to Mario and Peach. However, Shigeru Miyamoto ended up suggesting Daisy. They also wanted Wario and Waluigi to have girlfriends, but Miyamoto wasn’t interested.

Here’s the full excerpt of the Nintendo Power interview:

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Mario Tennis will be out on the European Wii U Virtual Console starting December 17. Here’s a look at the trailer:

Mario Tennis was the latest release on the Wii U Virtual Console. There’s an hour of footage to be seen from the classic N64 game below.

When Mario Tennis for the N64 launched on the Wii Virtual Console, it came without the Ring Tournament challenge mode. For the Wii U release, this feature has been fully implemented. That’s a pretty nice move on Nintendo’s part!

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Nintendo’s website confirms that the N64 version of Mario Tennis is launching on the North American Wii U eShop tomorrow as a Virtual Console download. A rating for the game was found on the ESRB yesterday, which suggested that its release was imminent.

Here’s the official overview of Mario Tennis:

The Mushroom Kingdom’s finest hit the court in this wild multiplayer tennis game from Camelot, the talented developers behind Golden Sun and Mario Golf! Put some power and spin into your shots to claim victory on your own. Or go head-to-head with up to three friends in multiple modes such as Ring Shot, Exhibition, and more!

Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess Peach, Toad, and Donkey Kong lead off the all-star, 14-character lineup, including some fan favorites this game popularized, like Daisy. The fast-paced action will have you unleashing vicious volleys, lifesaving lobs, ballistic backhands, and electrifying supercharged smashes! Don’t forget: this is tennis with a Mario twist. Take the Piranha Challenge and brave the barrage of bouncing balls, or try out the Bowser Stage to attack opponents with Green Shells. It’s easy to see why this sports classic has stood the test of time.

Mario Tennis will be available to purchase for $9.99.

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Mario Tennis for the N64 has now been rated for Wii U on the ESRB. Keeping in line with similar listings, this should be a sign that the game is heading to the Virtual Console very soon.

Mario Tennis could be coming to the Wii U eShop as early as this Thursday given previous ESRB ratings. We’ll let you if we come across additional news pertaining to its launch.

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