We store cookies, you can get more info from our privacy policy.

North America

Mario Hoops 3-on-3

by Ryan Winterhalter - July 9, 2006, 2:24 am EDT
Total comments: 10

The Mario Sports line expands into basketball with Mario Hoops 3-on-3

Last updated: 07/09/2006 by Ryan Winterhalter

Mario’s latest adventure into the world of sports takes him to the basketball court, in Mario Hoops 3 on 3.

Mario Hoops has some interesting control mechanics. While character movement is handled with the D-pad, almost everything else is accomplished with various movements on the touch screen. Dribbling speed can be increased by tapping the screen: the faster the tapping, the faster the dribbling. Faster dribbling is required for certain special moves and activation of certain power-ups. Sliding the stylus towards another player will pass the ball, and an upward stroke towards the net will shoot it. Get close enough to the basket and your character will dunk the ball. On defense, you can move the stylus downward to try stealing the ball from an offensive player, and an upward stroke will initiate a blocking jump.

Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Yoshi, Wario, Walugi, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Bowser Jr. are all playable characters, with each character getting his own special move and unique stylus strokes for performing it. Mario, for example, starts his “fire shot” when an “M” is drawn on the screen.

Panels are scattered throughout the court. By dribbling on these panels, coins are collected. These coins are then added to the score when you take a successful shot. Panels can also contain traditional Mario power-ups like mushrooms, shells, etc.

Though this is a Mario game, the development has been farmed out to Square-Enix. While traditionally known for RPG’s, the company has branched out into other genres on several occasions. The game is scheduled for release on September 11, 2006.



Though this is a Mario game, the development has been farmed out to Square-Enix.

I find this phrase misleading. According to what we know, Square WENT to Nintendo and requested to make this game. The Mario franchise was either part of square's plan, or offered by Nintendo and accepted.

The quote implies that Nintendo took the initiative and is in charge of this project, but in fact the previous information suggests that this game was done on Square's initiative and wholly because they want the game brought to life, not Nintendo.

~Carmine M. Red

Ive known about this for a few weeks.

davidctaylorJuly 09, 2006

Wil it support multiplayer? I'm assuming so. It'd be great if it would support the WFC.

SvevanEvan Burchfield, Staff AlumnusJuly 09, 2006

"Multiplayer" in the traditional sense is a given - it's how we played the game at E3. Online multiplay over Nintendo's Wifi Connection is unconfirmed and, given the imminent release date, not likely.

yes it has wifi.

GoldenPhoenixJuly 09, 2006

How well does it control? For example, does the stylus control seem to work seemlessly with the game in order to provide a smooth gameplay experience, or does it seem clunky?

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorJuly 09, 2006

I highly highly doubt it support Nintendo WFC, as it isn't on the box art at the official Japanese site... that's a big time bummer imo.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorJuly 09, 2006

Also, I wrote impressions a while ago...


It talks about controls. face-icon-small-smile.gif

SvevanEvan Burchfield, Staff AlumnusJuly 09, 2006

In doing research for his impressions, Pale had to completely destroy me in this game. Soon after my pride had been effectively cut in half, I learned that Pale follows nothing as closely as he does the sport of Baskets-Ball. When his team (was it Phoenix?) was playing against the LA Clippers he went so far as to root against the Clips while inside an LA bar surrounded by angry drunk Los Angelens who wanted their team to win just as much as they wanted him to shut up. Pale, in other words, has grapes.

BlackNMild2k1July 14, 2006

Gameplay video of Maio Hoops 3 on 3 this looks kinda fun to play

Share + Bookmark

Mario Basket 3 on 3 Box Art

Genre Sports
Developer Square Enix
Players1 - 4

Worldwide Releases

na: Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Release Sep 13, 2006
jpn: Mario Basket 3 on 3
Release Jul 27, 2006
RatingAll Ages
eu: Mario Slam Basketball
Release Feb 16, 2007
aus: Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Release Oct 26, 2006
RatingParental Guidance

Related Content

Got a news tip? Send it in!