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IMPRESSIONS: Mario Tennis Aces

Posted on June 5, 2018 by Jason Nason

I have a sort of love-hate relationship with sports games, and the Mario sports titles are no exception. When I’m getting it and winning I love them. When I’m struggling and not winning, not so much.

These impressions are based on the recent Mario Tennis Aces tournament demo.

In true Mario sports style the games played within, this time obviously tennis, can be played both in true simulation or with the wacky flair that only a Mario sports title could offer. And while the game is pretty fun to play in simulation, it’s the Mario style gameplay is where the game shines.

In addition to the Mario themes which exude throughout the game (Lakitu’s acting as ball boy is always funny), there are a bunch of special shots and moves in the game which blend right in and add to the fun. There is the zone shot which allows you to pinpoint any spot you want to aim at using motions controls and send the ball crashing down. Rivals must return shots with perfect timing…or after three hits, their racket will break. There is also a trick shot which lets you leap toward a distant ball and greatly increase your energy. This is a risky shot though and if your timing is late, you may lose the point or some energy. I’ll be honest this was a tough one for me to master in the demo, but was always satisfying when I was able to pull it off.

The special shot allows you to fire a super-charged shot when your energy gauge is charged to full. It uses up all your energy but might break your rival’s racket. You can also use something called zone speed which slows down the world around you giving you a reach those shots which are just out of reach.

You can also use regular shots like topspin shots, slices, flat shots, lobs, and drop shots.

The demo only had four characters to choose from at the start with the standard Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi available. However as you played against CPU opponents or took part in the online tournament demo, you earned points which allowed you to unlock some characters. These scores will apparently transfer over to the full game, so it’s possible that the unlocked characters will as well.

I only managed to unlock Waluigi before the end of the tournament weekend, but he was actually pretty fun to control.

While the demo only had a brief look at single player practice and tournament mode, the game will have many other modes including a single player adventure mode. In the adventure you’ll journey through the Kingdom of Bask. Control Mario to complete missions, take on bosses, and defeat the legendary racket.

Learning from the success of the Wii and taking full advantage of the Joy-Con’s motion abilities, in Swing Mode you can gently swing the Joy-Con controller like an actual tennis racket using motion control, and intuitively play as you use a variety of shots like forehand, backhand, and slice. The game will of course have local and online multiplayer as well.

The demo was a pretty solid look at how the game will feel when Nintendo releases it for the Nintendo Switch on June 22nd.


Nintendo Lands Some Back Spin With New Mario Tennis Aces Details

Posted on March 9, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

Yesterday during the absolutely massive Nintendo Direct presentation (which pretty much broke the internet thanks to the announcement of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Switch) Nintendo also outlined a lot of the larger titles coming to Switch in the first half of the year.

One of the games ready to be served up is Mario Tennis Aces. Mario is about to share the court with Luigui, Wario, Peach, Rosalina, Wuluigi, Daisy, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Toad, Toadette and even a freaking Chain-Chomp that adorably holds its tennis racket in its mouth. In all there are 15 unique characters available to choose from.

Players have a lot of control over how they affect the ball during gameplay. Basic lobs or adding top-spin or slice to your shots is as easy as ever. A brand new feature to the Mario Tennis franchise is the addition of “Zone Shots” that allow players to aim for specific parts of the court with motion controls. If you fail to block a “Zone Shot” at the precise moment your racket will take damage. Take three Zone Shots to the racket and it’s game over, so make sure to time those blocks carefully. Each character has their own Special Shot which drains the entire energy gauge used for Zone Shots and Zone control. If an opponent’s racket takes an unblocked Special Shot, that’s it, game over.

Mario Tennis Aces will support multiple modes including a simplified “simple rulset” which only allows basic shots. Online play offers players rewards like additional costumes, new characters, tournaments and ranked play during live events. Taking a page from the Wii Sports playbook – a special motion control mode allows you to use the Joy-Cons like a real tennis racket – with Swing Mode it’s time to go back to 2006 all over again!

Mario Tennis Aces will be out on Nintendo Switch on June 22nd 2018. Check out the overview trailer below for demonstrations of all of the features discussed in this article.

[Source: YouTube]



Mario Tennis coming up Aces on Nintendo Switch

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Jason Nason

Nintendo annouced today during their Nintendo Direct mini that a brand new Mario Tennis title is on the way for Nintendo Switch. Titled Mario Tennis Aces, the game brings a new level of skill and competition to Nintendo Switch.

Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles. New wrinkles in tennis gameplay will challenge your ability to read an opponent’s position and stroke to determine which shot will give you the advantage. And this time the game adds the first story mode since the Mario Tennis game on Game Boy Advance, offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions and boss battles.

No firm release date has been announced but Mario Tennis Aces launches for Nintendo Switch this spring.



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