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- A new Mario tennis game is bringing a new level of skill and competition to the Nintendo Switch system.
- 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 the game boy advance system,
- Offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions, boss battles and more.
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Swing Into Action - Anytime, Anywhere
Unleash an arsenal of shots and strategies in all-out tennis battles with friends, family, and fan-favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters. Whether you play locally, online, or using simple motion controls, intense rallies await! In story mode, experience a new favor of tennis game play, with a variety of missions, boss battles and more.
Complete missions and boss battles in story mode while mastering the controls. Test your hard-earned skills in singles or doubles with up to 4 players in local or online multiplayer, not to mention Tournament Mode, which lets you challenge the CPU. Store up energy and use it to pull off amazing feats: move so fast the world slows down around you or aim in first-person to send the ball crashing down! Your rivals may attempt to block you, but if they fail, their racket will take damage—and break after three hits. Fully charge your energy to launch the ball with enough force to KO your opponent.
Rally against other players in singles or doubles as one of 15+ Mushroom Kingdom characters
Serve up everything from basic shots to trick shots to split-second blocks
Use energy to leap after the ball, slow down time, aim in first-person, break rackets, and KO opponents
Play locally, online, or swing your Joy-Con controller like a real racket in Swing Mode
Level up Mario, fight bosses, and stop Wario, Waluigi, and the legendary racket in Adventure mode
2018 Nintendo / Camelot
A new Mario tennis game is bringing a new level of skill and competition to the Nintendo Switch system. 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 the game Boy advance system, offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions, boss battles and more.
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There are 15+ Playable Characters making it the largest roster in any Mario Tennis game.
---Gameplay. A lot of strategy compared to previous games as you have to pay attention to your meter, positioning, and decided whether to use your specials. A lot of risk/reward when deciding what moves to do in real time. This game will test your twitch reflexes with very exhilarating with split second decisions when matched up with someone of the same skill level
There are of course basic Shots: Flat, Top Spin, Slice, Lob
But this game uses a meter system or energy gauge which you have to keep track of as you can use Zone Shots, Zone Speed, or Special Shot for offensive and defensive maneuvers. Your meter builds up as you continuously rally with your opponent
-Zone Shot. Aim a target reticle at specific area of map or at opponent themselves
Racket take damage if enemy do direct damage via zone shot. If hit 3x in a match, you get KOed giving your opponent the point
But if you block/parry with perfect timing; your racket takes no damage
-Zone Speed. when activated puts you in slow motion or bullet time.
-Special Shot. You can save up your meter till it's full to initiate special shot. This can destroy enemy racket in one hit (instead of 3 like in zone shot), but again, if timed correctly your opponent can block it.
-Trick shot. Makes you leap/dash to one side of the court while also helping you build meter faster than normal shots. Charge shots also build up meter, but not as fast.
-Court Hazards. There are also court hazards such as teleport portal mirrors, random bombs on court, and piranha plants on net to name a few. You can also toggle this off if you want.
-Simple Rules. You can turn off all abilities and play a simple game of tennis with just basic shots, and no racket durability... but it's not as fun in my opinion.
-Swing Mode. You can use full motion controls like Wii Sports Tennis if you like, but it's not as efficient/effective as traditional controls. Great for casual play among friends and family, or if you want to work up a sweat/get off the couch.
Unlike Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash you can play with your friends online.
There are events and online tournaments you can participate in. Match making in a tournament is dependent on on your online rank, and internet latency for regular matches. Online tournament are timed events like Splatoons Splatfest or Salmon Run
You also get costumes and characters via participation bonus
--Story Mode/ Single Player
Basically a glorified tutorial.
Gives you fun mini-games, and scenarios/objectives to play through especially with the boss battles.
Plot is very simple like most Mario games: Wario and Waluigi finds an ancient tennis racket which turns the holder of that racket evil. Luigi, being the curious guy he is, touches it and it's a mad dash to get 5 stones to reverse the curse.
The replay value is low after you've completed the single player campaign as this is is very multiplayer (local and online) focused
There's also tournament mode which is what you expect going through a gauntlet of CPU opponents for unlockables and in-game trophies
Overall, fun arcade tennis game that'll test your twitch reflexes, and snap decision making. This game is very multiplayer-centric. If you're in it for the single player, it worth a rental for the creative levels
I'll start with the positives first: the gameplay is top notch and some of the best the series has ever seen. The power shots and trick shots add a layer of strategy to the game, as well as elements of risk and reward. From a pure gameplay standpoint, this game truly shines and earns its subtitle, "Aces". So why only two stars?
I need to address the elephant in the room: while the gameplay is fantastic, there isn't nearly enough around it. Besides adventure mode, there's no minigames, there's very few options, and you can't even play a game of tennis with more than one sets. Even the N64 original had that much to it, and that was over 20 years ago! Hope you like online tournament mode, which is actually quite fun...
...Until you realize the character roster is amazingly unbalanced! Hope you like playing against Bowser Jr. all the time, because he's all you'll ever encounter! The defensive characters have an edge over the rest, but Bowser Jr. is something else. Take one quick look at the top players in the world and you'll notice a certain trend.
Adventure mode is... okay. It's not bad, but it's far from what the game's marketing made it out to be. Think of it as a glorified training mode with some gimmicky courts, a couple of minigames, and a few fun boss battles. There is an EXP system and you can use multiple kinds of rackets, but they barely make any difference at all. It's fun, but it's also remarkably short and can feel very low budget at times. Once it's over, it's over, so don't expect to keep coming back to it.
This game has a strong foundation, but as it stands, that's all it is: a foundation. Unless this game can pull a Splatoon and get significant post release support which gives it new modes, more options, some new courts, and rebalancing of the cast (which I don't think is very likely), I'd say your money is best spent elsewhere. There's no shortage of great multiplayer games on the Switch, and Smash Bros. is going to be one of them in a few months.