From June 1 to June 3, Nintendo has opened up the courts for all Switch owners to give Mario Tennis Aces a shot. An open online tournament has been released to the public to promote the upcoming release from Nintendo and Camelot Software.
The Mario Tennis series has had its ups and downs – Mario Tennis Open (2012) on 3DS and Mario Tennis Ultra Smash (2015) on Wii U flopped critically. Nintendo opted for another go on its successful hybrid console, Switch.
Nintendo’s online tournament of Mario Tennis Aces is much deeper than expected. The demo allows players to select between Mario, Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser. Each character has a different play style. Mario is an all-around hitter, Peach – technical, Yoshi – speedy, and Bowser – power. Players are also able to select a different handedness.
The demo begins with an extensive tutorial and shows the new mechanics including Zone Shots – a new special shot in Mario Tennis Aces. With a Zone Shot, your rackets have the potential to break. Each character is given a certain amount of rackets per match, and if all the rackets break, an automatic loss is granted via KO. Zone Speed is also introduced to players – a counter to Zone Shots. By clicking the R button, with enough energy charged, players can slow down time and block a Zone Shot. If not timed correctly, the racket will take damage.
An energy gauge can be filled up with each hit in a volley or trick shots. By holding down a button before hitting the ball, a max charge shot will be executed, filling up the energy gauge quicker.
Each face button has a different type of shot. There is a slice, lob, and topspin. The attention to detail is remarkable. Where Mario Tennis Open and Mario Tennis Ultra Smash failed, Mario Tennis Aces seemingly improved everything.
Even though this is merely a demo, Nintendo’s demo for Mario Tennis Aces brings an exciting, well-rounded tennis experience. The game plays well, the control is tight, the visuals are colorful and look excellent in portable and docked mode. This is perhaps the best iteration of the series since Mario Power Tennis on the GameCube, and may even have the potential to best it.
Conclusion: Ninten-DO check out the online tournament of Mario Tennis Aces