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Mario Tennis Aces
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Developer(s) Camelot
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release date Japan June 22, 2018[1]
USA June 22, 2018[2]
Europe June 22, 2018[3]
Australia June 22, 2018[4]
South Korea June 22, 2018[5]
HK June 22, 2018[6]
ROC June 22, 2018[7]
Genre Sports
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
Mode(s)
Media
Nintendo Switch:
Media NS icon.png Cartridge
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Nintendo Switch:

Mario Tennis Aces is a sports game in the Mario Tennis series for Nintendo Switch, initially released on June 22, 2018. It is the eighth installment in the series and is the first Mario Tennis series game since Mario Tennis: Power Tour on the Game Boy Advance to feature a Story Mode.[2]

Gameplay

The base gameplay appears similar to that of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, featuring different types of shots. Characters have an energy gauge that can be used to perform Zone Shots, Zone Speed, or Special Shots.[8] The energy gauge can be increased by simple rallies or by performing Trick Shots, which require proper timing to hit the ball back. Zone Shots can be performed upon reaching a rotating star point on the ground, and allow the player to aim their shot anywhere on the court using motion controls. The longer they take to aim, the more energy it depletes. Zone Speed allows the player to slow down time to allow them to reach a far-off shot in time. Special Shots are performed like Zone Shots, but require a full energy gauge. Zone Shots and Special Shots are able to damage rackets. Rackets can withstand three Zone Shots or one Special Shot before breaking, and after being broken they are replaced with a new one, forcing the player to retire when they no longer have any usable racket.[2] With proper stroke timing, these shots can be blocked, increasing the character's energy gauge and protecting their racket from damage. In doubles, each pair shares one energy gauge, and if a player's racket breaks during a rally, that player's team immediately loses the point. Also in doubles, each player has their own racket counter. When playing in doubles, the match will end if just one player loses all of their rackets (no matter how many rackets that player's teammate has remaining) and that player's team immediately loses. Exclusive to doubles, the result screen also shows X marks in the sections where a player's racket took damage, and the X marks are colored as appropriate to show which opponent did the damage to that player's racket. Unlike Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, there is a left-handed option for characters.[8]

Other than the base style of gameplay, the game also includes a "simple rules" mode which excludes the new types of shots, as well as "Swing Mode", which allows the player to use motion controls to swing their racket, similarly to Wii Sports. Unlike Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, the game features a traditional Tournament mode where the player can challenge computer opponents in an 8-player bracket. In the COM tournament, the player can play the Mushroom, Flower and Star Cups, each with its own difficulty. The character used for winning one of these cups receives a crown graphic next to their name on the character select screen. Online multiplayer is also supported for up to four players (friends or other players) as well as for online tournaments. Playing at least one match in an online tournament can receive additional characters as participation bonuses, while earning enough Participation Points can reward alternate variations.[8] However, unlike in the COM tournament, the character that wins the online tournament is not given a crown.

Exclusively in Swing Mode, players can challenge a decision that the ball was shot out of the court.[9]

Controls

Traditional controls
Action Dual Joy-Con / Pro Controller Joy-Con (sideways)
Run Left Stick Control Stick
Topspin A Button Single Joy-Con Right Button
Slice B Button Single Joy-Con Bottom Button
Flat Y Button Single Joy-Con Left Button
Lob Left Stick up + X Button or A ButtonB Button Control Stick up + Single Joy-Con Top Button or Single Joy-Con Right ButtonSingle Joy-Con Bottom Button
Drop Shot Left Stick down + X Button or B ButtonA Button Control Stick down + Single Joy-Con Top Button or Single Joy-Con Bottom ButtonSingle Joy-Con Right Button
Cancel Charge L Button or ZL Button SL Button
Leap Shot (only in Simple Mode) R Button or ZR Button ZR Button
Trick Shot Right Stick up/down/left/right or Left Stick up/down/left/right + X ButtonX Button Control Stick up/down/left/right + Single Joy-Con Top ButtonSingle Joy-Con Top Button
Zone Shot R Button or ZR Button on rotating star point SR Button on rotating star point
Zone Speed Hold R Button or ZR Button Hold SR Button
Special Shot L Button or ZL Button (when Energy Gauge is full) SL Button (when the Energy Gauge is full)

The controls for Zone Shots, Zone Speed, Cancel Charge and Trick Shots can be changed in the settings (only for Dual Joy-Con and Pro Controller).

Swing Mode
Action Joy-Con
Run Control Stick, although the character automatically runs towards the ball
Topspin Swing the Joy-Con diagonally from the waist up
Slice Swing the Joy-Con diagonally from the shoulder down
Flat Swing the Joy-Con horizontally without bending the waist
Lob Swing the Joy-Con vertically from the knees up toward the head
Drop Shot Flick the Joy-Con down

Adventure Mode

The hub for this mode, the Kingdom of Bask

Story

After Mario and Peach beat Bowser and Bowser Jr. in a tennis match and take the championship, Wario and Waluigi arrive with a legendary racket called Lucien, offering it to Mario and co. as a present. After Luigi takes Lucien, Lucien possesses both him, Wario and Waluigi, and causes a big storm on the stadium. Mario and Toad go to Bask Ruins, and after beating a Dry Bones in a tennis match, gain entry to the Temple of Bask. There, a mysterious voice who introduces himself as Aster tells Mario that many years ago, Lucien destroyed the Kingdom of Bask, and its king managed to strip Lucien of its power and divided the power between five Power Stones. Over time, though, the room fell to ruin, and Wario and Waluigi stole Lucien oblivious to its true powers. Aster then tasks Mario to go and get the five Power Stones before Lucien does.

Mario manages to take the Power Stones from Piranha Plant Forest, Mirage Mansion, and Snowfall Mountain; however, the possessed Wario and Waluigi beat him to the Power Stones in Savage Sea and Inferno Island. Lucien then declares a tennis war at Marina Stadium that pits Peach and Daisy against Wario and Waluigi, and Mario against Luigi, which Team Mario wins. Bowser then steals Lucien and returns to the Temple of Bask, where he fuses into Bowcien and challenges Mario to one last battle. Mario wins, destroying Lucien as well as the temple and receiving thanks from Aster before he disintegrates. Everyone then celebrates Mario's victory (though Wario and Waluigi express shame for having to destroy Lucien) as the credits roll.

In a post-credits scene, Mario does an autograph on the camera, with the marker he is using making the opening seven notes of the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme.

Gameplay

In Adventure Mode, Mario has to travel in a hub world and complete missions. While some of them are regular tennis matches, Adventure Mode has a lot of other missions, such as challanges where Mario needs to return the ball until he gets a certain amount of points. It also features boss battles, where different objects need to be shot on bosses with the tennis racket to defeat them. The player can also unlock rackets with different stats, powers and abillities.

Additionally, the level selection appears to be based on that of the New Super Mario Bros. series, with red circles indicating an unfinished level and blue circles indicating a completed level, with the name of the level being shown when Mario stands on one.

Levels

Bask Ruins
  • Bask Ruins: A Bone to Pick
  • Temple of Bask: An Ancient Trial (accessible in the map prior to clearing "Lucien Cup Finals", which is replaced with "The Final Battle!" though the player can access this level from Adventure Mode's How To Play menu)
  • Temple of Bask Shrine: The Final Battle! (unlocked after clearing "Lucien Cup Finals" and replaces "An Ancient Trial" in the map)
Piranha Plant Forest
Mirage Mansion
Snowfall Mountain
Savage Sea
Inferno Island
Marina Stadium
Ruins of Trials

Co-op Challenge

This mode was added to the game from the version 2.0.0 update. In it, groups of four players (which can be mixed between local and online) participate in a limited-time event to earn coins and unlock alternate variants such as costumes and colors.

Boo Hunt

When Frenzy Time is activated, King Boo will appear.

Boo Hunt uses Swing Mode controls. In this event, players use tennis balls to hit Boos on the opposing side of the court to eliminate them, earning coins in the process. If the Boos reach the center of the court, they will steal some coins from the group total. Small mirrors that line the center of the court shoot tennis balls for the players to hit. Some Boos have an orange glow, and when a player hits them their next ball will be large, allowing them to hit more Boos at once. There are three stages, and when the group total reaches a certain threshold of coins they can proceed to the next stage when time runs out. Hitting Boos will also increase the Frenzy bar. When the Frenzy bar is filled up, Frenzy Time will activate. King Boo will appear and hover around the court, and all players will continuously receive tennis balls to hit him to earn more coins. He will disappear when either his health bar or the Frenzy bar is depleted.

Different stages have different hazards. Usually, the group of Boos slowly move towards the center of the court. In some stages, they assemble into set formations, and after the players hit the ball at them, they re-assemble into a new formation. Sometimes, the lights turn off, making it hard to see the Boos. Two glow-in-the-dark Boos also appear, and if a player hits one of them, they will be able to control their mirror to shine a light at the Boos that will halt them in their tracks. Other times, pieces of furniture will fly around the room, making it hard to hit the Boos, and Golden Mushrooms will appear, which can be hit to earn coins.

As a reward for playing Boo Hunt, players have access to three alternate visors for Boo. The visors are unlocked if the player collects a certain amount of coins when playing Boo Hunt. The blue visor is unlocked when the player has reached 2,500 coins, the green visor is unlocked at 10,000 coins, and the purple visor is unlocked at 20,000 coins.

In version 2.1.0, Boo Hunt is permanently added to Special Games in Swing Mode. This mode can be played cooperatively or competitively, and can be played with computer players.

Yoshi's Ring Shot

Yoshi's Ring Shot uses traditional button controls. In this event, all four players must work together to reach a high score by hitting the tennis ball through the colored rings. Each ring has four different colors based on the colored Yoshis being playable in this challenge only. For example, if a Yellow Yoshi hits the tennis ball through a yellow ring, it receives more points by doing so and by racking up combos at the same time. The smaller the ring, the more points the player earns. When a Zone Shot or Special Shot is triggered, the player earns double/triple the amount of points. To increase the Frenzy bar, players must keep a rally to increase points and activate Frenzy Time once it is full. During Frenzy Time, all the rings turn into a rainbow color, which are worth more points. In the last 30 seconds of the clock, a special flower-shaped ring appears, which are also worth more points than regular-colored rings. Hitting the flower-shaped ring causes the ring to move each time, and by increasing combos, players can earn more points and fill up Frenzy bar faster.

As a reward for playing Yoshi's Ring Shot, players can unlock three different colored Yoshis that are also playable during the challenge itself. To unlock Blue Yoshi, players must reach 20,000 points; for Red Yoshi, they must reach 50,000 points; and for Yellow Yoshi, they must reach 80,000 points.

Characters

Playable

Mario Tennis Aces currently features 24 playable characters, with more characters set to be added in monthly online tournaments until June 2019.[10] In order to participate in online tournaments, players need to have the latest version of the game. Of the currently playable characters, Spike, Chain Chomp, and Blooper are newly playable to the Mario Tennis series. Some characters have unlockable aesthetic variations.

Mario is the only playable character for the majority of the Adventure mode (Peach is also playable in Lucien Cup Finals), and none of his variations available in other modes are usable. Players can, however, select from multiple rackets as they are unlocked in the mode.

Mario Luigi Wario Waluigi
MTA Models Mario.png MTA Models Luigi.png MTA Models Wario.png MTA Models Waluigi.png
Playing Type All-Around Playing Type All-Around Playing Type Powerful Playing Type Defensive
Trick Shots Hand Spin
Vault
Trick Shots Racket Twirl
Slide
Trick Shots Total Typhoon
Power Dive
Trick Shots Twisted Jump
Moonwalk
Special Shot Blazing Wall Jump Special Shot Pipe Cannon Special Shot Glorious Garlic Bomber Special Shot Showtime
Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default
Alternate Costumes
  • Overalls (pre-launch online tournament participation bonus; earn 500 Participation Points in the January 2019 online tournament)
  • Tennis outfit, with Lucien Replica (unlocked by clearing "Last Trial Boss Challenge")
Alternate Costumes Overalls (earn 2,000 Participation Points in the January 2019 online tournament) Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A
Peach Daisy Rosalina Toad
MTA Models Peach.png MTA Models Daisy.png MTA Models Rosalina.png MTA Models Toad.png
Playing Type Technical Playing Type All-Around Playing Type Tricky Playing Type Speedy
Trick Shots Twirl
Ribbon Fling
Trick Shots Parry
Sabre
Trick Shots Galaxy Warp
Satellite Shift
Trick Shots Toad Jump
Toad Roll
Special Shot Heart Shot Special Shot Bloom Blast Special Shot Star Combo Special Shot Super Toad Dive
Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default
Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A
Toadette Bowser Bowser Jr. Boo
MTA Models Toadette.png MTA Models Bowser.png MTA Models Jr.png MTA Models Boo.png
Playing Type Technical Playing Type Powerful Playing Type Defensive Playing Type Tricky
Trick Shots Cutesy Turn
Cheerful Skip
Trick Shots Dive Bomb
Shell Spin
Trick Shots Wild Ride
Jet Boost
Trick Shots Roundabout
Through It All
Special Shot Hop Step Jump Special Shot Fire-Breath Barrage Special Shot Armed and Dangerous Special Shot Illusion Shot
Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default
Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes Visor (reward for the "Boo Hunt" co-op challenge):
  • Blue (earn 2,500 coins)
  • Green (earn 10,000 coins)
  • Purple (earn 20,000 coins)
Yoshi Donkey Kong Spike (new) Chain Chomp (new)
MTA Models Yoshi.png MTA Models DK.png MTA Models Spike.png MTA Models ChainChomp.png
Playing Type Speedy Playing Type Powerful Playing Type Powerful Playing Type Powerful
Trick Shots Spin Turn
Egg Roll
Trick Shots Kong Roll
Ground Pound
Trick Shots Somersault
Flip Fly
Trick Shots Vertical Whirl
Side Whirl
Special Shot Flying Rainbow Special Shot Barrel Cannon Chaos Special Shot Spike Strike Special Shot Unleash
Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default Unlocking Criteria Default
Alternate Costumes Yoshi colors (reward for the "Yoshi's Ring Shot" co-op challenge, from December 1, 2018 to January 10, 2019)[11]: Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes Hat (unreleased)
Koopa Troopa Blooper (new) Diddy Kong Birdo
MTA Models KoopaTroopa.png MTA Models Blooper.png MTA Models Diddy.png MTA Models Birdo.png
Playing Type Speedy Playing Type Tricky Playing Type Speedy Playing Type All-Around
Trick Shots Power Play
Groundwork
Trick Shots Lucky Leap
Surfin' Slider
Trick Shots Acrobatics
Diddy Roll
Trick Shots Perfect Pose
Cheer Step
Special Shot Spin Break Special Shot Wave Rider Special Shot Jungle Swing Special Shot Airlift Extravaganza
Unlocking Criteria Participation bonus for July 2018 online tournament, otherwise available from August 1, 2018 Unlocking Criteria Participation bonus for August 2018 online tournament, otherwise available from September 1, 2018 Unlocking Criteria Participation bonus for September 2018 online tournament, otherwise available from October 1, 2018 Unlocking Criteria Participation bonus for October 2018 online tournament, otherwise available from November 1, 2018
Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A
Koopa Paratroopa Shy Guy Petey Piranha Luma
MTA Models Paratroopa.png MTA Models ShyGuy.png MTA Models PeteyPiranha.png MTA Models Luma.png
Playing Type Technical Playing Type Technical Playing Type Powerful Playing Type Technical
Trick Shots Roll Call
Koopa Boost
Trick Shots Leap of Stress
Stumble Shot
Trick Shots Fluttering Fury
Spin 'n' Slap
Trick Shots Dazzling Meteor
Shooting Star Shot
Special Shot Spiral Special Special Shot Balloon Assist Special Shot Vicious Twister Special Shot Constellation Smash
Unlocking Criteria Participation bonus for November 2018 online tournament, otherwise available from December 1, 2018 Unlocking Criteria Participation bonus for December 2018 Doubles online tournament, otherwise available from January 1, 2019 Unlocking Criteria Participation bonus for December 2018 Singles online tournament, otherwise available from January 1, 2019 Unlocking Criteria Participation bonus for January 2019 online tournament, otherwise available from February 1, 2019
Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes Shy Guy colors (unreleased) Alternate Costumes N/A Alternate Costumes N/A
Boom Boom (new) Pauline (new)
MTA Models Boom Boom.png MTA Models Pauline.png
Playing Type Defensive[18] Playing Type Speedy[18]
Trick Shots Unknown Trick Shots Unknown
Special Shot Unknown Special Shot Unknown
Unlocking Criteria Planned for availability from January 2019 to March 2019[18] Unlocking Criteria Planned for availability from January 2019 to March 2019[18]
Alternate Costumes Unknown Alternate Costumes Unknown

Adventure Mode opponents

Unlike their playable versions, they cannot perform Trick Shots and Special Shots, aside from Wario, Waluigi, and Luigi.

  • Dry Bones - opponent in "A Bone to Pick".
  • Donkey Kong - opponent in "Pipe Gripe".
  • Toad - opponent in "Rally Challenge (Beginner)".
  • Spike - opponent in "Sure Shot Challenge (Beginner)".
  • Koopa Troopa - opponent in "Battle Boat".
  • Boo - opponent in "Malicious Mirrors" and "Rally Challenge (Intermediate)".
  • Shy Guy - opponent in "One versus...One?" and "Sure Shot Challenge (Intermediate)".
  • Blooper - opponent in "The Sort-Of Sea Monster".
  • Kamek - opponent in "Rally Challenge (Advanced)".
  • Boom Boom - opponent in "Mechakoopa Crisis".
  • Chain Chomp - opponent in "Sure Shot Challenge (Advanced)".
  • Wario and Waluigi - opponents in "Lucien Cup Finals" Doubles.
  • Luigi - opponent in "Lucien Cup Finals" Singles.

Bosses

Non-playable characters

Audience members

Courts

Marina Stadium is the starting court, and other playable courts are unlocked for Free Play by completing levels in Adventure Mode. Like in Mario Power Tennis, some courts contain hazards that can be toggled on or off.

Prior to version 2.1.0, Marina Stadium is the only court to be playable in the Tournament mode, with the Night variant as the setting for the championship match. From version 2.1.0 onward, the other courts with no hazards, which are randomly chosen, are available in Tournament mode, with the championship match set at Marina Stadium (Night).

Picture Type Ball Speed Bounce Description
MTA Mario Luigi.jpg Marina Stadium (Night) Fast Strong "Every tennis lover dreams of winning here! A dazzling stadium court experience where you can enjoy an exhilarating match at night."
Marina Stadium (Hard).jpeg Marina Stadium (Hard) Normal Strong "Every tennis lover dreams of winning here! A truly magnificent stadium-court experience where you can challenge yourself to an ultimate battle of skill."
Marina Stadium (Clay) Court.jpeg Marina Stadium (Clay) Slow Normal
Marina Stadium (Grass) Court.jpeg Marina Stadium (Grass) Fastest Normal
MTA Bask Ruins.jpg Bask Ruins Slow Weak "A scorching desert surrounding the ruins of the Kingdom of Bask. Drop Shots are key, since the ball won't bounce much here."
MTA Piranha Plant Forest.jpg Piranha Plant Forest Normal Weak "Piranha Plants will spit any balls they eat at the opponent's side of the court. Their appetite for tennis is truly unmatched!"
MTA Mirage Mansion.jpg Mirage Mansion Fast Normal "Mysterious mirrors adorn a mysterious mansion. But...where exactly does a tennis ball go when it disappears inside one of these mirrors?"
MTA Snowfall Mountain.jpg Snowfall Mountain Normal Strong "A bustling square in front of the train station. Keep a close eye on those Shy Guys, who will hide among the commuters and hit the ball back!"
Savage Sea Court.jpeg Savage Sea Fast Normal "A boat gliding upon the untamed waters of the sea. Hit the mast in the middle to welcome some of that untamed fury on board!"
Inferno Island Court.jpeg Inferno Island Fast Strongest "Bowser's Castle, built on a blazing island surrounded by hot lava. Those Mechakoopas are too hot to handle!"

Demo and pre-launch online tournament

Prior to the game's release date, a free demo was released on the Nintendo eShop on May 24, 2018. This demo included a pre-launch online tournament, as well as the ability to practice with CPU players. The tournament allowed players to play as Mario, Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser, with Waluigi, Toad, Spike, Rosalina, and Chain Chomp[19] becoming available as players earned points, for a total of nine playable characters. All tournament participants could receive an alternate costume for Mario that dresses him in his usual clothes (effectively making him appear identical to his appearance in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash), usable in the full game.

Character unlock criteria

Update history

Mario Tennis Aces has received multiple updates after launch, which added new content, character balancing, and bug fixes.

1.1.0

An update was released on June 21, 2018. The following changes were made:

  • Additional New Modes and Features
    • We have added “Online Tournament” to Tournament mode.
      • When playing Online Tournament, you can choose from four different types of courts in Marina Stadium.
      • We have changed the name of the tournament mode using computer partners to “COM Tournament.”
    • We have added “How to Play” to the main menu. You are now able to practice basic shots and new shots outside of the “How to Play” in Adventure mode.
    • We have added “Bonus” to Adventure mode. This allows you to play the story over again from the beginning and watch movies.
      • “Bonus” will be added once you have cleared Adventure mode once.
      • When you select “Start from Beginning,” your progress, level, and obtained rackets will all be reset. It is not possible to carry over your status and play from the beginning.
  • Changes to Online Play
    • Online play: We have made some changes to the way that latency is handled in online play.
      • We have addressed an issue that caused severe latency when the network connection became unstable.
      • We have raised the frequency with which the game confirms and refreshes connection quality. This addresses the problem of connection quality remaining low for a longer period than necessary once the connection was determined to be poor in one single instance.
    • Online play: We have made some adjustments so that players of similar skill are more likely to be matched together. (Outside of matches with friends)
    • Online Tournament: We have improved the accuracy of processing the confirmation of connection quality for both yourself and your opponent before the start of a match.
    • Online Tournament: We have addressed an issue that caused a dropped connection at a certain time in a match to result in the dropped player receiving credit for a win.
    • Free Play: We have addressed an issue that caused the next match to automatically begin when no control input was detected after a certain amount of time at the end of an online match.
  • Reading save data from the online tournament prior to launch
    • When you have save data from playing one or more matches in the online tournament that took place prior to launch, you will obtain Mario's “classic outfit.” You will be able to switch to this at the character select screen for each mode. You cannot change character appearance in Adventure mode.
  • Asian Languages
    • We have added support for Chinese and Korean languages.
  • Other
    • Overall: We have addressed an issue where a Zone Shot that landed very close to the line was being counted as out.
    • Standard Overall: We have addressed an issue that caused your Energy Gauge to fill on a Nice Serve even when the shot was a fault or a let.
      • The above two issues did not occur during the online tournament prior to launch.
    • COM Tournament: A crown mark will now appear next to the name of a character who has won the tournament.
    • COM Tournament, Online Tournament: Suspend data from a tournament will now include your settings choices from the character select screen.
    • Some changes from the online tournament prior to launch are also included.
    • When you update to version 1.1.0, you will no longer be able to engage in local play with those using version 1.0.0.

1.1.1

An update was released on June 28, 2018. The following changes were made:

  • Changes to Online Tournaments
    • The “Rating” feature will be added to the game on July 1, 2018. Ratings scores will start at 2,000 and go up after scoring points and go down when losing points in matches. It is a score that shows how strong the player is. (The in-game ranking board will continue to be based on Total Points.)
    • In cases where there is a disconnection during a match, ratings will go up or down based on the score in that match at that time.
    • When there is great discrepancy between players in ability, a player’s rating may not go up even if they win.
  • Changes to missions in Adventure mode
    • Forest Practice Court: We have adjusted how often the opponent uses Zone Shots.
    • Forest Edge: We have adjusted how quickly the opponent responds to shots.
    • Reflection Room: We have adjusted how much Energy is refilled.
    • Royal Chamber: We have adjusted how much Energy is refilled.
  • Other changes
    • Online Tournament: We have addressed an issue of settings not aligning with Options settings when starting a match.
    • Online Tournament: We have addressed an issue of the game freezing when pressing certain buttons after there is a communication error.
    • There will be further adjustments to game balance in matches and character performance.

1.1.2

An update was released on July 19, 2018. The following changes were made:

  • Game Balance Updates
    • For All Characters:
      • We have adjusted the range within which a character is able to return a ball, as well as how much energy is used when doing a Trick Shot to hit a ball that goes behind them.
        • *We made the distance you can move and the scope between left and right shorter. We also shortened the time it takes to successfully recover energy and increased how much energy is used when a Trick Shot is late.
      • We have made it so that, when returning a serve, a ball cannot inflict a Body Shot until it bounces once.
    • For Bowser Jr.:
      • We have adjusted how fast Bowser Jr. can move when charging a shot and lowered the angle at which he hits the ball back.
        • *We plan to adjust the balance of this character further in time for the August tournament
  • Other Changes
    • Revised errors with text display.
  • Notice about the Rating system in Online Tournament
    • A ranking display based on Rating will be added to the ranking board starting with the August 2018 tournament. Along with this change, the Rating will not be shown on the Total Points Ranking board. If you want to check your Ratings for July, please check the Tournament chart.
    • Your Rating will change on a monthly basis based on the results of the previous month's play. (This will be reflected starting with the switch from July to August.)
      • *Ratings of 2,000 or less -> Start at 2,000
      • *Ratings from 2,000-2,500 -> Same rating will be maintained
      • *Rating of 2,500 or more -> 1/10 of the value will be added to 2,500
      • *Value will be reset to 2,000 if the player did not play the previous month or if any questionable data is present.

1.2.0

An update was released on July 31, 2018. The following changes were made:

  • Game Balance Updates
    • We have increased the minimum energy level used for a Zone Shot serve from 25% to 30%. 33% energy is still needed in order to trigger the shot.*
    • We have shortened the distance a character is pushed back when returning a shot that pushes the opponent to the back of the court, such as a Max Charge Shot.
      • The player can reduce the impact of being pushed back by returning a Topspin and Lob with a Slice, a Slice with a Topspin, and a Flat with a Flat.
    • We have adjusted the way the ball bounces back when hitting the center mast on the Savage Sea court.
  • Additional Settings
    • Options: Players can now switch the controls of Trick Shots to use only the Right Stick.
      • When holding the Joy-Con sideways, you can complete a Trick Shot by pressing up on the directional buttons (or the Y button) twice, regardless of the settings.
    • Free Play: You can now choose Stadium Only when entering search conditions when searching for players online via Invite Anyone.
    • We have added Full (6-game, 1-set match) to Free Play and Swing Mode.
  • Changes to Adventure Mode
    • It is now possible to retry a mission without returning to the world map after failing.
    • You can now retry a mission while from the pause menu without quitting the mission.
    • How to Play: It is now easier to hit a Block during the tutorial.
    • Forest Practice Court: We have adjusted the charge amount of the opponent’s Charge Shot.
    • Detour: We have adjusted the charge amount of the opponent’s Charge Shot and likelihood of using a Zone Shot.
    • Savage Sea: We have adjusted the charge amount of the opponent’s Charge Shot and likelihood of using a Zone Shot.
  • Changes to Swing Mode
    • Rally Challenge: The Star Point will not appear during Rally Challenge in Swing Mode.
    • The image showing how to hold the Joy-Con is now a video demonstrating how to hold it.
  • Fixes to Online Tournament Ratings
    • Your rating will no longer go up when you lose a match.
      • When you win a match, your rating will not go down, and when you lose a match, your rating will not go up. Your rating will change based on the result of the match, but the amount it changes will be based on your opponent’s rating and on the content of the match. (The change may also be zero.)
    • If the software is forcibly closed during a match, your number of losses will increase, and your rating will go down by 0.5%.
      • If multiple intentional disconnections are detected, they may not be reflected in your ranking.
    • Starting with the August 2018 tournament, the ability to sort by rating will be added to the ranking board.
      • Along with this, the ranking board for total accumulated points will no longer display rating. You will be able to check your own rating for the month of July by looking at Results on the left-hand side of the tournament display.
    • At the start of each new month, your starting rating will change based on results from play the previous month. (This will be reflected as of the change from July to August.)
      • Rating of 2,000 or less - starts at 2,000
      • Rating between 2,000 and 2,500 - rating stays the same
      • Rating above 2,500 - 1/10th of the amount over 2,500 will be added to 2,500 to determine the rating
      • Note: If you did not play the previous month, or if any irregular data is discovered, your rating will be reset to 2,000.
  • Changes to Character Abilities
    • The abilities of certain characters have been changed.
Character Name Change
Toad

Slightly increased the distance at which he can return the ball without lunging.
Shortened the amount of time he is stationary after lunging at a ball.
Increased the height he can return a ball.
Slightly increased the speed at which Toad can reach his highest movement speed.

Toadette

Slightly increased the distance at which she can return the ball without lunging.
Shortened the amount of time she is stationary after lunging at a ball.
Increased the height she can return a ball.
Slightly increased the speed of her volley shot.

Wario

Increased the distance at which he can return the ball without lunging.
Slightly increased his ability to aim for the edges of the sideline.
Slightly increased the speed of his volley shot.

Bowser Jr.

Slightly shortened the distance he can return a ball using a sideways Trick Shot.
Slightly decreased the distance at which he can return the ball without lunging.
Slightly shortened the distance he can lunge to hit a ball.
Slightly decreased the height of balls he can return.
Decreased his ability to aim for the edges of the sideline.
Slowed down the speed of balls he returns.
Slightly decreased the speed at which he can reach his highest movement speed.

Waluigi

Slightly shortened the distance he can return a ball using a sideways Trick Shot.
Slightly decreased the distance at which he can return the ball without lunging.
Slightly shortened the distance he can lunge to hit a ball.
Decreased his ability to aim for the edges of the sideline.
Slightly decreased the top speed at which he moves.
Slightly decreased the speed of his volley shot.

Chain Chomp

Slightly shortened the distance he can return a ball using a sideways Trick Shot.
Greatly shortened distance he can lunge to hit a ball.

Bowser

Slightly shortened the distance he can return a ball using a sideways Trick Shot.

Rosalina

Slightly decreased the height of balls she can hit back.

Boo

Slightly decreased the height of balls she can hit back.

Koopa Troopa

Adjusted the accuracy of Body Shot when he is in his shell so that it matches what is seen on the screen.

  • Other Changes
    • Fixed an issue where the “Too Early” block timing indicator would appear when you are not pressing a shot button, while using a Trick Shot to return a ball from a Zone Shot or another Special Shot.
      • It is possible to block the ball from a Zone Shot or another Special Shot by pressing the shot button with good timing, even when while using a Trick Shot.
    • Fixed an issue where it became easy to succeed at a normal block during a 1-point rally in the period between a perfectly timed Trick Shot and the next shot that was not a perfectly timed Trick Shot.
      • Your energy gauge will refill greatly when you hit a Trick Shot with the best timing possible.
      • This issue will not occur during Zone Speed or blocks performed during Trick Shots.
    • Fixed an issue where the energy gauge would show as yellow instead of red when your remaining energy is between 1/3rd and very little.
    • Fixed an issue in online tournaments where the character icon was horizontally inverted as it entered the tournament display block on the right side.
    • Fixed an issue where the game would stop when connectivity was especially poor during local wireless or Internet matches.
    • Fixed various issues related to the display of text.

2.0.0

An update was released on September 19, 2018. The following changes were made:

  • New Game Mode Added
    • The Co-op Challenge game mode has been added. This is a mode that will be available online during special events.
      • A Nintendo Online Service subscription is required to play online.
    • Co-op Challenge: Boo Hunt will be available from the distribution of Ver.2.0.0 on Wednesday, September 19th until 9:00 AM on Thursday, October 11th. This is a mission where you play using Swing Mode. Team up with friends online or off or find players online to work as a group of four toward achieving the challenge's goal. (Up to four players can play on one Nintendo Switch console if there are enough Joy-Cons.) You can acquire costumes for Boo (three different colors of visors) by reaching certain challenge goals.
      • Only players who reach the goals can acquire these costumes.
  • Changes to Shot System
    • The waiting time for the rotating Star Point when hitting a Zone Shot has been extended 15/60th of a second. The opportunity to hit a Zone Shot has been increased by that amount.
    • The way a rotating Star Point disappears has been changed from fading out to simply disappearing after the wait time is over.
    • The amount of energy used when using Zone Speed has been adjusted.
      • The minimum energy used was reduced from 25% to 20%.
      • The consumption per 1/60th of a second has been increased from 0.25% to 0.3%.
    • When returning a shot from a short use of Zone Speed, the minimum energy spent (20%) will be used.
    • It's now easier to hit volleys closer to the net.
    • When characters who are not good at volleying are far from the net, the differences in their power when hitting the ball have been reduced.
    • When entering a Zone Shot right after Zone Speed, the minimum energy needed at the beginning of the shot has been eliminated. Therefore, you can commit to this transition with less energy used.
    • How far you are pushed back when you return a Max Charge Shot has been adjusted.
      • Even if you hit it back you will be pushed back more than in Ver.1.2.0, but there's less of a difference between characters regarding how far they'll be pushed back.
    • The knockback type Special Shot has been strengthened.
      • We extended the length of time an opponent is frozen after receiving a Special Shot from 30/60th of a second to 60/60th of a second.
      • There's no change to the freeze time for the rotating-type Special Shot.
    • The issue where Special Shot or Zone Speed didn't work if you held the L or R Button while still swinging when returning a Special Shot has been fixed.
    • You're no longer knocked back when successfully blocking a Special Shot or Trick Shot when returning it.
    • You will hit a lob if you don't press the L Stick up or down when hitting a shot with the X Button.
    • You can confirm a shot with the X Button after your character jumps into the air during a Zone Shot and is deciding where to shoot.
    • The "in" area on the court lights up so that it's easy to tell what areas are good to aim for when hitting a Zone Shot, Zone Shot Serve, or Special Shot.
    • There's less of a chance of a ball going out after tipping over the net when you're doing a drop shot during a Max Charge Shot.
    • It's now a fault when hitting a serve against the net post.
  • Changes to Character Abilities
    • We changed the abilities of certain characters.
Character Name Change
Donkey Kong

Increased the power of his slice.
Slightly increased his ability to aim for the edges of the sideline.

Daisy

Increased the power of her topspin.
Slightly increased her ability to aim for the edges of the sideline.

Blooper

Slightly increased the distance he can hit a ball without lunging.
Slightly increased the height of balls he can return.
Slightly increased the top speed at which he moves.
Slightly increased the speed of cutback when moving.

Wario

Slightly decreased the amount of time he's stationary after lunging at a ball.
Slightly increased the power he uses for his serve, smash, volley, and flat.
Slightly increased the top speed at which he moves.

Spike

Slightly increased his ability to aim for the edges of the sideline.
Slightly increased the top speed at which he moves.
Slightly increased the acceleration at which he can reach top speed.

Toad

Slightly increased the power of his shot.
Slightly increased the top speed at which he moves.

Waluigi

Slowed speed of cutback when moving.
Slightly decreased the power of his serve and smash.
Slightly shortened the distance he can lunge to hit a ball.

Peach

Slightly decreased her ability to aim for the edges of the sideline.
Decreased the top speed at which she moves and her crosscut.
Slightly decreased the power of her volley shot.
Slightly increased the amount of time she's stationary after lunging at a ball.
Slightly shortened distance she can lunge to hit a ball.

Luigi

Slowed his crosscut when moving.

Diddy Kong

Decreased his ability to aim for the edges of the sideline.

Rosalina

Slightly slowed her movement speed while charging.

Boo

Slightly slowed his movement speed while charging.
Increased the amount of time it takes until he can lunge repeatedly in Simple Class.

  • Additional Settings
    • Options: You can now split your use of the Zone Shot and Zone Speed between the ZR and R Buttons.
      • If you're using the Joy-Con sideways, control for both these moves will be SR regardless of the settings.
      • Any data preserved after quitting a tournament will have the settings from before changing the options.
    • Options: You can now divide your use of the Special Shot and cancel charge between the ZL Button and L Button.
      • If you're using the Joy-Con sideways, control for both these moves will be SL regardless of the settings.
      • Any data preserved after quitting a tournament will have the settings from before changing the options.
      • Cancel charge in Simple Mode will not be affected by these settings.
    • Free Play: You can now choose Either when choosing between play time and court when selecting search conditions for Invite Anyone in online play.
  • Changes to Adventure Mode
    • It's now possible to challenge a mission with All-Out Energy if you fail it three times. You'll be able to hit Special Shots one after another or continue rallies while using plenty of Zone Speed, as well as take on missions that were difficult to clear by learning how to use energy.
    • Ruins of Trials was added to Adventure mode. You'll be able to play this after clearing Adventure Mode.
      • Since the goal of these missions is to achieve high scores, you will not be able to challenge them with all-out energy.
    • Reflection Room: The target no longer moves when using a Special Shot.
    • Snowfall Mountain peak: The amount of energy recovered has been adjusted.
    • Station Square: An issue in which Shy Guys blending into the boxes and not being able to move has been fixed.
    • Bask Ruins: An issue in which opponents were unable to move after landing from a jump has been fixed.
  • Changes to Swing Mode
    • Swings are now possible to use in Local Play. Choose this mode after selecting Swing Mode on the main menu.
      • If you're playing Swing Mode in tabletop mode, only one player can play per Nintendo Switch. When playing doubles with four players in tabletop mode, four Nintendo Switch systems are needed.
  • Changes to Online Play
    • If you force the software to close while playing, your Rating will decrease by 1%.
      • You may be removed from the Rankings entirely if you often intentionally quit games.
    • The greatest amount your rating will fall after losing a match has been reduced to 1% of your current rating.
    • You can no longer confirm your opponent's player name before a match.
    • You can check the character your opponent is using before a match, but if you cancel the match, you will not be able to check the character your next opponent is using.
    • You will no longer be matched with the same opponent two times in a row.
    • Your record from online tournaments will be saved per the Nintendo Account on the server. Even if you use multiple systems, if you log in as a user of the same Nintendo Account, you will play using the points and rating you had from that account.
      • This game is compatible with the ability to save data online via the Nintendo Switch Online service, but if you read the save data you backed up, your online data will not overwrite the older data.
    • You will no longer be able to start new matches right before server maintenance begins.
      • Please note that if server maintenance begins during a match, you will be disconnected.
  • About Voice Chat
    • The game is now compatible with the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone application. If the application is running on your device when you enter an online match, you will automatically receive a prompt on your smartphone asking if you would like to join a voice chat with your opponent.
      • This will be applied to all online modes (Online Tournament in Tournament, the new Co-op Challenge, and Online Play in Free Play.
  • Other Changes
    • The Energy Gauge that is shown near characters is now always the same as the Energy Gauge at the edge of the screen.
    • An issue in which failure background music would play for winning partners in online doubles matches has been fixed.
    • You can now return to the menu without retrying while losing to Dry Bones during How to Play in the main menu.
    • The animation when charging fully and using a drop shot against Koopa Troopa in Simple Mode has been changed. However, there's been no change to functionality.
    • Other adjustments have been made to improve gameplay.

2.0.1

An update was released on October 10, 2018. The following changes were made:

  • Changes to Shot System
    • Slice shot’s power has been slightly decreased.
    • Returning a slice which was hit at a high point close to the net has been made easier.
    • The power of lobs has been increased when playing with Simple rules.
  • Changes to Character Abilities
    • The abilities of certain characters have been changed.
Character Name Change
Wario

Slightly increased the distance he can hit a ball without leaping.

Rosalina

Slightly increased her movement speed during a Charge Shot.

Chain Chomp

Slightly increased the ability to aim for the sideline.
Increased the length of the period that time is frozen after leaping for a ball.
Decreased the speed at which top movement velocity is attained.

Waluigi

Decreased the power of his slice.

Peach

Slightly decreased the length of the period that time is frozen after leaping for a ball.

Toad

Slightly increased the length of the period that time is frozen after leaping for a ball.

Boo

After leaping for a shot when playing with Simple rules, he can no longer be canceled during the period that time is frozen.

  • Other Changes
    • Simple Class: In Online Tournament, option settings that do not affect Simple rules will not be displayed.
    • Free Play and Swing Mode: When three or more players are playing Singles, the game will now start with P1 and P2 serving for matches other than Team matches. The server and returner will be randomly selected.
    • Online Tournament: Control issues when your character is on the far court have been fixed.
    • Adventure: The issue of software shutting down when playing in Challenges has been fixed.
    • The issue of Zone Shots being canceled has been fixed.
    • The issue concerning Leap Shots and swinging and missing when Koopa Troopa is on a star point has been fixed.

2.1.0

An update was released on November 30, 2018. The following changes were made:

  • Changes to Online Tournament
    • Ability will be classified by four ranks (A, B, C, D), which are based on a player’s rating. Players of similar ranks are now more likely to be matched together.
    • Changed all current five-round tournaments to three rounds. Made it easier to match players of similar ability by increasing number of players with similar progress in the tournament.
    • The condition for being seeded and getting to start from the second round has changed from a player needing to be a “tournament champion” to a player needing to have a “2,500 or higher rating.”
    • Randomly chosen courts in the first and second rounds of the online tournament will be selected from all courts with no hazards, except for the Night Court. The Night Court is reserved for the championship match.
      • From Ver. 2.1.0 it will be possible to play a “Hazards OFF” setting with no mast on the Savage Sea court.
    • Changed play time from “two-game, one-set match” to “first to win two games.” If each player wins one game, there will be a tiebreaker. This new play time is also the default setting for Free Play and Swing Mode.
    • Starting in December, player ranking will switch from points-based to ratings-based.
    • When a new month starts, the player’s initial rating will change based on their play results from the previous month. The following changes will occur when December begins.
      • 2,000 or less rating → Starts at 2,000
      • 2,000 - 2,500 rating → Current rating will be maintained
      • 2,500 or more rating → 1/2 of amount over 2,500 will be added to 2,500 instead of 1/10th.
    • Note: Player rating will be reset to 2,000 if software was not played in previous month or if there is bad data. If software is not updated to Ver. 2.1.0, December changes will not be processed.
  • Doubles Class Added to Online Tournament
    • Doubles Class will be newly available in online tournament mode starting in December. Doubles Class will be a four-player doubles match with standard rules, including use of Energy.
    • Doubles teams can be formed with two people sharing a Switch, with a friend online, or by matching with a stranger online of similar ability.
    • Pair Rank will be determined by calculating the average rating of the two players’ respective ratings.
    • Doubles Class is compatible with the Nintendo Switch Online smart device app for voice chat. However, in the Doubles Class online tournament, voice chat is only possible between doubles partners and is not possible with the opponent, regardless of whether it’s in the menus or during the match.
  • New Games Added
    • The second Co-op Challenge, Yoshi’s Ring Shot, will begin. Co-op Challenge is a mode for online play which will only be held for a certain period of time.
      • Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to play Co-op Challenge.
    • Co-op Challenge: Yoshi’s Ring Shot will be available from the distribution of Ver. 2.1.0 on December 1st until 9:00 AM on January 10th, 2019. Yoshi’s Ring Shot is a Challenge played with button controls (standard rules) with a four-player team. The team is formed among online players or with friends. (If each player has a controller, up to four players can play on one Nintendo Switch system.) You can acquire Yoshis of different colors (blue, red, and yellow) by attaining objectives.
      • A Yoshi of a different color can only be obtained by the player who achieved the objective.
    • Boo Hunter, which is played with one Nintendo Switch system, has been added to Swing Mode. This game can be played in Co-op Mode or Competitive Mode. Up to four players (including a COM player) can play.
  • Changes to the Shot System
    • “Taunting” is no longer possible while a player’s character is moving.
    • Made it possible to change shots with the A, B or Y buttons if the L stick is tilted up or down while charging a lob or drop shot by pressing the X button.
    • Made it more likely for a ball to be returned to the back of the court when returning a serve with a drop shot.
    • Made it easier to see how much energy changed in the Energy Gauge.
    • Changed the vibration of the controller when pressing the button twice and charging a Powerful Shot in comparison to the vibration of the controller after pressing the button once.
  • Changes to Character Abilities
    • We changed the abilities of certain characters.
Character Name Change
Mario

Decreased the length of the period that time is frozen after leaping for a ball.

Bowser

Slightly increased the power of his shot.

Waluigi

Slightly decreased the power of his volley shot.

Peach

Slightly decreased her pace of acceleration and cutback speed.

Toadette

Slightly increased the length of the period that time is frozen after leaping for a ball.
Slightly decreased the power of her volley shot.
Slightly decreased the top speed at which she moves.

Boo

Slightly decreased the power of his volley shot.
Slightly decreased his ability to aim for the edges of the sideline.
Slightly decreased his pace of acceleration.

Blooper

Slightly decreased the power of his volley shot.
Slightly decreased his ability to aim for the edges of the sideline.

Koopa Paratroopa

Slightly decreased the power of his slice return.
Slightly decreased the bounce of his topspin shot.
Decreased his pace of acceleration.

  • Additional Settings
    • Savage Sea: You can now play with no mast in the middle of the court by selecting “Hazards OFF.” When the Savage Sea court is randomly selected in the online tournament mode, there will be no mast.
    • Free Play: ”Tournament” was added to Play Time. The first to win two games is the winner, but a tiebreaker will take place if each wins one game, unlike “Extended Play.”
  • Other Changes
    • Co-op Challenge: When you Join a Friend, a ☆ will appear next to a Favorite.
    • Free Play: Fixed problem of Simple ball speed decreasing.
    • COM Tournament: The issue of the game sometimes stopping on the COM tournament menu when saving interrupted data with specific progress created on Ver. 1.2.0 or earlier has been fixed.
    • Other adjustments have been made to improve gameplay.

Reception

Critical reception

Mario Tennis Aces received generally positive reviews from critics. Praise was directed at the visuals and many welcomed new additions of gameplay, but minor criticism was directed at customization and the story mode, with some considering the latter not being rewarding or satisfying enough. The Swing Mode also received mixed reception, with points of contention directed at its responsiveness. The game currently holds a score of 75 on Metacritic based on 84 reviews,[20] and a score of 73.38% on GameRankings based on 37 reviews.[21]

Tristan Ogilvie of IGN gave the game a score of 7.5/10, praising the visuals, the court gimmicks, and the multiplayer mode, but criticized the story mode (considering it bare-bones, with nothing making it a fresh and satisfying experience), and also criticized the way local multiplayer works, stating "The biggest problem with Mario Tennis Aces'[s] Adventure mode is how poorly it incentivises you to keep playing. I had completed all 27 of its levels and unlocked all of its courts and rackets by the time I was on level 34, which was around a half a dozen hours of game time. Out of curiosity, I replayed a number of the challenges and boss fights several more times over to grind my way up to level 55, but was rewarded with absolutely nothing aside from incremental boosts to Mario's stats, thus making the existing challenges even easier. With no New Game+ or more challenging versions of its levels to unlock, or even the option of playing through it with a different character, Mario Tennis Aces'[s] Adventure mode becomes increasingly simple and repetitive the more time you put into it."[22] In a more positive review, Mike Diver of Nintendo Life gave the game an 8/10, praising what he believed to be vast improvements over its Wii U predecessor Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, stating "Where [Mario Tennis:] Ultra Smash's extras were a pure Monkey Island's worth of living without that particular piece of junk – here's your context, kids – [Mario Tennis] Aces stuffs its kit bag with activities until the zip's positively pinging off across the locker room like a smartly volleyed can of energy drink. Not everything is evenly fleshed out, but whatever your preferential way to play, there's plenty to get stuck into, both solo and with pals."[23] In a slightly more lukewarm review, Justin Clark of GameSpot gave the game an 7/10, praising the game's new playing mechanics over past games as well as the story mode's incentive to teach players of the new mechanics, but had mixed to somewhat positive feelings about the story mode, stating "The story itself is ridiculous, but ridiculous in that very specific, quirky way Nintendo has been getting away with for decades. During the Mushroom Kingdom's annual tennis tournament, an evil tennis racket--yes, really--named Lucien takes possession of Luigi and flies off to find five Power Stones that will help him take over the world." He was also more critical of the online play, panning a stark lack of features as his main issue.[24]

Reviews
Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo Switch Tristan Ogilvie, IGN 7.5/10 "Despite some single-player shortcomings, Mario Tennis Aces is still a lot of frantic tennis fun with friends."
Nintendo Switch Mike Diver, Nintendo Life 8/10 "We're used to seeing Wii U games transfer to Switch, but for Ultra Smash to have moved across without a substantial makeover would have been disastrous. Aces, wonderfully, is anything but that – it's a superb arcade sports game that's generous with its suite of player options and only occasionally guilty of being a little cheap in its Adventure Mode. The presentation is spot on, and the core tennis action is absorbing whether you're trading simple strokes or firing off special shots. Some animations and voice overs are identical to Ultra Smash's, but everything around them has been overhauled to quite splendid heights. This is something of a Switch Port Plus, then – not quite a whole new experience, but so improved as to be near unrecognisable next to its preceding title."
Nintendo Switch Justin Clark, GameSpot 7/10 "It speaks volumes that even the multiplayer limitations don't entirely dampen my enthusiasm for Aces. The Tetris Effect is in full swing here; days after the credits rolled, I still crave the satisfying thwack from a Power Shot, mentally replay matches and imagine how I might do things differently given a bit more focus and know-how. Mario Tennis Aces does what this series has done best, and for the most part, improves what it's rarely gotten right prior."
Aggregators
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 75
GameRankings 73.38%

Sales

By June 30, 2018, the game had sold 1.38 million units worldwide.[25]

Pre-release and unused content

A comparison of the Ultra Smash in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (left), its counterpart in the preliminary version of Mario Tennis Aces (center) and the Zone Shot in the final version (right).
Pre-release version
Daisy's pose in the pre-release version of the game
Final game
Daisy's pose in the final game

The Special Chance Shot markers from Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, needed to perform the Ultra Smash, were featured in the announcement trailer. The animation Mario performed there was also the same one used for those kinds of shots. In the final game, however, those Chance Shot markers were rather replaced with a rotating star marker, similar to the ones featured in Mario Tennis and Mario Power Tennis, and Zone Shots replaced Ultra Smashes, while retaining their character animations at least in the case of Mario.

The HUD icons for Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi originally used their traditional outfit. The Ancient Altar court used in Forest Monster was originally a selectable court.[26]

Originally, Daisy's final entrance pose showcased her with her mouth closed via a Nintendo Treehouse Log post. In the final game, her mouth is open.

Staff

Main article: List of Mario Tennis Aces staff

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario Tennis Aces.

Quotes

Main article: List of Mario Tennis Aces quotes

References to other games

  • Super Mario Bros.: A cutscene after the credits shows Mario drawing his cap on the camera lens with a crayon. The rubbing sounds are the first few notes of the overworld theme.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Boom Boom's running animation is flailing his arms while facing the opponent, mirroring his sprite animation from this game.
  • Mario's Tennis: This is the first time in the Mario Tennis series since this game that Mario and Luigi wear short-sleeved T-shirts and shorts and athletic shoes instead of their standard overalls. However, here they wear visor versions of their signature caps while in Mario's Tennis they wear their usual caps.
  • Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS: The design of Snow Ogre highly resembles that of Eyerok. Also, the music that plays while battling Bowcien is a remix of Bowser's battle theme and the Bowser levels from this game.
  • Super Mario Sunshine: The sounds that Piranha Plants make are reused from this game.
  • Mario Power Tennis: The sound Chain Chomp makes is reused from this game. Many characters' voice clips from this game are reused for their Special Shot animation.
  • Mario Party 6: Mario's artwork from this game is reused on one of the large banners.
  • Mario Party 8: Chain Chomp and Birdo's artwork on the character select screen is from this game.
  • Mario Party DS: Wario's artwork from this game is reused on one of the smaller banners.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii: Boo’s artwork from this game is reused on one of the smaller banners.
  • Mario Party 9: Koopa Troopa and Toad's artwork on the character select screen is from this game.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U: The Koopalings' airships from this game appear flying in the background of Savage Sea. The large claw arm Bowser Jr. uses for his Special Shot also returns from this game.
  • Super Mario 3D World: Several enemies from this title appear in the background of the courts, such as Piranha Creepers and Conkdors. Rabbits also appear and retain their design from this game.
  • Mario Golf: World Tour: Several of Rosalina's voice clips, provided by her former voice actress (Kerri Kane) are taken from this game.
  • Mario Party 10: The artwork on the character select screen for Rosalina, Yoshi, Spike, and Toadette are from this game.
  • Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition: Artwork of Luigi and Yoshi from this game are reused on one of the smaller banners.
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: Marina Stadium bears a striking resemblance to the stadium found in this game. Character models, animations, and voice clips are reused from this game. Mario Tennis Aces artwork of Yoshi is also originally from Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, albeit with a different tennis ball.
  • Mario Party: Star Rush: The artwork on the character select screen for Luigi, Waluigi, Peach, Daisy, Blooper, and Petey Piranha are from this game. Also, Boo's character select artwork is part of King Boo's artwork from this game.
  • Mario Sports Superstars: Character shield emblems are inspired and derived off this game.
  • Mario Party: The Top 100: Wario's artwork on the character select screen is from this game.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオテニス エース[1]
Mario Tenisu Ēsu
Mario Tennis Ace
Korean 마리오 테니스 에이스
Mario Teniseu Eiseu
Mario Tennis Ace
Chinese 瑪利歐網球 (Traditional)
马力欧网球 (Simplified)
Mǎlìōu Wǎngqiú
Mario Tennis

External links

References

  1. ^ a b Nintendo. (March 9, 2018). 『マリオテニス エース』多彩なショットやモードなどテニスシステムに関する詳細情報を紹介【Nintendo Direct】. Famitsu. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Nintendo (January 11, 2018). Nintendo Direct Mini 1.11.2018. YouTube. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Nintendo UK Twitter
  4. ^ Nintendo Australia Twitter
  5. ^ Nintendo of Korea press release (April 18, 2018)
  6. ^ Nintendo HK press release (April 18, 2018)
  7. ^ Nintendo TW press release (April 18, 2018)
  8. ^ a b c K., Roxanne (April 19, 2018) Nintendo Treehouse Log - Mario Tennis Aces - Are you a Speedster or a Trickster? Tumblr. Retrieved 3 June, 2018.
  9. ^ Nintendo (June 7, 2018) Mario Tennis Aces - The Match of the Century - Nintendo Switch YouTube. Retrieved June 8, 2018
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  18. ^ a b c d Luma, Boom Boom, and Pauline reveal for Mario Tennis Aces
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5BUIycx8iE
  20. ^ Metacritic score of Mario Tennis Aces. Metacritic. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  21. ^ GameRankings score of Mario Tennis Aces GameRankings. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  22. ^ Ogilvie, Tristan (June 20, 2018) Review of Mario Tennis Aces IGN. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
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