Mario Tennis Aces

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Mario Tennis Aces
MT Aces Box Art.jpeg
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
Mode(s)
Media
Nintendo Switch:
Media NS icon.png Cartridge
Input
Nintendo Switch:

Mario Tennis Aces is an upcoming sports game in the Mario Tennis series for Nintendo Switch set to release on June 22, 2018. It is the eighth installment in the series and will be the first Mario Tennis series game since Mario Tennis: Power Tour on the Game Boy Advance to feature a Story Mode.[2] The game was first announced via a Nintendo Direct Mini presentation on January 11, 2018.

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 star icon 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. Ultra Smashes, Zone Shots, and Special Shots are able to damage rackets. Rackets can withstand three Zone Shots and Ultra Smashes combined 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, the shot can be blocked, increasing the character's energy gauge and protecting their racket from damage. In doubles, each pair shares one energy gauge. Unlike Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, there will be a left-handed option for characters.[8]

Other than the base style of gameplay, the game will also include 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 will feature a traditional Tournament mode where the player can challenge computer opponents. Online multiplayer is also supported for up to four players (friends or other players) as well as for online tournaments. Participating in these can provide the player with participation prizes, including special in-game outfits or additional playable characters.[8]

Adventure Mode

The game also features a story mode set on an island, which includes various challenges for the player to complete, such as missions and boss battles. The story appears to focus on Mario as he tries to rescue those that have been possessed by a dark force, whose energy is imbued in a special tennis racket called the Legendary Racket. The possessed characters take on a mummy-like appearance with glowing eyes, and their souls are taken by the dark force. To rescue them, Mario has to go around the island and complete challenges given to him by various Mario franchise enemies, like Boos and Petey Piranha.[9] Along the way he can obtain different rackets that have different attributes, as well as level up his own stats such as running speed. Should the player's rackets all break, they will receive a game over.[10]

Characters

Playable

Emblems for Birdo, Diddy Kong, and Paratroopa have been seen on a bag available as a preorder bonus, but these characters have not been explicitly confirmed as playable.[13] Similarly, Shy Guy and Dry Bones have been shown with tennis rackets, but neither of those characters have been confirmed playable.[14]

Bosses

Non-playable characters

Audience members

Unknown

Courts

Like in Mario Power Tennis, some courts contain hazards that can be toggled on or off.

  • Marina Stadium[17] (Hard, Clay, Grass, Night)[2]
  • Bask Ruins[8] (a court set in desert ruins)
  • Piranha Plant Forest (a court set in a forest - Piranha Plants can eat the ball to change its direction)[2]
  • A court set in ruins filled with Piranha Plants[8]
  • A court set in a snowy plaza[8]
  • A court set in a haunted house[15]
  • A court set on an airship[15]
  • A court with hexagonal tiles, featuring Mechakoopas and Bob-ombs[10]

Demo and pre-launch online tournament

Prior to the game's release date, a free demo is set to be released on the Nintendo eShop on May 24, 2018.[10] This demo is set to include a pre-launch online tournament, as well as the ability to play single-player matches.[10] The tournament allows players to play as Mario, Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser (with more characters becoming available as the player earns points), and all tournament participants can receive an alternate costume for Mario that dresses him in his usual clothes (effectively making him appear identical to his appearance in Ultra Smash), usable in the full game.[10]

Gallery

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

References to other games

  • 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 casual shirts and overalls and brown shoes. However they wear visor versions of their signature caps while in Mario's Tennis they wear their casual caps.
  • 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. Mario's voice clip when performing his Offensive Power Shot in this game is reused during his 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's artwork on the character select screen is from this game.[11]
  • 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.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U: Iggy's airship appears from this game. The large claw arm Bowser Jr. uses for his Special Shot also first appears here.
  • 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 and Spike are from this game.[11]
  • 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 and voice clips are reused from this game.
  • Mario Party: Star Rush: The artwork on the character select screen for Luigi, Waluigi and Daisy, as well as the artwork for King Boo (used for Boo), are from this game.[11]
  • Mario Party: The Top 100: Wario's artwork on the character select screen is from this game.[11]

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)
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 d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad 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 d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Nintendo (March 8, 2018). Nintendo Direct 3.8.2018. YouTube. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  9. ^ GameXplain (May 14, 2018). Mario Tennis Aces - Overview Trailer (NEW Story Mode Details, Dark Luigi - JP). YouTube. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Official Japanese website
  11. ^ a b c d e Nintendo. (April 4, 2018). A family journey with Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  12. ^ The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (May 22, 2018). "Jimmy Fallon Gets First Hands-On Play of Mario Tennis Aces". YouTube. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  13. ^ https://geo-online.co.jp/html/mariotennis_ace.html
  14. ^ Story page from official Japanese website
  15. ^ a b c d e f GameXplain. (May 14, 2018). Mario Tennis Aces - Overview Trailer (NEW Story Mode Details, Dark Luigi - JP). YouTube. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  16. ^ Story Mode page background image 2
  17. ^ K., Roxanne. (April 6, 2018). Mario Tennis Aces - Technical and All-Around Awesome Characters!. Tumblr. Retrieved April 7, 2018.