Mario and his friends have played a lot of different sports games over the years. Mario’s sports career started with a game titled Mario Tennis for Nintendo’s doomed Virtual Boy in 1995. Since then, we have seen Mario and gang play a range of different sports including tennis, baseball, soccer, Olympic sports, and golf. Mario Tennis Ace is the newest sports game from those amazing people at Nintendo. Aces were released for the Nintendo Switch on June 22 of this year. This game has a host of different modes. There is a story mode and that mirrors a similar experience from Mario Tennis: Power Tour on the Game Boy Advance. Tournament mode is where I have spent the most time. You can either play online or against the computer. Each has their own challenges. Mario Tennis Aces is a great addition to the Mario sports franchises.
Mario Tennis Aces is an easy game to pick up and play. Each button corresponds with a specific type of shot. Either a topspin shot, a lob shot, drop shot, and a slice shot. These are some of your basic shots. I have had a lot of time playing just trying to figure out which character I feel comfortable with. Each character has a different classification all-around, powerful, technical, tricky, speedy, and defensive. All-around is a character that is a jack of all trades, Mario is an example. Powerful is, you guessed it, a heavy hitter but is slow. Technical characters have the ability to hit the opposite corners with ease. These are just a couple of examples. The current roster is sixteen different characters with new characters being released every month that you participate in an online tournament. July’s tournament if you participate will unlock the speedy koopa troopa, he is my personal favorite at the moment of writing this article.
Most of the characters seem balanced but some characters are just ridiculously broken. Every time I run into someone who knows how to manipulate those broken characters I never score a point. I am certainly not the greatest player ever but I enjoy playing a good online match. The tournament system for matchmaking is crazy unbalanced. Nearly every time I go into an online tournament I run into a much higher ranked opponent. It gets annoying when I can’t get out of the first round. One of my last complaints about Aces is the charge hit. One of the biggest tools in your Mario Tennis Aces arsenal is the ability to charge your shot but it is also your biggest downfall. If you hit the button for too long your character will stand there and not have the opportunity to get the ball. It is this action that makes me lose a lot of my matches online. Maybe I am terrible at the game but it is one of those things that just makes me want to rage quit.
Modes? What Modes?
Mario Tennis Aces has a couple of different modes. The Story mode I touched on briefly earlier. While it is fun, sometimes it gets insanely hard. It follows Mario and the gang on an island that is obsessed with tennis. Luigi gets possessed by an evil racket and Mario needs to save his bro. Typical Luigi does something stupid. I love that goofball. Mario must go around the island collecting power stones, these look similar to the infinity stones, to seal away this evil. This mode has a host of different and unique maps to play on with crazy hazards. And crazy mini-games to keep things interesting.
The unique mode has to be Swing mode. This is the closest thing to the Wii Sports tennis. My three-year-old son loves this mode especially when he can play as the chomper a.k.a. Chain Chomp. In this mode, you used the Joy-con as a racket and swing it accordingly. It is a lot of fun for the whole family. Even my one-year-old daughter tries to play, its worth the price just for that. Tournament mode I talked about before. Free play mode is where you can play however you want. This is also where you can play online against friends in either doubles or one on one.
My Overall Thoughts on the Game
Mario Tennis Aces is a great addition to the Nintendo Switch line up. But I do think there isn’t a lot of content to ask people to spend $60 for this game. I think it could have been a $40 or $50 but Nintendo is planning at least 6 new characters for free. Nintendo is at least giving the people something to keep them coming back over the next couple of months. At the time of writing this article, I know there isn’t any unlockable content in the game. No secret title screen, no extra costumes, nothing. That’s a little disheartening. Heck, even Mario Kart 64 had something for beating every cup why not Aces. This is a huge oversight for me, it doesn’t give me a reason to play the game other than to say I beat everything. Give me an option to change a costume for Koopa Troopa like a different color shell or wings, just something. All in all the game plays great for the casual gamer. I am sure if spent hours every night I could be really good but I am not about that life anymore and it would also lead to terrible articles from me. So I am getting down to the time I give this game a score and we are going to try something a little different I want to hear from you our readers. I want to know if you agree or disagree with our rating. Let us know in the comments.
Here at All4Gamerz, we rate Mario Tennis Aces a 7/10.
-Matt a.k.a. Devotedsaint