Review: Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo Switch)

Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles.

Pros:

  • Crisp graphics.
  • 1.9GB Download size.
  • Tennis gameplay.
  • Opening tutorials for the first few matches.
  • Pro controller support.
  • Variety of moves- Slices, Lobs, Backhands, Then your Nintendo special moves like slowing down time, Star move and an ultimate move.
  • Four modes- Adventure, Tournament (online/offline), Free play and swing mode.
  • Swing mode is VS AI or local player. You use the Joycon like a racquet ala Wiimote style. Works really well. has options like change ball size and AI difficulty.
  • Your goal in the story mode is to find five power stones.
  • Controls- Left/right handed, Invert axis, Gyroscope controls, and set MPH or KMH.
  • Four players local multiplayer support on one Switch.
  • Adventure- Story mode with a world map level select. You can unlock new courts in here, Do challenges and earn EXP and level up to increase your stats.
  • KO-Win by a knockout. When you do a star move or ultimate swing your opponent needs to time their block perfectly otherwise their racket takes damage. Too much damage and it breaks forfeiting the game.
  • Replays after each point.
  • Game stats breakdown.
  • The ultimate move needs to be powered up, You do this by doing rallies in game.
  • Challenges in adventure mode are basically mini-games. Do these for rewards.
  • You get EXP in adventure mode even if you lose.
  • Block- You sometimes get a powerful shot comes your way, Usually a different color, You must time your block or else the racket takes damage.
  • Online tournaments- Standard and simple class. Full rankings leaderboard. Playing here will allow you to have early access to new characters.
  • 16 Default characters- Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Peach, Daisy, Rosalina, Toad, Toadette, Boo, Bowser Jr, Bowser, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Spike and Chain Chomp.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Commentary, Mixture of voice and text.
  • Tournament AI- Three cups. You have to beat one before you can do the next one.
  • Freeplay- Single console 1-4, Local 1-2 and online 1-2 So you can do 2 players playing online against another 2 players. Also, this mode has solo or doubles.
  • Easy to pick up and play.
  • Cheerful happy game.
  • Courses from classic locations like Luigi’s Haunted Mansion and the Jungle form DK.
  • Mario quality soundtrack.
  • MP has the challenges system. You get 3 and this allows you to review a call on the court.
  • Each character falls into a category like fast, Powerful or tricky.
  • Characters all have unique ultimate moves complete with a short animation skit.
  • Very precise controls.
  • Adventure mode sets you up nicely for online play.
  • Some courts have interactions or distractions if you will that can obstruct and ruin your game. Honestly, it just makes it better but hey.
  • Star moves are very easy to pull off, Just stand in the star icon on the court and press a button. Ultimate move is charge the bar then hit the button!
  • Everything is no-nonsense with its speed and clear UI.

Cons:

  • The trick shot can be triggered in two ways, The less common way is by pressing a button and a direction twice, Well unknown to you, You pull that combo off quite easily meaning you trigger the ultimate move usually to devastating effect.
  • Only one camera angle.
  • Cannot change buttons or controls.
  • Gets difficult very quickly in adventure mode.
  • A lot to take in outside of the basic moves.
  • Grinding pops his nasty head up. Needed to increase your stats and thus progress through the game.
  • Takes a bit of getting used to how it all plays as its quite loose, Players move when taking a hit.
  • Slow paced story cutscenes.
  • Cant skip cutscenes.
  • Ultimate animation cannot be skipped.
  • No way to strip everything out and just p[lay basic tennis without all the “magic”.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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