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”.

 

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Whilst it is no Wimbledon simulator, It does bring the fun back to the courts! Locations look fantastic as do the animations of the wide roster of characters. I’m a little bummed I cannot strip out the magic and play barebones tennis but whatever. I don’t quite know how to explain it all but the movement and hits do feel loose and floaty, You will feel it instantly as we are trained to be on the ball to hit it whereas here we can charge it up and do slow-mo and shite. Take all that to the side and we have a competent tennis game that is so much more fun in multiplayer both on and offline, It just doesn’t really elevate the genre.

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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