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If you've tried to get on the Mario Tennis Aces court in the last couple of days, chances are you'll have run into two aggravating folk: the swashbuckling shit-eating grin of Waluigi, Nintendo's favourite mischief maker; and the robotic "I can hit any ball on the court" arms of Bowser Jr.

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When you first boot up Mario Tennis Aces, you don't see the main menu: you're launched immediately into the solo "Adventure" mode. It's about six hours of gameplay that gives you something to do outside of searching for online matches, but it's also an extended grind that wears thin very, very quickly.

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Mario Tennis Aces is the sequel to the spiritual successor to the follow-up to Pong. Somewhere along the way, video game tennis became significantly more complicated than two paddles and a square ball. Fortunately, this upcoming Switch game will teach you all its tricks, by way of the RPG-style single-player adventure mode.

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The Mario Party-esque adventure mode in Mario Tennis Aces appeared in a trailer earlier this week. Nintendo has since published an English version explaining the features in the adventure mode, which is designed to be a solo training ground of sorts.

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Mario Tennis Aces was the star of today's Nintendo Direct, and the company took the opportunity to outline some of the new mechanics. Most are what you'd expect - lobs, slices, topspin shots and the occasional Mario super.

But the Japanese giant also showed off a bunch of new tricks, including a couple that without fail are certain to have me launching my JoyCon into the nearest wall. Meet "zone shots".