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Feeling a little nostalgic before bed, I fired up the Switch while I did some work. Sitting on the home page was Mario Tennis Aces, a game I'd gotten deeply hooked on for a little while.

It'd been months since I'd checked in with the game; I hadn't tried the new DLC characters, the singleplayer challenges, or given online doubles a crack. So I fired up the online mode, and let matchmaking do its thing.

After half an hour, one article written and a drink down, Mario Tennis was still searching. I wasn't getting a game on the court. There was no-one to be found.

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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.