If you've sworn off Mario Tennis Aces because of the annoying reach of the little shit pictured above, tomorrow's patch might be your saviour.
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It’s been established that Mario Tennis Aces is definitely a fighting game, so like any good fighting game, players have come to despise its strongest character.
Unfortunately, that character isn’t someone cool like Street Fighter’s Cammy or Dragon Ball FighterZ’s Cell. No, the most powerful member of the Mario Tennis Aces roster is freaking Bowser Jr.
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.
With the pre-release online tournament/beta for Mario Tennis Aces over the weekend, two of my predictions have come true: firstly, the myriad of defensive shots and plays are just as annoying as I thought they'd be. Secondly, and more importantly: the game's an absolute blast.
Provided you're not dealing with lag.
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.
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".