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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Mario may be known for his background as a plumber, or his recent adventure as a body-snatching fashionista, but over the years he's also become one of gaming's most popular athletes. With Mario's newest tennis iteration launching later this year for the Nintendo Switch, it's the perfect time to look back on the many games that preceded it.
Like other classic Nintendo franchises, Mario sports has become a staple of each console and handheld library. While it seems like Mario's athletic glory days are behind him, through the good, the bad, and the painfully mediocre there have always been moments and modes that have stuck with players.
This is how Mick Ignis went to Comic Con this year. I will not sleep easily tonight.
Project M, the unofficial lovechild of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Melee, has been abandoned by its developers, but fans are still churning out content for the popular mod. As of last Sunday, our favourite conniving Mario underdog has earned his own -- again unofficial -- Smash character in Project M. Waaahaaahaa.
Not only are we getting a trio of Amiibo figures based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- including the first-ever articulated Amiibo -- Nintendo has seven new Super Mario Amiibo coming in November, complete with a glowing ghost and the worst character ever.