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Watch Us Play Mario Tennis Aces

With Mario Tennis Aces coming to the Switch this Friday, I asked our resident tennis aficionado Tim Rogers to play me in a “best of three” series.

Mario Tennis Aces introduces an interesting lineup of characters that somehow includes Chain Chomp, cool acrobatic trick shots, and super shots that let you aim exactly where you want the ball to go. You can choose to aim Super Shots at your opponent’s body, right on the line just out of reach, or maybe within swinging distance to test their ability to block it. If your opponent can’t time it correctly, though, you get to watch their racket’s durability weaken until it shatters, resulting in a KO victory.

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I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about this aspect. One the one hand, it adds a nice layer of strategy. On the other hand, it can feel like a cheap way to win.

Watch the video to see a nice mix of intense volleys, fun tennis trivia and a bevy of ideas for future Nintendo sports games.

Video Producer, Kotaku. Fluent in Spanglish. Tetris Master. Streamer. Host of The Optional Podcast.

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Nathelis Cain

Super excited for the release tomorrow.  Mario Tennis 64 is one of my all time favorite games.  Speaking of, I’m fairly certain there’s a “classic” mode in Aces that plays more like MT64 without the super charge moves and whatnot, are you able to speak to that mode and how it plays out?