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Nintendo serves up Mario Tennis Aces onto Switch, arriving June 22nd

09 March 2018

While those details will likely be little more than a breakdown of how the game's single-player mode will work or perhaps a fashion show of the various characters, we're hoping that the studio will reveal the game's release date during this presentation. But it looks like Nintendo is taking Mario Tennis much more seriously this time around, compared to the somewhat average reception of its Wii U Tennis game, Ultra Smash. The direct, which featured a large portion of Mario Tennis Aces went over the various additions to the first entry for the Switch.

There's also racket breaks, where if you don't properly block a zone shot your racket will take damage.

Other than how you play the game, some new features and modes include a story mode, boss battles, and online multiplayer. I am by no means even remotely interested in tennis, but this title is certainly shaping up to be a day one purchase. The first details of Mario Tennis Aces and its release date have slipped through the cracks. But Nintendo has never been one to give up on its fans, and it has delivered. Players can power up their shots, use a burst of speed to close the distance to the ball, or make use of the all-new high-flying Special Shots, the likes of which use up a significant portion of the player's energy gauge but make up for the cost with potent offensive and defensive maneuvers. Once it's all used up, you'll have to perform trick shots. In Swing Mode, players can use their Joy-Con controllers like a tennis racket, which initiate tennis swings in the game. Initially, we knew Mario, Luigi, Waluigi and Wario were all playable.

Nintendo serves up Mario Tennis Aces onto Switch, arriving June 22nd