Mario has been featured playing many different sports, ranging from soccer to golf. His most popular one, however, has always been tennis. With the first installment coming on the Nintendo 64, titled Mario Tennis, tennis games with Mario have always been critically acclaimed. The newest game coming on the Nintendo Switch, Mario Tennis Aces, keeps the same intensity of tennis and adds the charm and polish that Nintendo is known for. Without further ado, grab your rackets and get ready to dive into Mario Tennis Aces!
Nintendo has always been doing great on graphics recently, especially with the Nintendo Switch’s amazing resolution, but Mario Tennis Aces knocked it out of the court with its beautiful looks. The game has a constant 1080p and 60 frames per second, which is fairly standard at this day and age, but the one thing that keeps the game amazing is its great use of color. The courts are lit up with huge floodlights and each object has a distinct and clear color that makes the whole game pop. This makes the player feel like they are in the court and adds a great amount of visual appeal that is not seen in many games. The graphics engine processes each hit with surprising speed, so the animations are always top notch. All this comes together to make an amazing display that makes the player feel like a professional tennis player.
Mario Tennis Aces has the same classic tennis gameplay that all tennis games have, but puts a great and unique spin on it. The game has a mechanic known as Zone Speed, which allows the player to slow down time with the use of an energy gauge that is filled up as a rally progresses. This energy also allows for the use of trick shots to return difficult shots and continue a rally, as well as Zone shots, which allow the player to jump into the air and redirect the ball in any direction they choose and at an insane speed. If the energy gauge is completely filled, the player can use a Special Shot, which has a unique animation for each character and allows for a redirect, similar to the Zone Shot, but at a much faster speed. The game also has a racket durability system, which means that if your racket breaks during the match, it is an instant loss. Each racket can take 3 miscalculated blocks from a Zone Shot, but only one incorrectly blocked Special Shot will break your racket and cost you the match. For more hardcore tennis fans, however, there is also the Simple mode, which is traditional tennis, without the energy gauge and Zone Speed mechanics. This forces a higher amount of focus on positioning and outsmarting your opponent, rather than just managing your energy gauge. In whichever mode you choose, there will be intense rallies that will always have you on the edge of your seat, as any good tennis game should.
Mario Tennis Aces is an amazing new installment in the Mario Tennis series, and brings an intense feeling of stress and excitement that no other sport game can give. When you and your opponent are rallying the ball back and forth, trying to find the smallest mistake in their positioning, the game does a great job of keeping the pressure on throughout each match. This game gives both tennis fans and casual gamers the chance to exercise their skills and put them to the test.