More details on the story in Mario Tennis Aces, plus all modes
Mario Tennis Aces received a lot of love from Nintendo and Camelot this week. The company shared details about the demo, uploaded new trailers, and also opened the Japanese website. That site is where a bunch of additional information is provided.
As far as the story goes in Adventure Mode, things begin during the day of a certain tennis tournament. Chaos quickly ensues due to the power of suspicious rackets wielded by Wario and Waluigi. When the uproar has calmed down, Luigi – who was there previously – is nowhere to be found. Wario and Waluigi also suddenly disappeared.
According to Toad, the rackets Wario and Waluigi held are said to have terrifying powers that can control people. If the racket’s mystery can be solved, there may have been a clue to find the missing Luigi.
Mario goes on a new adventure in order to rescue Luigi.
Numerous missions will block Mario’s progress. To clear them, sometimes you’ll need to complete certain requirements other than just simply winning battles, such as aiming for a specified place on the court or beating the enemy within the allotted time. Stages may also have different gimmicks; use them well to clear the stages. Some stages even have strong enemies that come with special attacks and cannot be hurt with ordinary attacks of your own.
By challenging missions and racking up experience, Mario’s stats will increase. Not only that, but clearing missions may also reward new rackets. Having all rackets broken during a mission will cause a Game Over, so it’s also important to collect many of them.
Missions have varied difficulties, from easy to advanced. You can keep challenging until you improve, so you can try progressing through things you’re not good at until you get satisfied.
Now on for the different modes:
Free Match (Singles / Doubles)
– The rules can be freely set. Has up to 4-player versus.
– Settings like CPU difficulty, court, and K.O. option can also be changed.
– If you bring Switch with the game, you can have versus on a local connection with up to four players.
– You can choose between 1-vs-1 singles and 2-vs-2 doubles.
– You can connect to the internet to fight rivals and friends alike.
– You can play for free until September 2018; after that, you will need to subscribe to the paid Nintendo Switch Online service.
Tournament (singles only)
– A mode where all players join a tournament and aim for the top.
– Toad will provide live commentary which will hype up the battles.
– Online tournaments, where you fight for ranks with worldwide players, will be held monthly.
– You can take on the tournament multiple times, and the rankings will be set based on the points earned.
– Aim for conquering the top of all three tournaments available.
– Initially you’re only able to access one tournament, but you’ll be able to challenge more difficult tournaments by becoming the champion.
Swing Mode (Singles / Doubles)
– You can freely swing the Joy-Con to play with actually feeling the shots.
– Recommended when you just want to have fun with everyone.
One Point Advice: Try playing by changing the rules
– In Free Match and Swing Mode, you can enjoy tennis battles with more rules other than standard.
– You can choose a big tennis ball which will move more slowly and is also easier to be hit by the racket.
– You can also go with simple rules in Free Match, where matches don’t use energy and will fully rely on your tennis skills.
Finally, with a Switch, you can play Mario Tennis Aces:
– on the big screen (TV)
– by sharing Joy-Con (tabletop)
– thoroughly alone (handheld)
Mario Tennis Aces launches June 22.