Nintendo, via their March 8, 2018 Nintendo Direct Presentation, has released a Mario Tennis Aces overview showing off the different skills that can be used in the game. There are a variety of shots that can be served like a basic shot, top spin, slice, and a lob that zooms over the opponents head. There is a new shot called the Zone Shot which allows players to pinpoint where to launch the ball using motion controls. Zone shots are powerful, casuing damage to the opponents racket. Three zone shots received to the opponent will cause their racket to break. There are ways to block/counter a Zone Shot, so if your opponent actives it, so its not all doom and gloom. There is also a new feature called Zone Speed, which allows players to perform incredible feats like chasing down quick shots and blocking Zone Shots. Zone Shots and Zone Speed are governed by an energy meter that fills up as the game is played and by doing trick shots.
For anyone not interested in the razzle dazzle and tricks of Mario Tennis Aces, there is a simple rules mode that allows players to play with normal tennis rules. Along with that, Nintendo has announced there will be 15 playable characters. This includes Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Peach, Daisy, Roslina, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Toad, Bowser, Toadette, Bowser Jr., Chain Chomp, and Boo.
Mario Tennis Aces will have online multiplayer, allowing up to four friends to play with each other. There will be online tournaments too with prizes such as special in-game outfits and additional characters. In terms of controls, based on the video, it seemed like the game will accommodate all control types – single JoyCon, Two JoyCons in a shell, the pro controller, and in tablet mode with the JoyCons attached. There is even a motion controls-only mode so family and friends can all casually join in on the action.
Mario Tennis Aces launches June 22, 2018 worldwide.
Here is the entire Nintendo Direct Presentation.