Mario Tennis Aces is volleying over to the Nintendo Switch later this year. According to the Japanese website for online retailer Rakuten, the game will be released on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Japan.
As the name suggests, this is a tennis game staring Mario. The list of confirmed playable characters for the game thus far, when including the recently leaked screenshots below, is Mario, Luigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Wario, Waluigi, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, and Bowser.
Along with the above screenshots, is a nice Japanese box art of the game that has Mario and Peach in the foreground and two Toads in the background.
The announcement and a brief look at Mario Tennis Aces was offered at a presentation by Nintendo back on January 11, 2018. The presentation was titled Nintendo Direct Mini 1.11.2018.
Nintendo describes Mario Tennis Aces as follows:
A new Mario Tennis game is bringing a new level of skill and competition to Nintendo Switch. Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles. New wrinkles in tennis gameplay will challenge your ability to read an opponent’s position and stroke to determine which shot will give you the advantage. And this time the game adds the first story mode since the Mario Tennis game on Game Boy Advance, offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions, boss battles and more.
Additional information for Mario Tennis Aces is expected to be revealed later today, March 8, 2018 after 2:00 PM PT / 5:00 PM ET, as part of a new live-streamed Nintendo Direct presentation.