Nintendo (via the Nintendo Treehouse Log) has released a plethora of details regarding characters and character types in their up-coming sports venture in Mario Tennis Aces for the Nintendo Switch, which releases on June 22, 2018.
In Mario Tennis Aces, every character has a bit of a quirk to how they play, and some traits that fall outside of a character’s class, such as their height and weight, can affect how well they can counter a type of shot or strategy. So, start thinking about what your own play style might be, and how well these characters might complement that, but save your final picks for when you can try them out for yourself after the game launches. Leep in mind that the roster of characters covered below isn’t exhaustive, you will be able to unlock even more Mushroom Kingdom favorites in the full game by participating in online tournaments. The strategic possibilities are ever expanding!
Powerful characters can dish out shots with very high speed. Their movement may be slower than some of the other character types, but when their racket finds their target, watch out! That ball is going and gone. This character type is for you if you want to keep the pressure on your opponents with an offensive onslaught. When up against Powerful characters, exploit their slower speed by aiming your shots far away from their position, where they hopefully cannot reach… (Unless they’ve mastered the Trick Shot…)
What do these two characters have in common? That’s right… Long limbs! Waluigi and Bowser Jr. (or his Koopa Clown Car, rather) use their extendable arms to strategically block, attack, or gra—wait, sorry, wrong game. They use their long arms to return all kinds of shots! It’s tough to hit a ball out of reach for these folks. These characters will be very comfortable in the center of the court, where they’ll have great horizontal range to defend against balls that enter their turf. It maybe be best to try to mix up your strategy against Waluigi or Bowser Jr. by throwing in some Zone Shots or Special Shots to trip up their rhythm and displace them.
All-Around characters, which include Mario, Luigi, and Daisy, have well-rounded characteristics, as the type’s name implies. This character type is a great one to start with and master, since they have no glaring weaknesses: their shots are solid and their speed is good, allowing them to traverse the court proficiently. Of course, this isn’t to say that all characters in the same category play the same. Luigi, for example, has slightly weaker shots than Mario, but has phenomenal volleys and is a force to be reckoned with up at the net.
Technical characters in Mario Tennis Aces include Peach and Toadette. Both of these characters have excellent ball control, are able to easily hit to the far corners of the court, have great footwork, and look fabulous in pink. Techical characters are great for hitting the ball just out of reach of your opponents, particularly once you have gotten a read on how your opponent tends to move. Their Zone Shots and Special Shots may not be as fast as those of some other character types, but they certainly make those standard shots count! And the longer you keep a rally going, the more chances you have at storing up your Energy for some of those souped-up Special Shots.
Speedy characters pack a lot of agility in their small bodies. They can cover the court in a very short amount of time, which helps when you are up against an opponent you aren’t used to playing, and not sure where they tend to send their shots. In a game like Mario Tennis Aces, in which there are lots of potential moves your opponent can make, a Speedy character is handy for reacting to anything your rivals might throw at you. Thanks to the new Zone Speed mechanic, which lets you expend Energy to move lightning-fast, there isn’t an area of the court that these characters can’t reach! One of the ways you can offset these characters’ speed is by nailing the timing for Nice serves (a serve hit when the ball is at its highest point in a throw) or executing a smash: these shots are able to knock their opponents back a bit, and Toad and Yoshi tend to be particularly affected by knockback due to their smaller sizes.
Tricky characters throw lots of curve balls. Literally. All of their shots have a bit of a curve to them, which makes their trajectory hard for their opponents to predict. Slices already are quite bendy, so if you execute slices as Tricky characters, they now have the potential to circle right around an opponent, in almost a 90-degree angle! Tricky characters are super frustrating to play against, but super fun to play as… Trip up your opponents with your unpredictable shots. Your rivals might use Trick Shots to catch up to a ball you’re hitting away from them, so be ready for anything! Also, be mindful of rallying head-to-head with other characters, as Tricky characters hit shots with slower ball speeds.