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  • Summary: 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 readA 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. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 86
  2. Negative: 1 out of 86
  1. Jun 20, 2018
    92
    Without any doubt, this is one of the best installments if the Mario Tennis series. Not only for the number of game modes it offers, but because of its addictive gameplay. Mario Tennis Aces is a must-buy for Nintendo Switch owners.
  2. Jun 29, 2018
    82
    A great return for one of the most beloved sports franchises. Mario Tennis Aces has a great single player mode and a functional online multiplayer mode.
  3. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces gives the arcade tennis series a massive injection of depth, turning this family friendly sports title into a tactical, fast-paced chess game that is a thrill to play against other people. Its depth is well explained in a limited story mode that has some interesting ideas, but it’s a tougher sell if you’re not looking to lose yourself in hours and hours of online play.
  4. Jul 3, 2018
    80
    If you really crave a nice game of tennis, this is the game to play. Especially if you appreciate the party game influences. The adventure mode is pretty repetitive and frustrating, but as you can play online it can also be a ball.
  5. 75
    As long as the online keeps running well, Mario Tennis Aces will be worth revisiting. I still have my concerns of the new mechanics being a little too focused on the ability to block, but Mario’s grand sports return has more than enough good in it to make up for smaller miscues like that. This is an encouraging return to form for Camelot.
  6. Jun 27, 2018
    70
    It speaks volumes that even the multiplayer limitations don't entirely dampen my enthusiasm for Aces. The Tetris Effect is in full swing here; days after the credits rolled, I still crave the satisfying thwack from a Power Shot, mentally replay matches and imagine how I might do things differently given a bit more focus and know-how. Mario Tennis Aces does what this series has done best, and for the most part, improves what it's rarely gotten right prior.
  7. Jun 27, 2018
    40
    Showing little appreciation for what makes tennis a fascinating sport, Mario Tennis Aces is like a server who can't stop committing double faults.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 140
  2. Negative: 40 out of 140
  1. Jun 22, 2018
    10
    Mario tennis ACES is one of the best Sports game and party game in NS
    Today I get this game and play all the time
    Maybe single mode is poor,
    Mario tennis ACES is one of the best Sports game and party game in NS
    Today I get this game and play all the time
    Maybe single mode is poor, but online mode and local mode with other people is perfect.
    If you can play with your friend or play online competition
    Mario tennis ACES very funny and Challenging
    My 2 friends buy it after play with me for a while
    just like Mario Kart 8,Mario tennis ACES do not need single mode
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  2. Feb 7, 2019
    10
    After the disappointing Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Mario Tennis Aces nears perfection. A great and varied adventure (story) mode, a niceAfter the disappointing Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Mario Tennis Aces nears perfection. A great and varied adventure (story) mode, a nice selection of playable characters, varied courts, and a neat (if a bit limited) tournament mode serve as the icing on the cake of the addictive gameplay. The previously confusing menus in Free Play mode have been simplified through an update, so that's a plus.

    The new play techniques add a new element of strategy to the gameplay, although Special Shots can sometimes feel unfair (especially when you have breaking rackets to contend with). Thankfully, you can turn the more fantastical settings off if you so desire.

    The online tournaments add greatly to the game's replay value. The playable characters and costumes they've been adding are generally great choices (added playable characters include Diddy Kong, Birdo, and Petey Piranha, among others).

    Mario Tennis Aces is a definite improvement over Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. In fact, Aces might be the best game in the series. An incredibly fun and addictive tennis game that deserves a place in your Switch library.
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  3. Jun 27, 2018
    8
    Mario Tennis Aces might be the best Mario-sports game released to date; however, despite smooth mechanics, the game suffers in just enoughMario Tennis Aces might be the best Mario-sports game released to date; however, despite smooth mechanics, the game suffers in just enough areas to call for a mark-down purchase.

    Pros: The gameplay is engaging and smoking a ball past an opponent feels rewarding. The Adventure Mode adds a little extra incentive to playing. The online hasn't faltered and remains stable. The leveling system shows promise.

    Cons: The story is bland and should not be a selling point. There is a lack of content. It just feels empty in many ways. The KO is an interesting concept, but it feels gimmicky and can be incredibly frustrating in the challenges. The difficulty spike in the Adventure Mode can be overwhelming (curse you, Mirror level). The leveling and brackets fall flat and should be expanded upon or taken out all together. It's missing a statistical category to keep track of all of your matches and such.

    Overall, the game is really fun if you're playing with a friend or online; however, the drive to go back and play is limited. As stated above, wait and pick this up at a mark down if you have some games in the backlog that need more attention.
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  4. Jul 21, 2018
    7
    This game is VERY GOOD. Gameplay, Graphics, 2P mode, everything is splendid and perfect. BUT, the difficulty, THE MOST HARDEST GAME I EVERThis game is VERY GOOD. Gameplay, Graphics, 2P mode, everything is splendid and perfect. BUT, the difficulty, THE MOST HARDEST GAME I EVER PLAYED! In story mode, I've beaten story mode but I'm still getting stuck at Kamek's Savage Sea part. but even worse, online, I don't need to tell you. but yeah, This game is really amazing! Nice job Nintendo! Best tennis game ever! Expand
  5. Jun 26, 2018
    6
    The core tennis game play is addictive and fun, it's lovely to finally see the single player story is back in the game, it was sadly missedThe core tennis game play is addictive and fun, it's lovely to finally see the single player story is back in the game, it was sadly missed for the WiiU game. Sadly tho the same can't be said for the online. Most of characters are HUGELY unbalanced and some are easily exploitable (Boo, Bowser Jr Chain Chomp are examples). For Nintendo to actually leave those characters untested is very unlike them, here hoping for a patch soon. It is nice that you can play the game without those trick shots or fancy moves in Simply class, but most players will go for Standard class. For a tennis game, its very laughable to not have any matches go for more then 3 games, like it would of been nice to be able to do 1 set, 3 sets or even 5 sets. Who thought that would've been a good amount of games.

    For my score i give this game a 6 out of 10, the story is lovely, the game runs amazing and the sound is right on for tennis, hitting those shots really makes you feel like you did that with a real racquet, But Leaving those characters unbalanced and down right exploitable, plus not being able to play a full set of tennis is unacceptable.
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  6. Sep 14, 2018
    4
    A tennis game with solid gameplay underpinnings, but woefully in need of some QA.

    Essentially Mario Tennis Aces can deliver on a fast and
    A tennis game with solid gameplay underpinnings, but woefully in need of some QA.

    Essentially Mario Tennis Aces can deliver on a fast and fun tennis experience, but the lack of QA and time spent on development really shows. There aren't many options for online play, and variety is sorely lacking. Additionally, some characters are incredibly underpowered, and others are extremely overpowered in their capabilities, to the point where you can almost never win against them.

    Additionally, the story mode has almost no difficulty curve -- it's either super easy, or stupid kinds of hard, with very little in between. And what little there is of a "story" couldn't be a bigger MacGuffin quest if you tried.

    In the online competitive formats, there are several glaring issues on top of how powerful the characters are. The "physics" (if you can even come close to calling it that) don't make a whole lot of sense -- A "lob" shot can fly higher and land sooner than a flat, depending on how the ball is hit. Additionally, some of the mechanics are very easy to abuse, with many players electing to use levitating characters and constantly using max-charge lob shots that are very difficult to stop. The matchmaking system is pretty bad, and doesn't afford you the option to exclude certain characters that are overpowered.

    The free play mode offers a wide variety of maps and playstyles, but unfortunately also suffers in the QA department. Simply put, the menus are annoying and difficult to navigate and use, and sometimes your options are severely lacking. The online freeplay serves almost no purpose, as it was not integrated into the other online format. Finding a match is completely random, and skill levels will be completely random.

    That said, the gameplay can be fun and get your heart racing, especially when a rally can get quite intense. Sometimes it feels like the controllers have a mind of their own, but overall the core gameplay is good.
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  7. Aug 12, 2018
    0
    Malo con avaricia poco contenido. Mucho lag rn las partidas. Matchamking muy lento.

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