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Generally favorable reviews - based on 86 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 86
  2. Negative: 1 out of 86
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  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 20, 2018
    91
    Mario Tennis Aces is probably the best episode in the series: easy to start, challenging for veterans, visually excellent and, above all, incredibly fun.
  3. Jun 20, 2018
    90
    Should you pick up Mario Tennis Aces? If the answer wasn't immediately obvious already, that's a resounding yes. It's the best the series has seen in years, and that's saying something for this tennis fan. If you're looking for one of the best sports games the Switch has to offer, look no further. You've found it.
  4. Jun 20, 2018
    90
    Mario Tennis Aces is a great game which everyone can enjoy. Even for those who do not game that often. It is great that there is a Story Mode, though it actually still feels a bit unbalanced. You can play with a bunch of characters and there is a great deal of content to enjoy.
  5. Jun 20, 2018
    86
    Put everything together, and Mario Tennis Aces is a great addition to the Switch lineup. For hardcore tennis fans, there's lots of authenticity to the shot selection and special moves. If you like an RPG-style Mario adventure, there's a deep and well-written mode that will keep you interested. The game could do better to prepare you for unexpected moments of difficulty, but that doesn't change the fact that Mario Tennis Aces is a really fun game and another essential title for any Switch owner.
  6. Jun 28, 2018
    85
    Mario Tennis Aces is a thrillingly magic tennis game which feels like a combat game because of the energy gauge management and K.O. rule. Its features are easy to learn but hard to master, and it's friendly to both newcomers and experienced players. What's more, it's extremely fun when you play with friends. The biggest issue of the game is that it's lacking in the variety of multiplayer gameplay while the Online Tournament is the only valuable multiplayer mode. What's more, the competition might be too intense for newcomers.
  7. Jun 20, 2018
    85
    Point, set and match for Mario Tennis in Nintendo Switch. Aces marks the successful comeback of Camelot Software to the road of high quality games.
  8. Jun 20, 2018
    85
    A surprisingly challenging tennis title with great story mode and multiplayer, but sometimes the gameplay seems overloaded.
  9. Jun 20, 2018
    84
    Mario Tennis Aces is a great and complex game that mixes tennis and beat'em up mechanics very effectively. Differently from other Nintendo titles, it isn't so fun to play before mastering it.
  10. Jul 23, 2018
    83
    I think the reason that Mario Tennis feels like it’s been out of the picture is because Nintendo hadn’t tried to seriously get it online and into the modern era. It seems like this time the game feels fully online with no gameplay issues that I found. It also helps that Aces has the best gameplay of the series so far and if you like party sports games, you really can’t go wrong with this one. The court variety, character selection, and ability to go online with multiple players on one console make Mario Tennis Aces out to be a game with lasting value. If you’ve been waiting for a series return to form well here it is.
  11. 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.
  12. Jun 27, 2018
    81
    With a solid roster of characters (and more yet to come), a robust online Tournament mode alongside Swing mode, the game is already pretty fun. The addition of a silly Adventure mode and extra trimmings and unlockables makes this a standout in the series and another great addition to the Switch’s growing library of Nintendo exclusives.
  13. Oct 28, 2019
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces may well feature the best mechanics the series has seen to date, its new Zone manoeuvres and Trick Shots adding an exciting, madcap layer of depth to the sport. While Adventure isn’t the big single player hook I’d have hoped and some options feel a little too stripped down, it’s the game’s multiplayer that will keep this title a firm favourite for months to come. Golf next please Camelot.
  14. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    80
    Brisk pace, easy control, good gameplay, lots of ideas and game modes. This is the new Mario Tennis Aces which is a wise purchase for your Switch. [Issue#288]
  15. CD-Action
    Sep 27, 2018
    80
    I’m pleased that we finally got a new full-fledged game by Camelot. What’s more, it will appeal to a whole lot of different people ranging from hardcore fighting games fans to your grandma and grandpa, though the difficulty level can be painful at times. The most important thing is that Waluigi begins his special move with a rose between his teeth, which puts Mario Tennis Aces dangerously close to the GOTY territory. [08/2018, p.64]
  16. Aug 5, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Ace is another must have for the Switch library. With various forms of play, it appeals to different types of players of different ages and genres, for hours and hours . The main issue: we have a great competitive game, but with a poor online performance, leaving a bitter taste of having bought an incomplete game.
  17. Jul 17, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces is a fine addition to the series and a far cry from the bare-bones offering from the Wii U. The single player mode offers up plenty for solo players while the online and local play will keep me coming back.
  18. Jul 15, 2018
    80
    With its stylish and inventive courts, Mario Tennis Aces proves that Camelot has returned to its successful form. Although it’s not without flaw and frustration, the title’s variety of modes offer entertainment for the whole family. There’s something for everyone in Mario Tennis Aces, and that’s particularly tricky to accomplish. Some might call that an Ace.
  19. Jul 4, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces has more in common with Street Fighter than Mario Kart. And that's a good thing.
  20. Jul 3, 2018
    80
    Sure, the controls are complicated. And the special move types feel a little unnecessary. But this is Mario. The man was made to be over the top. I was foolish to expect anything less.
  21. 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.
  22. Jul 2, 2018
    80
    Having the ability to change from a split screen to a shared screen in single-console multiplayer would have been nice too. Other than that, Mario Tennis Aces looks and sounds great, and is something any Mario Tennis fan will enjoy.
  23. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    A game that is a definite improvement over its predecessor, welcomes the addition of a Story Mode after a 13-year hiatus and offers an addictive and hardcore gameplay that is hard to miss. Despite its problems, Mario Tennis Aces should be tried by tennis and Mario lovers alike.
  24. Jun 28, 2018
    80
    I imagine that it will be one of my preferred little distractions for the summer.
  25. Jun 27, 2018
    80
    I would have liked to have seen a more smooth difficulty ramp in the Adventure Mode, and more options when it comes to multiplayer matches. However, those are things that can be fixed with patches, and fundamentally Mario Aces Tennis gets things right much more often than it gets them wrong.
  26. Jun 26, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces may have you bashing your head against the wall but Nintendo brings another great game to the Switch. Adventure Mode is a bit underwhelming; despite its infuriating difficulty spike, the story can be completed in just a few hours. Adventure Mode and COM Tournament mode are great precursors to the real highlight, the online tournaments.
  27. Jun 25, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces is awesome and a must-have if multiplayer experiences are your thing. It blends silliness with seriousness really quite brilliantly, and is a testament to Nintendo’s efforts within this space. No one else would ever even comes close.
  28. 80
    Mario Tennis Aces is a lot of fun and probably the most technically sound arcade tennis ever. I only wish its options and modes were as deep as its mechanics.
  29. Jun 24, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces brings an improved Mario Tennis formula to the Nintendo Switch, adding new elements of gameplay and good multiplayer options as well as some fun and interesting ideas for a game plot, even if they are not groundbreaking but they help adding fun to the single player campaign.
  30. Jun 22, 2018
    80
    Aces delivers as a competent arcade tennis game, and the new mechanics are fun and important enough that I would be surprised to see them removed in a future Mario Tennis. The difficulty spikes in the campaign are frustrating, but not impossible to overcome. Leveling Mario even as you fail makes the losses sting less (though I would have killed for a quick retry option) and I was always eager to see what I would be doing next.
  31. If Mario Tennis Aces is a herald of what’s to come in sports games for Nintendo Switch, then fans of golf, baseball, soccer, and other sports have reason to get excited.
  32. Jun 22, 2018
    80
    Mario is back with a great game, that lacks content and more online options. Still, the core gameplay is so good you’ll have hours of entertainment.
  33. Jun 21, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces has brought Mario sports titles back up to where they belong. The single player isn't the second coming of the RPG modes from the Game Boy titles like we had hoped but that's not the full story here. Aces has a complex and fun Tennis system with mechanics more like a fighting game than a sport one. There's tons of content here and more than enough to keep you going for months. Smashing.
  34. 80
    Mario Tennis Aces is without doubt the best tennis game to come out in the last five years.
  35. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces looks fine and plays even better. But its single player story mode is a real disappointment.
  36. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    Colorful, intuitive, deep and incredibly fun, Mario Tennis Aces is truly something for everyone, from casual newcomers to seasoned hardcore gamers. You'll certainly love its unique arcade soul and its rewarding gameplay (especially in multiplayer), yet you'll also regret its disappointing single player components.
  37. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces is an important title for the Nintendo line-up. A new and fresh game able to transmit the philosophy of Switch in an solid and funny way. Too bad for a series of single player variants that are a little disappointing.
  38. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    A bizarre coming together of Smash Bros. and Mario Tennis that strangely works, even if the Adventure mode occasionally frustrates.
  39. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    We’re used to seeing Wii U games transfer to Switch, but for Ultra Smash to have moved across without a substantial makeover would have been disastrous. Aces, wonderfully, is anything but that – it’s a superb arcade sports game that’s generous with its suite of player options and only occasionally guilty of being a little cheap in its Adventure Mode. The presentation is spot on, and the core tennis action is absorbing whether you’re trading simple strokes or firing off special shots. Some animations and voice overs are identical to Ultra Smash’s, but everything around them has been overhauled to quite splendid heights. This is something of a Switch Port Plus, then – not quite a whole new experience, but so improved as to be near unrecognisable next to its preceding title.
  40. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    Despite some original minigames and clever boss battles, the story mode falls short, since it strictly serves to teach the new gameplay mechanics. Mario Tennis Aces introduces "zone" tricks that prove both spectacular and powerful, offensively as well as defensively, thus creating a singular, radical timing approach to tennis, yet rather adequate for such competitive ambitions online. However, more risks should have been taken, particularly through the evolution of the double tap system in order to play closer to the lines, and increase the errors potential, which would add not only consistency, but also authenticity. Therefore this episode reaffirms the series' legendary accessibility underlined by the discrete motion mode à la Wii Sports, a classical ace of conviviality on the whole from Camelot.
  41. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces offers up plenty to keep single-players busy, but playing with friends takes everything the game does well up a big notch.
  42. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    Mario Tennis Aces is one of the best Mario Tennis games, and well worth it for gamers who love to sit back with groups of friends. If you appreciate a good game of tennis with some whacky rules to spice it all up, you'll surely enjoy this.
  43. 80
    Mario Tennis Aces is the definitive series entry. Camelot has firmly established what it means to Mario-ize an already solid tennis foundation.
  44. 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.
  45. Games Master UK
    Aug 9, 2018
    79
    Mario Tennis Aces excels as a feisty multiplayer game. [Issue#333, p.67]
  46. Jun 28, 2018
    78
    The core of Mario Tennis was always good but by adding fighting game-like mechanics the game has turned out even better and more competitive. Even though Mario Tennis Aces lacks a few small details its core gameplay is strong enough to keep the franchise alive.
  47. Jun 22, 2018
    78
    Mario Tennis Aces retains the enjoyable core gameplay of the series while ushering in plenty of fresh and exciting mechanics. It could definitely use more content outside its cool Adventure mode but what's here is still a racket-smashing good time.
  48. Jun 21, 2018
    78
    If you play locally this is a perfect party game, while the story-mode is short but sweet. Online on the other hand Nintendo is still playing catch-up.
  49. Jun 20, 2018
    78
    Mario Tennis Aces is not the greatest of the saga, but it’s not the worst at all. The control system has been perfected to be as fun as it is addictive, opening the door to new mechanics that put it at the level of, for example, Mario Kart.
  50. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Sep 26, 2018
    77
    Every kind of shot from flat to backspin, various environmental objects and special abilities of characters – Mario Tennis Aces might very well be the most complex and difficult Nintendo game of this generation. [Issue#232, p.64]
  51. Jul 9, 2018
    76
    A fantastically arcade styled single and multi-player tennis experience offering fun for those who are fans of the sport or not.
  52. Jul 3, 2018
    75
    There is only one reason to play Mario Tennis Aces: it's versatile gameplay. If you do not consider playing this game online or co-op on your couch, you'd have to reconsider buying it. This really is made to be competitive.
  53. Jul 1, 2018
    75
    Mario Tennis Aces is an improvement over its predecessor with the long-awaited return of the story mode and exciting new mechanics which make for much more intense and enjoyable matches. The limited scale of the story mode and lack of additional challenges, especially in regards to the mini-games, do hurt its appeal. The online mode is solid, if not a bit sparse, so your mileage may vary depending on your affinity for multiplayer. It’s not quite at the level of earlier installments, but Aces shows that the Mario Tennis series is back on the right track.
  54. 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.
  55. Jun 26, 2018
    75
    Mario Tennis Aces is innovative, well-balanced and deep, which makes it a pretty cool game. That’s why it is so sad the adventure mode is so short, even though it can be surprisingly difficult at times.
  56. Jun 25, 2018
    75
    Not perfect yet, but far better than it's Wii U counterpart, Mario Tennis Aces is a worthy addition to the IP, with an enjoyable Adventure mode and the introduction of the energy system which enriches the gameplay. With solo, local and online multiplayer, this game is guaranteed to provide plenty of hours of entertainment.
  57. Jun 20, 2018
    75
    A game that is almost great but manages to forget everything about the details required to become a masterpiece. Mario Tennis Aces could have been much better with a ton more possibilities, but as it it's a great game to play with friends.
  58. 75
    Mario Tennis Aces has fantastic gameplay held back by barebones content and not much customization.
  59. Jun 20, 2018
    75
    Mario Tennis Aces has some of the best gameplay mechanics that we have ever seen in a tennis game. It’s fun, balanced and fair, making this game a potential multiplayer success. However, the lack of single player content and a dedicated competitive system makes this launch relatively incomplete.
  60. Jun 20, 2018
    75
    Mario Tennis Aces is an extremely fun arcade tennis experience, colourful and dazzling to look at and smartly balanced in its back-and-forth play. With a little bit more care and depth given to the simple single-player mode and more variety added in the way of character and tournament customisation to give its multiplayer extra spice, Mario Tennis Aces could have been a true all-rounder. As it is, Mario Tennis Aces is still a lot of frantic tennis fun with friends.
  61. Jul 31, 2018
    74
    Mario Tennis Aces holds itself on the tennis court way better than Ultra Smash, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
  62. Jul 20, 2018
    73
    Mario Tennis Aces is ultimately a solid party game whose weak spots mainly lie in the peripheral areas like the campaign, swing mode, and fairly limited customization. The core gameplay is enjoyable and takes center stage in the addictive, fun multiplayer modes.
  63. Jul 2, 2018
    70
    Mario Tennis Aces is one of the best arcade tennis simulators on the market, especially when played with friends, but a lack of content will see many lose interest rather quickly.
  64. 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.
  65. Jun 26, 2018
    70
    Mario Tennis Aces doesn’t quite excel in all of the ways that it could have, but the core mechanics and multiplayer action are so good, it’s still worth diving in for some quality Mario Tennis action.
  66. Jun 26, 2018
    70
    What’s included in Mario Tennis Aces makes the game a great choice for Mario and tennis fans alike, and we can see dedicated players competing in high-level player over the next few months, but we wish there was more meat. Unless you plan on becoming really good at online player, or constantly have visitors at your home, you’ll be limited to only a few modes, none of which are likely to keep you entertained for more than an hour or so at a time. For a commute, or something to play before work or bed, it does the job — but don’t expect it to keep your attention throughout the summer.
  67. Jun 25, 2018
    70
    Mario Tennis Aces may not be quite as engaging as the Nintendo 64 game, but it’s a significant improvement over the poorly-received Ultra Smash on the Wii U.
  68. Jun 25, 2018
    70
    Mario Tennis Aces has a chance at being a great game down the road. Right now, it's simply good. The gameplay is as addictive as ever and the Adventure Mode is a great way to educate people on the ins and outs of Mario Tennis. It's just missing features that, while small, make a world of difference when it comes to the longevity of the game. I want to play Aces for the rest of the Switch lifecycle, but right now it's not giving me much of a reason to keep booting it up.
  69. Jun 25, 2018
    70
    Mario Tennis Aces is a solid Tennis game with some fresh ideas that breathes life into this franchise, but the package is not as complete as we would've preferred.
  70. Jun 21, 2018
    70
    It plays a cracking game of tennis, both with simple mechanics or the enhanced ones and you'll certainly have fun with friends. For the solo player, you'll breeze through the tournaments with ease, though, and that Adventure mode is one of THE most infuriating gaming experiences I've ever encountered, which is a shame.
  71. Jun 20, 2018
    70
    A highly entertaining and surprisingly nuanced multiplayer game that comes up short with its single-player offering.
  72. Jun 20, 2018
    70
    Probably the best Mario Tennis game since the N64 era, but the trick shots can still frustrate and the story campaign is a disappointment.
  73. Jun 20, 2018
    70
    Neither easy nor unforgiving, it makes you wonder who Aces is really for; stalwart Mario fans may love the premise but find the complex combos tricky to master, whilst tennis purists may love the core game, but also struggle to adjust to those special abilities...That said, it’s beautiful, it’s polished, and it will likely be a smash hit for anyone who’s been waiting all these years for a complex and challenging Mario tennis game.
  74. Jun 20, 2018
    70
    Mario Tennis Aces is a good tennis game let down by an Adventure Mode that often feels as though it's cheating you.
  75. Jun 20, 2018
    70
    It’s the best of Mario Tennis and Wii Sports motion tennis rolled into one game, but in distinct and very seperate modes, it just lacks one thing: being able to play a proper set of tennis.
  76. Jun 20, 2018
    70
    Mario Tennis Aces looks and performs as well as anything you'd expect from the House of 'Tache, but its family friendly appearance disguises a brutally difficult single player experience that will surely alienate younger players. With a high skill threshold, it also loses out on the simple delights of pick up and play local multiplayer, but for those willing to put in the time and effort there's still enjoyment to be found in its surprisingly challenging, albeit embellished, take on the sport.
  77. Jun 20, 2018
    70
    Mario Tennis Aces is a solid but incomplete title, which also lacks that note of color and imagination that we loved in Mario Power Tennis for GameCube. The technical and rewarding control system promotes competitive confrontation, and if Nintendo plans to frequently update the game with new contents and events, we will surely have a lot of fun for a long time.
  78. Jun 20, 2018
    70
    Play through the story mode until you take out the first boss and you should have a good grip on how the game is played, once there I suggest you stop before the game turns you into a gibbering gibbon of pure hatred. Take that part as a tutorial and then play against your friends and you’ll have a whale of a time. I put the game in front of my family members, and for the first time ever I saw interactions that wouldn’t look out of place in a Switch infomercial, they were having pure, unadulterated fun and that’s where this game’s magic lies.
  79. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    65
    If you absolutely adore Waluigi as a character, you need to own Mario Tennis Aces for him alone. [Issue #35 – September/October 2018, p. 60]
  80. Jul 11, 2018
    65
    Mario Tennis Aces isn’t a terrible game, but is a forgettable one. Online doesn’t work consistently, Adventure mode is pretty boring and uninspired, and there is a smattering of content. The game just lacks the heart that Nintendo titles have, and this leaves us with a bland and forgettable game that doesn’t do anything interesting. It’s not bad if you are just looking to get some friends or family together to play a few matches, but don’t expect the appeal to last much further than that.
  81. Edge Magazine
    Jul 19, 2018
    60
    There are too many caveats, too many pieces that have to fall into place to experience Aces at its very best. And yet a game between two evenly-matched characters and similarly-skilled human players is an unfettered joy. [Issue#322, p.122]
  82. Jun 28, 2018
    60
    Mario Tennis Aces just feels lacking in ever sense of the world. Lacking real tennis rules, basic quality of life options, series staple characters, and really any personality at all.
  83. Jun 22, 2018
    60
    Mario Tennis Aces has a lot more in common with fighting games than anything else. Zone Shots and Special Shots are basically the equivalent of an expertly-executed combo or special move, and consequently, can render a point to feel cheaply won in a flash. With no ranked mode available or cosmetic rewards to earn, there's not much to really keep players coming back to it either. Online Tournament and Free Play are fine and scratch the tennis itch, but fail to incite a competitive spirit. Overall with Mario Tennis Aces' lackluster (though sometimes exciting) Adventure Mode, finally-stable online modes, and the unique characterizations of every character, there's a solid package here, even if it doesn't feel like it has legs for the long term.
  84. Jun 22, 2018
    60
    From the initial outset, Mario Tennis Aces looks and sounds like it should, with vibrant colours and familiar sounds. Camelot has gone far enough to refine the controls and gameplay to feel ostensibly different from other tennis games. However, the back to basics approach has left behind the legacy, rendering this as a title that has a severe lack of content when compared to the past greats.
  85. games(TM)
    Jul 14, 2018
    50
    Improved variety, but gimmicky gameplay. [July 2018, p.78]
  86. 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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  1. Jun 22, 2018
    Then there are the boss battles, which give a strict time limit to hit court-filling opponents with enough balls to reduce their energy to nill. These bosses are tedious and frustrating in equal measure, often requiring perfectly timed returns against eminently predictable and repetitive shots...But if you have other people to play against (or a willingness to find such people over the Internet) Mario Tennis Aces is an easy-to-pick-up but hard-to-master game of psychological trickery and reflexes.
  2. Jun 20, 2018
    But after the dismal Ultra Smash and the lacklustre compilation that was Superstars, Mario Tennis Aces is a return to form for Camelot, even if it's not quite the equal of this series at its very best. It's a good game, if never quite a great one, and one that's still capable of some real magic. This is Mario Tennis serving up a much more full-blooded spin on the sport than we've seen in quite a while, even if its new depths have been pursued to a fault.
  3. Jun 20, 2018
    I love Mario Tennis Aces so far -- even though I have some issues with its single-player content.
  4. Jun 20, 2018
    Mario Tennis Aces is the best entry in the series since the GBA title. Its gameplay mechanics are almost perfect as the game feels so smooth in each one of the game surfaces; furthermore, the adventure mode is like a perfect tutorial to canalize the special moves. Beautiful and fun, its only fault is the lack of single player content.
  5. Jun 20, 2018
    It’s a bummer that Mario Tennis Aces isn’t the role-playing sports game of our dreams, but a game should be judged on what its developers set out to create, and as a sports-fighting hybrid, Mario Tennis Aces delivers.
  6. Jun 22, 2018
    How much enjoyment you’ll get out of Mario Tennis Aces depends firmly on how you plan on playing it. If you’re a loner and don’t play online you can have the story mode and tournaments licked within a day if you’re good. If you’re up for some online multiplayer you’re going to get a lot more out of it, but as it stands there may not be enough to ensure you’re still jumping in six months from now. Get some similarly-skilled friends together for some local multiplayer, though, and this has the potential to be another one of those timeless Nintendo party classics like Mario Kart and Smash Bros.
  7. Jun 25, 2018
    It's an incredible amount of fun, so long as you're not looking for a great single player sports RPG.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 496 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 496
  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. Jun 22, 2018
    4
    This game's lack of content is so major that it would be a scam if the game was $20, let alone the $60 Nintendo sells it for.

    The adventure
    This game's lack of content is so major that it would be a scam if the game was $20, let alone the $60 Nintendo sells it for.

    The adventure mode is nothing but a very few amount of gimmicky levels put together that severely lack the fun that simple matches offer. The first hour is an unneeded bunch of tutorial levels, given there's a built in tutorial already. The pacing's horrible, since every time you enter a level you get a slow rundown of what the level will be that can be summarized by the line that details the objective when you load the level. Same thing when you exit or lose a level, and slow restarting is never good. There's no real story or goal within this mode, and every level is either long and boring, incredibly easy, or obscure and inconsistent. Too many of them are timed levels, so the first time you might be doomed by simply trying to figure out what you actually need to do. The points system that raises your stats at the end of a level feels entirely irrelevant.

    Aside from it, there's no real other single player mode. You start with every character unlocked, so all you'll do will be playing against CPUs. The swing mode is ridiculously bad it feels like you're playing Wii tennis. The character variety is decent, however some characters revolve too heavily on a gimmick; if you're playing against boo or rosalina, you're not playing the same game anymore, you're playing against their slices and trying to get around them.

    This game could be salvaged by a good online system, since the game mechanics are pretty good aside from the improvable racket breaking system, but Nintendo strongly fails to deliver on that too. There's no ranking system. You can't play 2v2s with friends against other people, only against CPUs, which is laughable (you can locally.) You can only play games, not sets, including against friends, and you can't even select the stage to play on. It takes a while to find people to play against, there are lag issues, and the matchmaking is region locked. The tournament mode (the demo's only mode,) is the highlight of the game, and it'll be a miracle if you don't get tired of it two days after you've bought the game.

    I repeat that Nintendo intends you to buy this game for $60.
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  3. Jun 22, 2018
    5
    Typical Metacritic, people giving this game 10's and 0's, none of which are even close to being accurate. Here is a short to the point reviewTypical Metacritic, people giving this game 10's and 0's, none of which are even close to being accurate. Here is a short to the point review from someone who actually bought the game: This is another release by Nintendo that leaves much to be desired. Has Nintendo completely lost their magic lately? This game is the very basics of Tennis, almost only including what they needed to squeak by. The lack of customization and repetitive game play leave much to be desired on the court. If Nintendo had priced this at 50% of what they are currently asking, it may of been a decision to make, but as it stands, I wish I never purchased this game. Is it the worst game i've played - no, not even close. However it is far from good. From the outside looking in, it would appear that Nintendo is now pushing games out too fast just to say they have a title on the Switch. Shame. Full Review »