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Holding out for a hero on Wii U this holiday season? With Link stuck in the Lost Woods and Team Star Fox delayed by asteroids who will pick up our dreams and carry us through the long winter nights? Step forward, Sir Mario of Tennis.
Okay so the hype factor is low and there have been minimal details. Like bare minimal. Like the one thing we know is there are Mega Mushrooms; possibly the lamest, tacked-on gimmick Mario has ever pulled. I could hear your collective eyes roll when they revealed it. But with a month to go before release some deets have started slipping out. Most interestingly, some game modes:
Knockout Challenge: Tense tiebreak matches against increasingly difficult computer-controlled opponents await in this single-player mode. If the going gets too tough, you can call in a supported amiibo as your doubles partner.
Mega Battle: Your character grows to gigantic proportions after grabbing a Mega Mushroom, dominating the court with their increased power and range. When rivals on both sides of the net are giant-sized, anything can happen!
Classic Tennis: For those who prefer their tennis a little more traditional, Classic Tennis offers two variations: Standard mode features Chance Shots and Jump Shots but no Mega Mushrooms, while Simple puts competitors between the tramlines with no Chance Shots or power-ups Ė a real test of tennis prowess.
Online multiplayer: Go up against distant adversaries from all over the world in competitive ranked play in either Mega Battle or Classic Tennis modes, or quickly jump into more casual matches. Two players on the same console can team up to take on all-comers, or a supported amiibo can join you on as your doubles partner on the online courts.
So the game is online. ITíS 2 PLAYER CO-OP online! Thatís tasty. Also tasty is that local 2 player competitive will embrace the Wii U gamepad rather than split the screen.
How to slice a Peach.
Hey, we need a Direct, no doubt about it, and that Direct needs to show us lots of content but for the time being I think the videos look super smooth and we know that Camelot are capable so Iím staying posi. How about you?
@Super_Conzo Well, I guess it's mostly been used for fighting games so far. Dead or Alive Dimensions, Smash Bros., Virtua Fighter... It's a cool idea. Come to think of it, Mario Party Island Tour AND, more importantly, Camelot's 3DS Mario Tennis game have AI Streetpass avatars, but I don't know how closely they're modeled after the players themselves.
I've been un-interested in this one since I saw it. Nothing caught my eye to make me buy another one of these gamesÖ and wow, that preview deflates me completely. I wouldn't even rent this if someone dropped a Redbox machine full of them at my doorstep and handed me a five dollar bill.
I'm surprised that you guys are taking that one preview so seriously. Not that I think this will be the Game of the Year, or anything, but I still want to try it for myself (fundamental issues with the tennis mechanics aside).
If someone dropped a Redbox full of copies of this game at my doorstep, I would definitely take one. Subsequently, I would sell the others and stock all of my games in the kiosk, so that I could use it as a gaming Jukebox.
Man, that is so weird. You could play with friends in the 3DS game. I'm having trouble thinking of any online Nintendo game that didn't have some way of playing with a friend, even going back to the Wii.
If online options are really that limited this a clear pass for me. Sad.
@Super_Conzo I think it's more reviewer indifference. With all the "big" games coming out this time of year, something like this is low on the priority list, so reviews won't show up until close to or after release day.
I think if there were going to be free post-launch content added, it would have been announced by now. Might be time to give up on this dud.