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Mario Tennis Ultra Smash Discussion (Nintendo Wii U) [game]
 
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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?

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Posted: 10/23/15, 09:56:30  - Edited by 
 on: 10/23/15, 16:52:59
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This is probably going to be about as barebones as they come, but I'll probably still cave in and buy it. I really do enjoy a good tennis video game.
Posted: 10/27/15, 00:55:17
@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.
Posted: 10/27/15, 03:20:00
Fears confirmed. The game is content light.
Will rely heavily on amibo integration and the online aspect for longevity.

A shame for reals but I'm still game.
Posted: 10/30/15, 17:14:50
@Super_Conzo

Doesn't seem to say anything about customization of online matches. I'm pessimistic, given Nintendo's history on that front.
Posted: 10/30/15, 17:39:38
Hmm. I love Mario Tennis, but if the price point is $60, I might pass.
Posted: 10/30/15, 17:47:03
@Super_Conzo

This NintendoWorldReport preview is especially negative.

What the heck happened to Camelot??

More egregiously, why can't we ever get the Tennis/Golf RPGs that we got on the Game Boy systems???
Posted: 10/30/15, 18:49:20
@TriforceBun
Oh dear oh dear oh dear. This is bad.
Are we calling this a rush job? I mean how else could they leave it so bare-bones after the flack they caught for Open?

And I refuse to believe there was no friend match option online. That is beyond short-sighted.
Posted: 10/30/15, 19:34:48  - Edited by 
 on: 10/30/15, 19:50:45
Aw that sucks. I was on the fence but I guess I won't get it.

I don't blindly follow others' opinions but this is a different case. Can't be wrong about light on content and poor MP options.
Posted: 10/31/15, 22:29:25
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.

Disappointing.
Posted: 10/31/15, 22:55:00
The fact that online matches are limited even to just one 2 game set or tie breaker is so lame. I do find it extremely odd that playing with friends is completely omitted too.

If I ever want a Mario Tennis fix again, I think I'll just wind up rebuying Mario Tennis Open
Posted: 10/31/15, 23:36:03  - Edited by 
 on: 10/31/15, 23:36:44
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.
Posted: 11/01/15, 23:24:43  - Edited by 
 on: 11/01/15, 23:25:42
@kgtennispro

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.
Posted: 11/01/15, 23:31:44  - Edited by 
 on: 11/01/15, 23:32:28
@Anand

If the release game is as bare bones as that preview says, then that tells me everything. I want substantive content and lots of fun variables. This seems like plain bread.
Posted: 11/01/15, 23:50:14
@DrFinkelstein
Even plain bread can be delicious with walnut honey butter.

Honestly, some of that stuff (like no Friend vs.) almost seems difficult to believe. We'll see, I guess.
Posted: 11/01/15, 23:57:07
@Anand

Yea, especially when you read this part:

NWR said:
The game has no support for lobbies or communities, which pretty much means that you can't play with friends.

Does that really logically follow? You don't necessarily need a lobby or community to play with a friend.
Posted: 11/02/15, 00:03:58
@Anand They all ripped off Dual Heroes anyway.

@TriforceBun Are we 100% certain this is the final game?

I could also see some content being sold as DLC.
Posted: 11/02/15, 00:35:46
No reviews yet. Game must be embargoed right up to release day!
Is this a sure sign of no confidence? Oh dear oh dear oh dear.
Posted: 11/17/15, 16:03:55
I spoke too soon.

Here come all the 6s!



Is it too late to hope they are going to roll out a lot of post-launch content a la Splatoon?
Posted: 11/18/15, 17:10:20  - Edited by 
 on: 11/18/15, 17:14:24
@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.
Posted: 11/18/15, 19:40:10
I know, @Mop it up, I know. I was just SO up for that HD tennis, yo. Even if they patched in some online friend matches it would be enough to sway me but that omission is unforgivable.

Are any of the Virtual Console games worth a look instead? Just to get me that fix.

Edit: Can anyone vouch for the New Play Control Wii game? I never played that one.
Posted: 11/19/15, 10:27:07  - Edited by 
 on: 11/19/15, 12:46:33
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