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As someone who has been way down on the Mario Tennis franchise for probably a decade (of Chance Shots), Mario Tennis Aces looks freaking amazing. They've finally rehauled those tired, unintuitive mechanics. Into something that even less resembles tennis, granted, but it seems incredibly fun. Like a tennis fighting game! Blocks, Specials, a meter, Supers, Taunts, and a c-c-combo breaker! It has genuinely become one of my most anticipated games. I love the Block mechanic, since it actually prioritizes timing, whereas previous Mario Tennis games disdained it.

Story mode was nowhere near enough to hype me up. But these new mechanics are. And optional splitscreen for local multiplayer is such a great idea. No bitch court view! If they balance it well, Mario Tennis Aces will be an absolute scream in multiplayer. Party in a cartridge.

Camelot has redeemed themselves. Now let's get some Mario Superstar Baseball, Namco!

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Posted: 03/13/18, 00:57:18  - Edited by 
 on: 03/13/18, 01:07:04
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Anand said:
As someone who has been way down on the Mario Tennis franchise for probably a decade (of Chance Shots), Mario Tennis Aces looks freaking amazing. They've finally rehauled those tired, unintuitive mechanics. Into something that even less resembles tennis, granted, but it seems incredibly fun. Like a tennis fighting game! Blocks, Specials, a meter, Supers, Taunts, and a c-c-combo breaker!
Yeah, a fighting game is what came to mind when I saw the meter: it can be built up quicker with risky plays and it can be used for offense or defense, which is a pretty common dynamic in fighting games. And that perked my interest a bit, even though I've never really been sucked in by a tennis video game. Grand Slam Tennis with Wii MotionPlus came the closest thanks to its pretty good motion controls, but even that that fell out of my rotation pretty quickly.
Posted: 03/13/18, 01:57:48
@nate38
Grand Slam Tennis on the Wii was pretty cool!

I actually like a good tennis game, in general, from Atari 2600 Tennis to Super Tennis to Virtua Tennis to Top Spin to... real tennis. But Aces isn't even really a tennis game anymore. Luckily, I also like crazy arcade-style multiplayer games!

This game is pretty stacked, though. I don't have much faith in the Motion mode, since Camelot already fumbled them on New Play Control Mario Tennis on Wii. But maybe this time, it's simplified enough to work. I wonder how many modes will be playable online.
Posted: 03/13/18, 05:00:06  - Edited by 
 on: 03/13/18, 05:01:17
Hope it's as good as it looks... haven't bought a tennis game since Virtua Tennis on Dreamcast, but I might bite on this one!
Posted: 03/13/18, 10:03:52
Pretty great article on the history of Mario Sports games! Here's hoping Aces is the definitive version of tennis.
Posted: 05/16/18, 19:49:40
@Secret_Tunnel
Haha, it's way too weird to be a definitive tennis experience, but it has a decent chance to be the most fun.

I want some more Mario Baseball action.

Mario Golf: World Tour DX (with all DLC and a goofy story mode) would also be a surefire hit. It's pretty underrated.
Posted: 05/16/18, 20:17:07  - Edited by 
 on: 05/16/18, 20:18:56
@Anand

Definitive version of Mario Tennis, I mean!

What's your favorite one? I haven't played many Mario sports games aside from Toadstool Tour (which went over my head at the time) and a little bit of Superstar Baseball at friends' houses.
Posted: 05/16/18, 20:19:46
@Secret_Tunnel
The GameCube one. Power Tour, I think? It's fast, pretty, and furious, the gimmicks are optional, and there are no stupid chance shots.

Home console Mario Sports probably peaked on Gamecube. Before Wii Sports stole its thunder.

Speaking of which, I hope the motion mode in Aces is fun. (New Play Control Power Tour on Wii freaking sucked, though.)
Posted: 05/16/18, 20:29:32  - Edited by 
 on: 05/16/18, 20:33:01
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