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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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 84
  2. Negative: 1 out of 84
  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 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.
  4. Games Master UK
    Aug 9, 2018
    79
    Mario Tennis Aces excels as a feisty multiplayer game. [Issue#333, p.67]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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: 42 out of 120
  2. Negative: 38 out of 120
  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
  2. Jun 28, 2018
    10
    Brimming with charm, originality and depth to it's mechanics, Aces more than makes up for it's slight lack of content at launch with great,Brimming with charm, originality and depth to it's mechanics, Aces more than makes up for it's slight lack of content at launch with great, addicting and deep gameplay that will surely keep me coming back for months on end.
    That said, it has relatively mediocre tutorials, but like many fighting games, you'll discover everything by playing.
    ONLINE: Great at times, but could be improved upon. Is defitely better than the demo though, and I have never disconected or suffered major lags, but finding a match can take up to 6 minutes.
    It lacks some features, but knowing Nintendo, they bring them later.
  3. Jun 24, 2018
    8
    Here comes all the fanboys coming in with 10/10s (and some normal people like me) and assault troops bombarding the game with 0/10s despite itHere comes all the fanboys coming in with 10/10s (and some normal people like me) and assault troops bombarding the game with 0/10s despite it being perfectly playable. Oh, and before you call me biased for giving the game a good score, this is my first Mario Tennis game.

    Pros:
    + Overall Gameplay: It's tennis, it's fun, but in Story Mode it's not.
    + Soundtrack: Amazing! Each song fits their stage well.
    + Swing Mode: Honestly, it's pretty good and a timewaster when you want to take a break from Story Mode.

    Mix:
    = Story Mode: The plot is ok, but some of the levels are just atrocious and ruin the experience (looking at you Kamek stage).
    = Roster: I mean it's a great selection, but until more are added (like my soon-to-be main Koopa), it's nothing special (a lower amount of unique characters in this game than in Smash).

    Overall, Mario Tennis Aces is a great game that, while I wouldn't say is a must have for all Switch owners, is an amazing time and warrants an 8.5/10 from me.
  4. Jun 24, 2018
    6
    The basic game play of Mario Tennis Aces is on point. The new system, with limited brackets that break, interplay with the normal rules ofThe basic game play of Mario Tennis Aces is on point. The new system, with limited brackets that break, interplay with the normal rules of tennis to create interesting, on the fly strategic decisions. It's really fantastic. Do you try and block that power shot with perfect timing, or just let it go by so you don't risk damaging your racket? What choice you make depends on where you are in the match and how much life is left in your racket; and what choice you make can be the difference between a win or loss. The basic, arcade game play of Mario Tennis Aces was exceptionally well-designed.

    Everything else is unfinished and sub par for a AAA Nintendo game. I really wish they took more time to make a quality game than do what they did.

    When I say, "unfinished" I mean that literally. I honestly think Nintendo did not finish this game before they put it out. Examples:

    1. You can only pick stages randomly in free play. As an inconvenient workaround, you can toggle stages on and off (effectively letting you choose if you toggle everything off but the one you want).
    2. You can't play doubles in tournament mode. You can only do doubles in local and online free play.
    3. The main campaign has to do with collecting "Power Stones." When you get one, a magical chest opens, dramatically revealing... nothing. The way the shots are composed, it really looks like something was supposed to be floating out of that. There's even one shot where the camera zooms way back after a chest opens. I can just see, in my mind's eye, the Power Stone floating up out of the chest: the power stone they never made.
    4. Some challenges in the story campaign involve doing certain things within a time limit. Many challenges have several phases. In good game design, they will give the player a time bonus, or reset the time, after each phase. This way, if the player takes so long on phase one that they'll never have time to finish phase three, the game just cuts the player off right there (instead of pointlessly letting them play phase 2). In the early part of adventure mode, the game is designed this way. In the later part of adventure mode, you get your time up front in a big lump. I think they meant to go back in later and divide it out, but just never did.

    Ever since the 80s, the "Nintendo Seal of Quality" has meant something. I worry about the direction of this company if they continue pushing out unfinished products like this one.
  5. Oct 20, 2018
    5
    MTE feels extremely bare bones, with its only saving grace being the fun and perfected gameplay. The story, simplistic beyond words and notMTE feels extremely bare bones, with its only saving grace being the fun and perfected gameplay. The story, simplistic beyond words and not able to engage players in any way, feels like an afterthought more than anything.

    For the majority of your time with this game, you’ll be playing the Online Torunament. It too feels shallow and empty, with only ONE single stage available. Customization of any kind is completely absent as well. Don’t even think about changing characters outfits or rackets, because that’s not a thing.

    All I can think of when I think of MTE is: disappointing.

    If you’re thinking about getting this game, my advice is to definitely wait for a chunky price drop.
  6. Jul 3, 2018
    4
    Mario Tennis Aces est un bon exemple de la bienveillance de toute une frange de joueurs et de journalistes envers Nintendo. Même quand ils seMario Tennis Aces est un bon exemple de la bienveillance de toute une frange de joueurs et de journalistes envers Nintendo. Même quand ils se ratent, ou du moins en partie, on ne parle pas des problémes, et on essaie de les voir comme des qualités… Car comment expliquer autrement les critiques plus que correct sur un jeu qui se base à plus de 75% sur de l’aléatoire ? Parce que oui, c’est bien ce qui se passe dans ce jeu. Les premiers vrais matchs arrivent et on constate que l’IA se moque un peu de nous. Je peux tout à fait accepter une difficulté élevé mais quand les coups chanceux de l’IA atteignent un taux de presque 85%, et que les règles ne sont visiblement pas les mêmes pour elle que pour moi, ça me pose problème. On passe alors dans une feinte difficulté qui frustre le joueur qui finit par s’énerver et ne prend plus aucun plaisir à jouer. Certains parle d’une demande de maîtrise de la part du jeu. Ce serait le cas si l’adversaire était soumis aux mêmes règles que nous. Mais après quelques frustrations, je me suis penché sur le détail. Et j’ai constaté que l’adversaire parvenait à lancer des frappes d’instinct (coups spéciaux) alors que sa jauge est vide, que 90% des malus étaient dirigé contre le joueur, et presque jamais contre l’IA. A partir de ce moment, le déséquilibre est flagrant, et on ne parle plus de difficulté mais plutôt de désir d’augmenter sa durée de vie par des moyens plus que douteux. Bref c'est un jolie coup droit raté !
  7. Jul 25, 2018
    0
    Definitely not worth the money, extremely disappointed. Adventure mode sucks. The AI is not well balanced at all. Expert is way too easy, ProDefinitely not worth the money, extremely disappointed. Adventure mode sucks. The AI is not well balanced at all. Expert is way too easy, Pro mode is way too hard. The settings for free play are very limited. If it had cost less money I would let it slide, but for 60 dollars? You're getting ripped off.

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