Nintendo’s ‘Mario Tennis Aces’ combines charm with surprising depth
Brilliant review from James over at Engadget. Follow the link for the full lowdown.
When I first saw the trailer for Mario Tennis Aces, I thought it looked like the perfect kind of game to throw on the TV when a bunch of friends visit. Over the years, Nintendo has spoiled us in that regard, with Mario Party, Wii Sports, Smash Bros., Mario Kart and others taking the top spots in my go-to party-game library. Naturally, then, I was excited to play the Mario Tennis Aces multiplayer demo this past weekend, but I came away feeling the game is a little more serious than I had anticipated.
After running through the tutorial, I felt I had a good understanding of the general mechanics — from the basic shots to special moves and energy system. The more tournaments I played online, however, the more I became aware of just how clueless I was when it came to actually playing the game. On the surface, Mario Tennis Aces looks fun and arcadey, but in the heat of batting, it’s kind of intense and, at times, frustrating.