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"Mario Tennis Aces" is the perfect start to the summer



"Mario Tennis Aces"

Developed by: Camelot

Published by: Nintendo

Available at: Nintendo Switch

I knew that I was from "Mario Tennis Aces" I was thrilled after losing a fiercely competitive match against Shy Guy – Nintendo's cute, mask-wearing rogue. At 40 – All, we were fishing back and forth for the two consecutive points that the game would win.

Our game fell into a series of two, advantage receiver, two, advantage server, two, etc., etc. That's when my hands began to hurt, because I had clasped the controller too tight; In any case, I was completely involved in the Tit-for-Tat fight. Then, at some point, a bunch of rogue Shy Guys went over the court and I swear, at least two of them used it for my opponent to send back shots he was not around.

They overwhelmed me with their collective numbers. I screamed into the sky, although the result irritated me. Of course I did not waste any time to go again.

"Mario Tennis Aces" is the first sports game since, well, "Mario Kart 8" that caught me. I say this to make it clear that I'm not the type of person who finds more realistic simulations with sports themes particularly attractive.

It is a matter of temperament. In traditional sports games, I often observe the distance between the simulation and the reality, which makes me quench a vague sense of guilt, that I do not dare to go outside and shoot a football or what you have. In contrast, the above-mentioned Mario games with their manic, cartoon-like gimmicks appear as separate dreamscapes that make me think of video games and little else.

It may be tempting and a bit disappointing to jump straight In the online competition mode "Tennis Aces" the game offers a good single player mode. Of course, his "story" is little more than a breezy set-up to justify Mario's hikes through a country with various tennis challenges. (Essentially, Mario's brother Luigi brings chaos into the country by accepting a cursed thug as a gift from the vicious duo Wario and Waluigi.)

The stages are smart in their diversity. You might be beaten by snowballs on a train full of shy guys, while in another fireball you send them back to a gallery in Piranha Plants. Together, these levels do a great job of exploring the intricacies of game mechanics.

In addition to learning the basic slices, lobs, drop shots, and flat returns, it's important to keep an eye on the power meter at the top-left corner. The counter builds up after successful rallies and scoring. By juicing, you can speed around the field at the speed of the zone and slow down the movement of a ball. Sometimes, when your meter is charged, a star-shaped point appears on the field as the ball sails in your direction. If you hurry to this point, you can take a zone shot, where the camera switches to a first-person view, so you can briefly align a salvo. (The window of opportunity depends on the relative strength of the force gauge.)

After going through a considerable part of the adventure mode, I wanted to try my luck against other human players. Unfortunately, most of the matches I played were affected by rampant delays, which led me to beat the frame rate the same way my opponent did. Before a game starts, you can see the strength of the opposing signal. Although I played most of the game in dock mode while my console was near my router, I still have to find a match where the frame rate remained constant. (In any case, I like the game enough that I want to pick up a USB ethernet adapter so I can see if a wired connection fixes my problem.)

One thing that has upset some of the most enthusiastic players is that it There is currently no way to adjust the number of games it takes to win. As it stands, players only need to win two out of three games to win a game. Personally, I enjoy the fast pace of this setup, but I understand why some may wish that they could tweak a setting to choose something that resembles a full tennis match.

Assuming my connectivity issues do not reflect the overall quality of the "Mario Tennis Aces" netcode, and instead the result of a combination of bad luck and my own sometimes sketchy router, I imagine that it's one of my favorite little distractions for the summer will be. Fingers crossed.


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