So last weekend Nintendo put out a demo for their new entry in the Mario Tennis series, Mario Tennis Aces.
I have always been a big fan of Mario Tennis. I grew up with the Nintendo 64 version and I’ve always loved that game. I felt as though the series got worse as it progressed after the 64 version though. The GameCube version and 3DS version aren’t bad by any means, they just weren’t up to the standards of the first game. Also, I never even gave the Wii U version a try, and looking back at the scores it has now, that was probably a good idea..
I’ll admit that my fondness of the 64 version over the other may very well be the nostalgia talking. Regardless, giving Aces a try got me more hyped for Mario Tennis than ever since 64. So much so that now after the demo period is over, I’m playing the GameCube version and even the Mario Sports Mix Tennis version to hold me over until the game is released on the 22nd.
I was skeptical when the game was first shown. I’m always reluctant at first when Nintendo shows new Camelot stuff, as it has been a roller coaster of good and bad games. Primarily what worried me were, as always, the gimmicks.
In case you don’t know what I’m talking about..
Yeah..the game focuses quite a lot on these special moves and that’s always worrying to me, cause usually, they are just gimmicks that look cool but mainly contribute nothing, or even take away from the experience, but I’m happy to say that this is not the case in Aces.
I actually found lots of enjoyment in these new mechanics, because they were actually really balanced, and made the game more exciting. Gimmicky as they look, they didn’t come off like just gimmicks, but actually well planned out mechanics.
Everything about the gameplay has perfect synergy and flow, it all fits into each other so well, and thank god, the game runs at 60 fps..at least in docked. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure if I even tried it in handheld mode.
I think what makes me most excited about the game is a proper, big and active online community, just like Mario Kart 8.
Anyway, the “demo” was enough for me to know that this is a game I definitely want to add to my Switch collection, and my pre-order is already placed and I can’t wait for it to release.
Now I should probably avoid playing the other versions so I don’t get tired of Tennis until its out..