Mario Tennis Aces: A Guide to Improve Your Shots

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When I found out Nintendo was making a Mario Tennis game for the Nintendo Switch, I was as excited as a dog who’s been asked if he wants to go for a walk. As a child I was obsessed with Mario Tennis 64, the first game in the series, but never had the money or the system to play the later releases. Now that I’m a full grown adult, I have the money to be a child again and so, of course I bought Mario Tennis Aces the first day of release. Now, since I haven’t played any of the Mario Tennis games since 64, Aces was a big change for me. Gone are the days of simple button mashing to hit the ball, now the game requires you to think.

Useful Tips and Tricks

Mario Tennis Aces is easy to pick up, but hard to master. With the addition of several news ways to hit the ball, deciding what shot to use has become a lot more complicated. In addition to choosing your shots, you have to watch how you receive the ball, as well as how to manage your special-energy gauge. I recommend going through the complete Adventure mode first — including all the bonus levels — before attempting online play. Though the story is a little shallow on plot, it makes up for it with gameplay mechanics, something that the game teaches progressively through its levels in Adventure mode. You will probably struggle a little getting through Adventure mode, I know I shared a few choice words after consecutively losing on the same level several times, but it’s worth it by the end.

I do have a few tips I found helped me get through Adventure mode, in addition to improving my overall online-multiplayer performance. The first tips are knowing your shots and using them in the correct scenarios; Flat shots (Y) are good for sending it to the back of the court with speed and power; Slice shots (B) are good for adding curve to the ball and sending it in less predictable directions; Topspin shots (A) are good for sending the ball in your intended directions, as well as helping you respond to your opponents shots quicker; the Lob shot (Left Stick Up + X) and the Drop shot (Left Stick Down + X) are both used to increase (Lob) or decrease (Drop) the distance and height of the ball, letting you control where your opponent will be in order to receive the shot; Trick shot (Right Stick in Any Direction) lets you quickly move to a spot on your court to receive an otherwise unreachable ball, while also netting you bonus energy; the last two shots take advantage of your energy to add high amounts of power to your shots — enough power to break your opponents racket if not received correctly— the Zone shot (R) and the Special shot (L).

The last tip is learning how to manage your special-energy gauge. You can expend your gauge to unleash Zone shots and Special shots, but it might be worth it to reserve some energy for the purpose of receiving said shots. If you are struggling to receive your opponents Zone and Special shots, expending some of your energy to slow down time could help you get to the correct position and hit the ball with the right timing, preventing you from losing to a broken racket. Try to keep both yours and your opponent’s gauges in mind when using energy — if his energy is low you know that he can’t receive your special shots well and vice versa.

So, get out there and play around with your shots and strategies, before you know it you’ll be a Mario Tennis Ace. .