Review: Mario Tennis Aces explained to parents

mario tennis aces

What parents need to know

In Mario Tennis Aces, play tennis games with characters from Mario’s universe. Play with or without superpowers, in many game modes, alone or in doubles, with the buttons of the controller or by moving a joy-con.

Mario Tennis AcesRelease date: 22 June 2018

Developed by: Camelot
Published by: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo
Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite

Type of game: Adventure simulation

Average game time: 10 minutes

Estimate of the total duration of the game:
About 10-15 hours for story mode, and infinite as long as you want to make tennis matches.

Topics: Tennis games

Business model: Just need to buy the game once.

Number of players:
1 to 4 players locally
1 to 4 players online.

Available in physical (cartridge) or digital format (download on the console)

To buy digitally, Mario Tennis Aces, click here.

This supports Shared Screen. Thank you!

Possible configurations of the Nintendo Switch:

Nintendo Switch Handheld modeNintendo Switch Tabletop modeNintendo Switch TV Mode
Players3+ 7+ 12+16+18+
NeophytesCroix 2 01 Ecran PartageCroix 2 01 Ecran Partage Croix 2 01 Ecran PartageCroix 2 01 Ecran PartageCroix 2 01 Ecran Partage
IntermediateCroix 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran Partage
ExperiencedCroix 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran Partage
Pretty hard to handle. The game requires training and will be frustrating for those who do not persevere. After a time of adaptation, the game can become exciting. Matches can become very competitive and there is level among online players.
Replayability
Jauge Verte Ecran Partage

Infinite game, as long as there are competitors locally or online.

Difficulty
Red Orange Gauge

Against the computer, there are some pretty tough challenges. Online, the remaining players are now very experienced because the game is long out.

Violence, fear, nudity?
Jauge Verte Ecran Partage

Sometimes the tennis ball touches one of the characters, in this case the one, the one frowns and the match is interrupted. That’s all, nothing more.

Level of language used
Jauge Verte Ecran Partage

baby talk

Positive message
Jauge Verte Ecran Partage

Encourages to be social and to play as a team.

Minimum reading level required
Jauge Orange

Requires a minimum level of reading: primary school. Adventure mode and menus are entirely textual.

Additional costs ?
Jauge Verte Ecran Partage

None.

Minimum level of execution on the controller required
Jauge Orange

Requires time to learn and train.
Each player will have to go through the tutorial in story mode to understand what is going on.

Principle of the game

Play as one of the characters in Mario’s universe and play against the computer or against human opponents in tennis. You can choose to play with or without the superpowers. Some tennis courts also have features such as mirrors that teleport balls or changes in properties for ball bounces.

Local game modes

Mario Tennis Aces can be played from 1 to 4 players simultaneously in the local, whether solo or double.

Adventure:

A story mode for a single player that lasts several hours.

Co-op Challenge:

This varies depending on the time of year: Sometimes you play the controller, sometimes with a single joycon. Can be played from 1 to 4 players. These are wacky challenges with original conditions.

Free Play:

Play according to the rules and conditions you want. Characters and tennis stadium of your choice. From 1 to 4 players. It is also possible to play with several Nintendo Switches in this mode. Each console must then have its own copy of the game

Ring Shot:

Hit the ball so that it crosses multiple rings scattered on the tennis court. From 1 to 4 players. Playable in cooperation.

Swing mode:

Play tennis games by moving one joycon per player. Like Wii Tennis / Wii Sports in the time of the Wii. From 1 to 4 players. Playable in cooperation. Playable with several Nintendo Switch consoles as well. Each console with its own game.

Online gaming modes

Nintendo Switch Online

Requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to be able to play on the Internet with friends or other people.

You can play between 1 to 3 players on the same console and play with opponents online.

Tournament:

Participate in an online tournament against human opponents. Can be played in cooperation with a second player on the same console.

Co-op Challenge:

This varies depending on the time of year: Sometimes you play the controller, sometimes with a single joycon. Can be played from 1 to 4 players. These are wacky challenges with original conditions.

Free Play:

Play according to the rules and conditions you want. Characters and tennis stadium of your choice. From 1 to 4 players.

Conclusion

Mario Tennis Aces is a very complete tennis game that however requires a few hours to learn how to play it. Many events will be a challenge, even for the most experienced players.

Many configurations, game modes, and characters from The Mario Universe are available.

More information about the game: Official page of the game on the Nintendo website

Recommendations

If you like this game, you will also like these demanding Mario sports games:

Mario Golf Super Rush Boxart Shared Screen or Mario Strikers Battle League Boxart Shared Screen

About Marc Shakour

Former video game programmer, columnist, teacher, competitor ... Marc has always been very familiar with the world and industry of video games. He decided to help neophytes about it, to discover new universes, worlds and fantastic creatures.

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