Mario Tennis Aces will also have pre-launch online tournament with details to be provided at a later date. The Nintendo Direct had Koopa Troopa in a silhouette so you know he's going to be one of the first to be released.
While this is indeed a tennis game, it is not without that Mario flair. What better way to shake off the summer doldrums than with a fun game of tennis?
Some shots, such as the Ultra Smash, Zone Shots and Special Shots, are able to damage rackets. You can't just mindlessly spam zone shots either, since they rely on a finite energy gauge.
All of these abilities are powered by energy from a gauge that slowly fills up over the course of a rally. There's an all new zone shot that allows you precision aim on the court using motion controls to specifically target the area on the court. See below for a more compact list of what to expect. Trick shots consume energy if you miss, but if you hit the ball with a trick shot you'll earn energy. Instead, the simple rules force players to simply use lobs, slices and volleys.
Mario Tennis Aces will be packed with features, including 15 different playable characters (the likes of which include a racket-wielding Chain Chomp) and the option for both 1v1 and 2v2 gameplay.
You can also do two players in local team-play against other people online. Along with the details and release date, Nintendo announced a Mario Tennis Aces free online tournament. In Swing Mode, players can use their Joy-Con controllers like a tennis racket, swinging them to initiate the tennis swings in the game.