Does anyone fancy a game of tennis? Mario and the residents of the Mushroom Kingdom are returning to the tennis court on Nov. 20 when Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash releases exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Nintendo of America today released brand new information regarding the game’s many modes, online multiplayer, and detailed how amiibo will be used in the new title. Dust off your racket, open a new canister of tennis balls, and make your way to the court, because it’s tennis time.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will support multiple controller options and allow the player to select which control option feels best for their style of play. The game supports the Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, and Classic Controller Pro. The title will also be compatible with amiibo. Players can use their amiibo to act as partners in online double matches, or use them to take on challenging computer-controlled opponents in the offline Knockout Challenge mode. Similar to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS, the more matches of tennis an amiibo plays, the more experience and skill they will gain.
The title is compatible with the following amiibo: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Yarn Yoshis, Rosalina, Wario, Toad and Donkey Kong.
Along with new game modes and amiibo support, Ultra Smash will have new moves for players to perform. Aside from standard tennis maneuvers like topspin, lobs, and slices, there will be a new Ultra Smash move that has characters leap into the air and smash the ball down with overwhelming power. There will also be Chance Areas that may release strong smash shots or crazy slices to confuse opponents.
When it comes to game modes, there will be four main modes to play and you can find a detailed breakdown of each below:
- Knockout Challenge: Tense tiebreak matches against increasingly difficult computer-controlled opponents await in this single-player mode. If the going gets too tough, players can call in a compatible amiibo as a doubles partner.
- Mega Battle: After grabbing a Mega Mushroom, characters grow to gigantic proportions and can dominate the court with their increased power and range.
- Classic Tennis: For those who prefer their tennis a little more traditional, Classic Tennis offers two variations: Standard mode features Chance Shots and Jump Shots but no Mega Mushrooms, while Simple puts competitors on the court with nothing but the net and the ball.
- Online Multiplayer: Go up against adversaries from around the world in competitive ranked play in either Mega Battle or Classic Tennis modes, or quickly jump into more casual matches. Two players on the same console can team up to take on all comers, or a supported amiibo can join as a doubles partner on the online courts.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash release on Nov. 20 for Wii U.