Mario and friends have been all time favourites in the gaming community since before I was born. Many games that have been created supplied the means for inspiration and created fun environments for kids and adults alike. Well Nintendo and Camelot Software planning have done it again. I present to you the ultimate tennis experience via Mario Tennis.
In Mario Tennis Ultra Smash you have four great options of gameplay, depending on how you feel that day. Each game can be played with a companion or as a single play except for the Knockout Challenge. on each game you can also choose your court type, meaning, you can either play on a clay court, grass court or even a hard court. Each court has its own advantages and disadvantages. The game also allows the player/s to play with or without the television, your choice. I found it easier to play on the WiiU gamepad than to follow on the television screen.
The gameplay is straight forward, you choose from a variety of Nintendo characters, make your court choice and how many matches you would like to play, pick your gaming method, ie: TV or gamepad and off you go, playing to your hearts content. Each hit will score you points and obviously it will never be Nintendo if there were not a few power ups at play too. So make sure you are at X marks the spot before your next hit and do not forget to collect your mushrooms whenever they may fall.
Okay so follow me now for a brief overview of each section. We will start with “Classic Tennis”. The Mario Tennis Ultra Smash classic tennis section is quite straight forward. Have you ever played tennis before? Well its pretty easy. Depending on the number of sets you will be playing each side gets a chance to serve, you usually serve first. Each set is scored by the amount of points you accumulate as a player. Whoever scores the most points wins the match. There are no extras in this level and you basically play until the match is over.
Next you have your Mega Battle. Here you will have many power ups to defeat your opponents. It works in some ways the same as the classic tennis with the match sets you play but you can grow and shrink by means of mushroom power ups and body shots. It is a fast paced game and again you can play singles or doubles.
In Mega Ball Rally you do not play matches and sets but rather for rally points. The more rally points you gain the better you will score. This too is fast paced and if you lose you lose the game and can then start again. Here too you have power up moves with each hit and serve you make.
The last is the Knockout Challenge. You play to beat your opponent with consecutive wins. So if you win three in a row to a zero score to your opponent you win the match. In this category you have the option to add your amiiboes to assist you in your game play, but watch out that the two of you do not bump into each other or get in each other’s way, it may cost you the game.
You also get an online mode where you can play against your fellow Nintendo gamers. The trophy room is based on the amount of challenges you succeed in to gain those trophies.
Nintendo has once again gone beyond average to give you the best gaming experience they can offer and well, it is a ton of fun!
Reviewed on: Wii U
Available on: Wii U
Genre: Sport, Tennis
Age Rating: All
Publisher/Developer: Nintendo / Camelot Software Planning
Estimated RRP: R 529
Release Date: 20 November 2015
- Fun for All
- Good Laughs
- Control can be slow at times