Update: And it’s official! Mario Tennis Aces will be out on 22nd June. There will be a “pre-launch online tournament” open beta before the game’s release to test online play.
During the Nintendo Direct they also detailed more of the shots that go a bit beyond basic tennis – don’t worry, there is a “simple rules” mode that give you only the basic tennis rules. Zone Shots are slow-mo motion aimed shots that can damage and break racquets that get in the way, unless, of course, you manage to time a perfect block. Helping you pull off blocks are new Zone Speed moves that slow down time.
These moves use up special energy which is built up through hitting shots back and forth, but you can boost this with trick shots. Of course, instead of wasting it on zone shots, you can save up for an ultra-powerful special shot. Even that can be blocked, though.
Online multiplayer is there for four people in doubles matches, but you can also jump into online events and tournaments. These are matchmade based on your play record, and can lead to earningspecial outfits and additional characters.
Oh, and if you want a touch of the Wii, there’s also motion controls.
The original Trump-filled story follows.
There’s a Nintendo Direct scheduled for tonight at 10PM, but unluckily for Nintendo it seems as though the cover art and release date that they were all set to announce to a rapturous audience has been spoiled by a leak from Japanese retailer Rakuten.
But before we get to that, I want to remind you about Donald J. Trump, the current President of the United States of America. Normally you wouldn’t associate him with tennis, since he seems to spend the vast majority of his time on the golf course, but he has definitely picked up a racquet in the past. We know this because of this very regularly mocked photo:
Remember that? OK, now as much as it might pain you, keep that image, that poise, that angle in mind, and compare it to the leaked Mario Tennis Aces cover art – Mario Tennis Ace in Japan.
As far as I’m aware, it’s the first time Mario’s held such a pose on the cover of a Mario Tennis game, so I’m just going to assume that Nintendo have done this on purpose.
And now that I’ve ruined the game for you, here’s what you actually want to know: Rakuten listed Mario Tennis Aces for a release on 22nd June, which makes sense given just how tennis mad some people go around that time of year.