Mario Tennis Aces

Mario Tennis looks back to its glory with this fun - if a little fuzzy and fiddly - take on tennis.

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Nintendo puts a firmer date on its paid online service, but still remains coy on details

Nintendo is still being infuriatingly coy about its paid online service with just over a month to go until its release - though it's just reaffirmed what few details are out there while sharing the tiniest bit more.

A new detail has just emerged via the company's official Twitter accounts - first from the US, and then replicated by the European account this morning - with the service now confirmed to launch in the last half of September.

There's the ability to upload save data to the cloud - if the software supports the feature - the ability to play some NES games with added online features - what those games will be are anyone's guess, though given Nintendo's apparent eagerness to disappoint I'm fully expecting a re-release of Urban Champion with online co-op - and the dedicated app for your phone, which is already out there and in its current form remains woefully inadequate.

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Nintendo Switch sales near 20m, down slightly on last year

Nintendo Switch sales near 20m, down slightly on last year

Mario Tennis nets 1m sales in first two weeks.

Nintendo shifted another 1.88m Switch consoles between April and June this year, bringing the console's lifetime sales total up to 19.6m.

This figure is down slightly on the same quarter last year, when it sold 1.97m over the same three months, albeit soon after the console's launch and during a period when Nintendo released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Arms.

Switch is still selling well, then, and roughly equivalent to the PlayStation 4 at the same point in its lifecycle (while only having had one holiday sales period when PS4 had had two). And, importantly, game sales more than doubled over the same period last year - where Nintendo makes a lot of its money.

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Mario Tennis Aces update nerfs Bowser Jr. following complaints

Wimbledon may be over, but it seems there is still plenty of tennis court drama to be found. Since the release of Mario Tennis Aces in June, players have been calling for one of the characters - the naughty yet surprisingly powerful Bowser Jr., to be nerfed to balance the game. From the new update notes, it seems their campaign has been successful.

Fans had initially complained Bowser Jr. seemed to have no obvious weaknesses, with incredible reach and the ability to "trickshot on reaction" (just take a look at the Twitter video below for evidence). The game imbalance was severe enough players began to deliberately quit online matches to avoid facing the troublesome turtle. Indeed, the community even began to agree it was socially acceptable to drop out of Bowser Jr. games.

The latest update post reveals Nintendo has responded to these complaints, as the notes show it has altered the character's abilities. For starters, Nintendo has "adjusted how fast Bowser Jr. can move when charging a shot," but also "lowered the angle at which he hits the ball back." There may be further changes in the near future, as Nintendo promised to adjust the character again "in time for the August tournament." I guess poor Bowser Jr. won't be able to catch a break this summer.

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Mario Tennis Aces review - a fully-featured if mildly frustrating return to form for Camelot

For all the genteel imagery it evokes - crisp summer lawns, fresh strawberries and Cliff Richard singalongs - tennis can be a remarkably angry game. Kudos, then, to Mario Tennis Aces for getting you straight to the pure vitriol that spills forth when a fiercely contested point doesn't quite go your way, your racket breaking as an almost impossible-to-block shot tears through it, granting an instant win to your opponent. You cannot be serious.

Mario Tennis Aces

Publisher: Nintendo

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Nintendo serves up Mario Tennis Aces pre-launch tournament dates

Mario Tennis Aces will launch for Nintendo Switch on 22nd June, but you'll be able to try it yourself several weeks earlier via a pre-launch online tournament.

It's a kind of beta, in other words, similar to that received by Splatoon 2 and Arms last year.

You'll be able to try this serving of Mario Tennis Aces from 3pm UK time on Friday, 1st June until midnight UK time on Sunday 3rd June.

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Looks like Mario Tennis Aces launches for Nintendo Switch in June

Screenshots and details for Mario Tennis Aces have popped up online via retailer Rakuten ahead of tonight's Nintendo Direct.

The game's product page lists a 22nd June release date for Mario's sporty Nintendo Switch game - at least in Japan. (It's likely the same here.)

Images confirm the usual roster of characters you'd expect to be playable, including Mario, Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Yoshi, Donkey Kong and Bowser.

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