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Nintendo confirms Mario Tennis Aces "Game Trials" Switch Online offer for North America

Play the full game for free for a limited time!

Nintendo Switch Online members, start practicing your swing! If you have a membership, you can play the Mario Tennis™ Aces game for free from 8/7 at 10 a.m. PT through 8/13 at 11:59 a.m. PT.

Be ready to play by pre-downloading, starting Aug. 1. Head to Nintendo eShop on your system, and look for the “Game Trials” notice on the game page.

You can even save 30% on the game (and keep your save data) if you purchase from 8/7 at 10 a.m. PT through 8/20 at 11:59 p.m. PT. To learn more about the game, visit the official site.

Good to know that the Game Trials feature will be available to Switch Online members in North America. We had the reveal in Japan with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, the follow-up in Europe with Mario Tennis Aces, and now Nintendo of America has confirmed the same offer here in the states.

Nintendo Europe letting Switch Online members play Mario Tennis Aces for free from Aug. 7th to 13th, 2019 with 'Game Trials'

Get read for 'Game Trials'!

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced a special offer for Switch Online members in Japan that let them play Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for free during a certain time period. Now Nintendo of Europe is doing the same thing, but they're offering up a free trial of Mario Tennis Aces. Over in Europe, Nintendo is calling this opportunity part of their Switch Online 'Game Trials' offer.

Just to be clear, this is the full version of Mario Tennis Aces. Switch Online members in Europe will have access to the entirety of Mario Tennis Aces from Aug. 7th to 13th, 2019 at no extra cost. Along with that, Mario Tennis Aces will be 33% off from Aug. 7th to 20th, 2019, and anyone who has save progress from the free trial can transfer it over to the full game.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

UPDATE: This same offer will be available to Switch Online members in Australia, and runs for the same timeframe.

More details on Mario Tennis Aces' final Bonus Play costumes

Be a troopa

As we mentioned back in may, the final Bonus Play costumes for Mario Tennis Aces were alternate colors for Koopa Troopa and Koopa Paratroopa. We now know that you'll need 250 and 750 points respectively for Blue and Red Koopa Troopa, and 500 and 1,000 respectively for Blue and Green Koopa Paratroopa.

Mario Tennis Aces - Another round of Dry Bowser footage

Dry Bowser is the latest addition to Mario Tennis Aces, and he's ready to cause some trouble on the courts. Check out nearly 20 minutes of Dry Bowser in action via the video showcase above.

Mario Tennis Aces - Dry Bowser trailer

Coming in July

The Mario Tennis Aces characters keep coming! Today we get a good look at Dry Bowser, who will be joining the game in July 2019. He certainly looks like he's going to be a fierce opponent on the court!

Dry Bowser is a defensive-type character whose racket will not get damaged even if he fails to block his opponent’s Zone Shot. Dry Bowser is good at hitting slice shots and can hit an especially powerful backhand.

Mario Tennis Aces - Fire Piranha Plant footage

All fired up

Fire Piranha Plant has made his way into Mario Tennis Aces! If you want to get a taste of what the character has to offer, you can check out the brand-new gameplay footage above.

Mario Tennis Aces - Version 3.0.1 patch notes

The full rundown

Nintendo has released the patch notes for Mario Tennis Aces' 3.0.1 update. Check out the full details below.

Added Shy Guy Train Tussle to Swing Mode

Shy Guy Train Tussle, which is played with one Nintendo Switch system, has been added as a Special Game in Swing Mode.
This game can be played cooperatively or competitively. Up to four players (including a COM player) can play.

Additional Settings
Added a Select Each Time option to Doubles Partners when playing the Doubles Only match type in Free Play and Swing Mode.
Made it so you can select the same character as your opponent when your doubles partner has been decided even before character selection.

New Characters Added

If you play at least one match of the June Online Tournament, you’ll be able to use the new character Fire Piranha Plant. Fire Piranha Plant is a Technical-type character type whose Trick Shots will all generate topspin.
Fire Piranha Plant will become available to use as of 9:00 AM on July 1st, 2019, even if you haven’t played one match of the June Online Tournament.
If you play at least one match of the July tournament, you’ll be able to use the new character Dry Bowser. Dry Bowser is a special Defensive-type character type whose racket will not get damaged even if he fails to block his opponent’s Zone Shot. Unlike regular Bowser, the blue-flame-breathing Dry Bowser is good at hitting slice shots and can hit an especially powerful backhand.
Failure to block a Special Shot will result in racket damage.
Dry Bowser will become available to use as of 9:00 AM on August 1st, 2019, even if you haven’t played one match of the July Online Tournament.
Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to play the Online Tournament.

Additional New Costumes

If you play a match in the June Online Tournament and collect the necessary bonus points, you’ll be able to use Bowser wearing tennis attire.
Only people who earn the necessary amount of points in June will acquire the Bowser in tennis attire.
This Bowser has the same abilities as the regular Bowser.
Bonus points will be reset the following month.
Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to play the Online Tournament.
Only people who earn the necessary amount of bonus points in July and August, respectively, will acquire Wario and Waluigi in classic overalls and Koopa Troopas and Koopa Paratroopas of different colors. After that, different costumes from past bonus points will become available again every month.

Co-op Challenge Boo Hunt Returns

This Co-op Challenge will be available again from the distribution of Ver. 3.1.0 until 9:00 AM on July 1st, 2019. Co-op Challenge is a mode for online play which will only be held for a certain period of time.
A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to play Co-op Challenge.
Boo Hunt is a Co-op Challenge played in Swing Mode where you’ll work with other players to get back coins stolen by Boos.A four-player team of friends or players from online is formed, and your goal is to complete the objective together. (If each player has a controller, up to four players can play on one Nintendo Switch system.)
If there aren’t four total players, the necessary number of COM players will be added after a certain amount of time has passed.
Co-op Challenges Boo Hunter, Shy Guy Train Tussle, and Yoshi’s Ring Shot will rotate monthly starting from June 2019.

Other Changes

Online Tournament: Slightly decreased the amount of time that the bonus points addition screen is displayed. Also made it so that player can press the A button to skip ahead when they have acquired all costumes through bonus points. (Players cannot skip ahead if they formed a team on two Nintendo Switch consoles.)
Snowfall Mountain: Changed it so that the Shy Guy passengers who appear when hazards are turned on will no longer sometimes return shots that are Max Charge Shots.
Chain Chomp: Changed its voice when it taunts.

Mario Tennis Aces - Final new character and costumes revealed

So long, Dry Bowser!

Dry Bowser is going to be the final new character making his way to Mario Tennis Aces. He's due to release July 1st, 2019 for online tournament participants, and Aug. 1st, 2019 for everyone else.

The Bonus Play Costumes for the July Online Tournament will be Wario and Waluigi overalls. August will see the final new costumes, which are Koopa Troopa and Koopa Paratroopa colors.

Mario Tennis Aces - Dry Bones gameplay

Dem bones dem bones...

New playable characters are heading to Mario Tennis Aces! Dry Bones will join the roster in May!

Mario Tennis Aces demo gameplay

Get ready to swing into action with the Mario Tennis™ Aces: Special Online Demo! Hop online* and fight your way to the top of the in-game bracket before the event is over. Test your skills in frenetic singles tournament matches, and gain points based on your victories. Players who participate can unlock Mario’s classic overalls outfit and use it in the full version of the game (sold separately).

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