Mario Tennis Aces - version 3.0 update adds new opening cutscene, Ring Shot and more

Mario Tennis Aces got a version 3.0 update out of nowhere, and the patch adds a lot more than you might expect.

First things first, there is a brand new opening movie, which we embedded above. We see Wario and Waluigi going through ruines, finding the almighty Lucien and heading to Marina Stadium. The animation is quite excellent, though some of the voice clips could use some work.

Next up is the return of a classic game mode, namely Ring Shot. In the mode, you swing the ball back and forth all the while sending it through rings. By carefully using your specials at the right moment, you can net yourself a hefty amount of points. Ring Shot can be enjoyed either together or against one another, and on every court present in the game.

The update comes to a close with Yoshi's Ring Shot, a special variation on the game listed above. You will get four times the point you usually do, making for one highly competitive game. There are also colored rings you need to keep in mind as they are meant for your teammate or your opponent. Yoshi's Ring Shot is also available as a Co-op Mission until June 1. By performing well, you will be able to get some sweet Yoshi color options. 

Nintendo has also announced that Dry Bones will be next character on May 1. By simply entering an online tournament, you will get access to him. While we aren't sure about future updates, there is at least one more roster addition coming in the June update.

Mario Tennis Aces - Pauline character gameplay

If you participate in Mario Tennis Aces tournaments during March you'll unlock Pauline as a playable character! Fully decked out in Tennis gear & features the aid of New Donk City in her Special Shot! We show off everything about this character including her entry scenes, taunts and of course her Special Shot!

Mario Tennis Aces - Pauline character trailer

New playable characters are heading to Mario Tennis Aces! Pauline will join the roster in March!

Mario Tennis Aces - version 2.0.1 available tonight/tomorrow

Nintendo has announced that Mario Tennis Aces is getting an update tonight/tomorrow. What this version 2.0.1 update will change isn't made clear, though we expect more information sooner than later. 

South Korean YouTube personality hosting Switch broadcast this week

South Korean YouTube personality Large Library TV (buzzbean11) is going to host a special Switch broadcast on July 21st, 2018. The broadcast will include footage of games like Mario Tennis Aces, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and ARMS. It seems that this is something Large Library TV and Nintendo have collaborated on, as Nintendo Korea has shared the info on this broadcast.

Mario Tennis Aces - English story trailer and pre-launch tournament details

The tournament details and trailers provide the same information as the Japanese trailers, but this time, they've been uploaded to Nintendo of America's YouTube channel. 

From June 1 to June 3, you will be able to hop online to participate in a free pre-launch tournament for Mario Tennis Aces. This will give you plenty of time to practice your Trick Shots before the game launches for Nintendo Switch on June 22.

To access the tournament, just download the free software from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch between May 24 and the start of the tournament. Once you join the tournament between June 1 and June 3, you can select between four main playable characters (Mario, Peach, Yoshi or Bowser) and compete in a series of online multiplayer matches. The winners of each match will earn points based on their performance, with five additional characters to unlock by gaining enough points. (We’ll let you discover who these characters are for yourself as you advance through the demo.)

Even if you don’t want to participate in the tournament proper, you can still try out the game offline and get in some practice playing on-off single-player battles against a computer-controlled opponent.

Regardless of whether you play online or offline, by playing the demo you can unlock Mario’s classic outfit in the full game once it launches on June 22.

The free pre-launch tournament is open from 6 p.m. PT on June 1 to 11:59 p.m. PT on June 3.


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