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Mario Tennis Aces Switch preview – A unique serving of bat and ball goodness

Mario Tennis Aces Switch preview - A unique serving of bat and ball goodness There’s something about Mario appearing in sports games that feels strangely nostalgic, like they’re relics from an older time when video game mascots appeared in every genre imaginable to maximise sales across the board.

Most of these bigger mascots have since died down – we have “brands” now instead of characters, c’est la vie – but Mario keeps plugging away, swinging a golf club, kicking a football, and taking part in the Olympics for reasons unknown.

He’s back in a sports role once again in Mario Tennis Aces, and we got the chance to put it through its paces for an hour or so and determine if the modern age is truly ready for Mario to take a break from platforming again.

Smashed it

Mario Tennis Aces scored some hype when it was first announced thanks to the reveal of its Adventure mode, a dedicated single-player mode that had been sorely lacking in the series’ previous Wii U entry.

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