Game: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
Reviewer: Jason, Age 12
Nintendo just sent me the new Mario tennis game, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. This game mostly plays like other Mario Tennis games. You hit a ball back and forth, either in singles or doubles. Chance shots return from Mario Tennis Open.
If you haven’t played Mario Tennis Open, I’ll fill you in. Chance shots appear on the ground where the ball is going to land and you have to perform the type of shot labeled on it. The shot you use gets more powerful, slices have a much bigger curve, lobs are much higher, drop shots are very close to the net and so on.
One of the main new feature of this game is Mega Battles. In this mode, Toads randomly throw mega mushrooms onto the court. Whoever grabs one of these, turns giant increasing their reach and strength. After awhile, they shrink down to normal size.
Also new to the series, are jump shots. They appear when the opponent has a bad return. When you use one of them, you jump into the air and slam the ball down on the opponent.
There are 14 characters, 10 starting and 4 unlockable. There are five types of characters: all-around, speed, technical, power and defensive. My favorite type is speed.
Sadly the Tournament Mode doesn’t return which is a major flaw. In replace of it, though, there is the Knockout Challenge, where you or an amiibo (I’ll talk about that later), try to beat computer players that get progressively harder. In my opinion, I’d rather have a Tournament Mode. There are many unlockables in the game and if you find some too hard you can buy them with coins.
This game’s amiibo support is a lot like Super Smash Brothers for Wii U’s. You can tap a supporting amiibo on to the gamepad to use them in online battles or the Knockout Challenge. When an amiibo levels up, it gains a new attribute. I haven’t done this yet so I can’t say anything about it.
I give it 4/5 stars!