Mario Tennis Aces brings a full roster of the most loved (and detested) Mario characters to the tennis court, to battle it out. In this Mario Tennis Aces guide, we'll be walking you through all you need to know to get to grips with the new Nintendo Switch game, including the control scheme and general tips and tricks, all in our Mario Tennis Aces beginner's guide.
Mario Tennis Aces Guide
There are three main modes of gameplay in Mario Tennis Aces. You'll find them all at the main menu of the game, and they are:
- Adventure - Mario must team up with his friends in the single player story, in order to reverse a curse from a unique tennis racket that’s wreaking havoc on the island.
- Tournament - Another single player mode, this time you’ll be undergoing a gauntlet against multiple AI opponents in a row, all with the end goal of claiming the tournament trophy at the end.
- Free Play - Play with four players on one Switch console, or four players spread out across two consoles in this arcade battle mode.
These are the only three modes in Mario Tennis Aces as of right now. Just below, you can check out our complete list of in depth Mario Tennis Aces guides, which cover areas like blocking, characters, and shots.
Mario Tennis Aces Beginner’s Guide
We’d recommend taking on the Adventure mode first. You can skip the cutscenes if you’re not fussed about the very melodramatic story, but it’s here that you’ll be introduced to the core mechanics of Mario Tennis Aces, including how to serve, return shots, the three different types of shots, as well energy shots and zone shots.
The main thing you want to pay attention to in Mario Tennis is the energy meter, near the top left corner of the screen. To build this up, you want to press the shot button before the ball actually reaches your character, with you effectively charging up your racket before unleashing a more powerful shot. Not only does this increase the speed of the shot, but it builds up your energy meter.
When your opponent sometimes hits the ball onto your side of the court, you’ll see a star appear where the ball is due to land. If you’ve saved up energy, you can position your character on the star, and press R. This will unleash a zone shot, which lets you quickly aim the shot anywhere you want on the other half of the court, before unleashing it.
But what happens when you’re on the receiving end of this special zone shot? You can also use the R button to spend your energy and slow down time, letting you scamper across the court to block a zone shot from your opponent.
Mario Tennis Aces Controls
Just below, you can find a complete list of all the types of shots in Mario Tennis Aces, including the buttons that they correspond to:
- Topspin (A) - Your standard form of shot, a topspin shot is generally your quicker of the shots to play.
- Slice (B) - The slice is a slower shot, typically bouncing close to the net on the other side of the field.
- Flat (Y) - As the name says, this shot is generally flatter, and typically lands towards the back of your opponent's side of the field.
- Lob (left stick up + X) - The first of the lob shots goes high up into the air, landing towards the back of the field and forcing your opponent to move.
- Drop shot (left stick down + X) - A slow shot that lands near the net, forcing your opponent to quickly move up to meet the ball.
- Trick shot (Right stick) - Move the stick to either side to quickly scamper across the field to get a ball that’s just out of your reach.
- Zone shot (R) - When you have energy stored up, you can unleash this special shot, that let’s you aim the ball before launching it at your opponent’s side of the field.
- Special shot (L) - When your energy is full, tap the L button to unleash a charged up version of the zone shot.
Mario Tennis is mainly a game of deciding which shot to play in a certain situation. It goes without saying that you should always aim a shot as far away from your opponent as possible, in order to reduce their ability to charge up a shot, and their energy meter. Put your tennis skills to the test, and don’t be afraid to hit the practice Swing mode to hone your skills.