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Topic: Mario Tennis Aces is the most disappointing Switch game for me so far

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JayJ

It stands out to me as a bad video game. The adventure mode was a massive disappointment, the matchmaking felt broken and started taking a very long time after the game was out for a few months, the single player outside of the dismal adventure mode was just a basic offering of exhibition matches and a shallow tournament mode, it is honestly very hard to enjoy this game and I haven't even gotten into everything that I didn't like about the way it plays. Overall the game still feels like a mess to me, and considering how I loved Mario Tennis on the GBC, GBA, and N64 it is disappointing to see this series sink so low.

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JayJ

Anti-Matter

@JayJ
Um...
Actually i felt the same way as you felt too.
Mario Tennis Aces was quite interesting but they don't have proper setting of gameplay (Setting the game set, locations, etc).
I think other Cartoonish Tennis games that i have ever played like Tennis from Bomberman Battles PS2 , Hot Shot Tennis PS2 did better than Mario Tennis Aces. They are simple, clear and have proper gameplay setting.

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Harmonie

I got to the ghost mansion portion very early on in the adventure mode and couldn't even get past that. I haven't played it since.

I got it mostly to have something to play with friends other than Mario Kart 8 DX (which I was beating everyone at by a wide margin and there wasn't any fun with that)... But I ended up never playing it with friends. lol

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Anti-Matter

@Harmonie
LOL
I did same things just like yours.
I rarely touched my Mario Tennis Aces due to stuck on Haunted Mansion mission to hit the reflections.
I like to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe too, but in Offline by mostly.

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JayJ

@Anti-Matter Yeah I think it says a lot when most people who would be fans of this game can admit that it was disappointing at the very least. I have found myself going back to older tennis games simply because I think they are more fun and entertaining. If Mario Tennis Aces had some fantastic gameplay I could look past it's shortcomings but sadly it's just okay. I mean the game doesn't play terribly but it feels like they went overboard on the special abilities with their standard mode and the simplified mode shows off how their classic tennis is a bit too basic and assisted for it's own good. So I think the abilities take away from the game of tennis, and the simple mode just isn't satisfying.

@Harmonie Yeah I also got this with some intention of using it more as a party game for friends, but we hardly ever play it and seem to prefer other games.

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1UP_MARIO

Got it day 1. Got 100 hours on it. I think the game mechanics is top notch and I will even say it’s the best Mario tennis. Yes even better than Mario power tennis on the gamecube. The online was excellent and put you in a game instantly kind of like rocket league but now it’s a ghost town but still easier to get games than say “arms”. They’ve added a lot to the game and also balanced the characters. It has a great story adventure tutorial with a good boss fights.
Again it’s really competitive online and I’m glad they now match you with players of your class. It wasn’t like this when it first launched. It’s a tennis game and a good one. What more do you want from a mario tennis game

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1UP_MARIO

@JayJ the gameplay is so tight and the mechanics is spot on with a element of risk with the trick shots.

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JayJ

@1UP_MARIO I figured there would be somebody out there who somehow managed to become a massive fan of this game, there always is at least one person out there who meets that description even for the most notoriously awful games lol.

I mean it's fine if you like it I am glad at least someone seems to feel satisfied with it, but the fact remains that you are an exception.

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1UP_MARIO

@JayJ have you played the gamecube which was good or the Wii u or 3ds Mario tennis games.

I might be the exception but maybe I like it because I’m good at it.

What don’t you like about the game. Is it the game mechanics

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JayJ

@1UP_MARIO I wasn't a fan of the Gamecube version. It was okay but it started the trend of disappointing Mario Tennis games that got further and further away from what I originally loved about the series.

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Daloblast

I only played it on my friends switch, and it was confusing and I did not like it very much, just seemed like to much, I would get it maybe, if it wasn't 40-60$

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1UP_MARIO

@JayJ but you say you liked it on the n64 and gbc. What was it you liked about the mechanics and gameplay on them @Daloblast yes it is expensive for a mario tennis game but as is most switch games

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JayJ

@1UP_MARIO Well the way the game played was a lot more simple back then. It was just a straight up tennis game when it came to the actual tennis, as in it didn't have any of the gimmicks and special abilities they added with the Gamecube version and later games. More importantly, in the GBC and GBA versions the single player was very deep and it allowed you to create your own character and slowly build up their stats as you progressed through an RPG experience. To compare the adventure mode we got with Aces to that makes the adventure mode look like a joke, a bad, sorry, boring joke that can quickly become frustrating.

I think right now the Mario Tennis fanbase is divided. You have the fans of the new style such as yourself who loves all of those special abilities and how you play the game as a result, who never really cared about the single player experience so it's shortcomings aren't a big deal. Then you have people who used to be fans of the series in the past who have become increasingly disappointed in it such as myself.

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1UP_MARIO

@JayJ I mean you still have simple mode and you can play that online too without gimmicks just like the n64.

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Kyogre101

It wasn’t amazing, but I thought it was still fairly good, and I did manage to get through the story mode, but it was quite hard. I don’t think it’s as bad as some people make it out to be.

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JayJ

@1UP_MARIO Yeah I addressed that. It's better than nothing and it is my preferred way to play but that just leaves me with simple exhibition matches, some simple tournaments, and an online mode that I don't really enjoy. Also, the simple tennis isn't as fun this time around because it doesn't exactly allow you to make risky shots and it is way too easy to hit the ball. Everything they did to design the game around it's special abilities came at the expense of the simple game, it is like you can see how they made it so the special abilities are the decisive factor on how the game should be played.

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Harmonie

@Anti-Matter I'm glad I wasn't the only one who struggled with that. Everything up to that point was perfectly fine and I could have seen me actually getting through the adventure mode, but then I got to that and I'm like "Um... Guess not". I'm not the best with reflexes. As I said, I got this game to play with friends, because I'm just too good at Mario Kart and I wanted something where I sucked or at least could not beat my friends all of the time... I guess I got what I wished, because boy do I suck at Mario Tennis Aces. Lol. But then Super Smash Bros Ultimate came out and there's another game I'm not so great at, so the playing field was leveled.

@JayJ Yeah... In theory Mario Tennis is fun. I actually got it for the $40 price during that time in the late summer where Amazon put first party Switch titles on sale (a once in a blue moon occasion), but then I went through a time where I didn't really see friends for a while (work and physical limitations) and then Super Smash Bros Ultimate came out and that was that.

Hopefully someday we'll come back to it. I loved Mario Tennis 64 a lot.

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