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Zero, love for 'Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash'


May 31, 2016

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    Developed by Camelot Software Planning and published by Nintendo, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is a video game for the Wii U. Players are able to choose from 16 characters to play single or double matches of tennis with familiar characters from the Mario Bros. universe. The game also includes power-ups that give players special abilities and four different modes to choose from.
    Ultra Smash does a great job of presenting players with an action-paced, arcade-y tennis game. Players will welcome the subtle difference in each type of shot performed, as well as the difference in each character that can be chosen. Also, the game is very pretty and colorful, which fits well with the Mario theme.
    The game includes four modes: Mega Battle, which allows players to power-up with a mushroom that gives the player more power and range; Knockback Challenge, which lets players play through a wave of different AI characters; an Online Mode that lets players match up with random opponents; and Classic Tennis, which allows players to change the rules such as jump shots, power-ups and chance shots.
    Although the game is fairly fun, Ultra Smash falls short thanks to a number of negatives. With no tournament or campaign mode, players have nothing outside of multiplayer to continue playing the game. Also, the AI either too easy or too hard: There is no in-between. I also found it hard to find an online opponent at times. Since the online play requires you to play a random person, players cannot even "party-up" with a friend online.
    Even with the game’s downfalls, Nintendo still has a pretty fun game that is family friendly. The game shines as a tennis game but fails at providing longevity. It's definitely best played online or with local multiplayer friends. If players can overlook the missing characters and game modes, they are in for fun, fast-paced action.


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