Tennis just got a whole lot bigger.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash was one of Nintendo’s more surprising announcements at E3 this year (though Federation Force probably took the cake). That said, because it’s been pushed to the side by higher profile games and the Wii U’s small install base, it kind of snuck up on us. We’re now less than a month away from its release. In honor of this, Nintendo dropped a new Mario Tennis trailer showcasing some of the differences, both graphical and mechanical, in their new entry into the Mario Tennis series.
The most notable difference in the new Mario Tennis trailer are the upgrade in graphics quality of previous Mario Tennis games. Since this runs on the Wii U, everything is in crisp 1080p HD and sports a bright color palette. And from the looks of it, it’ll run at a rock solid 60 frames per second.
From the trailer, we can glean a few things about how the game will play. From the get go, we can already shown that it will operate largely the same to other entries in the Mario Tennis franchise, particularly having a lot in common with the recent Mario Tennis Open.
About halfway into the trailer, we are given a gratuitous shot of Toad pulling out the infamous mega mushroom as he throws it onto the court. Then it gets crazy as the characters take turns using the ‘shroom to their advantage. It does seem like it has its limits though. We are only shown one character per side being able to use the mushroom, so it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to play four on four giant tennis.
On top of getting a size increase, the mega mushroom also seems to give a noticeable strength boost, giving the affected characters extra power on each shot, as shown by Toad being knocked back by a volley from Mega Mario.
All in all, new Mario Tennis trailer shows us what we have come to expect from Nintendo – an upgrade to a solid formula with a few new elements added into it. Will you be getting Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash? Let us know in the comments!