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Mario Tennis Aces (Series) Review
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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreate a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.

You can pick Mario, Luigi, Wario, Peach, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Toad, Toadette, Chain Chomp, Bowser Jr., Boo, and Spike. Each character is unlocked by participating in monthly tournaments.

You play shots by tapping buttons to apply topspin, slice, lobs or drop shots. New to Mario Tennis Aces is the ability to use the motion-sensitive Joy-Cons to aim directly at the screen to mark where the ball will go. If the opponent counters the zone shot, their racket will take damage and will eventually break. There's also a new zone speed which puts everything but them in the game into slow-motion.

For younger players, the Simple Rules mode, can keep things a little simpler and less bewildering as they get started. This can also be fun for adults who want to play a straight game of tennis without the thrills. There's also Swing mode, where you use the Joy-Con like a real racket, similar to Wii Sports. This motion option is also available in the Wii version of Mario Power Tennis.

The series appeared on a range of Nintendo machines:
  • Mario Tennis (2000) Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Colour.
  • Mario Power Tennis (2004) GameCube and re-released for Wii
  • Mario Tennis Power Tour (2005) Game Boy Advance
  • Mario Tennis Open (2012) Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario Tennis Ultra Smash (2015) Wii U
  • Mario Tennis Aces (2021) Nintendo Switch.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)


Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game. Tournaments will last considerably longer, depending on how many players are involved.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. There's an online multiplayer mode, where tournaments and single matches can be set up.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

6-12 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Opting for the simpler modes is good for very young players, but they also enjoy the chaos and crazy shots of the different characters.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


You can select the difficulty of computer opponents. You can also opt for a larger ball that's easier to see. You can also select different courts to slow down the play.
Our Mario Tennis Aces Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:

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