The latest in the Mario Tennis series has been revamped a bit, providing a fresher experience for fans of the franchise.
Along with amiibo compatibility, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash features online multiplayer, new moves, and supports four different Nintendo controllers.
Select amiibo can be used as partners in online doubles matches, or enlisted to battled stronger AI opponents in the offline Knockout Challenge mode.
The more matches an amiibo plays, the more experience and skill it will gain. Currently, the compatible amiibo include Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Yarn Yoshis, Rosalina, Wario, Toad and Donkey Kong.
Along with the standard shots topspin, lobs and slices, a new move allows the player to leap into the air to smash the tennis ball down with a rather “devastating effect.”
Colorful Chance Areas will also sporadically appear allowing the player to perform “super-strong smash or bamboozling slices” against their opponent.
Below is list of gameplay modes along with full descriptions:
- Knockout Challenge: Tiebreak matches against increasingly difficult computer-controlled opponents in this single-player mode. Call in a compatible amiibo as a doubles partner.
- Mega Battle: After grabbing a Mega Mushroom, characters grow gigantic and have increased power and range.
- Classic Tennis: Mode offers two variations – Standard with Chance Shots and Jump Shots but no Mega Mushrooms; Simple mode contains nothing but a net and the ball.
- Online Multiplayer: Go up against adversaries from around the world in competitive ranked play in either Mega Battle or Classic Tennis modes, or play more casual matches. Two players on the same console can team up or a supported amiibo can be used in doubles.
Players can use the following controllers in the game: Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller or Classic Controller Pro.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will be released on Wii U November 20.