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An Empty Shell...



Mario's sports titles have always been great fun for the entire family and with the Wii U's lack of third party sports developers such as EA and 2K Sports who quickly abandoned the console after its launch these games have become integral to fill the void, however Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash fall's flat on its face in several key areas and here's why:

The game emphasizes on jump shots and the overall gameplay is actully quite solid with tight controls and the few modes it does have are decent enough such as the singles and doubles matches, however this game lacks any sort of tournament mode which is a shame as that was one of the best modes in the earlier console versions of the series. Another major letdown is the game's online mode which, while fun, is extremely archaic and only allows you to play with random players and also lacks a rematch feature as well which is unforgivable for a modern game that emphasizes on multiplayer.



One mode in particular was especially fun where you and your opponent are tossed Mega Mushrooms to grow to gargantuan size to overpower your opponent!

Another huge disappointment is the lack of power-up's in the game, which were available in previous entries of the series. The court selection is quite good, however as we rather enjoyed several of the courses' nuances, but that doesn't make up for the many negative aspects of the game.

Not to sound like a broken record, but the cast of characters is also abysmal and is the weakest yet with less characters than the N64 entry.



The Gamepad isn't utilized very well in the game, however the Classic Controller Pro, Wii U Pro, and Wii Remote Sideways are supported though we don't recommend using that last controller option listed. The game also supports Off-TV-Play which is a nice feature.

On to the good once again, the visuals are absolutely incredible, the character models and courts are so detailed that it'll feel like you really are hitting the courts! The soundtrack is also really good as well, but again we can't stress how bad this game's flaws are so this doesn't really make up for the game's shortcomings.



Bottom-Line:

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is extremely rough around the edges and to be bluntly honest should never have been released in the state that it's in. There's definitely fun to be had, but the lack of content and the more in-depth modes that previous entries possessed makes this game feel like a serious let-down. The audio-visual presentation is superb on the other hand, but overall we just can't recommend this game even to fans of the series.

Price: $49.99

Score: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 4/10

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Nintendo is getting too greedy and it's gonna cost them if they aren't careful. Sad
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Um...I already sold my copy. Sad
Um...it was such a disappointing game. Crying or Very sad
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Bad game, good review.
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I know Nintendo really wants to get more titles out to fill in gaps since it has no more third party help, but Nintendo fans are used to droughts and all agree with the adage that it's better to wait for a good game than to get a bad game on time. I just don't understand why they'd keep churning out these quick, soulless, funless cash-ins. Especially when there's no way games like this could actually be making them any real money.
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@bro2dragons wrote:I know Nintendo really wants to get more titles out to fill in gaps since it has no more third party help, but Nintendo fans are used to droughts and all agree with the adage that it's better to wait for a good game than to get a bad game on time. I just don't understand why they'd keep churning out these quick, soulless, funless cash-ins. Especially when there's no way games like this could actually be making them any real money.
I absolutely agree with you. It's pretty disheartening to be frank. Neutral
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@bro2dragons it even looks like Triforce Heroes will only be getting a 5/10-6/10 next week. Neutral
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Shame on Nintendo for releasing a cash grab monstrosity. =(
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The last year for the Wii U was terrible. The only worthwhile games that were released during that timeframe were Paper Mario: Color Splash, Star Foz Zero, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild.
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