There’s a new Mario Tennis game releasing this year, and it’s heading to the Switch.
Nintendo announced Mario Tennis Aces during its surprise Nintendo Direct this morning. The game is slated to be released in Spring 2018. Nintendo did not confirm how many players Mario Tennis Aces will support when it launches.
Along with a tease for the game, which can be seen in the full Direct above, Nintendo released a brief synopsis of what the game will entail.
Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles. New wrinkles in tennis gameplay will challenge your ability to read an opponent’s position and stroke to determine which shot will give you the advantage. And this time the game adds the first story mode since the Mario Tennis game on Game Boy Advance, offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions, boss battles and more.
Prior to Nintendo’s announcement today, the most recent installment in the franchise was Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, which was released for the Wii U in 2015.