Mario Tennis hasn't been good since Mario Power Tennis. The Wii U's Mario Tennis Ultra Smash sucked. It lacked a story mode. Multiplayer was broken, with mega mushrooms dominating competitive battles. Ultra Smash was barebones, lacking strategy, character differences, and game modes.
So, I didn't have the highest of hopes for Aces. In the Metacritic Prediction thread, I originally predicted a score of 73. But after pouring over information on the game, I think it might actually be a fantastic game.
+There's a Story Mode!
+Different characters have unique stats, and abilities.
+Various courts have hazards on them such as Piranha Plants that eat the ball, and spit it back out.
+There's three main types of swings; topspin, slice, and lobbing the ball.
+There's a Super Meter ala fighting games.
+You can break your opponent's racket.
+You can slow down time with your Super Meter.
++++ Unlike Smash, IT HAS WALUIGI!!!!!!!!!!
I was a little disappointed in Nintendo's 2018 lineup. They only really had three games, I was looking forward to. But damn, I think Aces might just be the Mario Kart 8 of the series. Cautiously predicting 88/100.
Normally I hate sports games, but Nintendo has a way of taking mundane things, like racing, tennis, or golf, and making them fun and exciting, by injecting mechanics into them that would never be found in real life.