With just a month until its release, Nintendo is finally starting to trickle out information about Mario's latest sports spin-off title, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. The first bit of news is that the game will support amiibo, not surprisingly.
Supported amiibo will include all of the basic Mario characters, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Bowser, and Yoshi along with Wario, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, and even the Yarn Yoshis.
Taking a page out of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, amiibo will work in a similar fashion here, where you'll be able to use one as your doubles partner and train them. So the more they're used, the more skill and experienced they'll get. Players will be able to use amiibo partners in two modes: online double matches and the offline Knockout Challenge mode.
New Moves and New Modes
In addition to standard Tennis shots, this game introduces the new Ultra Smash, where characters will perform strong, unique, colorful techniques that have a devastating effect on their opponent.
There will also be four different main modes to play.
Knockout Challenge, which pits the player against increasingly tough opponents in tiebreak matches.
Mega Battle, the mode you might've noticed in the trailer which sees characters grow to a gigantic size after they nab a Mega Mushroom, giving them a distinct advantage over their opponent in power and range.
Classic Tennis, a traditional tennis match split into two modes -- one that includes Chance Shots and Jump Shots, and one that doesn't.
Online Multiplayer, which offers players a chance to play with other players around the world in ranked play in Mega Battle or Classic Tennis modes. Up to two players can play cooperatively in this mode per console (or you can use an amiibo partner as mentioned earlier).
And finally, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will include multiple controller options, including Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, and Classic Controller Pro.
Source: Press Release
What are your thoughts on Mario Tennis Ultra Smash's new additions? And will you be buying it on release?