Skip to main content

Serve your opponents with the ‘Mario Tennis Aces’ beta tournament

Mario Tennis Aces - Pre-launch Online Tournament Details

Mario Tennis Aces is out next month on Nintendo Switch, and the game is shaping up to be one of the most exciting Nintendo sports games to release in years. If you aren’t sure about whether or not to buy it, however, Nintendo is holding a beta test of sorts — and it’ll let you show off your skills to the world.

Nintendo will hold its Mario Tennis Aces pre-launch tournament from June 1 at 9 p.m. ET to June 4 at 2:59 a.m. ET, and the software will be available to download in advance on May 24. You’ll be able to play as Mario, Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser and compete in online play, and by playing either online or against the computer in offline play, you’ll unlock Mario’s classic overalls outfit for use in the full game.

As you win online matches and earn points, you’ll unlock an additional five characters, as well. Nintendo won’t say who those characters are yet, but we have a pretty good idea.

Along with the tournament news, Nintendo also released a short trailer showing off the single-player Adventure mode at the heart of Mario Tennis Aces. The mode sees Mario attempt to “thwart the wicked plans of Wario, Waluigi, and the legendary racket itself,” with Luigi captured by the cursed tool. It’s the first time we’ve gotten a full-fledged story from the series since Mario Tennis: Power Tour on Game Boy Advance, though it doesn’t appear the original characters created for those games are making an appearance.

The tennis you’ll be playing in the mode isn’t your standard back-and-forth match. We see Mario and a Boo ghost battling it out, with the ball moving between two magical mirrors, as well as a match against Piranha Plants that you must target with precision shots.

Mario Tennis Aces releases exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 22. The previous game in the series, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U, was met with scathing reviews, mostly due to its limited content. As the Switch user base is already larger than the Wii U’s, it should be easier to find a multiplayer match this time around.

Editors' Recommendations

Gabe Gurwin
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Gabe Gurwin has been playing games since 1997, beginning with the N64 and the Super Nintendo. He began his journalism career…
The best Mario games of all time, ranked
Mario twirls his cap in front of New Donk City in Super Mario Odyssey.

Nintendo’s Super Mario series is so monumental to the medium of video games that you might even think of the mustachioed plumber when you hear “video games” mentioned at all. From his earliest days when he battled Donkey Kong as “Jumpman.” to his latest adventures on the Nintendo Switch, to his latest movie appearance in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Mario has consistently been one of the greatest characters in video games. He’s such an iconic character that countless video games have had him as the star, and here we have ranked them.

For our list, we had two main criteria. First, the games have to be platformers -- either 2D or 3D. This eliminates Mario sports games, the Mario Kart series, role-playing games, and all the Mario Parties. Secondly, the games have to have Mario himself as the lead character. This eliminated Super Mario Land 3 and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. In the end, we were left with 22 games. None of them are bad, but we did have to name a loser. We also chose to omit The Lost Levels and instead considered Super Mario Bros. 2 as the definitive second game in the series.

Read more
Super Mario RPG is halfway between a remaster and remake
Mario, Mallow, Bowser, and Geno stare off-screen in Super Mario RPG.

Between The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Super Mario Bros. Wonder, it’s been a banner year for the Italian video game icon – and it’s not over yet. On November 17, Nintendo will cap off a successful 2023 with the hotly anticipated Super Mario RPG. The surprising release brings back one of the plumber’s most eccentric adventures, 1996’s Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for the Super Nintendo. It’s a neglected cult classic that’s been long overdue for some attention.

The question, though, is what kind of treatment a title like that deserves. Should Nintendo simply have rereleased it on Switch Online? Would an HD remaster suffice? Or was a full remake in order? If the Switch version is any indication, Nintendo may have found itself a little stumped with that question too.

Read more
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s final DLC brings the series most iconic track
Mario and friends zip through a race course in Mario Kart 8.

The final wave of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass launches on November 9, ending the racing game's long line of updates. Wave 6 brings several classic Mario Kart courses to the Switch game, including the long-requested Wii Rainbow Road.

Read more