Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Fun, safe tennis game good for social play but lacks depth.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Not boring

I can understand why people hate this game but it should give some love!

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age 7+

Solid mechanics but it strips past installments 'fun factor' way down.

Many Mario sports games have been 'dumbed down' and disappointing compared to earlier versions. although this Tennis version for Wii U may be the best 'looking' in HD it has taken away the individual "special" moves" for each character giving your choice of player little more than slight 'movement' differences. Classic mode gives you normal and simple mode. there are 3 kinds of strikes to hit the ball, one is slice, then topspin and flat. R button gives you a save leap but is often hard to make effective (unlike the Game cube version of special charge up 'save' maneuvers). While playing, if you hit certain strikes with the correct buttons in the lit up circles that pop up, you will get a more powerful stroke. Each character is given the same strikes and abilities to learn. In "Simple" mode these strikes are taken away to balance the sets more to skill and not Power Moves. 2 extra modes are thrown in. One is Giant mode where you get mushrooms to get big and gain an advantage, but the player here who remains small becomes quickly overwhelmed and the animations for 'growing big' way too often disrupt the game flow. The 'big ball' mode "WOULD BE" fun if it was not limited to one volley session. There is not set or match here and it very quicly becomes a pointless mode to slowly earn coins that seems unfun and pointless after a couple of rounds. There is 1 other mode strictly for Amibos (the separate plastic charecters you can buy) which pits you and your respective Amibo character against more challenging opponents but you are limited to how many of these extra Amibos you own. We had fun but it became tiresome much quicker than what we put into the older tennis on Gamecube as the novelty courts, special moves and roster seemcut back and the game feels unfinished with the novelties being afterthoughts instead of engaging features. The mechanics are also more complex and you should definitely rent this one before purchase, especially if your child is younger or may get frustrated with pulling off button combinations on the fly. I give it a 5 out of 10. 6 if you have Amibos.

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