dark        

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash feels just right

0

Expectations exceeded

Its reveal came and went without much enthusiasm during Nintendo's lackluster E3 2015 Digital Event but, you know what, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is fun as hell.

I played a match against a random attendee and won through liberal use of the new Jumpshot ability and the occasional Mega Mushroom tossed onto the court. They're straightforward additions that add a surprising amount of tension and energy to the usual back and forth.

After snapping up a Mega Mushroom, a short transformation scene rolls and it's back into the action you go. (If that sounds jarring, it isn't. I didn't have any trouble working out the timing.)

While the E3 demo was super barebones, I can say with certainty that Ultra Smash feels great. I'm not sure what else if anything the game will do to differentiate itself from prior installments -- there will at least be new characters, according to Nintendo -- but it's in a good place right now. Build up from that foundation and we're in for a solid entry. More Mario sports excursions, please!

You are logged out. Login | Sign up

 
 

 

TwitterRedditEmailFacebook
 
Jordan Devore
Jordan DevoreCo-EIC   gamer profile

Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random. Disclosure: I backed Double Fine Adventure and Awesomenauts: Starstorm on Kickst... more + disclosures


 


 


Also on Destructoid: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash   (3)   From our database:

  • The Mario Tennis roster has at least one pleasant surprise - Jordan Devore
  • Bowser Jr. and his dead father join the ranks of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash - Ben Davis
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash has online, amiibo support, and little else - Steven Hansen
  • Old favorites return in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash - Jordan Devore
  • Mario Tennis fills the void left by Star Fox Zero - Jordan Devore
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash feels just right - Jordan Devore
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #E3 #Nintendo #Previews #Sports #Wii U

    READER COMMENTS LOADING BELOW...


    LET'S KEEP THE COMMUNITY GREAT


    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!



     
     
  •