Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Announced for Wii U. Only New Wii U Game Announced at E3 2015

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is coming to Wii U this holiday 2015 Nintendo announced at their E3 2015 Press Conference. This marks the very first Mario sports title to get a Wii U update! It’s about time! I was wondering what happened to the Mario sports franchises & when they’d get a next-gen Wii U makeover! Strangely, this was the only new Wii U game newly announced by Nintendo at E3 2015.

Check out this debut gameplay trailer of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash!

As you can see from the trailer, the biggest new feature in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U, looks to be the ability to grow your Mario characters to giant size via Mega Mushrooms! SWEET!

MARIO TENNIS: ULTRA SMASH SYNOPSIS

Compete with friends in the multiplayer Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash game on the Wii U system.

Along with the fun and dynamic gameplay known to the franchise, surprise your opponents with a new move to the series, the Jumpshot, which sends the ball flying down the court.

Change the sport up with new Mega Battles, using the Mega Mushroom to gain an advantage over the competition.

Claim your spot in Mario Tennis lore in singles (1v1) or doubles (2v2) as you play with and against family, friends or the CPU using returning and new characters to the series.

Key Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Features:

* Play against friends and family in both singles (1v1) and doubles (2v2) matches as your favorite Mushroom Kingdom character.

* Control your character’s every movement on the court, using precise timing and the correct shot to outwit your opponent.

* Use the new Jumpshot technique to return shots like never before.

* In Mega Battles, get the Mega Mushroom to gain a “big” advantage over your competition.

* New characters make their Mario Tennis debut.

Check out a full fifteen minutes of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash gameplay from Nintendo’s E3 2015 TreeHouse Live coverage.

Longtime Mario Sports series developer Camelot, behind the Mario Golf & Mario Tennis franchises, will once again be heading up development of this latest installment.

No word on whether or not Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will include online-play. Given that this is Nintendo, I wouldn’t be surprised if online play was NOT included.

But Nintendo generally does include online play in this day and age, so let’s hope we can finally challenge our tennis friends via the Internets in a Mario Tennis title. It’s long overdue!

Mario Tennis: Open, released for the 3DS in 2012, was the first handheld Mario Tennis game to include online play, so it stands to reason that Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U will also feature online multiplayer as well.

The only characters revealed so far are Mario, Bowser, Peach & Toad, although Nintendo promises that characters new to Mario Tennis will make their debut in this entry.

Here’s the Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash image gallery.
Click on any of these image thumbnails to see the full-size photos:


Now where the heck are our Wii U updates of Mario Golf, Super Mario Strikers (Soccer), Mario Super Sluggers (Baseball), Mario Hoops (Basketball) or Mario Sports Mix (which included Dodgeball & Volleyball)?! Hopefully we’ll get more of these before the Wii U reaches the end of it’s lifespan.

And yes I’m aware that we have gotten multiple “Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games” and the upcoming “Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games” for Wii U, but these Olympic-based games are developer by Sega, not Nintendo, and don’t seem to be of the same high-quality.

The Mario Tennis games have always been extremely fun, and this new one looks like it will be no exception.

As stated above, I’m glad they are FINALLY updating a Mario Sports game for the Wii U and adding online play. This is long overdue and I can’t for the life of me figure out why Nintendo has yet to do it.

The Mario Sport series is extremely popular and the game’s are made by other developers like Camelot (Mario Tennis & Mario Golf), Namco Bandai (Mario Baseball), Next Level Games (Mario Soccer) and Square Enix (Mario Basketball/Volleyball/Dodgeball); so it seems like it would be relatively easy to have a new next-gen one commissioned without taking too much resources out of Nintendo’s hands.

Either way, it’s great to see Mario Tennis on the Wii U and the game looks as fun as ever!

Are you excited to play Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash?!