After staying silent since the latest Nintendo Direct, the company has finally served up some information for Mario Tennis Aces — including the dates for the pre-launch tournament, unlockables, and some new story details.
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With the Japanese info surfacing online late last night, it only took until this morning for the North American equivalents to be posted to the official Nintendo social media accounts. First up is confirmation that the pre-launch tournament demo for Mario Tennis Aces will be held from June 1 at 6 PM PT until June 3 at 11:59 PM PT. On top of trying out the title early, all participants will receive Mario’s classic outfit as a costume for the trusty plumber once the full game releases.
In a separate video, Nintendo gives fans their first preview of what the “story” of adventure mode actually entails. According to the narrator, Mario sets out to rescue Luigi after an evil force known as “The Legendary Racquet” takes over his body — as well as Wario and Waluigi. This quest will have Mario conquering varied challenges that will teach players the techniques of the game, as well as putting them up against longtime series bosses such as Petey Piranha and Gooper Blooper.
Mario Tennis Aces is still slated to launch for the Nintendo Switch on June 22.