Mario Tennis Ultra Smash will have online play and amiibo support


Nintendo has finally released several new details about the upcoming Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, including that the game will have online play and amiibo support. According to the press release, players will be able to use the amiibo figures to be partners in online doubles matches, or use them as AI in the offline Knockout Challenge mode.

Supported amiibo currently include Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Yarn Yoshi, Rosalina, Wario, Toad, and Donkey Kong.

Aside from detailing the amiibo support, Nintendo also provided a quick description of the various game modes that will be available, including Knockout Challenge, Mega Battle, Classic Tennis, and of course, online mode. Here’s a short description of each mode.

Knockout Challenge: Tense tiebreak matches against increasingly difficult computer-controlled opponents await in this single-player mode. If the going gets too tough, players can call in a compatible amiibo as a doubles partner.

Mega Battle: After grabbing a Mega Mushroom, characters grow to gigantic proportions and can dominate the court with their increased power and range.

Classic Tennis: For those who prefer their tennis a little more traditional, Classic Tennis offers two variations: Standard mode features Chance Shots and Jump Shots but no Mega Mushrooms, while Simple puts competitors on the court with nothing but the net and the ball.

Online Multiplayer: Go up against adversaries from around the world in competitive ranked play in either Mega Battle or Classic Tennis modes, or quickly jump into more casual matches. Two players* on the same console can team up to take on all comers, or a supported amiibo can join as a doubles partner on the online courts.

All modes of control supported by the Wii U will be supported by the game, including the Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, and even the Classic Controller Pro.

Mario Tennis Ultra smash releases later this year.