Nintendo's early access beta titled the "Mario Tennis Tournament" will commence on Friday, June 1 at 8 AM PAC, 10 AM EAS, 3 PM UK and Midnight AEST. Currently, there are 15 confirmed characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Daisy, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Boo, Toad, Toadette, Rosalina and Chain Chomp. Another short clip highlighted the game's single-player Adventure Mode. If you gain enough performance-related points, you can unlock a further five characters, though it's not clear who these are. These include a tennis match against Boo where two floating mirrors shoot the ball back at you, and a course where Mario needs to hit multiple Shy Guys littered across the court. Nintendo didn't say if users will have to unlock an achievement to get the outfit or if it will be automatically awarded to all players who participated in the Pre-Launch Tournament. You'll be able to play against other people online or against AI opponents, although you'll need to have an online connection either way. The game will exclusively be available for the Nintendo Switch. It's the first time we've gotten a full-fledged story from the series since Mario Tennis: Power Tour on Game Boy Advance, though it doesn't appear the original characters created for those games are making an appearance. "Mario Tennis Aces" will support up to four players at launch.
Mario Tennis Aces launches for Nintendo Switch on 22 June. Along with the announcement of the dates of the tournament, Nintendo released 2 new videos of its tennis game that you can check out below.