Beginning on Thursday, May 24, a demo for Mario Tennis Aces will be available to download on the Nintendo Switch eShop. A week later, the online tournament will begin running from 6 pm PT on June 1, right up to midnight on June 3.

In the tournament players will be able to choose from classic characters like Mario, Bowser, Peach, and Yoshi to face-off against opponents with their racket in hand. Players who win the preliminary matches will earn points which can then be used to unlock 5 additional characters hidden away within the demo.

Mario Tennis Aces will be the first Mario’s first return to the sport in nearly 3 years since the launch of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash on the Wii U. Mario Tennis Aces is set to drop on June 22 as Nintendo Switch exclusive!

Be sure to check out our podcast Gameboys of Color and listen to us discuss our love-hate relationship with Chain-Chomp’s addition to the Mario Tennis roster. The podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and just about anywhere podcast are found!

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