Mario Tennis Open Update: Multiplayer, Ink Showdown, StreetPass Features and Bonus Characters


Nintendo has revealed new details and images for Mario Tennis Open as we enter the final stretch towards the game’s May 20th launch on Nintendo 3DS.

Mario’s portable Mushroom Kingdom tennis romp will feature wireless online multiplayer options for up to four players in singles and doubles matches in addition to local wireless support with single-card game sharing. An Open Match feature will be available to pair players of similar skill levels together to even the playing field. Players will also earn Victory Medals for every win they pile up, and leaderboards will showcase top performers every month.

StreetPass will factor into the game’s wireless feature set, including friend leaderboards, win-loss record exchanges, and Mii avatar sharing and customization. Any Miis players encounter will then be incorporated into StreetPass Matches and Ring Shot challenges as CPU ghost characters.

Another mini-game event has also been announced. In Ink Showdown, players will face off against Piranha Plants spitting ink balls from the other side of the court while simultaneously returning tennis balls against an opposing mascot athlete. If an ink blob slips by, it’ll splatter across the screen and obstruct your view of the action.

It wouldn’t be a Mario sports game without unlockable bonus characters, so rest assured, Mario Tennis Open will have secret Nintendo stars to discover. By simply progressing through the game or using special QR Codes, players will be able to expand the mascot roster to include Luma, Baby Mario and Dry Bowser.

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