It's been over 10 years since Mario Tennis has appeared on a home console but Nintendo's E3 2015 Direct revealed the latest iteration in the Mario Tennis series, which was announced for the Wii U, titled Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.
The footage we saw bought some brand new unconventional game-play elements to the playing field such as having your character turn into a giant to dominate the tennis court. The original Mario Tennis launched on the Nintendo 64 back in 2000, before being re-released on the Wii Virtual Console in 2010. Expect very similar game-play from the iterations of the Mario Tennis series that we've been accustomed to on Gamecube and 3DS.
It was a very short trailer that showcased the likes of Mario and his arch nemesis Bowser battling it out on the court at the start playing a mixture of shots. The inclusion of all these unique types of shots and the power-up ability unquestionably looks like it's going to lead to some tactical game-play as you have your opposition moving all about the court.
Doubles matches also make a welcome return to the series in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash hopefully allowing for some local and online multiplayer action on the court and in the trailer we also witnessed Mario and Bowser take on Princess Peach and Toad. Naturally expect to see a lot more characters from the Mushroom Kingdom making their appearance in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash upon the game's release.
The trailer was quite short but you can check it out below.