I’m a big fan of tennis games; particularly Mario Tennis. It hooks me in with it’s fun gameplay, absurd game modes and Nintendo charm. Fortunately, it’s not too long to wait until the next entry in the series hits – Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will be released on the Wii U in Europe on November 20th. You can see it in action below:

It looks great – we’re lacking a decent tennis game across all platforms so it’s good to see Nintendo stepping up to the plate (I don’t care if that’s a baseball term) and bringing us something so frantic and fun. Of course, Mario Tennis isn’t about normal tennis playing. Nintendo always like to spice things up a bit – here are some of the game modes we’ll get to try out:

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

– Mega Battle: Your character grows to gigantic proportions after grabbing a Mega Mushroom, dominating the court with their increased power and range. When rivals on both sides of the net are giant-sized, anything can happen!

– 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 between the tramlines with no Chance Shots or power-ups – a real test of tennis prowess.

– Online multiplayer: Go up against distant adversaries from all over 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 you on as your doubles partner on the online courts.

There’s also going to be new players to control and full amiibo support.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is arriving exclusively on Wii U November 20th.