Wii U's New Mario Tennis Game Offers Amiibo Support and Online Multiplayer

Your Amiibo can level up alongside you as it plays.


While they might be expected features, Nintendo had yet to confirm that its upcoming Wii U game Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash would support Amiibo figures or online multiplayer. We now know that both of these are present in the game, as well as the details of several other game modes.

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Amiibo figures can be placed on the GamePad to summon an in-game version of the character. They can then be used to play online doubles matches or as a partner in the offline Knockout Challenge mode. As the Amiibo figures play more games, they'll level up, improving their control, increasing their max speed, and so on.

Only select figures are compatible with Ultra Smash, however; the current list includes Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Yarn Yoshis, Rosalina, Wario, Toad, and Donkey Kong.

As the video above demonstrates, you can use a combination of the GamePad screen and TV to play multiplayer. One player can have their own screen on the GamePad while others play on the TV using Wii remotes, Wii U Pro controllers, or Classic Controller Pros..

Nintendo also detailed four different ways of playing, including online multiplayer. Here's how the company describes these modes.

  • Knockout Challenge: Tense tiebreak matches against increasingly difficult computer-controlled opponents await in this single-player mode. If the going gets too tough, players can call in a compatible Amiibo as a doubles partner.
  • Mega Battle: After grabbing a Mega Mushroom, characters grow to gigantic proportions and can dominate the court with their increased power and range.
  • 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 on the court with nothing but the net and the ball.
  • Online Multiplayer: Go up against adversaries from around 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 as a doubles partner on the online courts.

Ultra Smash was first announced at this year's E3. It's slated for release on November 20 for $50.

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