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Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will have Amiibo and multiplayer support

Wii U exclusive Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will support Amiibo figures and online multiplayer.

Amiibo figures and online multiplayer support are coming to Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Nintendo has announced.

We were all expecting these features, but it’s nice to see some confirmation from the company.

Amiibo figures can be placed on the gamepad to summon an in-game representation of the character. These can be used in online doubles matches or offline in Knockout Challenge Mode.

Characters will level up as you use them, increasing their speed, control and other such attributes.

However only select figurines will be compatible with Ultra Smash, the current list includes: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Yarn Yoshis, Rosalina, Wario, Toad, and Donkey Kong.

It is unclear whether more Amiibo will be supported in the future, but it’s definitely a possibility.

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Nintendo has also revealed details on a number of gameplay modes available in Ultra Smash, which you can check out below:

  • 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.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is set to release on November 20 exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U.

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