'Mario Tennis Aces' and the love of low-stakes competition

Throughout, one should forget any standard rules of tennis. Rackets can be made of wood — or glass — and one can win by “knock-out,” that is by shattering the racket of an opponent. Like Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros.” franchise, characters here come with a bevy of special moves. They’re seemingly simple to pull off but Mario and, in competition mode, my go-to player of Princess Daisy, continue to move in ways I fail to easily re-create (I am uncoordinated, and therefore often press randomly).