Mario sport game fans have been in dismay since the release of Mario Tennis Aces, as the game doesn’t allow you to play a regular game of tennis.

Released on June 22, Mario Tennis Aces has been getting favourable reviews amongst critics, fans have discovered a missing feature.

If you want to be able to play a standard game of tennis, you’re shit out of luck unless you’re playing a CPU tournament. Mario Tennis Aces is set to the best of three games wins the match. There are no sets, which means the games are fast paced as you can win in just eight points.

Presumably, Nintendo have taken this approach to promote people to passing the pad, as Mario Tennis Aces is essentially a tennis-shaped party game. But previous Mario Tennis iterations have allowed players to set their own rules for matches, so this customisation is notably vacant.

Fans have been quick to complain on Reddit, as Eurogamer have been quick to note.

“It belittles the mental warfare you and your opponent are having as you try to outplay one another,” stated Reddit user, Ventus55. “It dispatches the adaptability of techniques you need to utilise when your opponent has figured your playstyle out.”

Many players have been trying to get a refund and failing, such as Reddit user MarioKartGuy27, who stated that “I pushed that the game was not sold as advertised. You can’t call it ‘tennis’ without it actually being a tennis game. Wouldn’t you be pissed if you bought an NFL football game that only allowed for you to be on offense once or twice before the game was over?”

While even a slight glance at a sceenshot, or the box art, would tell you that Mario Tennis Aces isn’t the next Virtua Tennis, should the fact it has tennis in the name mean that it has to be constrained by actual tennis rules?

Hopefully Nintendo will patch in some custom game options, or even a standard tennis mode for players to enjoy. Nintendo have stated that they plan to support the game with extra characters coming in the next few months, so considering the backlash, I’m sure they’ll be looking to drop some extra customisation settings for fans.

Are you disappointed with the lack of game mode options in Mario Tennis Aces? Or do you think that, as it isn’t a tennis sim, it doesn’t matter too much? Let us know in the comments below!

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