MARIO Tennis Aces was first revealed in January, and until today gamers figured they’d have to wait until it was officially released on June 22.
Now Nintendo has confirmed that there will be a three-day pre-launch beta tournament starting on June 1, at 3pm BST. You’ll be able to pick up a racket with the titular plumber, Princess Peach, lovable dino Yoshi, and misunderstood power-serving Bowser.
The Mario-maker will be serving up a free pre-launch tournament for anyone who wants to try before they buy
You will then be able to unlock another five characters as you play, though Nintendo haven’t announced who they will be.
In the full game, though, you’ll have a choice of those four plus Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Toad, Toadette, Chain Chomp, Bowser Jr. and Boo.
If you take part in the beta tournament, you’ll be able to deck the beloved block-smasher out in his traditional dungarees and hat in the full game once you’ve bought it.
Both single-player matches against AI and online matches against other players will be available during the beta too — though your console will have to be connected to the internet for the duration whichever mode you choose to play.
There are a host of familiar faces taking to the court in Mario Tennis Aces, including Bowser Jr, Chain Chomp and Boo
The game will feature a single-player story mode as well as more traditional tutorials