Nintendo of America has confirmed players in the west will have access to the same Mario Tennis Aces Pre-Launch Tournament that Japan is getting from June 1 to June 3, 2018.
Free software to access the tournament will go live on May 24 at Nintendo eShop.
Check out the game’s latest Adventure Mode trailer below, as well as more details on the Pre-Launch tourney.
To access the tournament, just download the free software from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch between May 24 and the start of the tournament. Once you join the tournament between June 1 and June 3, you can select between four main playable characters (Mario, Peach, Yoshi or Bowser) and compete in a series of online multiplayer matches. The winners of each match will earn points based on their performance, with five additional characters to unlock by gaining enough points. (We’ll let you discover who these characters are for yourself as you advance through the demo.)
Even if you don’t want to participate in the tournament proper, you can still try out the game offline and get in some practice playing on-off single-player battles against a computer-controlled opponent.
Regardless of whether you play online or offline, by playing the demo you can unlock Mario’s classic outfit in the full game once it launches on June 22.
The free pre-launch tournament is open from 6 p.m. PT on June 1 to 11:59 p.m. PT on June 3.