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* AntiFrustrationFeatures: In ''Aces'', Gooper Blooper has a unique boss gimmick where he slams a tentacle onto the field to limit Mario's movement (requiring him to vault over the tentacle to reach some of the ink shots, at the cost of energy), while the Bowser Statue fires more shots at a time than most bosses. To compensate, these bosses don't give you a time penalty if you miss their shots, unlike the other bosses.



* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Near the end of the story mode in ''Aces'', you get to play as [[spoiler: Peach teamed up with Daisy in a doubles match against the brainwashed Wario and Waluigi]].

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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Near the end of the story mode in ''Aces'', you get to play as [[spoiler: Peach [[spoiler:Peach teamed up with Daisy in a doubles match against the brainwashed Wario and Waluigi]].



** In ''Aces'', you can break your opponent's racquet and breaking all of them has you win by default. Near the end of the story mode, you have to face a possessed [[spoiler: Luigi.]] His racquet has extremely high durability and his AI is pretty aggressive, making it difficult to break his racquet. If you do manage to fully drain its durability, the racquet just go flying away rather than shattering. [[spoiler: This is because Luigi is possessed by the Lucien racquet itself and the story would get screwed up if it was actually destroyed.]]

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** In ''Aces'', you can break your opponent's racquet and breaking all of them has you win by default. Near the end of the story mode, you have to face a possessed [[spoiler: Luigi.]] Luigi]]. His racquet has extremely high durability and his AI is pretty aggressive, making it difficult to break his racquet. If you do manage to fully drain its durability, the racquet just go flying away rather than shattering. [[spoiler: This is because Luigi is possessed by the Lucien racquet itself and the story would get screwed up if it was actually destroyed.]]



* HijackedByGanon: Downplayed: Lucien remains the villain for all of Adventure Mode in ''Aces'', but near the end, [[spoiler:his vessel switches from Wario/Waluigi/Luigi to just Bowser, who suddenly appears and makes off with the racket and Power Gems after the Lucien Cup. The final boss is a Lucien-possessed Bowser called Bowcien]].



* MacguffinDeliveryService: Zig-zagged throughout ''Aces''. Mario manages to get the first three Power Gems without any interference from Wario and Waluigi, but they steal the fourth from Gooper Blooper before Mario reaches him, and they run off with the final one while Mario is distracting the defenses that guard it. At that point, they head back to Marina Stadium and host a tournament match to obtain the other three stones from the heroes. [[spoiler:Even though Mario and company win the tournament, Bowser still pops up and steals Lucien along with all the Power Gems, setting up the final battle.]]



* TennisBoss: Unsurpringly, every boss in ''Aces'' is fought this way. Mario has to hit the boss's shots back at them (which they may or may not reflect back) until they tire out or become exposed, and then he has to fire a Zone Shot directly into them to remove one of their hearts. Special mention goes to [[spoiler:Bowcien]]; after removing his shields, Mario has to volley a racket-damaging shot with him four times in a row before it can be used for a Zone Shot.



* WakeUpCallBoss: In the GBA game when you play in the [[spoiler:Mushroom Kingdom]] Tournament for the first time, the first opponents in both the Singles Tournament ([[spoiler:Peach]]) and the Doubles Tournament ([[spoiler:Luigi and Donkey Kong]]) are considerably harder than the later opponents up to and including the FinalBoss of each.

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In the GBA game when you play in the [[spoiler:Mushroom Kingdom]] Tournament for the first time, the first opponents in both the Singles Tournament ([[spoiler:Peach]]) and the Doubles Tournament ([[spoiler:Luigi and Donkey Kong]]) are considerably harder than the later opponents up to and including the FinalBoss of each.each.
** The first two bosses of ''Aces'' aren't too rough, but the Ice Ogre has you contend with slippery physics and one of the hands trying to slam you flat as you deflect shots. It's also relatively easy to break rackets against it, which can be a problem if you haven't been beating side missions to get extras.


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A series of [[SportsGame Sports Games]] by Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Camelot Software Planning (the two companies also partnered with each other on ''VideoGame/MarioGolf'') starring [[SuperMarioBros Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom]] gang. The game gives you a large selection of characters all from the Mario universe. The first installment is also famous for the debut of Waluigi.

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A series of [[SportsGame Sports Games]] {{Sports Game}}s by Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Camelot Software Planning (the two companies also partnered with each other on ''VideoGame/MarioGolf'') starring [[SuperMarioBros Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom]] gang. The game gives you a large selection of characters all from the Mario universe. The first installment is also famous for the debut of Waluigi.


* AllOrNothing: In ''Aces'', special shots are extremely dangerous to counter. You either block it perfectly or break your racquet for hitting the shot too early and you'll also lose the whole match if all of your racquets are broken.

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* AllOrNothing: In ''Aces'', special shots are extremely dangerous to counter. You either block it perfectly or break your racquet for hitting the shot too early and you'll also lose the whole match if all of your racquets are broken. And chances are, even if you do block it perfectly, the knockback will still stun you enough for the opponent to hit the ball far out of your reach for a point.


* PromotedToPlayable: This series marked the playable debuts of Daisy, Birdo, Boo, Shy Guy and Paratroopa in the N64 game, Wiggler and Fly Guy in ''Power Tennis'', Luma in ''Open'', the green Sprixie Princess in ''Ultra Smash'', and Chain Chomp and Pauline in ''Aces''.

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* PromotedToPlayable: This series marked the playable debuts of Daisy, Birdo, Boo, Shy Guy and Paratroopa in the N64 game, Wiggler and Fly Guy in ''Power Tennis'', Luma in ''Open'', the green Sprixie Princess in ''Ultra Smash'', and Chain Chomp Chomp, Pauline, and Pauline Fire Piranha Plant in ''Aces''.


* DevelopersForesight: In the GBA installment, the two campaigns, Singles and Doubles, can be played through individually. As a result, one could complete one campaign before even touching the other. NPC dialogue can change in one campaign depending on your progress in the other campaign. For example, if one completes the Doubles Island Open before starting the Singles version, then the first opponent will acknowledge your Doubles victory, and ask you to go easy on her.

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* DevelopersForesight: DevelopersForesight:
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In the GBA installment, the two campaigns, Singles and Doubles, can be played through individually. As a result, one could complete one campaign before even touching the other. NPC dialogue can change in one campaign depending on your progress in the other campaign. For example, if one completes the Doubles Island Open before starting the Singles version, then the first opponent will acknowledge your Doubles victory, and ask you to go easy on her.her.
** In ''Aces'', you can break your opponent's racquet and breaking all of them has you win by default. Near the end of the story mode, you have to face a possessed [[spoiler: Luigi.]] His racquet has extremely high durability and his AI is pretty aggressive, making it difficult to break his racquet. If you do manage to fully drain its durability, the racquet just go flying away rather than shattering. [[spoiler: This is because Luigi is possessed by the Lucien racquet itself and the story would get screwed up if it was actually destroyed.]]

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* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Everyone, but Daisy takes the cake in her victory animation on Power Tennis.
-->'''Daisy:''' Alright, yes I won! Take that!


* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Near the end of the story mode in ''Aces'', you get to play as [[spoiler: Peach teamed up with Daisy in a doubles match against the brainwashed Wario and Waluigi]]].

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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Near the end of the story mode in ''Aces'', you get to play as [[spoiler: Peach teamed up with Daisy in a doubles match against the brainwashed Wario and Waluigi]]].Waluigi]].



* InstantWinCondition: In ''Aces'', destroying all of your opponents racquets will automatically have you win the match regardless of how many points both players have.

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* InstantWinCondition: In ''Aces'', destroying all of your opponents opponents' racquets will automatically have you win the match regardless of how many points both players have.



* {{Jerkass}}: The Costello Brothers, A. Coz, and B. Coz, are minor examples. Tori in the GBA version plays this a bit more straight, while Dweezil is a somwhat more milder example. [[spoiler:Averted with the third Costello brother, Willy, who just desires to play against a worthy opponent regardless of the outcome, as well as his partner Sheri who is just confident in both her and Willy's skills, Willy even emphasizes that he's thrilled to be playing in the final regardless of the outcome.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: The Costello Brothers, A. Coz, and B. Coz, are minor examples. Tori in the GBA version plays this a bit more straight, while Dweezil is a somwhat somewhat more milder example. [[spoiler:Averted with the third Costello brother, Willy, who just desires to play against a worthy opponent regardless of the outcome, as well as his partner Sheri who is just confident in both her and Willy's skills, Willy even emphasizes that he's thrilled to be playing in the final regardless of the outcome.]]

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* LimitedWardrobe: While Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi usually play tennis (or any other sport, for that matter) in their overalls, ''Aces'' gives them proper tennis outfits.

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* ArtEvolution: Mario and Luigi's torsos are usually rendered as a cartoony pear shape that connects to their legs, with no real concessions to anatomy. ''Aces'', however, gives them more naturalistic torsos that connect to the legs properly.


Camelot also developed the tennis portion in ''Mario Sports Superstars''. Another tennis-related ''Mario'' game was ''Mario's Tennis'' (developed by Nintendo R&D1), released for the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy.

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Camelot also developed the tennis portion in of ''Mario Sports Superstars''. Another tennis-related ''Mario'' game was ''Mario's Tennis'' (developed by Nintendo R&D1), released for the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy.



* AutomaticNewGame: The first time ''Aces'' is played, the player is immediately taken to story mode after the title screen.

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* AutomaticNewGame: The first time ''Aces'' is played, the player is immediately taken to the story mode after the title screen.



** The N64 game, aside from the debut of Waluigi, brought back [[VideoGame/SuperMarioLand Daisy]] and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Birdo]], all three of whom are now staples of Mario spinoff titles.
** Koopa Troopa, Paratroopa and Petey Piranha makes a return in ''Aces'', after their absence in ''Mario Tennis'' installments following ''Power Tennis''. Birdo also returns for the first time in the ''Mario Tennis'' series, since the N64 game (was also playable in ''Mario Sports Superstars''). Diddy Kong and Luma also returns, after their absence in ''Ultra Smash''.

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** The N64 game, aside from marking the debut of Waluigi, brought back [[VideoGame/SuperMarioLand Daisy]] and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Birdo]], all three of whom are now staples of Mario spinoff titles.
titles. [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong Donkey Kong Jr.]] also appears here after his last playable appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioKart'', released 8 years earlier.
** Koopa Troopa, Paratroopa and Petey Piranha makes make a return in ''Aces'', after their absence in ''Mario Tennis'' installments following ''Power Tennis''. Birdo also returns for the first time in the ''Mario Tennis'' series, series since the N64 game (was original (although she was also playable in ''Mario Sports Superstars''). Diddy Kong and Luma also returns, return after their absence in ''Ultra Smash''.Smash'' (with Diddy also having been playable in ''Superstars'').



** Wario and Waluigi are treated as this in the opening movie.
** N64 and Power Tennis' victory animations aren't exactly kind to Luigi.

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** Wario and Waluigi are treated as this in the opening movie.
movie of ''Power Tennis''.
** N64 ''64'' and Power Tennis' ''Power Tennis''' victory animations aren't exactly kind to Luigi.Luigi. A Paratroopa steals his trophy in the former and he gets EatenAlive by Yoshi in the latter.



* ContinuityNod: Metal Mario in ''Open'' obviously references the Metal Cap powerup in ''Super Mario 64'', but his topspin shots and Fire Flower shots reference the Fire Flower -- his shots for either of those stay low to the ground and bounce repeatedly, and the "flames" around the ball make it look like a fireball from the power-up in question.

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* ContinuityNod: Metal Mario in ''Open'' obviously references the Metal Cap powerup in ''Super Mario 64'', ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', but his topspin shots and Fire Flower shots reference the Fire Flower -- his shots for either of those stay low to the ground and bounce repeatedly, and the "flames" around the ball make it look like a fireball from the power-up in question.



* DefeatMeansPlayable: Every tennis opponent that you play against in both handheld versions. This includes '''Mario''' himself in the GBC version. For the GBA version, Mario Series characters are instead unlocked at the start and you get Star versions of them instead.

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* DefeatMeansPlayable: Every tennis opponent that you play against in both the first two handheld versions. titles. This includes '''Mario''' Mario himself in the GBC version. For the GBA version, Mario Series series characters are instead unlocked at the start and you get Star versions of them instead.



* DummiedOut: The Virtual Console ports currently have no way of replicating the Transfer Pak's functionality, so no GBC players in the N64 version. Additionally, the four characters you could unlock in the GBC version via transfer (Yoshi, Bowser, Wario, and Waluigi) are no longer obtainable (unless you use a hacked save).

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* DummiedOut: The Virtual Console ports currently have no way of replicating the Transfer Pak's functionality, so no the GBC players characters in the N64 version.''64'' are not accessible through normal means. Additionally, the four characters you could unlock in the GBC version via transfer (Yoshi, Bowser, Wario, and Waluigi) are no longer obtainable (unless you use a hacked save).



** The ''Aces'' artwork for Luigi.... err... ummm... did raise lots of eyebrows.

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** The ''Aces'' artwork for Luigi.... err... ummm... did Luigi [[RagingStiffie has managed to raise lots of eyebrows.eyebrows]].



* GrowlingGut: Yoshi's stomach growls at the start of his tournament win animation in ''Power Tennis''.
* HermitGuru: The Stroke Play "master" in Power Tour decides to become one each time he loses to you.

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* GrowlingGut: Yoshi's stomach growls at the start of his tournament win animation in ''Power Tennis''.
Tennis''. [[MeatOVision Things only get]] [[EatenAlive weirder from there]].
* HermitGuru: The Stroke Play "master" in Power Tour ''Power Tour'' decides to become one each time he loses to you.



** Both the N64 and GBC versions are necessary to get all the playable characters in either version.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the GCN, GBA, and [=3DS=] versions.

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** Both the N64 and GBC versions of the first game are necessary to get all the playable characters in either version.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the GCN, GBA, and [=3DS=] versions.all games from ''Power Tennis'' onwards.



* TheRival: Wario and Waluigi's rivalry with Mario and Luigi gets more focus here than any other Mario spin-off, especially Waluigi since he was introduced in the first game. Said rivalry was undeniably mutual in ''64'', as the two duos actually ''growl'' at each other in anger (with a "Watch it, buster!" from ''Mario'', of all people), but ''Power Tennis'' turned the rivalry into a comedic one-sided rivalry on Wario and Waluigi's part, and it's largely stayed that way since.

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* TheRival: Wario and Waluigi's rivalry with Mario and Luigi gets more focus here than any other Mario spin-off, especially Waluigi since he was introduced in the first game. Said rivalry was undeniably mutual in ''64'', as the two duos actually ''growl'' at each other in anger (with a ''[[NiceGuy Mario]]'' even shouting "Watch it, buster!" from ''Mario'', of all people), at Wario), but ''Power Tennis'' turned the rivalry into a comedic one-sided rivalry on Wario and Waluigi's part, and it's largely stayed that way since.



** '''DK Jr.''' and Shy Guy in the N64 version. The handheld version had every tennis opponent you faced during either singles or doubles (meaning you had to play both singles and doubles to unlock them all) and the GBC version included prominent Mario Series characters that were unlocked by beating them in the last tournament ('''Mario''' and Peach) or by connecting your game with the N64 version (Yoshi, Waluigi, Wario, and Bowser).
** [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo Connecting the GBC version of Mario Tennis to the N64 version]] adds four human characters to the N64 version: the characters that you go through the Story Mode and their doubles partners. As there is no current way of replacing the Transfer Pack method, and no way of getting or connecting to the GBC game currently, you cannot unlock those characters in the VC version. Partially justified in that these characters stats depended on how you had leveled them up in the GBC versions.

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** '''DK Jr.''' Donkey Kong Jr. and Shy Guy in the N64 version. The handheld version had every tennis opponent you faced during either singles or doubles (meaning you had to play both singles and doubles to unlock them all) and the GBC version included prominent Mario Series series characters that were unlocked by beating them in the last tournament ('''Mario''' (Mario and Peach) or by connecting your game with the N64 version (Yoshi, Waluigi, Wario, and Bowser).
** [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo Connecting the GBC version of Mario Tennis to the N64 version]] adds four human characters to the N64 version: the characters that you go through the Story Mode and their doubles partners. As there is no current way of replacing the Transfer Pack method, and no way of getting or connecting to the GBC game currently, you cannot unlock those characters in the VC version.versions. Partially justified in that these characters stats depended on how you had leveled them up in the GBC versions.



* StoneWall: Waluigi in the GCN and GBA versions, also Wiggler. Last year champ [[TheAce Dweezil]] in the GBA version.

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* StoneWall: Waluigi in the GCN and GBA versions, also Wiggler. Last Wiggler are this in ''Power Tennis'', as is last year champ [[TheAce Dweezil]] in the GBA version.''Power Tour''.



** When the Academy in Power Tour begins training it's students to learn Power Shots, the training exercises are typically like the kind of mini-games that Mario characters usually face and have no problem with, but as these are regular human characters, they justifiably have great difficulty trying to get a hang of these hard exercises.

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** When the Academy in Power Tour ''Power Tour'' begins training it's students to learn Power Shots, the training exercises are typically like the kind of mini-games that Mario characters usually face and have no problem with, but as these are regular human characters, they justifiably have great difficulty trying to get a hang of these hard exercises.



* TrueFinalBoss: Mario serves as this for both Singles and Doubles play (joined by [[spoiler:Peach]]) in GBC. He was degraded to just Singles play FinalBoss in the GBA version where [[spoiler:Bowser and Waluigi]] seized the Doubles spot.

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* TrueFinalBoss: Mario serves as this for both Singles and Doubles play (joined by [[spoiler:Peach]]) in GBC.the GBC version. He was degraded to just Singles play FinalBoss in the GBA version where [[spoiler:Bowser and Waluigi]] seized the Doubles spot.



* VocalEvolution: Waluigi's voice was really different in ''64'' compared to how it would sound in every later entry. Though there are instances where he has his normal nasally voice, he more often sounded like he was putting on a tough guy falsetto.
** Daisy is a lighter case; while her softer voice in this game remained for a few games (notably Mario Party 3 and 4), this game actually gives her a slight British accent that never appeared anywhere else.

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* VocalEvolution: Waluigi's voice was really different in ''64'' compared to how it would sound in every later entry.entry, despite Creator/CharlesMartinet voicing him in all appearances. Though there are instances where he has his normal nasally voice, he more often sounded like he was putting on a tough guy falsetto.
** Daisy is a lighter case; while her softer voice in this game remained for a few games (notably Mario ''Mario Party 3 3'', ''4'', and 4), ''5''), this game actually gives her a slight British accent that never appeared anywhere else.



** Peach, Daisy, Waluigi in the N64 and GBC versions.

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** Peach, Daisy, and Waluigi in the N64 and GBC versions.


** Koopa Troopa makes a return in ''Aces'', after their absence in ''Mario Tennis'' installments following ''Power Tennis''.

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** Koopa Troopa Troopa, Paratroopa and Petey Piranha makes a return in ''Aces'', after their absence in ''Mario Tennis'' installments following ''Power Tennis''.Tennis''. Birdo also returns for the first time in the ''Mario Tennis'' series, since the N64 game (was also playable in ''Mario Sports Superstars''). Diddy Kong and Luma also returns, after their absence in ''Ultra Smash''.



* PromotedToPlayable: This series marked the playable debuts of Daisy, Birdo, the green Sprixie Princess, Chain Chomp, and Pauline.

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* PromotedToPlayable: This series marked the playable debuts of Daisy, Birdo, Boo, Shy Guy and Paratroopa in the N64 game, Wiggler and Fly Guy in ''Power Tennis'', Luma in ''Open'', the green Sprixie Princess, Princess in ''Ultra Smash'', and Chain Chomp, Chomp and Pauline.Pauline in ''Aces''.


* PromotedToPlayable: This series marks the first time that Daisy, Birdo, the green Sprixie Princess and Chain Chomp have been playable.

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* PromotedToPlayable: This series marks marked the first time that playable debuts of Daisy, Birdo, the green Sprixie Princess and Princess, Chain Chomp have been playable.Chomp, and Pauline.

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* ShownTheirWork: The depiction of tennis court sizes, tennis ball speed radars, and the very gravity of the tennis ball are surprisingly accurate or damn near accurate in ''Mario Tennis Aces''. [=MatPat=] elaborates [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UFHTtXfPq1Q here]].

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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Near the end of the story mode in ''Aces'', you get to play as [[spoiler: Peach teamed up with Daisy in a doubles match against the brainwashed Wario and Waluigi]]].


* MagicMirror: The main gimmick of the Mirage Mansion in ''Aces'' are its floating mirrors that act as portal, which teleport the ball from one to the other to confuse the players. In the story mode, the mirrors are shown to be sentient and actively try to hinder Mario's quest for the power gem. The boss of the mansion is also a huge mirror named Madame Mirage.

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* MagicMirror: The main gimmick of the Mirage Mansion in ''Aces'' are its floating mirrors that act as portal, portals, which teleport the ball from one to the other to confuse the players. In the story mode, the mirrors are shown to be sentient and actively try to hinder Mario's quest for the power gem.Power Gems. The boss of the mansion is also a huge mirror named Madame Mirage.

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