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Mario Tennis Aces will be free for a limited time for all Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

Mario Tennis Aces is a lot of fun. It’s not perfect, sure, but there’s no shame in being one of the weakest in a Nintendo Switch multiplayer litter that contains Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Splatoon 2. It’s better than Arms, at any rate.

But as we often say, an online game is only as strong as its audience, and publishers have to offer incentives to keep audiences growing. (Or at least, slow their decline. That’s why we have a suspicion Splatoon may go free-to-play at some point.)

To try and bolster player numbers on-court, Mario Tennis Aces is going to be free for a limited time to all players with Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions.

It’s part of a new programme called Nintendo Game Trials. It’s like having a demo or a free weekend, but offering it as an incentive or a reward to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers is a smart move. It’s another reason for players to subscribe to the service, in a world that contains free PS Plus games and Xbox Games with Gold.

Unlike those services, which tend to deal in older games, you won’t get to keep Mario Tennis Aces after the free Game Trial period. You will be able to pick it up with a 30% discount, though, and all your saved progress will carry over if you choose to purchase the game.

The Mario Tennis Aces Game Trial goes live on August 7, 2019, and runs through to August 13, 2019.

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