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New Mario Tennis Open screens, details

Nintendo reveals multiplayer and StreetPass info

Nintendo has released a bunch of new screenshots for Mario Tennis Open on 3DS, along with a load of new multiplayer and gameplay details.

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You will be able to both compete and co-operate in local and online multiplayer matches, with leader boards and medals tracking your progress.

Nintendo has revealed that you will be able to unlock characters not just via play but also using "special QR Codes". And the game will make extensive use of StreetPass too.

The screenshots below also show off a new mini game called Ink Showdown, which has players splatting each others' screens with the black stuff.

It sounds awesome. Here's the official blurb on each feature, with the new screens below:

Online Play: Mario Tennis Open players can compete and cooperate in local wireless matches with other opponents and play exhilarating games. Players can also build up their Open Match standings, check the monthly leaderboard and win Victory Medals from every challenger they defeat.

Ink Showdown: In this fast-paced competition, Piranha Plants spit ink balls from the back edge of the court. Players must destroy the ink balls before they splatter, while hitting tennis balls away from an opponent.

StreetPass Features: Players can inspire friendly competition by using the Nintendo 3DS system's StreetPass feature. They can engage in competitive StreetPass Matches or cooperative Ring Shot challenges with computer-controlled versions of people they encounter and share their StreetPass winning streak. StreetPass can also be used to show off players' Mii characters, which can be customized with new outfits and accessories that can improve their on-court performance. As users play, new items for their Mii will be unlocked in the Item Shop.

Unlockable Characters: New and familiar Nintendo characters can be unlocked - some through game play, others via special QR Codes. Unlockable characters include Luma, Baby Mario and Dry Bowser.

The game's out on May 20.

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