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'Mario Tennis Aces' and the love of low-stakes competition

"We're tennis rebels."

Modern tennis, despite the occasional rant at a line judge or Andre Agassi circa his long-hair days aside, isn't a sport known for an insurrection. But Nintendo became a video-game giant by defying convention.

When the mushroom-headed Toad declares early on in "Mario Tennis Aces" that he and his pal Mario don't abide by the rules of the game it's more than welcome, though rather than celebrate athletes behaving badly, "Mario Tennis Aces" simply champions ridiculousness.

Here, tennis matches - as well as tennis trials such as

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