Players are able to choose from 16 playable characters for use in 1-on-1 matches or 2-on-2 matches. There are power-ups that can give characters special abilities. The game does not require motion controls.
The game has a total of 4 modes: Mega Battle gives the players an ability to use the Mega Mushroom, which allows the player to have more power and better range; Knockback Challenge has the player facing challenging AI opponents; Classic Tennis allows players to change the rules such as “Chance Shots, Jump Shots and power-ups”; and the Online Mode allows players to team up with another player. Online play does not support friend-based matchmaking, only allowing matchmaking with other random players. Players can also use amiibo to play against other players.