Mario Tennis Aces is getting extra characters — and a brand new option to unlock them

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Mario Tennis Aces will get two extra playable characters after launch: Koopa Troopa and Blooper. Nintendo introduced at this time that the characters can be added to the sport as free, downloadable content material this summer time.

However there’s a little bit of a twist to how Nintendo is rolling out Koopa Troopa and Blooper: Gamers will solely be capable to get entry to these characters early in the event that they participate in on-line tournaments for Mario Tennis Aces.

Throughout a Nintendo Treehouse Reside stream at E3 on Wednesday, a Treehouse worker named Roxanne revealed that Koopa Troopa can be accessible for each Mario Tennis Aces proprietor on Aug. 1, however that gamers can get early entry to the character in July.

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“When you take part within the on-line event that can be held in July after the sport launches [and] in the event you earn sufficient factors within the event, you possibly can earn Koopa Troopa as a playable character early,” Roxanne stated. “In any other case, he can be accessible for everybody beginning Aug. 1.”

Equally, gamers who participate in an internet event in August will get entry to Blooper early. For everybody else, Blooper can be unlocked in September.

Nintendo’s taking an fascinating strategy right here, and it seems that it actually desires gamers to expertise Mario Tennis Aces’ on-line options. It’s a transparent incentive to finally subscribe to Nintendo Change On-line, the paid subscription service that may go dwell in September. Mario Tennis Aces gamers might want to subscribe to the service — which prices $19.99 per yr — in the event that they wish to proceed taking part in the sport towards different gamers on-line.

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Mario Tennis Aces will launch on Nintendo Change June 22.

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