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After a few years on the bench, a few Mushroom Kingdom sports stars are getting back in the game for Mario Tennis Aces. A tote bag adorned with emblems for the game’s characters will be given away as a pre-order bonus from certain retailers in Japan, and with that comes the surprise reveal of some we haven’t seen before regarding the game’s roster.


That’s right, Paratroopa, Diddy Kong, and Birdo are all heading back to the court! This’ll add some more variety to the lineup and appease Birdo’s dedicated fanbase after she’s been shunned in recent years.

With the roster filling out nicely and online tournaments offering more participation prizes, there may be hope for some other favorite faces down the line. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Shy Guy and see what else Mario Tennis Aces has in store for its June release.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.