Mario Tennis Aces datamine points to surprising character addition | Nintendo Wire

UPDATE (1/15/2019, 6:50 a.m. PST): The truth behind this news has fallen into question, as the original source has deleted its tweet and since come out to explain it jumped the gun with the announcement, citing “no confirmed evidence” of its validity and apologizing for “spreading misinformation.”

“We want to publicly apologize about the [new character news],” @MarioTennisClub‘s tweet reads. “We have no information to confirm it is true. There is no confirmed evidence, and we shouldn’t have rushed the announcement. We’re sorry, we didn’t want to spread misinformation.”

“The situation is being taken care of,” a second tweet continues. “We would appreciate that this information is spread so we can avoid more misunderstandings and to prevent this to cause more damage. We’ll investigate deeper and next time be more cautious. Again, we’re sorry. It won’t happen again.”



SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains information about a potential upcoming character for Mario Tennis Aces. If you’d like this information to remain a surprise until it’s officially announced, you’re advised to stop reading!



A recent datamine of Nintendo Switch title Mario Tennis Aces suggests the game will be adding an unexpected character to its ever-growing roster.

Dataminer Ozzie9889 and a “few others” from the Mario Tennis Aces Club Discord server have found lines of code within the game that suggest Link, from The Legend of Zelda, will be joining the game — alongside a couple extra costumes.

The lines “kage_link = {point unlock; [500]}” and “link_champion = {point unlock; [2000]}” point to Dark Link and Champion’s Tunic costumes being provided through an online tournament, unlocked by achieving 500 and 2,000 points, respectively.

No other information, including a potential release date for Link and his costumes, is known at this time.

What’re your thoughts on Link possibly headed to the game as a playable character? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Bethany says:

    Wow. I clicked this thinking, “What could be more surprising than Pauline?” and while I feel I shouldn’t have been surprised, I still very much am. I was thinking some really rarely used character anymore would be the choice, as Luma and Pauline had set up for bringing back nostalgic characters. Hopefully we still get some more nostalgia before they stop adding DLC.

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  2. Dominic Ouimet says:

    Nooo… 🙁 Not Link again… I’m pissed off of these character from other games (and I love Link)… but I want finally can play as Dry Bones or Kamek/Magikoopa. Very others interesting characters are possible too : Pom Pom, Wiggler, Dixie Kong, Elvin Gadd, Toadsworth.

    I’ll still prefer Fly Guy or Donkey Kong Jr. over Link.

    I hope this link is wrong… :/

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