Birdo comes to Mario Tennis Aces next week as a playable character

The inimitable Birdo is heading to Mario Tennis Aces on Switch next week as a new playable character, and, to celebrate, Nintendo has released a new trailer showcasing the glamour that’ll be coming to court as a result.

When Mario Tennis Aces debuted on Switch back in June, it featured an already sizeable line-up of familiar playable characters, plucked from across the Mushroom Kingdom. However, their ranks have continue to swell post-launch, with regular content updates so-far welcoming Blooper, Koopa Trooper, and Diddy Kong to the character roster.

That’s not the end of though; Nintendo recently announced that a second batch of familiar faces are on the new way to Mario Tennis Aces over the next couple of months as part of the game’s Version 2 update. These include the aforementioned Birdo (categorised as an All-Round class character), Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa, and Petey Piranha .

Birdo’s arrival will be handled in the same way as previous post-launch characters. Which is to say that players can unlock the character early by hopping online to compete in a tournament (presumably Nintendo continues to hope that a few more people might be incentivised to sign-up to its new paid online service) and will then be pushed to everyone a little later.

In Birdo’s case, players that partake in an online tournament match between October 1st and November 1st will get the character immediately, and all other Mario Tennis Aces players will gain access on November 1st. And if you’re still struggling to remember much about Birdo for some inexplicable reason, you might find this to be of some help.

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