Mario Tennis Aces Dry Bowser

Plant Gang fever comes to Mario Tennis Aces next month, as Nintendo announced last night that Fire Piranha Plant will light up the competition as a new character. As it turns out, the bitey plantey boy was not the only reveal, as Nintendo of Japan also announced the next new DLC character… and the last. Dry Bowser, the boney undead form of the Koopa King and a recurring face in Mario spinoffs since his New Super Mario Bros. debut, will rise from the grave in July.

Like previous characters, Dry Bowser is unlockable to those who participate in Aces‘ online tournament from July 1 to July 30. If you want to strike fear in the hearts of your foes, unlock him early before he becomes available to all on August 1.

Buff studs in sick duds

Mario Tennis Aces new costumes

Dry Bowser won’t be the only reward for the July tourney. Those who rack up enough points will also unlock some alternate costumes for Wario and Waluigi in their classic overalls. Following that, Nintendo also revealed the final new costumes for the month of August, being alternate colors for Koopa Troopa and Koopa Paratroopa.

If you missed out on previous costumes, they will return as tournament rewards on a monthly rotation starting in September.


With Mario Tennis Aces built off the assets of Ultra Smash, it was only a matter of time before Dry Bowser returned to the court. That makes the entirety of Ultra Smash‘s playable roster present and accounted for, except for one character from the Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World.

I’m sorry Nintendo did you dirty, green Sprixie Princess. Maybe there is hope for you yet with a possible Super Mario 3D World port to the Switch. But until that day comes, back to obscurity your adorable self goes.

With Mario Tennis Aces‘ roster complete, what do you think of the final character? Will you be participating in July’s tournament for Dry Bowser? Share your thoughts with us below.


Jeffrey McDonell
I'm just a hobbyist freelancer who writes for fun, previously under Gamnesia and The Sonic Stadium. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube—with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood—and am especially fond of video game music and remixes.


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