Mario Tennis Aces is receiving another playable character in Boom Boom, one of Bowser’s many henchman. Boom Boom will be available for anyone who participates in an online tournament in February and will be unlocked for everyone else on March 1.
In Boom Boom’s announcement video, we see that he’s a defensive character, which makes him just the third character of this type along with Waluigi and Bowser Jr. Defensive characters generally have longer reach than other characters but can be harder to score with.
The video also shows off Boom Boom’s standard shot, trick shot and special shot. Boom Boom is following January’s unlockable character, Luma from the Super Mario Galaxy games and will be followed by Pauline from Super Mario Odyssey.
When Boom Boom and Pauline are both released, the character roster for Mario Tennis Aces will be up to 26 characters, with 10 of those characters coming post-launch.
It is worth noting that in order to participate in the Mario Tennis Aces online tournaments, you will need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, which wasn’t the case at the game’s launch.
Here is the video showing off Boom Boom, who will be available for unlock on Feb. 1: