Top 10 Playable Characters in Mario Tennis Aces

Soon, July 2019 is ending, and with that, August 2019 will arrive. A lot of Mario fans are aware that since the release of the video game Mario Tennis Aces on June 22, 2018, new playable characters have been added to the character roster. The first new character was added on July 1st of the same year. The last character to have been added was Dry Bowser, on July 1, 2019. However, those who don't have an online membership will get him on August 1, 2019. Soon it will be that day, and that marks the last character to be added to this game. Along with a lot of original and obscure characters, this has led to Mario Tennis Aces having one of the best rosters in the Mario series. Personally, in my opinion, it's the third greatest.

Because of this, I'm making a top ten list of the best playable characters in Mario Tennis Aces. I'm not really judging the characters by how much I like them overall, although I will still use that factor as well. I'm mostly judging characters by how obscure and deserving they are in the game, so obscure choices will top my list. Stats will also matter a bit. With that being said, here is the list.
The Top Ten
1 Chain Chomp Chain Chomps, known as Wanwan in Japan, are metal, barking ball-and-chain like creatures that are restrained by Chains and are a main enemy in the Mario franchise.

Alright, now Chain Chomp was an amazingly obscure choice for a character in Mario Tennis Aces. Like, literally, who even thought of playing as a Chain Chomp in a tennis game? Well, not me. The fact that he managed to get into the game is enough for me to rank him super high. In fact, he was the first character I decided to play as in the game. This was actually one of the characters available when the game was first released. It's such an original choice, and I like how he holds the tennis racket in his mouth. He's definitely a powerful guy. He's a bit slow in matches, but the fact that he's here is enough proof that he deserves to be here.

2 Petey Piranha Petey Piranha is a large mutant of the Piranha Plant in the Super Mario franchise and debuted in Super Mario Sunshine. Since then, he has been a recurring boss in games such as New Super Mario Bros. and has also made appearances in sports and spin-off games.

Petey Piranha being in this game as a playable character is certainly an interesting choice. This makes Mario Tennis Aces most likely the only game in which there is a character who serves both as a playable character and as a boss battle. It's not a big problem, though, as you can only play as Mario in the story mode. Nevertheless, I just love that you can play as this character. It's such an obscure and interesting choice.

3 Boom Boom

We are all tired of seeing him appear in every Mario game. In almost every single main game, we have Boom Boom taking on a role as one of the easiest and most basic bosses ever. He's been in Super Mario Bros. 3, New Super Mario Bros. U/Luigi U, Super Mario 3D Land, and Super Mario 3D World. We've encountered this lazy excuse around 40 times in total, and it's sad how Nintendo doesn't come up with original bosses.

However, this is just as a boss battle in main games. This list is about the best playable characters in Mario Tennis Aces, and Boom Boom is no "lazy unoriginal filler" as a playable character in spin-offs. I am really glad to see him here, as we don't often get him in spin-offs. In the story mode, there was a match near the end of the game you had with him, and he was actually pretty tough as well. So he is deserving of being on here.

4 Fire Piranha Plant The Piranha Plant, known as the Pakkun Flower in Japan, is a plant species from the Mario franchise which usually appears as a leafy green stalk topped with a white-spotted red or green globe, with a maw lined with sharp teeth reminiscent of piranhas.

A Fire Piranha Plant? Yes, they actually added it. Adding a Piranha Plant alone is something very unlikely, but not too unlikely, considering one was added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. However, they went further and picked a variety of a Piranha Plant: the Fire Piranha Plant! That is one of the most obscure choices I've ever thought of. It's the most obscure choice in the game. However, because I prefer other characters in general, this one is just in fourth place.

5 Pauline Pauline, also known as Daniella Verducci, is the original damsel-in-distress whom Mario must rescue from the eponymous ape in the original Donkey Kong.

Pauline is a more obscure character in the Mario universe, but not as unexpected a choice for Mario Tennis Aces, especially considering her major role in Super Mario Odyssey. Nevertheless, her sudden appearance in Nintendo Switch games is excellent. She was, after all, the original damsel in distress before Peach took over the role back in the NES days. Since then, she has only appeared in Mario vs. Donkey Kong games. I especially like how her special shot includes parts of the song "Jump Up! Superstar," which is basically her song. She is deserving of being here.

6 Koopa Troopa Koopa Troopas, or just simply Koopas, known in Japan as Nokonoko, are a fictional race of turtle-like creatures from the Mario series, as well as its sister Yoshi series. They most often appear as common ground enemies.

Overall, personally, I've always felt like Birdo and Koopa Troopa are my default characters when playing spin-offs. They have all-around decent stats, and their designs don't get in the way when playing. They just sort of get me. It's strange how Koopa Troopas, like Goombas, are some of the most common enemies in Mario games, yet they make rare appearances as playable characters in Mario spin-offs. This is even rarer with Goombas. This gives them a nice yet obscure feel, which is cool.

7 Blooper Bloopers (Often Referred To Bloobers Until Paper Mario, Though Blooper was in use beforehand) are Squid-Like creatures that are found in the ocean. They made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros., and various kinds of them have appeared in the Mario games since, normally as enemies. Mario Party... read more

Blooper is one of those characters that may occasionally appear in spin-offs, but he's still one of the most obscure characters in Mario spin-off games. So him being in the roster for Mario Tennis Aces is certainly a nice addition. I've always liked to play as Blooper in Mario Party 8, and he's certainly decent with stats in this game as well. He's my fifth favorite personally.

8 Birdo Birdo is a dinosaur that is well known for her (or his) confused Gender. It was originally stated that Birdo was a male who believed he was a female, but this was changed in later games. Birdo is commonly referred to as a girl, however, they are in a relationship with Yoshi. Birdo first appeared in... read more

You all probably know by now that Birdo is my favorite Mario character of all time, so her being on this list shouldn't come as a surprise. She's one of the most interesting Mario characters, and her design with pink and red combined is just so nice. Unfortunately, she hasn't made many appearances in Mario games recently. She was absent from Mario Kart 8/Deluxe, modern Mario Party games (excluding 9), and Mario Kart 7. Luckily, she made appearances in Mario Sports Superstars and this game.

9 Spike

Spike is certainly an interesting choice that has appeared more frequently in spin-offs since the Wii U as a playable character. It's funny because he was a boss battle in Mario Party 9. He's a fan-favorite in my family that my siblings usually play as (either him or Shy Guy). Originally, when I got Mario Party 10, I was mind-blown that he was even in the game. Recently, I've become less interested in him, but he's still great for this list.

10 Yoshi Yoshi, once romanized as Yossy, is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo. Often appearing as a sidekick and helper to Mario, Yoshi is most known for his appearances in the Yoshi's Island and the Super Mario franchises.
The Contenders
11 Kamek Kamek is a common enemy in the Mario Bros. Franchise. He usually appears in New Super Mario Bros. Games, Super Mario Bros. Games, or other similar games. He also appears in spinoff titles, like Mario Party, in which he is not a playable character but creates an obstacle for the players on their way... read more

Kamek, or Magikoopa, is one of those semi-obscure choices in Mario games. He appears frequently, but at the same time, it's a bit rare to see him as a playable character. Mario Party 9, Mario Golf: World Tour, Mario Superstar Baseball, and Mario Super Sluggers are examples where Kamek/Magikoopa is available. These are really the only games, excluding Mario Tennis Aces, where he is featured. He was one of the last characters to have been added to Mario Tennis Aces, as recently as April 2019. He deserves to be here and is a great character.

12 Rosalina Rosalina, known as Rosetta in Japan, is a major character in the Mario Franchise created by Nintendo. She first appeared in the 2007 Mario Game, Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii and later returned for the game's sequel in 2010. Since then, she has been featured in many main-series Mario Games... read more
13 Mario Mario, originally named Jumpman, is the main character of the Super Mario Bros. franchise, created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario game, including games in spin-off series as a playable character, with... read more
14 Luigi Luigi, originally a palette swap of Mario named Green Mario, is a major character featured in video games and related media released by Nintendo. Created by prominent game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Luigi is portrayed as the slightly younger, taller fraternal twin brother of Nintendo's unofficial mascot... read more
15 Wario Wario is a character in Nintendo's Mario series who was originally designed as an antagonist to Mario. His motives are driven by greed and he will take the side of whoever will give him the most pay. Although he may seem like just a mean man with no heart, he does have a very tragic past.
16 Waluigi Waluigi is a lanky self-centered, brusque young lad as he is considered evil and the main rival of Luigi. Waluigi is shown causing local havoc in most games he appears in alongside his partner Wario. Waluigi is not instinctively evil or the antagonist (not counting DDR), as a matter of fact, he shows... read more
17 Peach Princess Peach is a major character in the Mario Bros. Franchise. She is the lead female of the The Mario franchise. She is usually the character who needs saved in most Mario Games, but also has appeared as a playable character in the Main-Series Mario Games, including Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario... read more
18 Daisy Princess Daisy is a fictional character in the Mario series of video games, in which she is the princess of the fictional region of Sarasaland.

Daisy debuted in Super Mario Land in 1989, after few other appearances she disappeared for nine years until she was brought back in Mario Tennis (2000).

Daisy... read more
19 Toad Toad, known in Japan as Kinopio, is a major character in the Mario Bros. franchise. He assists Princess Peach in the Mushroom Kingdom and will do whatever it takes to help her. He first appeared in the classic game, Super Mario Bros. after being kidnapped by Bowser and his minions. Since then he has... read more
20 Toadette Toadette is a character in the Mario series. She is a female Toad who first appeared in the Nintendo GameCube video game Mario Kart: Double Dash.
21 Bowser Bowser is the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise. From kidnapping Princess Peach to simply destroying a fun game between Mario and Friends in the Mario Party spinoff series, this king of the Koopas has set up a certain hatred towards himself amongst the large cast of Mario Characters. He first... read more
22 Boo
23 Koopa Paratroopa
24 Dry Bones
25 Dry Bowser Dry Bowser is the fossilized version of the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise, Bowser. He first appeared in New Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo DS after Bowser had been dumped into the lava and was left with his skeleton. Since then, Dry Bowser has appeared as a villain in games like Super... read more
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