A Special Shot is a move that any playable character can perform in Mario sports games, debuting in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. It generally involves the character performing a powerful strike to the ball when certain conditions are met.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Special Shots are activated by touching the Touch Screen at points to make a certain letter or symbol. The symbols include an M, an L, a triangle, a W, a B, an N, an S, or a star, with each character having a set symbol. The "L" symbol, used exclusively by Luigi, is the only symbol to not be used by any other character. The symbol must be tapped out twice to perform the Special Shot, and characters cannot move while starting the Special Shot. A player is highly vulnerable to tackles while bouncing the ball in the special formation, so it is unwise to attempt a special shot when being swarmed by opponents.
Special Shots are unstoppable if executed from inside the 3-point line, and will always make it in the basket. However, if executed outside the 3-point line, a teammate needs to run up and dunk the ball. Sometimes, the teammate will fail to receive the ball. If an opponent is blocking that teammate, they miss the shot.
|M||Donkey Kong||Konga Dunk|
|M||Diddy Kong||Jet Shot|
|L||Luigi||Green Fire Shot|
|Triangle||Dixie Kong||Cannon Shot|
|B||Bowser Jr.||Graffiti Shot|
|S||Fly Guy||Thunder Shot|
|Star||White Mage||Holy Shot|
|Star||Black Mage||Meteor Shot|
Mario Sports Mix
In Mario Sports Mix, special shots make a return appearance. While the shots play similarly to that of the special shots from Mario Hoops 3-on-3, these shots are blockable, and can be preventable. Also, the method of unleashing a special shot is different as the moves can only be used once the player's special shot meter reaches a maximum level. Each character has a different, and unique special shot that is based on their properties and features. Additionally, the special shots tend to vary in the way it is used in each of the four sports: Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, and Dodgeball.
Mario Sports Mix
|Playable characters||All-around||Mario • Luigi • Yoshi • Ninja • Mii|
|Technical||Princess Peach • Princess Daisy • Waluigi • White Mage|
|Powerful||Wario • Donkey Kong • Bowser|
|Speedy||Diddy Kong • Bowser Jr. • Toad|
|Tricky||Black Mage • Slime • Moogle • Cactuar|
|Non-playable characters||Behemoth • Behemoth King • Birdo • Blue Yoshi • Boo • Dry Bones • Gold Ghost • Koopa Troopa • Lakitu • Monty Mole • Penguin • Pianta • Purple Puncher • Red Yoshi • Shy Guy|
|Courts||Mario Stadium • Koopa Troopa Beach • Peach's Castle • DK Dock • Toad Park • Luigi's Mansion • Western Junction • Daisy Garden • Wario Factory • Bowser Jr. Blvd. • Bowser's Castle • Waluigi Pinball • Ghoulish Galleon • Star Ship • Sherbet Sea • Rowdy Raft • Fire Mountain|
|Items||Banana Peel • Bob-omb • Coin • Green Shell • Mini Mushroom • Red Shell • Super Star|
|Party games||Feed Petey • Harmony Hustle • Bob-omb Dodge • Smash Skate|
|Further info||Gallery • Pre-release and unused content • Glitches • Media • Staff|