Beach Volleyball (Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for 3DS)
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Beach Volleyball is an Event that appears in the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The objective of the event is to score a set amount of points before the opponent over a number of sets. The playable characters in this event are Mario, Donkey Kong, Roy, Sonic, Tails, Cream, and Mii, with Roy being unlocked by beating him in Beach Volleyball Plus on the second day of Mario's story in the Road to Rio mode. A Toad appears as a referee in this event.
In the Road to Rio mode, Beach Volleyball appears as the event on day 2 of Mario's story.
In this event, the player is paired up with a randomly selected character and plays a match against one other team, allowing the player to only come in first or second place, as they are later shown to have previously beaten another opponent's team. To start each match, the player must serve the ball by pressing once to toss the ball and again to make the serve. Doing so with good timing will cause the character to perform a more powerful serve and fill the SP meter faster, but failing to perform the second press will cause the character to drop the ball and the other team to win a point. The serve can be aimed using , and changes to the team who won the last point after each point is won. To return the ball, the player must use to move their character towards the marker on the ground and press when the ball reaches them to receive it and toss it to the other team member, who will return it to the player to return to the other team by pressing and again using to aim it within a certain region on the other side of the court. Doing this with good timing will fill the SP meter faster and perform a more powerful return shot, which is harder for the opponents to return. Failing to do so will cause the character to miss the ball and the opposing team to win a point. Once the SP meter is full, the player is able to perform a Super Attack by pressing instead of on their return shot, which will then become a much harder to return shot with a unique effect for each character. To score a point, the player must hit the volleyball into the other team's side of the court without them successfully returning it. The player wins a set by being the first to score the set amount of points, however, if both teams end up on a score of one less than the required amount at the same time, they will end up in a deuce and have to take a two-point advantage to win the set. The team that wins the majority of the specified number of sets wins the match.
In this event, the player can set the number of sets required for a win to one or three and the number of points required to 5, 9, 15, or 21.