Beach Volleyball (Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Nintendo 3DS)

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Beach Volleyball
BeachVolleyball MarioSonicRio3DS.png
Appears in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Nintendo 3DS)
Info Spike the ball to score!
Receive and toss well for a powerful spike!
Compete for the most points by receiving and tossing the ball, then hitting it into the opponent's side of the court.
Controls Serve/Attack: A Button Press
Receive/Block: A Button Press
Super Attack: X Button Press

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 A Button 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 Circle Pad, and changes to the team who won the last point after each point is won. To return the ball, the player must use Circle Pad to move their character towards the marker on the ground and press A Button 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 A Button and again using Circle Pad 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 X Button instead of A Button 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.


  • Tossing or receiving the ball with good timing lets you his powerful spikes.
  • If you miss the ball when receiving, the ball will behave unpredictably. Master the timing to get the ball to your team.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビーチバレー
Bīchi Barē
Beach Volleyball