Dream Table Tennis (Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for DS)
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Dream Table Tennis is a Dream Event that appears in the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. The objective of the event is to score fifty points before the opponent, with the event taking place in Blue Sky Field. It is unlocked by completing the Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn Circuits.
In this event, the player plays two matches in a tournament, the first against a random opponent, and the second against either the other winning or losing character, depending on the outcome of the first matches. Once the event has started, the player can serve the ball by pressing either , , or to toss the ball, and press it again when the ball is at the right eight to it towards the opponent. If the player does not press with the right timing, they will drop the ball and the opponent will gain a point. The service changes every point. Once the ball has been served, the player can return it by moving towards it using , and hitting it back using either , , or . Hitting it back with gives the ball some spin to the right, gives it left spin and is a straight hit, though if returned using it with the right timing can return a faster smash shot, the speed of which is indicated by either a slower yellow or faster red trail following the ball. Spin can also be added to the ball by pressing the respective directions on the Control Pad. Rallying the ball will cause the special shot meter to fill, allowing the player to perform up to three Special Shots by pressing . If a character has charged up enough energy for a special shot, their racket will glow until the Special Shot is used. Each character has a unique Special Shot with a different effect and animation. The player scores points by hitting the ball past their opponent, with more points built up by returning the ball to the opponent in a rally, up to a maximum of fifty. The player will score as many points as there were in the rally if they successfully hit the ball past the opponent, with the first character to score fifty points winning. If the amount of points in the rally is more than the amount the player requires to get to fifty, the remaining points will be left in the rally counter, while the player only scores the amount of points required to total fifty.