Star Skill

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A Star Skill from Mario Superstar Baseball

A Star Skill is a special hit or pitch that can be used by any player and is unique among the captains in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers. Star Skills require a limited meter that can be used only a certain number of times; the meter drops whenever the player uses a Star Skill. The meter can be replenished when the players either hit the field features (such as hitting a yellow Piranha Plant with the ball in Yoshi Park) or when they get a hit or strike a player out when the words, "STAR CHANCE!" appear. Players start with a more filled meter if there are many subcharacters that have good Chemistry with the Team Captain. Team Captains and subcharacters use one Star Skill while Team Subcaptains use two.

Star Swings, which use the Star Skill, have one of the several possibilities that happen when a subcharacter uses them:

  • Ground Ball: This Star Swing hits the ball, which, in many scenarios, gives the batter a hit.
  • Fly Ball: This Star Swing causes the ball to become a fly ball.
  • Line Drive: This Star Swing causes the ball to roll and is used to drive in runs.
  • Instant Home Run: This Star Swing must be a "Perfect" swing and 5 Star Skill slots must be filled out, and this Star Swing is exclusive to Mario Superstar Baseball. It makes the sound of an activated Star Swing, but has a high-pitched whistle as it flies through the air.

Star Pitches also use Star Skills and also have their set of possibilities:

  • Fastball: As its names implies, this Star Pitch causes the ball to have very high momentum.
  • Change-Up: This Star Pitch acts very much as a powered-up change-up; it first moves quickly, then slows down considerably.
  • Breaking Ball: This Star Pitch is a slow, floating pitch that can be easily curved.

List of Star Skills[edit]

All team captains have their own unique Star Skills in both games, with some characters keeping their Star Skills through both games while other characters gain new Star Skills from Mario Superstar Baseball to Mario Super Sluggers. The lists below show each captain's Star Skills in both games. In Mario Superstar Baseball, the pairs of captains tend to have generally the same Star Skill, with only minor differences in color and other attributes. In Mario Super Sluggers, the captains all have unique Star Skills of their own, with some captains gaining completely new Star Skills, some captains having their Star Skills work differently, and some captains carrying over the same Star Skill they had in Mario Superstar Baseball.

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スペシャル