After a successful cameo in NBA Street Volume 3 (cleverly subtitled Mario de Dunk in Japan) Mario gets his own basketball game. Mario Basket 3 on 3 Hoops is a touch screen basketball game coming out for the Nintendo DS. It’s a little hard to imagine, but Mario Basket 3 on 3 has an innovative approach to basketball games. These screenshots help explain how Mario 3 on 3 basket will play.
If you want to dribble you tap on the DS’ touch screen. By adjusting the speed of tapping you can alter the speed Mario dribbles. Tap fast to dribble quickly and slow it down for a slower dribble.
Make a stroke towards the direction you want to shoot the ball to have Mario sink a basket. If you want to steal the ball get up close to your opponent and make a stroke in the opposite direction (i.e. towards you).
To do a special shot you need to trace a pattern on the touch screen. As you can see, Mario’s special shot pattern is a “M”.
Here are pictures of more special shots done by Bowser Jr., Daisy and Wario.