One of the most important mechanics in Nintendo’s latest sports games is how to counter shots in Mario Tennis Aces. There are a variety of shots in the game, but if you don’t properly counter shots in Mario Tennis Aces, your character is knocked back considerably, and it becomes very difficult to keep a rally going. In this article we’ll cover all of the various counter shots in Mario Tennis Aces so you know which shot to use to counter each of your opponent’s shots and stay in the rally a bit longer.

Mario Tennis Aces Shot Counters

Before we dive too deep into shot counters, let’s first take a look at what shots are available in the game. There are seven different shot types in the game: Flat, Top Spin, Slice, Lob, Drop Shot, Trick Shot and Special Shot (also known as a Star Shot). The five main shot types (Flat, Top Spin, Slice, Lob and Drop Shot) all have specific counters. You can turn these into Charge Shots by holding down the button before you swing. If you try to return a Charge Shot, your character will be pushed back considerably.

The only way to avoid a ton of push back when trying to return these shots is to use the appropriate counter shot. Every basic shot type has a specific counter. While your character will still get pushed back a bit, it won’t be nearly as much as if you didn’t use the correct counter.

Shot Counters

Shot Type Shot Color Return Counter
Drop Shot N/A Top Spin
Flat Purple Flat
Lob N/A Flat
Slice Blue Top Spin
Top Spin Red Slice

As you can see in the table above, Flats counter themselves and Lobs. Slices and Top Spins counter each other, and Top Spin shots counter Drop Shots. It’s important to be able to identify each shot type and counter appropriately. If you can do this, then you’ll avoid most of the knock back and be able to stay in the rally much longer. Getting knocked back makes it much more difficult to return the next shot, meaning you very likely won’t be able to keep the rally going.

If you’re looking for more information, including some general tips to get you started, head on over to our Mario Tennis Aces game hub!