Mario Strikers: Battle League: how to intercept

Learn how to intercept lob passes in Mario Strikers: Battle League so you can steal the ball from your opponents.

Once teams start passing the ball around, a crucial skill you’ll need to learn is how to intercept in Mario Strikers: Battle League. Interceptions will let you stop teams from lobbing the ball between their players endlessly as they press the attack, but you’ll need to be pretty quick on the buttons to pull one off. In this guide we’ll explain how to intercept in Mario Strikers: Battle League Football with clear steps so you can shut down your opponents’ attacks.

Mario Strikers: Battle League: how to intercept

Mario Strikers Battle League how to Intercept
 
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To intercept in Mario Strikers: Battle League, you need to position yourself close to a character receiving a lob pass and press the A or B buttons. The key is that you need to be in control of the character close to the receiver. 

When you see your opponent passing, tap L or Zl to swap character to the one close to the receiver. Then press either A or B to intercept as the ball travels towards you. Your character will jump up or step in front of theirs, hitting the ball downfield. If you’ve done it correctly, you’ll see your total of intercepts on the stat screen at the end of the game. A will kick the ball further downfield or shoot, while B will pass the ball to anyone in position.

Here’s how it looks in practice:

Speedy defenders like Waluigi excel at this kind of maneuver. Pull it off in the opponent's half and you'll be able to pass to anyone ahead of you, potentially opening up an opportunity for an interception goal.

You’re likely to encounter several teams which like to lob pass a lot when playing online or against the computer, which makes it essential to learn how to intercept in Mario Strikers: Battle League. The button combo is simple enough, but it’s another thing you’ll need to remember to do on the fly during games, so it pays to practice early.

How to intercept in Mario Strikers: Battle League Football
 
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That’s all we can teach you about how to intercept in Mario Strikers: Battle League Football. The game does cover this in its tips and tricks, but it’s well worth checking you’re doing it right to make this a core part of your arsenal.

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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