Hint #1 - Wind Hockey: Guard Your Goal Carefully
Obviously, the best way to not get scored on in an game of air hockey is to guard the goal when your opponent shoots the puck. Be carful, though, because (just like in real life) you can accidentally deflect the puck into your own goal. Watch the angles at which the puck is travelling and the angles with which you hit the puck. It'll take some practice, but you can eliminate most of the times you score points for your opponent.
Hint #2 - Wind Hockey: Take It To The Bank
Very rarely will a player with any level of skill let you take a straight shot into the goal. Learn to bank the shot off of one of the walls, and try to trick your opponent up with fake movements before shooting.
Hint #3 - Boulder Basho: Watch Your Blinkers
Blinking blocks will generally give you some kind of bonus or power-up. They're not the easiest thing in the world to hit (they're not on the outside), but they can be MUCH more valuable in defeating your opponent.
Hint #4 - Boulder Basho: Follow The Bouncing Boulder
Don't wait for the boulder to get near the bottom of the lower screen before moving your paddle in to intercept. Follow it and always stay under it no matter how high up on the board the boulder is. This will help prevent accidently dropping the boulder.
Hint #5 - Fire Bowling: Bouncey Bouncey
In real-world bowling, rolling a ball out of the lane (and into the gutter) usually means you get no pins, but you have a (very, very) slim chance of it bouncing back in (if it was bowled extremely hard and goes into - and out of - the gutter by the pins). In Fire Bowling, most of the lane just has a giant drop off on either side of the lane. There are a couple of spots, particulary by the pins, that can bounce the ball back in and across the lane (bowling balls don't really bounce in real life). Don't count on the bounce unless you've learned to use it right, but if you do learn to use it, it can be a big help.
Hint #6 - Fire Bowling: Aim, Aim, Aim
Aim is even more important in Xiaolin Showdown's Fire Bowling than it is in real life. Why? In Fire Bowling, the ball has a lot more movement than bowling balls have in real life. Missing by just a little in real life might make a pin or two's difference in the scoring of each frame. Missing by just a little in Fire Bowling could mean hitting or missing the pins entirely.
Hint #7 - Water Warriors: On The Rebound
In Water Warriors, remember that your character bounces. They'll bounce off walls. They'll bounce off of their opponent. They can even bounce off of the field and into the water. Bouncing into the water will also lose you a point. When you aim, be sure to take your bouncing into account when executing your movement.
Hint #8 - Water Warriors: Use The Power-Ups Wisely
The green power-up circles will increase your movement speed. The blue power-up circles will decrease your movement speed. Use these power-ups wisely. Moving with increased speed will extend your bouncing distance as well. At the same time, moving with decreased speeds will shorten your bouncing distance. Your best combination (if you get it) is to get the blue power-up while your opponent has the green power-up. You'll bounce them all over the place while you barely move!
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