The gameplay of Mario Strikers Charged is similar to that of the original game, with characters fighting for possession of a metallic ball played on several pitches. As well as differing aesthetically, most pitches feature physical elements that affect play; players must use precision and accurate timing to overcome them. The most powerful shot possible is the "Mega Strike", which only the captain can perform and accounts for a varying number of points ranging from three to six. In addition, sidekicks are able to perform a special shotâ€”known as a "Skillshot"â€”that occurs if sufficiently charged and results in the character releasing a shot that is either able to paralyse or bypass the goalkeeper. Defensively, characters not in possession can hit others with or without the ball, although doing so to others without it will give the opposing team an item.The power-up system returns from other Mario sports titles. The player can use these itemsâ€”red shells, bananas, etc.