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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020[3] (マリオ&ソニック AT 東京オリンピック Mario ando Sonikku atto Tōkyō Orinpikku?, lit. "Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics") is the sixth installment in the Mario & Sonic series. It is a crossover sports and party game based on the real-world Summer Olympics in 2020, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan. It is set to be released on 1 November 2019 in Japan, 5 November 2019 in North America and on 8 November 2019 in Europe and Australia on the Nintendo Switch.[1][2] An arcade version[4] is also set to be released in 2020.[5][6]

Unlike in previous installments in the Mario & Sonic series, most characters wear sports clothing appropriate for the event that has been chosen. In addition to this, the game's title places the location and year after "Olympic Games" rather than before.

Gameplay

Like the previous entries in the Mario & Sonic series, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is designed to be a sports game whose cast consists of a crossover of characters from Nintendo's Super Mario franchise and Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series.[7] By taking control of one of these characters, the player participates in various events based on sports games from the Olympic Games. The game includes a number of events, including returning ones from previous Mario & Sonic titles, such as boxing, soccer, swimming, and gymnastics, and new ones, such as karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing.[8] The game will also feature a mode with 2D Events where players can compete in classic 2D versions of events from the 1964 Summer Olympics. Based off older sports games, these events are played using button controls only and will only feature eight playable characters.[9] These 2D Events' animations reflect the 8-bit (Mario) and 16-bit (Sonic) game art style. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will also feature a story mode.[1]

Not counting the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is the first installment in the Mario & Sonic series that feature no unique character stats. However, each character has specific advantages that correlate to their character type (All-Around, Power, Speed, Skill) from the first four games. One will notice though that All-Around characters are listed as "All-Around" in all events. The event-specific advantages are as follows:

Event(s) Power Speed Technique
110m Hurdles Good at Super Moves Runs Fast Super Starts are Fast
Skateboarding Jumps are High Fast at Moving Turns are Tight
Karate - Kumite Good at Charging Fast at Moving Good at Defense
Surfing Boost Time is Long Good Acceleration on Landing Good at tube riding
Archery Controls with Precision Good at Bow Drawing Good at Aiming
Sport Climbing Long Grip Gauge Good at Power Climbs Fast Grip Gauge Recovery

The game will feature compatibility with the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers.[8][10] The game will also feature split-screen local multiplayer and online play.[8]

Characters

Playable characters

Team Sonic

Image Character Type Bio
Sonic Tokyo Sonic

[5][note 1][note 2]

Speed The world's fastest hedgehog. He can be impulsive and impatient, but he is driven by kindness and a strong sense of justice.

[11]

Tails Tokyo Tails

[5][note 1][note 2]

Technique A kind, twin-tailed fox kit. He can spin his tails to fly through the air, and his engineering talent helps Sonic on his adventures.

[11]

Knuckles Tokyo Knuckles

[5][note 1][note 2]

Power A powerful echidna who lives on Angel Island as the lone guardian of the Master Emerald.

[11]

Amy Tokyo Amy

[12][note 1]

All-Around A hedgehog who is a real go-getter and lights up the room when she's around. She's quite strong-minded, and won't hesitate at taking on evil with her trusty hammer.

[11]

Robotnik Tokyo Dr. Eggman

[5][note 1][note 2]

Technique A self-proclaimed evil scientist and mechanical genius with an IQ of 300. He never gives up on his plans to take over the world.

[11]

Shadow Tokyo Shadow

[12][note 1]

Speed A black hedgehog known as the ultimate life form. Created with an immortal body, he wields Chaos Emeralds to warp space and time.

[11]

Silver Tokyo Silver

[5][note 1]

Technique A hedgehog from a devastated future. He is always positive and has a strong sense of justice. His powerful psychokinesis can move big objects as well as allow him to levitate.

[11]

Metal Sonic Tokyo Metal Sonic

[13]

Speed A high-performance robot built by Dr. Eggman to mimic Sonic. He has Sonic's speed and power, and serves as Eggman's obedient henchman.

[11]

Blaze Tokyo Blaze

[13][note 1]

All-Around A princess from another world who uses the Sol Emeralds she protects. Cool-headed and hard on herself, she's still a little shy.

[11]

Vector Tokyo Vector

[5][note 1]

Power The head of the Chaotix Detective Agency. He has a sharp mind and a sharp tongue, but is also an optimist with a compassionate heart.

[11]

Guests
Image Character Playable events Type Bio
Dr. Eggman Nega

[14][note 1]

Karate - Kumite
Rouge the Bat

[14][note 1]

Sport Climbing
Zavok

[12]

Boxing
Supporting
  • Egg Pawns (Rugby Sevens teammates and Football goalie)[12]
  • Eggrobos (Dr. Eggman's Volleyball teammates)
  • Pockies (Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles' Volleyball teammates)

Team Mario

Image Character Type Bio
Mario Tokyo Mario

[5][note 1][note 2]

All-Around A cheerful plumber and everyone's favorite superstar. He stands up to Bowser with his jumping skills and all-around athletic ability.

[11]

Luigi Tokyo Luigi

[5][note 1][note 2]

All-Around Mario's younger twin brother. He's a little timid (especially around ghosts), but is kind and just as capable as his brother.

[11]

Peach Tokyo Peach

[5][note 1][note 2]

Technique Princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. She has a close bond with Mario and is unfailingly kind. She loves baking and cooking.

[11]

Daisy Tokyo Daisy

[5][note 1]

Speed The Princess of Sarasaland. She is cheerful, active, and always full of energy.

[11]

Bowser Tokyo Bowser

[5][note 2]

Power The Koopa King's strength, fire breath, and large army of Goombas, Koopa Troopas, and more make him a constant threat to world peace.

[11]

Wario Tokyo Wario

[5][note 1]

Power Never a dull moment with Wario, a loud, brash fellow who says he's Mario's greatest rival. He loves garlic and money.

[11]

Waluigi Tokyo Waluigi

[5][note 1]

Technique Wario's pal who thinks he's Luigi's rival. His gangly arms and legs make him a fierce competitor in all manner of sports.

[11]

Yoshi Tokyo Yoshi

[5]

Speed Mario's kind, chill ally from Yoshi's Island. His long tongue lets him gobble up fruit and foe alike and turn them into eggs.

[11]

Donkey Kong Tokyo Donkey Kong

[12]

Power King of the jungle and superstar of the Kong Family. He's so strong, it isn't funny. He'd do anything for a banana or ten.

[11]

BowserJr.MSROG Bowser Jr.

[12]

All-Around The Koopa King's little boy. He might be small, but he's got all of Papa's strength and selfishness. Wears a mask with a big mouth on it.

[11]

Guests
Image Character Playable events Type Bio
Rosalina

[14][note 1]

Surfing - Shortboard
Supporting

Non-playable characters

Audience characters

Referees, judges, and camera operators

Image Character
Cheese Tokyo Chao (2020 events only)
Charmy (2020 events only)

[12]

Cream Tokyo Cream (2020 events only)

[12]

Cubot (2020 events only)

[5]

Lakitu

[12]

Orbot (2020 events only)

[5]

Toad Tokyo Toads
Rocky (1964 events only)

Others

Unconfirmed

Events

2020 Events

  • 100m Dash[5]
  • 100m Freestyle[12]
  • 110m Hurdles[12]
  • 4 x 100m Relay[13]
  • Archery[13] (Individual or Team)
  • Badminton - Doubles[5]
  • Boxing[12]
  • Canoeing[12]
  • Discus Throw[13]
  • Equestrian[12]
  • Fencing[12]
  • Floor Gymnastics[12]
  • Gymnastics - Floor Exercise[12]
  • Football[12]
  • Javelin Throw[5]
  • Karate - Kumite[12] (First appearance)
  • Rugby Sevens[12]
  • Skateboarding - Park[5] (First appearance)
  • Sport Climbing[12] (First appearance)
  • Surfing - Shortboard[12] (First appearance)
  • Table Tennis[13]
  • Triple Jump[5]
  • Dream Events
    • Dream Karate[13] (First appearance)
    • Dream Racing[13]
    • Dream Shooting[13]

1964 Events

Objects

Items

Gimmicks and obstacles

Development

History

In October 2016, it was announced by Sega that it had secured the licensing rights from the International Olympic Committee to publish video games based on the 2020 Summer Olympics. Their plans were for these games to be released on various devices.[17] On 29 March 2019, at the Sega Fes stage show in Japan, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was announced alongside Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Video Game.[10][18] This game is going to be the first entry in the Mario & Sonic series since the Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games edition, which was released for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2016,[10][19] and is scheduled to be released for the Nintendo Switch in late 2019, and an arcade version sometime in 2020.[10] A companion game for Android and iOS, Sonic at the Olympic Games, will also be released in 2020.[7][18]

Promotional

E32019 NintendoLanyardBadgeHolder

The E3 2019 lanyard badge holder promoting the game.

The game was featured at E3 2019.[20] The official Nintendo lanyard that guests of the event received featured new artwork of Mario and Sonic in promotion of the game. A new trailer premiered, and a demo of the game was playable at Sega's booth.

Trivia

Videos

Announcing the Official Video Games of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Announcing the Official Video Games of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Reveal Trailer

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Reveal Trailer

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Classic 2D Events Reveal Trailer

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Classic 2D Events Reveal Trailer

『マリオ&ソニック AT 東京2020オリンピック』プロモーションビデオ

『マリオ&ソニック AT 東京2020オリンピック』プロモーションビデオ


Notes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 This character will wear unique clothing between events.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 This character is playable in both the 1964 and 2020 events.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sega on Twitter (Japanese). Twitter. Sega (21 August 2019). Retrieved on 21 August 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sega on Twitter. Twitter. Sega (20 August 2019). Retrieved on 20 August 2019.
  3. Zwiezen, Zack (30 March 2019). SEGA Announces Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 For Switch & Arcades. Kotaku. Retrieved on 9 April 2019.
  4. Official Olympic Video Games site (Traditional Chinese). Sega. Archived from the original on 1 August 2019.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 Sega on Twitter. Twitter. Sega (30 March 2019). Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  6. Brian (29 March 2019). Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games announced for Switch. Nintendo Everything. Retrieved on 29 march 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega announces four Tokyo 2020 Olympics games. Gematsu (29 March 2019).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Sarkar, Samit (11 June 2019). See Yoshi and Knuckles skateboarding in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Polygon.
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 Mario and Sonic Tokyo. Events. Sega. Archived from the original on 20 August 2019. Retrieved on 20 August 209.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Sega Announces Mario & Sonic At The Tokyo 2020 Olympics For Nintendo Switch. Nintendo Life (29 March 2019).
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 Mario and Sonic Tokyo. Main page. Sega. Retrieved on 21 August 209.
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 12.19 12.20 12.21 12.22 12.23 12.24 12.25 Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Gameplay Trailer (E3 Nintendo Direct). YouTube. GameXplain (11 June 2019). Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Over Ten Minutes of Gameplay. YouTube. Nintendo World Report TV (11 June 2019). Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Takayuki Midori (5 September, 2019). Switch「マリオ&ソニック AT 東京2020オリンピック」新たな種目を紹介するゲーム情報第2弾を公開 (Japanese). GAME Watch. Archived from the original on 5 September, 2019. Retrieved on 5 September, 2019.
  15. GameXplain (17 June 2019). Hurdles & Archery in Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - DIRECT FEED Gameplay. YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-06-04.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 マリオ&ソニック AT 東京2020オリンピック™. Tokyo Game Show. Tokyo Game Show. Retrieved on 31 August 209.
  17. Sega Making Video Games for 2020 Summer Olympics. GameSpot (27 October 2016).
  18. 18.0 18.1 Wong, Alistar (30 March 2019). Sega Celebrates Tokyo Olympics With Four Different Games, Including Sonic Smartphone Game. Siliconera.
  19. Sega Announces Pair Of 2020 Olympic Games. Nintendo World Report (29 March 2019).
  20. Craddock, Ryan (7 June 2019). Sega will feature Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020, Mega Drive Mini and more at E3. Nintendo Life. Retrieved on 7 June 2019.
  21. Sarkar, Samit (11 June 2019). If Mario can surf barefoot, why can’t Sonic?. Polygon. Archived from the original on 12 June 2019. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.

External links

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