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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020[2] (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. This is the first installment in the Mario & Sonic series to skip an Olympic Games, as Ubisoft bought the rights to make 2018 Winter Olympics video games. It is set to be released in November 2019 on the Nintendo Switch. An arcade version is also set to be released in 2020.[3][1]

Unlike in previous installments in the Mario & Sonic series, most characters wear sports clothing appropriate for the event that has been chosen.

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.[4] The Nintendo Switch version will feature compatibility with the system's Joy-Con controllers.[5]

Characters

Playable characters

Team Sonic

Team Mario

Supporting

Non-playable characters

Audience characters

Referees, judges, and camera operators

Others

Events

  • 100m Freestyle[6]
  • Archery[7]
  • 100m[3]
  • 110m Hurdles[6]
  • 4 x 100m Relay[7]
  • Javelin Throw[3]
  • Triple Jump[3]
  • Discus Throw[7]
  • Badminton[3]
  • Boxing[6]
  • Canoe Double (C-2) 1000m[6]
  • Equestrian - Jumping[6]
  • Fencing[6]
  • Gymnastics - Floor Exercise[6]
  • Football[6]
  • Karate - Kumite[6] (First appearance)
  • Rugby Sevens[6]
  • Skateboarding - Park[3] (First appearance)
  • Sport Climbing[6] (First appearance)
  • Surfing - Shortboard[6] (First appearance)
  • Table Tennis[7]
  • Dream Events
    • Dream Karate[7] (First appearance)
    • Dream Racing[7]
    • Dream Shooting[7]

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.[9] 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.[5][10] 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,[5][11] and is scheduled to be released for the Nintendo Switch in late 2019 and for arcade cabinets sometime in 2020.[5] A companion game for Android and iOS, Sonic at the Olympic Games, will also be released in 2020.[4][10]

Promotional

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The E3 2019 lanyard badge holder promoting the game.

The game was featured at E3 2019.[12] 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

  • Most characters receive new outfits, unlike previous installments in the Mario & Sonic series.
    • This is the first game in the series where male characters have unique outfits.
      • This is also the first game where Peach and Daisy do not wear their traditional sports outfits.
    • The shoes Mario wears are identical to the ones he wears in Mario Tennis Aces.
    • Yoshi, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Donkey Kong and Zavok are the only characters not to receive new outfits.
    • All Sonic series characters (aside from Dr. Eggman and Zavok), retain their footwear during the surfing and karate events unlike the Mario human characters. According to Takashi Iizuka, this is because “Sonic doesn’t take off his shoes (in canon)."[13]

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


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 This character will wear unique clothing between events.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Brian (29 March 2019). Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games announced for Switch. Nintendo Everything. Retrieved on 29 march 2019.
  2. Zwiezen, Zack (30 March 2019). SEGA Announces Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 For Switch & Arcades. Kotaku. Retrieved on 9 April 2019.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 Sega on Twitter. Twitter. Sega (30 March 2019). Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sega announces four Tokyo 2020 Olympics games. Gematsu (29 March 2019).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Sega Announces Mario & Sonic At The Tokyo 2020 Olympics For Nintendo Switch. Nintendo Life (29 March 2019).
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Gameplay Trailer (E3 Nintendo Direct). YouTube. GameXplain (11 June 2019). Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 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.
  8. GameXplain (17 June, 2019). Hurdles & Archery in Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - DIRECT FEED Gameplay. YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-06-04.
  9. Sega Making Video Games for 2020 Summer Olympics. GameSpot (27 October 2016).
  10. 10.0 10.1 Wong, Alistar (30 March 2019). Sega Celebrates Tokyo Olympics With Four Different Games, Including Sonic Smartphone Game. Siliconera.
  11. Sega Announces Pair Of 2020 Olympic Games. Nintendo World Report (29 March 2019).
  12. 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.
  13. 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

Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off video games
Sonic the Hedgehog handheld video games
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