Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (マリオ&ソニック AT リオオリンピック Mario & Sonikku AT Rio Orinpikku?, lit. "Mario & Sonic at the Rio Olympics") is the fifth installment of the Mario & Sonic series for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The game was first announced on the Japanese Nintendo Direct on 31 May 2015.
Unlike previous games, this game was officially licensed by the International Olympic Committee for the 31st Summer Olympic Games and taking place in the host city Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Both versions of the game were released in 2016. An arcade edition of the game was announced by Sega on 16 July 2015 which was released in Japan in 2016.
- 1 Development
- 2 Characters
- 2.1 Wii U version
- 2.2 3DS version
- 2.3 Rivals
- 2.4 Additional characters
- 2.5 Arcade version
- 3 Sports
- 4 Cast
- 5 Reception
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Videos
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The game was officially revealed during Nintendo Direct, 31 May 2015, showcasing two new game modes, Golf and Rugby along with twenty new characters, ten from the Mario series, ten from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The game supports Amiibo functionality.
Wii U version
|Sonic||A blue hedgehog with a penchant for high speed, Sonic is a free spirit with a love for adventure. He despises anything that is unfair and will get into trouble to help anyone in need. For Sonic, saving the world is just another thrilling episode in his life. He's currently hoping to turn his innate speed into some quick gold.|
|Tails||Sonic's best friend and trusty sidekick, Tails can use his two tails to fly, allowing him to lend Sonic a helping hand with hard-to-reach places. Tails is also somewhat of a technical genius, applying his mechanical expertise to invent all sorts of vehicles and other robotic contraptions. Undaunted by Sonic's speed, he's determined to use his wits to propel himself to a gold medal.|
|Amy||An over-enthusiastic, but good-natured hedgehog girl with a preference for cute things, sweets, and shopping. Amy's constantly trying to close the gap between her and Sonic, but the Blue Blur is one tough guy to catch. She hopes to spend the Olympic Games enjoying the sights of Rio, and is looking to bring home a gold medal as a souvenir.|
|Knuckles||A red echidna that boasts some serious muscle, Knuckles is what one might call "best frenemies" with Sonic. He's a capable treasure hunter, but his straightforward and trusting nature gets him mixed up with less-scrupulous characters on occasion. He's eager to test his formidable agility and prodigious strength to the fullest in the Olympic Games.|
|Blaze||A noble princess from another dimension who is also guardian of the Sol Emeralds. Blaze has a kind heart, and always stands up for those who can't stand up for themselves. In addition to being athletic, she also has the power to control flames. After a bit of time away, she's once more crossed over from her dimension in order to rekindle old friendships and test her skills in the Olympic Games.|
|Shadow||A black-and-red hedgehog who bears a striking resemblance to Sonic. While Shadow may seem like Sonic's rival, he personally hates for the two of them to be seen together. A stoic perfectionist, Shadow has a great deal of pride in his own exceptional abilities. He hopes the Olympic Games will provide him the ultimate competition - one he has no intention of losing.|
|Silver||This silver hedgehog from the future has a complicated past with Sonic, but has been known to go on world-saving adventures with him. Silver can use his telekinetic powers to move objects or even levitate himself. He has a rather straightforward mindset, loves world peace and blue skies. The true and fair spirit of competition cultivated by the Olympic Games is what drew Silver back from the future.|
|Dr. Eggman||This evil scientific genius needs no introduction. Dr. Eggman is constantly plotting to fulfill his hopes and ambitions of conquering the world and rebuilding it into his ideal "Eggmanland", but Sonic always manages to stop him. His current madcap scheme is to sweep the medal race, then hijack the competition and turn the Olympic Games into his own Eggman-sponsored affair.|
|Metal Sonic||This high-performance combat robot was built by Dr. Eggman for the sole purpose of defeating Sonic the Hedgehog. Metal Sonic's metallic frame resembles Sonic, as does his speed, power, and endurance. Like Sonic, Metal Sonic plans to put his exceptional speed to the test at the Olympic Games.|
|Vector||This crafty croc leads the Chaotix Detective Agency. Vector may speak in a rough tone and he may not sweat the details, but uses his powers of deduction to solve any case with dignity and respect. Vector is a true leader with dreams of becoming rich, but is perpetually broke since he often takes jobs that help people but don't pay. There's a strong possibility he'll be competing in the Olympic Games on an empty stomach.|
||This straight-laced detective is the voice of reason in the Chaotix Detective Agency, but his reserved demeanor hides a burning sense of justice and a refusal to let evil have its way. Trained as a ninja, this chameleon is a master of throwing kunai, and can vanish using his Leaf Swirl technique. For Espio, these Olympic Games are merely a step along the path to perfecting his art.|
||Jet is the leader of the Babylon Rogues, and Sonic's rival when it comes to "Extreme Gear" racing. His mastery of the board is so impressive, he's earned himself the name of "Legendary Wind Master". When he's not seeking treasure, he's looking for new speed challenges. The pace and technical skill required in ball sports caught his eye, and he intends to add a few Olympic medals to his collection.|
||A member of the Babylon Rogues, Wave serves as the team's mechanic as well as strategist. She can't abide anyone she considers less intelligent than herself - which in her mind is pretty much everyone else. Nevertheless, she still admires Jet and serves as his faithful follower. She seems especially fond of Olympic events that involve riding on things.|
||A sultry bat with an air of mystery who specializes in jewels, Rouge is a brave and seasoned spy who boasts excellent footwork in a fight. Although a treasure hunter by nature, her love for gems can sometimes cause her thieving tendencies to take over. Perhaps she entered the competition in order to get her hands on a shiny and sate her lust for glitter.|
||A free-spirited badger who lives on the outskirts of the jungle. Sticks is a bit wild due to her woodland upbringing, but she's a talented hunter who can take down any prey with her trusty boomerang. She's also obsessed with things that glitter, and so has come to Rio after hearing she might be able to win a shiny medal.|
||Zavok is the strongest of the sinister Zeti and the leader of the Deadly Six. As the last disciple of Master Zik, he's a certified force to be reckoned with. Along with his formidable physical prowess, a calm demeanor and penchant for quick-thinking makes him well-suited to leadership. His greatest joy is in improving his skills, which makes the straight-forward competitive nature of the Olympic Games quite appealing.|
||The wild and crazy member of Dr. Eggman's Deadly Six, Zazz is every bit the metalhead he looks like and and his unruly and unpredictable personality makes him destructive even by Deadly Six standards. He hates boredom above all else, and will fly into a rage when held back from a fight. His competitive style is a bit more chaotic than is usually seen in the Olympic Games.|
|Mario||This cheerful hero is known for his red cap and mustache. He's incredibly athletic, and excels at nearly any sport he tries. He and his brother Luigi are currently competing to see who can win the most Olympic medals.|
|Luigi||This green-capped Mario brother is easily scared, but a kind person at heart. Although he often finds himself overshadowed by his older brother, he's actually quite skillful himself. He's come to Rio with the goal of winning more Olympic medals than Mario, who always seems to hog all the attention.|
|Peach||The princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. She's come to the Olympic Games with a bevy of Toads by her side, and is driven to put on a brilliant performance in the name of all the Toads back home who couldn't attend.|
|Yoshi||This voracious friend of the Mario brothers hails from Yoshi's Island. He uses his long tongue to eat just about anything, but is especially fond of melons and other fruits. He's attending these Olympic Games with a host of colorful friends at his side.|
|Daisy||The peppy princess from Sarasaland is having a blast at the Olympic Games! In her downtime, she plans to chow down at fine restaurants and maybe get a little shopping in with Peach.|
|Wario||Money, money, money! This scoundrel has taken on all sorts of jobs in his pursuit for cash, including treasure hunter, adventurer, and even president of a game company. His latest scheme involved dominating the Olympic Games with the power of garlic, thus allowing him to hog all the valuable gold medals for himself.|
|Waluigi||This oddball sports a hat with an upside-down L on the front. Although his distinctively scrawny physique leaves him without much power, he makes up for it with flexibility and athleticism. Despite his seemingly lackadaisical attitude, he actually trains quite hard behind the scenes.|
|Bowser||The vicious and egoistical King of the Koopas! He's come to these Olympic Games with a host of seasoned minions in tow, and ordered them to win gold on penalty of fire breath - even though he plans to keep all of them for himself. It's just what any good villain would do.|
|Bowser Jr.||Bowser's prankster of a son. Since Dad spoiled him rotten, he now expects to get his way. Despite his selfishness, he still holds Father in high regard, and wants nothing more than to impress him.|
|Donkey Kong||Although this mild-mannered king of the jungle isn't the brightest banana in the bunch, he boasts exceptional strength with which he hopes to dominate the Olympic Games. Since DK and his friends normally live in the jungle, these Olympic Games are perfect for his training regimen.|
||One of the many Mushroom Kingdoom Toads who serve Peach. Many of his fellow Toads are involved with running the Olympic Games, while others are participating in the actual events.|
||A mysterious woman who travels aboard the Comet Observatory starship. She's taller than Peach and Daisy, and has an air of mystique about her. Having seen past Olympic Games from her observatory, she's finally decided to come enjoy the fun in person.|
||Bowser's skeletal form. This bony transformation grants him the agility of lightweight competitors while maintaining his heavyweight power. Only those who've boned up on their skill set can hope to pull off such a humerus technique.|
||One of Bowser's seven Koopaling henchmen. His unique ruffled mohawk and blue head star give him a flashy appearance. In the Olympic Games, he performs acrobatic movements on horseback to thrill the crowd!|
||This lone girl among the seven Koopalings has a bullish attitude and always seems angry. She's also very style-conscious - wearing a necklace, bracelets and high heels. Because of her personality, her only focus now is on winning the Olympic Games.|
||This mysterious creature carries a large sack over its shoulder, and also conducts research about Mario from a base on Secret Island. He's surprisingly fast despite the hefty sack, and hopes to use that speed to full effect in the Olympic Games.|
||Although this simian lacks the brute strength of his buddy Donkey Kong, he makes up for it with keen agility and technique. This skill set makes him particularly well-suited for dodging tackles in rugby sevens.|
|Available in all events.||100m Freestyle
|Long Jump||Beach Volleyball||Javelin Throw||Long Jump||Archery|
|Starter||Starter||Starter||Mario's Story Day 4||Sonic's Story Day 3|
|Sonic's Story Day 7||Mario's Story Day 5||Sonic's Story Day 2||Sonic's Story Day 6||Mario's Story Day 7|
|Available in all events||Table Tennis
|Donkey Kong||Bowser||Bowser Jr.||Wario||Waluigi|
|Birdo||Ludwig||Dry Bones||Diddy Kong*||Dry Bowser*|
|Archery||Table Tennis||BMX||110m Hurdles||Javelin Throw|
|Starter||Starter||Starter||Mario's Story Day 1||Sonic's Story Day 5|
|Rhythmic Hoop||100m Dash||100m Freestyle||Equestrian||Beach Volleyball|
|Mario's Story Day 3||Sonic's Story Day 1||Mario's Story Day 6||Sonic's Story Day 4||Mario's Story Day 2|
Characters marked with a * need to be unlocked in the Road to Rio mode.
|Mii||Available in all events.|
These rivals can be challenged when getting maximum rankings (each event lists three actions and how many stars the player gets from it. Three stars are received from each action player in maximum) from three events in Arcade edition. Each play time one of the four rivals is listed as "Way hard". The score in the bonus event does not affect the total score. All rivals are Special types.
|Referees, camera operators and judges||Road to Rio characters||Audience characters||In event characters|
- Vinicius (cameo)
Each character has two events where they are good at. Each character type also has certain advantage in some events.
It has been confirmed that there will be a total of 14 events and 3 Duel events. Returning characters will be playable in all events, but new characters are exclusive to one event each. 3 events have another form called Duel Events, which contains elements from the Mario and Sonic series.
- Duel Football
- Rugby Sevens
- Duel Rugby Sevens
- Beach Volleyball
- Duel Beach Volleyball
- Triple Jump
- 100m Freestyle
- Rhythmic Gymnastics
- 4x100m Relay
- Javelin Throw
- Table Tennis
Much like the previous installment, the characters are assigned to certain events. The difference is that returning characters are playable in two events each while newcomers are playable in only one each. However, Mario, Sonic, and Miis are available in all events. Each event also has a second mode that contains elements from both Mario and Sonic's worlds, which are referred to as "Plus Events".
- Football (Soccer) (Shadow, Yoshi, Jet*, Daisy)
- Golf* (Vector, Peach, Rouge*, Bowser)
- 100m Sprint (Shadow, Yoshi, Metal, Nabbit*)
- 110m Hurdles (Silver, Luigi, Eggman, Diddy*)
- Long Jump (Espio, Waluigi, Eggman Nega*, Bowser Jr.)
- Javelin Throw (Knuckles, Wario, Omega, Dry Bowser*)
- 100m Freestyle (Tails, Peach, Amy, Wendy*)
- Archery (Silver, Wario, Sticks*, Birdo)
- Boxing (Knuckles, DK, Zavok*, Bowser)
- Table Tennis (Vector, Luigi, Zazz*, Ludwig)
- Beach Volleyball (Tails, DK, Cream, Roy*)
- Show Jumping (Blaze, Bowser Jr., Eggman, Larry*)
- BMX (Metal, Waluigi, Wave*, Dry Bones)
- Rhythmic Hoop* (Amy, Daisy, Blaze, Rosalina*)
- Farandole - Georges Bizet, L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1
- Super Mario Bros. Main Theme (Remix) – Super Mario Bros.
- Wonder World (Arrangement) – Sonic Lost World
* by stage= indicates that they are new events to the Mario & Sonic series
* by character= indicates that the character must be unlocked in Road to Rio.
Road to Rio
These events are exclusive to the 3DS Story Mode.
- 4 x 100m Relay
- 3000m Steeplechase
- Triple Jump
- Hammer Throw
- Shot Put
- Pole Vault
- 100m Breaststroke
- 100m Backstroke
- Platform Diving (Synchronized)
- Water Polo
- Synchronized Swimming (Duet)
- Synchronized Swimming (Team)
- 1000m Kayak (Singles)
- 10 km Marathon Swim
- Canoe Slalom (Pair)
- Sailing - 470 (Pair)
- Rowing - Quadruple Sculls
- Badminton (Singles)
- Badminton (Doubles)
- Fencing - Epée
- Double Trap
- 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
- 110m Hurdles
- 4 X 100M Relay (Special event, Multiplayer only)
- Long Jump
- Hammer Throw
- Javelin Throw (Balance types can do better at a running start). In easy mode, the angle slowly increases while in hard mode, the angle increases fast.
- 100m Freestyle
- Archery (Speed types have faster aiming time, Power types shoot straight, Balance types' cursors move faster): In easy mode, there is no wind while in hard mode, the wind changes
- Trampoline (Eggman is easy to get a higher jump with, Metal Sonic jumps higher with precise jumps)
- Rhythmic Gymnastics (Amy has easier timing, Blaze and Sonic get more points from spin moves) In easy mode, easier moves are performed. In hard mode, more complicated move patterns are performed.
In their first review for the 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Famitsu gave the game 33 out of 40. Following the handheld version release, Metacritic gave the game 60 out of 100 based on thirty critics scoring 3 of 5 stars. Hobby Consolas, praised the contents of the game and the plenty of characters but criticized the limitation of playable characters for each event. Gameblog expressed disappointment of the gameplay being simplistic for hardcore sports fans and the music being repetitive as well. Other reviewers have pointed out that the game is built upon the previous installments and it was basically tended toward younger audiences than offering different styles, hoping that the Wii U version will be more interesting.
The Wii U version received a slightly higher score of 65 out of 100 in Metacritic. Impulsegamer praised the valuable points that were carried from the previous installments, graphics and audio, but criticized the controls. Forbes however, did not see it as a title that can take the place of the previous Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, though still enjoyable for friends and family. Other reviewers such as Digitally downloaded and Atomix while praised the how the game's overall sports are presented, criticized the lack of depth in gameplay and the new olympic festival. The rest of reviewers had the same dominant atmosphere that lies to the lack of challenges and depth of its large contents, with the absence of motion controls in some events. Some also felt it was repetitive and betrayed the Mario & Sonic fans. During the first week of the Nintendo 3DS version release, the game has sold 44,000 copies in Japan, and was one of the best Nintendo sellers in UK on the ninth of July 2016. The Wii U version of the game did the same in UK as well.
- This is the first game in the Mario & Sonic series to have new characters since Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.
- This is also the first game to have new female characters.
- This is the first game in the series to feature different character rosters between each version.
- Before being playable in this game, Rouge the Bat, Jet the Hawk, E-123 Omega, Dr. Eggman Nega, Birdo, Dry Bones, and Dry Bowser appeared in the previous installments (except for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games) as rival characters while Toad, Cream and Espio appeared as referees.
- However, Toad is still a referee in the 3DS version and Espio still referees some Road to Rio events.
- Interestingly, Toad, Birdo, Jet, Rouge, Espio, and Cream were supposed to appear as playable characters in the first installment but were cut for unknown reasons.
- The Wii U version of the game is the first console version of an Olympic Games title to be released on the year of the Olympics.
- The 3DS version of the game is the first handheld version of an Olympic Games title to be released before the console version.
- There is an arcade version of the game for Dave & Buster's.
- The Japanese version of the arcade game uses Aime cards to record progresses in the game.
- This is the first game where Wave the Swallow is playable outside of the Sonic Riders series.
- Also, this is the first time that Jet and Wave appear without Storm the Albatross.
- This is the first time that Vector the Crocodile and Espio the Chameleon are playable and Charmy Bee isn't.
- This is the first game where Dr. Eggman Nega, as well as members of the Deadly Six are playable, as opposed to being only being boss characters in previous games.
- The same also applies to both Boom Boom and Pom Pom for the Mario series, both of whom are only side characters.
- This is the first modern Sonic game where Sticks the Badger appears outside of the Sonic Boom series.
- However, this is her second appearance outside of the series after Sonic Runners.
- Some events from the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games reappear in this game in Story mode.
- This is the first game since 2007 that Rouge the Bat has appeared on the boxart of a game, after Sonic Rivals 2.
- This is the first game in the Mario & Sonic series, as well as outside of the Sonic Boom series that Colleen O'Shaughnessey voices Tails.
- This is also the first game where Matthew Mercer voices Espio.
- In Japan, this seems to be the last game where Chikao Otsuka voices Eggman Nega due to his death in early 2015; they used recycled clips from the previous Mario & Sonic games.
- This is the final game to feature Laura Bailey as the voice of Blaze.
- This is the first game in the series where Sonic has dialog as opposed to being mute like Mario.
- This is also the first game where Sonic says Mario's name in a dialog.
- In Japan, this game was released on the 25th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, as it was released on the same day the original Sonic the Hedgehog was released.
- In the Arcade Edition's title screen, there are four characters running: Mario, Sonic, Tails and Luigi. They can be moved to the other side of the screen by running. They also jump when player jumps.
- This was the final Sonic-related game released on the Wii U.
- Most of the English, French, Italian, German and Spanish voice actors wasn't credited for some reason.
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