It’s a rivalry as old as many gamers out there, and yet it still continues to this day. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is the next entry of the ongoing series that has Mario and his friends teaming up, and squaring off, with Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends in Tokyo for the Olympic games. Anyone who has played the previous versions of the series can expect a similar helping of sportsman-like competition and a fun times with a cast of colorful characters. Regardless if you’re a diehard Nintendo or SEGA fan, you’ll get the chance to partake in the various big events taking place at the 2020 Olympic games.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a console exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. Up to four players can play together locally in all of the events, with up to 8 players competing over Nintendo Switch online. Luckily no matter how you play, you’ll have a lot of options for controls, allowing you to use the joycons alone or any number of controllers that can connect to the Switch.
Each event will have you pressing buttons, outwitting opponents, and finding ways to go for the gold. There’s 20 characters to play as, which is split up between Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog heroes and villains. Depending on the event, each character has their perks suited to their individual strengths and weaknesses. But no matter who you choose to use, every character can participate in every event.
Speaking of which, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has a lot of different Olympic events to choose from. This time however, the events are split into two types, 3D events and 2D events. 3D events are similar to what you might know from the series, only now set in Tokyo, Japan for the 2020 games. This includes Skateboarding, the 100m Dash, Surfing, Karate, and so much more.
On the other hand, 2D events have you controlling 8-bit and 16-bit pixel art versions of characters in old-school styled competitions. The visuals change up in these events, offering a new look that retro gaming fans will be happy to see. These events also happen to pay homage to the Olympic games that took place in Tokyo, Japan back in 1964.
In addition to the multiplayer and quick play modes, there’s a new Story Mode that follows the events of Mario and Sonic competing in the Olympics together, but as usual trouble isn’t too far behind. Dr. Eggman and Bowser form an alliance to scheme up a new plot to take down Mario and Sonic. Instead of just focusing on one type of event, Story Mode includes both 2D and 3D competitions. While we won’t get into spoilers here, you can definitely expect a lot to happen to Mario, Sonic, and their friends. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is set to release for Nintendo Switch on November 5, 2019.
This preview is based on a digital review code of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for Nintendo Switch, provided by SEGA.