Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is looking better and better each time we see it, and while it only had a relatively small cameo in the big September Nintendo Direct, the show did give us a good look at some of the games and modes you'll be able to enjoy.

As such, we thought we'd go over them - and pretty much everything else we know - for you here. Strap yourselves in!

3D Events

No Mario & Sonic game would be complete without the series' standard 3D events. Just like past games, these are the Olympic events you can expect to play with Mario and friends in their usual, HD, cartoony aesthetic.

  • 100m
  • 110m Hurdles
  • 4 x 100m Relay
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Boxing
  • Canoe Double (C-2) 1000m
  • Discus Throw
  • Equestrian - Jumping
  • Fencing
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Gymnastics - Floor Exercise
  • Javelin Throw
  • Karate - Kumite
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Skateboarding - Park
  • Sport Climbing
  • Surfing - Shortboard
  • Swimming - 100m Freestyle
  • Table Tennis
  • Triple Jump

2D Events

As we've covered previously, the game will also benefit from new, 2D events which hark back to the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. Your playable characters and your surroundings will see a retro transformation for these events.

  • 100m
  • 10m Platform (Diving)
  • 400m Hurdles
  • Gymnastics - Vault
  • Judo
  • Kayak Single (K-1) 1000m
  • Long Jump
  • Marathon
  • Shooting - Trap
  • Volleyball

Story Mode

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will also include a Story Mode. We've got an official description and a screenshot for you below; we like the sound of that Tokyo 64 games console.

Dr. Eggman and Bowser have formed a powerful alliance in their latest plot to defeat Mario and Sonic. Their plan? Unleashing Eggman's latest invention, the Tokyo '64 console that contains the power to pull users inside a 2D game themed around the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964.

Will they ever safely return from the game world of 1964, and if so, how?

Mario Sonic Story Mode

Minigames and More

You'll also find minigames and Olympic Games trivia waiting for you to discover. The full list of minigames hasn't been revealed just yet, but we do have another official blurb straight from Sega which tells us a little more.

Experience lots of fun minigames that use familiar Tokyo landmarks in unexpected ways, like climbing Tokyo Tower, finding the yellow Toad at Shibuya Scramble, and seeing if Sonic can out-race a bullet train. You'll also learn fun trivia (Did you know the new stadium roof is made of material collected from each prefecture of Japan?), unlock hidden characters, and explore the different venues of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and 1964!

Confirmed Characters

Characters

At the time of writing, the following have been confirmed as playable characters.

Team Mario

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Bowser
  • Wario
  • Waluigi
  • Yoshi
  • Donkey Kong
  • Bowser Jr.

Team Sonic

  • Sonic
  • Tails
  • Knuckles
  • Amy
  • Dr. Eggman
  • Shadow
  • Silver
  • Metal Sonic
  • Blaze
  • Vector

As a reminder, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is set to launch on 5th November in the Americas and slightly later on the 8th in Europe. For even more on the game, head here!