The above reveal trailer for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 dropped in the middle of Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct presentation. While it didn't tell us much that we didn't expect, it gives us a nice look at the characters and the events they'll be participating in when the official Tokyo Olympics tie-in launches this November.
The sports that we saw include track, football (or soccer, if you prefer), surfing, skateboarding, martial arts, hurdles, climbing, boxing, equestrian, jalevin, swimming, football (American), fencing, kayaking, badminton,and gymnastics. You can compete locally with three other friends or take the competition online against seven others.
All-in-all, some interesting events, although the most eye-catching thing of all was arguably the photo finish below:
As you can see, the photo finish cuts to a shot showing retro 8/16-bit versions of the characters from their original games. How much this is part of the game is a mystery at the moment, but it certainly caught our attention for the split second it was on screen. We'd love if this turned out to be its own retro mode.
Overall, the game looks like a pretty fun blast of sportsmanlike competition with some of gaming's best-loved characters. You've got to feel for Sonic, though. Not only does he get second billing, but can you imagine the humiliation for someone as achingly 'cool' as him when he's beaten on the track not only by arch nemesis Dr. Robotnik, but also a portly Italian gentleman? He's the fastest thing alive! Why's he even there? And come to think of it, why's he using a kart in Team Sonic Racing? They haven't thought this through, have they...
Have you played the previous Mario and Sonic games? Do you like the look of this one. Let us know below.
Princess Preach looks awesome in a karate outfite.
Not buying it myself. Burnt on these before. Mario & Sonic Olympic games always looks fun until I play myself.... For me these are more the type its fun to watch other play, but I don't like to play myself.
@tobibra The only good thing about the Mario & Sonic Olympic games is seeing Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina in there leotard outfits.
This is actually looking really cool. I may get it.
Looks like they took Rio and added to it. I'm good with that. Rio had a good soccer, rugby game in it.
I enjoyed the London 2012 game, probably because of the hype around the Olympics, that was great.
I do find these kind of games to always contain a few events that have difficult controls, but I keep plodding on. Rio 2016 was an improvement. With the Olympics in Tokyo, I am looking forward to seeing what Nintendo dishes up. The card app was great. I miss some of the features of the 3DS. I guess Nintendo wasn't interested in developing something like StreetPass for mobile that could link to the Switch. The games might have made Miitomo more appealing.
Anyway, bring it on. Can't wait for the 2020 Olympics.
I have all the previous M&S Olympics games, and this looks great. Pleasedontbemediocre.
@LaytonPuzzle27 Ah, I see you're a player of culture as well~
The retro screenshot has a date of 1964, which was the last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics. It'd be pretty sweet if they recreate a bunch of events with sprite graphics.
Luigi looks kinda chunky in that first pic. I know he’s not meant to be Waluigi-skinny, but those look more like Wario arms and legs... I am instantly convinced the game will be garbage.
im getting this as long as im not restricted to using the joy cons
Well closest thing to mario strikers. I’m in.
Rio was fun although abit unpolished. This does seem improved....
With the Olympics being in Tokyo next year, I wonder if Sega will put a bit more effort into this entry.
Pending decent reviews , I’d give this a crack.
I am definitely buying this.
I can't wait. Finally some more variety of sports.
@LaytonPuzzle27 Good point about the outfits.
Yoshi on a skateboard!
Have never bothered with this before but must say I'm really impressed with the trailer. Will wait and see how well this is received though as it's not really my cup of tea.
I will think about it if they put baseball in it.
The kart thing has been answered already. It’s so Sonic doesn’t have an advantage over everyone. Are people really iffy about Sonic driving?
@RushDawg Wow, good catch. I didn't even notice that.
Very good trailer. Not played one of these since, probably the first one actually, but what was shown in the Direct got me very interested.
Did they do Karate from trailer ?
Another game to get
Not a sports game fan and I imagine the novelty would wear off pretty quick for me. But watching the trailer was still surreal. Even after years of Mario and Sonic crossovers, it is still something amazing for me to see.
@1UP_MARIO Your icon is terrifying!
@RushDawg Good catch, I totally missed the 1964 thing.
Can't wait for this. But just to be annoying guy, that's Rugby (sevens) not American Football.
That would be neat if the retro thing was its own mode.
And hey, more modern Sonic characters getting official 16 bit style sprites? Count me in.
"And come to think of it, why's he using a kart in Team Sonic Racing?"
What is this with the same silly question almost every entry in the subfranchise? Sports imply parity of titular competition tools. If it's a kart race, you show up with a kart, not with a pair of shoes. As for losing to Mario and Robotnik with a pair of shoes... do we expect Usain Bolt to win every single race in his career, too? There are multiple variables besides the "supposedly fastest thing alive" title. From stamina and emotional state to crossover wake-up calls that bring a certain space raccoon's remark to mind.
@Dev893 WAIT THERES NO DREAM EVENTS!?
I loved the Dream Events in the first game for Wii...
@nhSnork finally someone with sense
@Angelic_Lapras_King That Retro thing looks awesome
I also love the idea of Dr. Robotnik using Karate to fight Sonic!
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