Editor’s Note: this article is entirely based on a preview. A full review of this game will be posted when the embargo is lifted on November 5th.
I was one of the lucky few to get a preview of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. And, to my delight, this game doesn’t disappoint at all. Mario & Sonic 2020 seems to be a really multifaceted game with a bit of something for everyone whether it’s their first time to this series or a hardcore gamer. Very user friendly interface, polished graphics, and just all out competitive fun! What really stood out in this preview was how easy it was to just jump right into gameplay, choosing whether you want to have buttons only, hybrid of buttons and motion, or just motion entirely. With motion only, the player is definitely immersed in the 3D graphics world, a feeling I felt when the Wii and Wii U were at their apex. The buttons only mode truly shines when playing the 2D Tokyo 1964. For instance, during the diving competition, you’re able to choose the level of difficulty for button combos. The more difficult chosen, the better the chance of getting a higher ranking dive.
I believe Mario & Sonic 2020 will be a nice edition to all the other Mario Olympic Games and commemorating the actual Tokyo Olympics 2020 games as well. Having the Tokyo Olympics 1964 in 8-bit graphics even added a great nostalgia feel, all the while being challenging. And, since RPGs are still huge, having the story mode brings on a whole new realm to a game that’s usually competitive.
So in a nutshell, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has a lot of replay value, whether you want to compete against the computer or getting the whole family together for game night (my 8 year old enjoys it when I make a side of stove top popcorn on the side).
Please check out the trailers here:
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It’s party time, and everyone’s invited!
Team up with Mario, Sonic and friends on Nintendo Switch™ in action-packed sporting events! Bring your best moves to the track, the gym, the ring, or the water in dozens of different party games everyone will enjoy.
● Overview: Mario, Sonic, Tails, Bowser and the whole gang are here for some party fun with friends and family of all ages, including: 21+ 3D events, 10 classic, retro-styled 2D events, Story mode with
hours of gameplay and wacky, unlockable minigames and guest characters. Try brand new events for Tokyo 2020: Skateboarding, Karate, Surfing, and Sport Climbing.
● Skateboard, surf, and race your way to the top! With more than 30 events to master in this fun-filled Olympic showdown, there are plenty of ways to prove your skills to your friends in multiplayer mode.
● Everyone’s here! Play as Mario, Sonic, or choose from a star-studded cast of colorful characters from your favorite SEGA and Nintendo games.
● Dive into unique Dream events that layer fantastical chaos with reality. Zip through a downhill obstacle course on your hoverboard, Karate chop your way to gain and hold the most neon squares, or blast away the competition in a shooting range full of kites!
● And you won’t want to miss an epic story mode that sends you back to 1964 to compete in classic, retro 2D events.
● Play any way you want on your Nintendo Switch. We’re talking motion and button controls, single and dual Joy-Con, single-player and multiplayer, local split-screen and online!
Publisher Name: SEGA
Developer Name: SEGA
Nintendo Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
ESRB with descriptors: E10+; Cartoon Violence
Number of Players: 1 – 4 (Local), 2 – 8 (Online)
Release Date/Window: North America – November 5th, 2019 | Europe – November 8th, 2019
RRP: $59.99 US
Official Game Website: https://www.olympicvideogames.com/marioandsonic/
Twitter Handle: SEGA
Stay tuned to Alternative Mindz for full review and future let’s plays!