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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preview

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preview

The Nintendo Switch has a few major releases still on the horizon. While new Pokémon games may be on everyone’s mind, one game that may be flying under the radar is Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

I’ll be honest, I was in that camp too until they announced the 2D events and the intriguing story mode for the game. After spending time trying out the nearly 40 events and story mode, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is something you should keep an eye out for once it releases on November 5. 

The Spirit of Competition

Mario, Sonic and their pals are back to compete in the summer games! Who will get the Gold and who will have to be content with having competed at the Olympic level? 

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 features over 20 events ranging from the 100m dash to table tennis. In the Tokyo 2020 events, you can select from a wide range of competitors from the Mario and Sonic franchises. Ever want to see Vector do a gymnastics routine, or see Waluigi do a sick kickflip? Well, you’re in luck! 

Since this is the summer games it features all the traditional track & field events like javelin throw and the triple jump. These are the bread and butter events. Naturally a lot of care is taken to make sure these events are fun and easy to pick up.  

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The track & field events in both 2D and 3D events are easy to pick up and play.

When you think of the summer games iconic images of past Olympics glory come to mind in track & field. Whether you’re taking off like a bullet in the 100m dash or looking to chuck a discus like it was frisbee, the track & field events are great blend of accessibility and skill. While you may be pressing “A” a lot in these events, there is more to victory than a nimble finger. 

The exciting part about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is it doesn’t simply deliver track & field events. It utilizes the summer games to bring a variety of events for players to try.  

This is where things get exciting. Not only do you get track & field and events like swimming and gymnastics, but you get archery, sport climbing, table tennis, skateboarding, and surfing among others to play. 

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preview
The hand-to-hand and combat events are real highlights.

Players will probably find themselves spending a lot of time squaring off against one another in boxing, fencing, and karate events. These 1-on-1 bouts give you plenty of opportunity to show your skill and dominance against your pals. Whether you want to sweep the leg, throw a devastating jab or perform an opportune parry, you will find a lot of replayability in these events. 

There are many more events to try out in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 including the Dream Events, but more on those in our review. 

Wayback Machine

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games once again features a story mode, which sets the stage or field for the Tokyo 1964 events. Dr. Eggman and Bowser have teamed up to foil Sonic and Mario’s dreams of Olympic Gold. By using the ‘Tokyo 1964’ game console they are transported back to the 1964 Olympic Games. 

While we’ll discuss the story mode more in our review, the 1964 events are a major draw for the game. Featuring a mix of 8-bit and 16-bit sprites with 8 stalwarts from the Mario and Sonic franchises to choose from, the Tokyo 1964 games have 10 events with a retro vibe. 

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The 1964 events are a delightful and fun throwback.

Unlike the 3D these 2D events are much more paired down and simple to play. The focus of the 10 events is largely track & field with the 100m, 400m hurdles, long jump and marathon with vaulting, 100m kayak, and diving. Volleyball, judo and trap shooting round out the experience. 

Much like their 3D counterparts, the track & field events are easy to pick up and anyone can get a grasp on them. They are the strongest party games of all the events. However, the event that is the money event is trap shooting. 

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Trap shooting is one of the best events!

Thanks to the retro style, trap shooting has a major Duck Hunt vibe. Like most of the 1964 events it has simple controls with you pressing A to release a clay pigeon and then aiming in quadrants and pressing A to shoot. By racking up points in the first few rounds you can set yourself up for a great bonus round, where you get to shoot as many clay pigeons as you can. It is wildly fun, and it is an event you will find yourself coming back to play again and again. 

Get Ready to Compete in November

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 may not have been on the radar for Switch owners, but it should be. There is a lot of charm to the Tokyo 1964 events, and the 2020 events have a great variety. Most importantly the events, whether in 2D or 3D are a lot of fun. 

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 202 releases on November 5 exclusively for Nintendo Switch. 

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was previewed on Nintendo Switch with a code provided by the publisher.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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