It’s difficult to believe that twelve years ago we got to experience the fiercest of gaming rivals come together in the same game. Ever since the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, Mario & Sonic have been the best of buddies but have sometimes missed the mark as far as what fans would have expected from this unlikely pairing. Five entries to the series later the two worlds coming together once again, this time in Tokyo, Japan for the 2020 Summer Olympics, the first time that this region has hosted the event since 1964.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 features over twenty traditional 3D events, and ten retro-styled 2D offerings. The traditional events take place in 2020 while the retro events fittingly occur in the 1964 Olympics. Traditional events see the return of favourites such as fencing, rugby sevens, 100-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles and table tennis along with a handful of new entries such as surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate. Dream Events (fictional, non-Olympic events) are also present in the form of Dream Racing, Dream Shooting and Dream Karate. These are the least of the Dream Events to occur in the franchise, possibly confirming my suspicion of them weaning in popularity.
Most of these events, much like the traditional events, are easy to pick up and play, however a handful have more frustrating control mechanics...
The story itself is interesting enough with Mario, Sonic, Bowser and Dr. Eggman being transported to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics via a retro handheld gaming device.
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8 November 2019
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