Classic 2D Events Coming to Mario & Sonic 2020

After a three year breather (which now seems to be the common pace for the Olympic Games series), Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will unite polarized fanbases yet again, releasing for Nintendo Switch on November 5th with a newfound retro flair. Tandem with the 24 core events ranging from football to fencing, will be 10 nostalgic 2D events transplanting players to 1964, the last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics. This is a hefty amount of content for an entry in the Olympic Games franchise and the faithful presentations of Mario in 8-bit sprites and Sonic in 16-bit sprites will no doubt make for uncharted territory for the series.

Beyond Mario and Sonic, Bowser, Knuckles, Dr. Robotonik, and more will return to their 2D likenesses, to race, dive, and set sail against each other for a place on the winner’s podium. Though Sonic looks a bit out of place in the authentic 8-bit landscapes comprising the 1964 Olympics segment, the rebranding of this ever reliable character clash is incredibly charming and should renew interest in the franchise’s grand return. Any chance to humble Sonic in a 400m hurdle is a chance worth taking. The 2D marathon minigame looks especially chaotic, with 67 competitors to force your way ahead of.

And luckily enough, it seems like similar creative energy should carry over to the 3D segments of the game. Even if the prospect of Bowser riding a horse isn’t appealing enough to you, the rest of the game looks to provide unbridled competitive fun that puts your Joycon controller to a remarkable variety of uses. Over twenty minutes of footage have been displayed due to Nintendo’s Gamescom presence and as the first Olympic Games title to appear on Nintendo Switch, the franchise looks like it has finally found the optimal system to flourish on. With only a few months away from its release, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 looks to be a contender.

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