Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review
A competition that has happened for a long time and now is returning to Tokyo with our favorite characters. Welcome one and all to Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We received an early review copy from Sega not too long ago and since this is my first time playing this genre. It will be an interesting journey to check out and probably stop a lot of my previous questions. How will one that has never touched this game before reacting in this review? Keep reading and you will see.
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Story
The Nintendo and Sega franchise have been buddies for a while now and with the new Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 coming out soon. What could be the new events for our characters? Well, first things first are Robotnix a.k.a Dr. Eggman is at it again with his new weird plot of zapping themselves into a vintage video game. Yes, apparently Dr. Eggman with Bowser, Mario and Sonic have been put into the vintage game world of the Olympic Games in Tokyo 1964.
At first, I was baffled as to why 1964 of all places when Sonic and Mario were from the ’80s, but as you play the game you notice a few tidbits. This was the first Olympic game for Asia in 1964 which seems fitting for historic purposes. In that, you will have to play through both 1964 and 2020 in order to free them from the game. There are a few conditions that Dr. Eggman put in which you will have to collect the Olympic Medals to be free.
The funny part about this is that Dr. Eggman is the only one that was in on in while Bowser was just a tag-along, however, he is on board just to get at Mario. Digital era’s colliding and you have to help solve this issue.
Since we are playing on the Nintendo Switch you will have options in using either mobile, using the joycons or a pro controller. Using the joy-cons separately will grant you the advantage of the motion controls. You will have access to 21+ 3D events that will take place in Tokyo 2020 and switching over to Tokyo 1964 will give you the retro 2D events. That will have you go through 10 classic games. You have an option to just jump right into the events or you can go right into story mode.
Prepare for a long journey and some nostalgia as the Tokyo map feels like a board game. You will have a free range of the board, but while in story mode you will look for the highlight spots to progress. Each will feature different events and you will meet different characters to unlock. Every character has a special ability and there will be advantages with your timing.
At almost all games you will have to charge your character up to give them an extra start. I could break down the buttons for each event, but you will be using every single button at your disposal in different ways. For example, canoe racing will use the left analog stick in a circular motion at the right time to match the speed. Boxing offers the use of the Left shoulder button, X and B for punches. Now you have the option of switching to between advanced and simple controls.
Being that this is the first Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to be held on the Nintendo Switch. Sega had to up the events by adding Dream Events. They are special themed Olympic events based on the Super Mario Series and Sonic the Hedgehog series. They will include Dream Karate, Cream Racing, and Dream Shooting. One, in particular, will give gamers a nostalgia on memory lane with a Sonic Riders style game mode.
So far, if I had to pick my own personal favorites it would be boxing, skateboarding, dream racing, and Karate. Locally you can play with up to 4 players and online up to 8. Since this is an early review copy didn’t get a chance to try out the multiplayer features. There is an online leaderboard that will give something to brag about if you can’t hop online. The events are as followed for both 3D and 2D worlds.
It is impressive how Sega decided to switch between current and retro game styles. Since they are showing off history with this game might as well show gamers what it was like back in the 16-bit era and somewhat further. Pretty much giving us two games at once and their visual style of Tokyo full of both Sonic and Mario characters is fun. Gives the world a lively feel and you have to appreciate the trivia that is scattered around the levels that you can take a look at in the options.
There is enjoyment seeing the super animations when you execute them for each and every character. It will come apparent that I am a vivid Sega fan hence why I am using a lot of the sega characters. Nothing against Mario and his crew, I did get satisfaction when using Luigi in Boxing, which I also find funny how they have Luigi and Tails venturing together to save Sonic and Mario. Now that I say it out loud I get it. The main characters are the damsels and the sidekicks are the heroes this time around.
The funny part is the 2D world is more enjoyable to see visually for my nostalgic mind. It processes a lot faster now that the tech is better. Hearing the announces and the crowd going wild gives the whole game a fun atmosphere.
There is not much to go into this area, the game is pretty solid and offers a lot of fun. The only thing that would have made it perfect is if they made 2D sprites for the 1964 area. You are limited which is a missed opportunity to see Shadow, Diddy, and all the rest in that form. I know it is because of the story mode, but they do have Princess Peach who is also in the 3D world. Could have done something with that. Oh and if you are solo prepare for some messed up teammates when it comes to the CPU. I had to play badminton with a CPU partner and they kept missing the shuttlecock at times forcing me to redo the matches.
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a fun and hilarious sports game with a fantasy twist and lots of replay value. The story mode alone will take you a couple of days depending on how you handle each challenge and the added bonus of taking it on the go is why the Switch is winning. As stated they could have made more 2D sprites to use, but that’s just me reaching.
Expect the full release for North America on the 5th of November 2019 and for our EU gamers on the 8th of November, 2019. Mario and Sonic at the Olympics Tokyo 2020 will go for $59.99 US and this beast gives it the rating of BUY IT! Please check back for our release day stream on our twitch channel by clicking here. – Beast Out –
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