Two of the biggest characters in video game history are teaming up once again. And this time, it’s on the Nintendo Switch.
The popular Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is back, this time to celebrate the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. The game drops in November, but we got a sneak peek and here were our first impressions.
Sonic & Mario at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
This is the sixth installment in the Mario & Sonic series, but it’s the first for the Nintendo Switch. I don’t currently own a Nintendo Switch, but I have to tell you that this game makes me want to go out and get one.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 feature:
- 10 Classic 2D Events from the 1964 Olympic Games
- New 3D Events including Surfing, Skateboarding, Karate, and Sport Climbing.
- New Storyline
- Immersive motion controls using Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers.
- Multiplayer, Split-Screen, and on-line play.
- Cast of fan-favorite characters, including Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Knuckles, Peach, Amy, Dr. Eggman, Yoshi, Tails, Metal Sonic, Donkey Kong and more!
During our sneak peak, we had the opportunity to watch a few events and even play a couple of events ourselves. Here are my initial thoughts.
A Mix of Old School and New School
I don’t play video games as much as I once did. I admittedly get overwhelmed at all the buttons today’s controllers have on them. So the 2D games included in Mario & Sonic at the Olympics really appeal to my inner kid.
But I can appreciate the better graphics and more intricate game play, as well. This game has the potential to bring generations together to play, making it a true family game.
As much fun as the hectic frenzy of a multiplayer party is, the introvert in me loves playing alone and tackling challenges that build upon one another. The fact that they added a story line to the game is very cool and gives players more ways to enjoy the game.
While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with screen time in moderation, I don’t like it to see my kids not getting any physical activity. The fact that Mario & Sonic at the Olympics includes events that require a bit more involvement than mashing buttons is a plus!
Overall First Impression
Based on these first impressions, I have to give Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 a big thumbs up! It looks like a ton of fun for the whole family to enjoy. If you have a Nintendo Switch, put this game on your wish list for the holiday season.
If you are like me and you don’t have a Nintendo Switch yet, then this may be the game that convinces you to go out and get one.