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Mario & Sonic Team Up for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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Two of the biggest characters in video game history are teaming up once again. And this time, it’s on the Nintendo Switch.

Photo op making it look like I am racing the characters from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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.

This Black Friday might be the best time to grab 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!

Game Highlights

Rep from Sega giving demo of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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.

The Storyline

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.

Physical Play

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

Me giving a thumbs up in front of a sign for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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.

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