Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will launch for the Nintendo Switch in November of 2019. A gameplay trailer shown during the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct confirmed this release window. The Tokyo 2020 installment marks the return of the Mario & Sonic series, which skipped the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was the previous game in the series.
The E3 trailer showed characters competing in a handful of new and returning Olympic events. These events include: track and field, soccer, surfing, skateboarding, karate, rock climbing, boxing, equestrian, javelin throw, swimming, rugby, fencing, rowing, badminton, and gymnastics. It seems that many characters will wear different outfits depending on the event they are competing in.
In previous titles, certain characters could only compete in select events. Nintendo’s Direct did not confirm if this is still the case. However, the trailer does show certain characters competing in multiple events. The E3 video also showed gameplay of playable characters who did not appear in the initial reveal trailer. It now confirms that Donkey Kong, Bowser Jr., Shadow the Hedgehog, Amy Rose, and Zavok will be playable in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
An 8-bit mode was also seen briefly during the Mario & Sonic E3 trailer. Mario, Sonic, Peach, and Dr. Eggman participated in a foot race in this brief view of the mode. No other details were provided, unfortunately. It appears that players will have to wait to see which characters and events are playable with this old-school filter.
Dylan Tate is a student in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes competitive guides for Dignitas and esports news articles for Daily Esports.