SEGA has recently unveiled lots of information about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We heard from developers about the role the Joy-Con will have in the gameplay experience. We learned about 2D minigames, and finally received an official release date. Now we have information about the Story Mode of this new Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games title.

The previously revealed 2D events will be a part of the Story Mode in the upcoming Mario & Sonic game. In the Story Mode, the game’s characters will get sent back in time, all the way back to 1964. That was when the last Tokyo Olympics took place. Players will be able to participate in a few 2D games, presumably with a limited roster. It does not seem that more recent characters will receive 8-bit or 16-bit sprites for this mode.

The 2D feature seems to be the main gimmick of Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ Story Mode. However, it seems that portions of the Story Mode will also take place in 2020. Gameplay footage seems to show Story Mode portions in both 2D and 3D. Characters in the trailer are shown walking in an area akin to a game board and talking NPCs.

You can watch the full Japanese trailer below:

More beyond Story Mode in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

This Japanese trailer shows off more than just Story Mode in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. One notable feature is the return of Dream Events. In previous games, Dream Events have taken real Olympic events and given them a Mario & Sonic spin. This trailer appears to show off Dream versions of sports climbing and skateboarding. There are also Dream versions of both a fighting event and a shooting event.

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics also appears to feature minigames that don’t correspond to actual Olympic events. One such minigame has Mario and Sonic shoot at enemies while flying in Tails’ biplane. In another, Sonic must chase after a speeding car driven by Dr. Eggman. Clearly, this game will expand the fun of Mario & Sonic games beyond the traditional Olympic style.

This game is set to be the most content-packed in the whole series. Fans can get their hands on this game on November 5 in North America, or on November 8 in Europe. Are you excited for the Story Mode and Dream Events in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020? Let us know in the comments or on our social media!


Dylan Tate
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media 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 esports news articles for Daily Esports.


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