A few days after sharing how the next Mario & Sonic game will use the Joy-Con to simulate real sports, SEGA has finally revealed the exact day that the beloved series will return. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will launch November 5 in America and November 8 in Europe. SEGA announced this alongside a new trailer showing off details on some of the game’s brand new 2D events. You can view the tweet and trailer below.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 takes the series to a new dimension with 10 classic 2D events. The game releases Nov. 5 in the Americas & Nov. 8 in Europe!
— SEGA (@SEGA) August 20, 2019
The trailer moves very fast, but you can get a look at several different sports in all of their 2D glory. Hurdles, rowing, a long jump, what looked like synchronized diving, and a few others all made an appearance. Going all in on the throwback, the 2D events take place at Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics. A little bit before either of the titular characters existed, but we will let it slide.
While it is a little jarring seeing an 8-bit Mario cast next to 16-bit Sonic characters, the 2D events in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 still look like a seriously cool way for the series to take a long jump forward. A lot of the sports shown look like they are brimming with “just one more match” potential. Now, they just need to do something about the franchise’s penchant for annoyingly long titles, and they’ll have a gold medal in my book.
What do you think of the new 2D events? Are you excited about the game in general? How much have you missed this series? Let us know in the comments.