Mario and Sonic hit the Olympics

The IOC and SEGA launch the official Tokyo 2020 video game, featuring Mario, Sonic and a host of other famous gaming faces

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 05.11.2019 | Gaming

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The International Olympic Committee has today launched Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the official video game of next summer’s games.

The game has been developed by SEGA as part of the IOC’s global licensing programme, in association with exclusive interactive entertainment software licensee, International Sports Multimedia.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is the sixth instalment in the Mario & Sonic series of Olympic video games – a sporting crossover between Nintendo's Super Mario and SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog franchises.

Iconic characters from both video game series are set to take gamers on another Olympic adventure ahead of next year’s Olympic Games, with the popular duo starring in the official Tokyo 2020 video game. 

As well as recreating a wide range of Olympic disciplines – including, surfing, skateboarding, karate and sport climbing, the newly added sports for next year’s games – the game features a retro 2D mode that draws on Tokyo’s Olympic history to take Mario and Sonic back to the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 for a nostalgic gaming experience.

Players can also explore the different venues of both the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and 1964 in a new Story Mode, unlock additional characters and gameplay, and learn Olympic trivia along the way.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 releases today in America and on 8 November in Europe, exclusively for Nintendo Switch consoles.


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