The International Olympic Committee is launching “Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020” as part of its global licensing program.
The video game was developed by SEGA in association with the IOC’s exclusive interactive entertainment software licensee, International Sports Multimedia. It sees characters Mario and Sonic take gamers on another Olympic adventure ahead of next year’s Olympic Games.
The game recreates a wide range of Olympic disciplines including the new sports of surfing, skateboarding, karate and sport climbing. It also 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 explore the different venues of both the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and 1964 in a new Story Mode; learn fun Olympic trivia; unlock additional characters from the Super Mario and Sonic franchises; and play a multitude of mini-games that feature familiar Tokyo landmarks.
“Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020” is the sixth instalment in the “Mario & Sonic” series of Olympic video games. The series is a sporting crossover between Nintendo's “Super Mario” and SEGA's “Sonic the Hedgehog” franchises.
The game is available in the U.S. on the Nintendo Switch console and will be released in Europe later this month.