Based on the 2020 Summer Olympics that will happen in Tokyo and this is the 6th Mario & Sonic game in the Series. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has a few things different form the previous 2016 Rio game.
This is the first game in the series that is released on the Switch and with the versatility of the switch it allowed them to add some creativity in the gameplay of the game. You can choose to use the Joy-Cons’ motion functionality to play or use traditional button style. As the name of the series implies, the game features a cross over of characters between the Mario and Sonic universe.
What stood out for me in this game is the 8- & 16-bit 2D mode that is included, this is based on the 1964 Summer Olympics that was also held in Tokyo and the story of the game ties this nicely into perspective. Basically, Doctor Eggman and Bowser tries to trick Mario and Sonic and send them back into the past so that they can rule the Olympics. As things happen, it backfires, and they also get transported back to 1964. Back in the future, Luigi and other friends try to gather up a plan to rescue Mario and Sonic. In 1964, Mario and Sonic challenge Doctor Eggman and Bowser to the different events in order to see if that will help them get back to the future. The story mode is cool to play and an interesting spin on the usual story of this series. With that said, the dialogue and slow progression of the story can get to you after a while and you will more likely play the other modes instead.
Some new events have been included like Karate, Skateboarding, Sport Climbing and Surfing with some favourites returning that was previously introduced. Not all the events are available in the 2D mode and vice versa. An official video game for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be released worldwide next year but it was developed the same time with Mario and Sonic by Sega. This game has already been released in Tokyo to build-up for the games.
The graphic switch between the modern and 2D mode is great and the 2D mode will definitely stir up some old memories. The look of the game ties into the visuals of what you would expect from a Mario or Sonic game and the hardware of the Nintendo Switch doesn’t seem to struggle on any level to support the game.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a cool addition to the series, and I like that they went a different route with the story mode even though it is still heavily focussed on dialogue and has slow progression. I like the new events that has been added and obviously love the 2D mode. If you enjoy these type of sport games then you will enjoy this game just do not expect a wow factor from the story but tons of fun from local and online multiplayer.