Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is an upcoming sports game and the sixth installment in the Mario & Sonic series. It is based on the real-world 2020 Summer Olympics, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan. This is the first installment to skip an Olympic Games, as Ubisoft bought the rights to make 2018 Winter Olympics video games. It is set to release for the Nintendo Switch on November 5, 2019 in North America, and November 8, 2019 in Europe and Australia. An arcade version is also set to release in 2020. Unlike previous games, most characters seem to wear appropriate sports clothing depending on the event; additionally, the game's title places the location and year after "Olympic Games" rather than before. 2D Events are introduced, which are events from the 1964 Summer Olympics, only use button controls, and are based off older sports games. They are in 8-bit (Mario) and 16-bit (Sonic) styles. The game will include a story mode, which will take place in 2D.
Excluding the 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, this is the first Mario & Sonic game not to feature unique character stats. However, each character has specific advantages that correlate to their character type (All-Around, Power, Speed, Skill) from the first four games. Note: All-Around characters are listed as "All-Around" in all events.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 features a total of 32 playable characters. Similar to the Wii U version of the previous game, the 20 playable characters that have been playable since the second installment are playable in all events, while new characters and characters that debuted in the previous game are only playable as a guest in a single event. Guests are unlocked by beating them in Story Mode. Unlike the previous game, not every event contains a guest character.
Compared to the previous installment, Dry Bones, Dry Bowser, Birdo, Roy, Nabbit, and Toad were all cut, with the latter appearing as a non-playable character instead, similar to the first four games. Toadette appears as a newcomer.
During Olympic Events, specific characters wear proper outfits for the event. During Dream Events, they wear their standard outfits, similar to previous games.
There are 10 minigames that are playable in Story Mode. There are five 2020 minigames, where the player plays as Luigi and Tails, and five 2D minigames where the player plays as Mario and Sonic.
Pre-release and unused content
In the E3 2019 demo, characters did not vocalize during their award ceremony animations. This was changed in the Gamescom demo, making it more consistent with previous installments.
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