Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review (Switch)

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is the sixth installment in the Mario & Sonic crossover series and the first since 2016’s Rio Olympics game. Built-up from the ground up for the Nintendo Switch, Tokyo 2020 promises quite the sports-focused arcade-minigame experience. Read on to find out how it fares in our review.

Like previous games in the series, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a collection of Olympics focused mini-games featuring characters from the Mario & Sonic the Hedgehog franchises. Players will be able to choose from a wide variety of characters from both franchises not limited to just the titular Mario & Sonic but also the likes of Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Shadow, Tails, Knuckles and many more.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review (Switch)

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’s gameplay varies from the sport you want to play but its mostly a combination of motion controls, or with just a few buttons and the D-Pad. The majority of the games are intended to be played with a single joy-con to encourage local multiplayer which is certainly nice if some friends or families come over and are interesting in a few rounds of boxing.

The game features a story mode that involves Dr. Eggman and Bowser working together to transport Mario and Sonic to the 1964 Olympics, which was the first time Japan hosted the Olympics. Here is when you play through some classic events with Mario and Bowser in NES 8-bit style while Sonic and Dr. Eggman compete in their events in Mega Drive 16-bit style. The story mode is a fun addition although the classic events aren’t fun compared to the standard 2020 Olympic events.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review (Switch)

There’s certainly a great art direction to the game with Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 being the best-looking game in the series but quite the margin, I mean it’s not even close if you compare screenshots with previous games. Couple that with the huge variety of minigames and characters included, clearly a lot of work was put into the game.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review (Switch)

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is quite fun if you play the game with friends as its essentially a party game at its core. Certainly recommended you try the game out if you play local multiplayer often on your Switch.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review (Switch)
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review (Switch)

Game Reviewed on: Switch

Game description: Join Mario, Sonic and friends for their greatest adventure yet at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, exclusively on Nintendo Switch

  • Final Score - 7/10
    7/10

Summary

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is quite fun if you play the game with friends as its essentially a party game at its core. Certainly recommended you try the game out if you play local multiplayer often on your Switch.

7.0/10

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