Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 | Review

Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 | Review


*Upbeat Music* WILL
Well Gem, as surprising as it is, another 4 years have gone by and the Summer Olympic
Games are right around the corner. Which also means it’s time to dive back into the world
of plumbers and hedgehogs for – Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. GEM
Whilst you can dive head first into its many events, this Olympic team-up also has a story
mode, and it’s certainly an interesting one. The mischievous Bowser and Doctor Eggman
have cooked up a new gaming system, The Tokyo ‘64. Intended to trap Mario and Sonic within,
the devilish duo accidentally also gets trapped inside. So it’s up to Luigi and friends
to try to get everyone home safely… whilst also regularly stopping to play some sports. I know no one really plays these games
for the story, but this is certainly one of the weaker Mario-Verse tales. WILL
Yeah, it still has that trademark weirdness, but without the playful charm of something
like Mario Rabbids. It does however serve as a good introduction to each Olympic event,
as well as giving us a fun reason for the existence of the Retro Styled games – with
the trapped characters competing in a number of pixel based challenges. And there’s a
few story specific missions like climbing up the Tokyo Tower, which unlock additional
secret characters. But the story mode moves so slowly, with a tonne of mindless dialogue
boxes breaking up the events, so I quickly found myself switching over to the game’s
Quick Match mode. GEM
Totally fair! Quick Match lets you choose from everything the game has to offer, competing
solo or in multiplayer. There’s a great selection on show, with
a few new Olympic events in sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding, and karate, being
added to the mix as well. Almost all the events support motion controls, and there’s some
clever uses of the joy-cons capabilities. Although, it’s often tricky to get accurate
responses from them in this game. WILL
Yeah, the motion controls barely seem to function at times. Having to stretch out to invisible
hand holds in sports climbing became beyond frustrating. Despite following the on-screen
instructions, none of my movements seemed to match up to the in-game character’s.
Thankfully, you can opt to just use buttons instead. But I will say that some of the button
combinations in certain events do take some getting used to; so for a party game, it’s
not the easiest to jump in and play. GEM
Look, take our advice – it’s always best to read the control breakdowns before playing.
Now, on top of all the standard sports – there’s also Dream Sports. These feel the most Mario
Party-like, basically taking a normal sport and running into madness with it. Dream Racing
has you gliding across rails in a Mario Kart Sonic hybrid. And Dream Shooting straps an
arm cannon to your… arm, and has you fighting in a free-for-all, or team battle. Complete
with a crazy end game boss! They’re such fun and unique games, though only featuring
3 Events – compared to the 2012 game’s 10 Events – was a little disappointing. WILL
Well, at least we have the new Tokyo 1964 Events to balance that out. Each sport perfectly
mimics the level design and animations of old retro consoles, ripping Mario and Sonic
straight out of their early 2D appearances. Whilst only a small selection, there’s a
great variety of sports here, from Hurdles to Kayaking. And the controls are super simple,
taking us back to the easier button mashing days of yesteryear. It’s a pretty awesome
novelty to have alongside the main game. And with over 30 sports to play through, did you
have any favourites Gem? GEM
Hmm, I’d have to say Karate. It’s one of the many events that seem simple on the
surface, but actually has quite a bit of precision timing to learn and master. WILL
Unfortunately, not all of the sports match that same level of polish and depth. New game
modes Surfing and Skateboarding feel pretty empty, just gliding up and over waves and
ramps, with very little challenge. And the Equestrian events never really feel like you’re
in control – which I guess is logical. You’re not technically the horse. There is also online
play, but in our limited time with it, there was plenty of lag within events. And even
when a game runs smoothly, you’ll need to make the big call of playing the same event
again – or jumping out, changing events, and sitting patiently in the lobby – as there’s
currently no way to build an event playlist. It’s all a bit of a bumpy experience. GEM
There’s actually a lot of trial and error in your first few rounds of any event, but
once you break past that barrier – and probably turn off motion controls – there’s plenty
of fun to be had here! I’m giving Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
3.5 out of 5 Rubber Chickens. WILL
Whilst I would’ve loved something more from the game’s awkward story mode, the new and
updated game modes are pretty cool, and with the nostalgic bonus of the Tokyo ’64 Arcade
Machine, I’m giving this 3.5 as well. GEM
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020… Ok, I’m making a rule right now
that games cannot be longer three words max! WILL
You clearly haven’t heard of: Cthulhu Saves the World: Super Hyper Enhanced Championship
Edition Alpha Diamond DX Plus Alpha FES HD – Premium Enhanced Game of the Year Collector’s
Edition. True. GEM
I don’t like it… WILL
It’s real! It’s actually real…

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