Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (JP) (also called Mario & Sonic 6) is a 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. It was released for the Nintendo Switch on November 1, 2019 in Asia, November 5, 2019 in North America, and November 8, 2019 in Europe and Oceania. An arcade version is also set to release in 2020.[1][2] The game has a companion mobile game releasing in 2020, but only features Sonic the Hedgehog characters. It is also the last game to be developed by AlphaDream following their bankruptcy on October 1, 2019.

Unlike the previous games, most characters wear appropriate sports clothing depending on the chosen 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[3], utilizing the 8-bit (Mario) and 16-bit (Sonic) styles. The game includes a story mode, which takes place in both 2D and 3D.[4]

Characters

Advantages

Excluding the 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, this is the first Mario & Sonic game not to report the character stats. Instead, the game reports for each character specific advantages that correlate to their character type (All-Around, Power, Speed, Skill) from the first four games. All-Around characters do not have a specific advantage but are listed as "All-Around" in all events. This is the first Mario & Sonic game with character types to have an uneven amount of characters per type, with only five All-Around types, seven Power types, eight Speed types, and twelve Technique types.

Although not reported in-game, each character has advantages even within a specific type. Luigi, for instance, is a bit less powerful than Mario, but has better technical ability.

Event-specific advantages
Event(s) Power Speed Technique
100m Good at Super Moves Runs Fast Super Starts are Fast
110m Hurdles Good at Super Moves Runs Fast Super Starts are Fast
4x100m Relay Good at Super Moves Runs Fast Super Starts are Fast
Javelin Throw Charges Power Quicker Gauge Extends Faster Easier Best Angle
Triple Jump Good at Super Moves Approach is Fast Perfects are Easier
Discus Throw Easier Best Power Easier Best Angle Good at Adjusting Tilt
Sport Climbing Long Grip Gauge Good at Power Climbs Fast Grip Gauge Recover
Surfing Boost Time is Long Good Acceleration on Landing Good at Tube Riding
Skateboarding Jumps are High Fast at Moving Turns are Tight
Boxing Punches are Heavy Good at Counters Good at Super Moves
Karate Good at Charging Fast at Moving Good at Defense
Football Shots are Powerful Runs Fast Good at Stealing Balls
Football (Goalies) Good at Deflecting N/A Good at Catching
Rugby Sevens Good at Tackles Runs Fast Gauge Builds Fast
Canoe Good on the Last Leg Good at Paddling Super Starts are Fast
Swimming Good at Super Moves Swims Fast Good at Turning
Gymnastics Good at Takeoff Good at Super Moves Good at Landing
Equestrian Good at Super Moves Gallops Fast Turns are Tight
Badminton Good at Smashes Fast at Moving Controls with Precision
Table Tennis Returns are Powerful Fast at Moving Good at Spins
Fencing Good at Parrying Fast at Moving Good at Stepping
Archery Controls with Precision Good at Bow Drawing Good at Aiming
Dream Race Jumps are High Good at Grinds Turns are Tight
Dream Shooting Good at Dizzying Opponents Fast at Moving Good at Aiming
Dream Karate High Attack Power Fast at Moving Good at Power Strikes

In the Tokyo 1964 events, all the characters have identical abilities.

Playable

Tokyo 2020

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 features a total of 32 playable characters, making it the first in the series to feature fewer playable characters than the previous installment. 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, though unlike the previous game, not every event contains a guest character. This is also the first home console Mario & Sonic game not to feature Miis as playable characters.

Team Mario

Characters Type Description Wears unique clothing between events Playable in 2D events
Mario All-Around A cheerful plumber and everyone's favorite superstar. He stands up to Bowser with his jumping skills and all-around athletic ability. Yes Yes
Luigi All-Around Mario's younger twin brother. He's a little timid (especially around ghosts), but is kind and just as capable as his brother. Yes Yes
Peach Technique Princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. She has a close bond with Mario and is unfailingly kind. She loves baking and cooking. Yes Yes
Daisy Speed The Princess of Sarasaland. She is cheerful, active, and always full of energy. Yes No
Bowser Power The Koopa King's strength, fire breath, and large army of Goombas, Koopa Troopas, and more make him a constant threat to world peace. No Yes
Wario Power Never a dull moment with Wario, a loud, brash fellow who says he's Mario's greatest rival. He loves garlic and money. Yes No
Waluigi Technique Wario's pal who thinks he's Luigi's rival. His gangly arms and legs make him a fierce competitor in all manner of sports. Yes No
Yoshi Speed Mario's kind, chill ally from Yoshi's Island. His long tongue lets him gobble up fruit and foe alike and turn them into eggs. No No
Donkey Kong

[5]

Power King of the jungle and superstar of the Kong Family. He's so strong, it isn't funny. He'd do anything for a banana or ten. No No
Bowser Jr. All-Around The Koopa King's little boy. He might be small, but he's got all of Papa's strength and selfishness. Wears a mask with a big mouth on it. No No

Guest Characters

Characters Type Description Exclusive to... Wears unique clothing in event
Rosalina

[6]

Technique Full of love for her and the other Lumas, Rosalina watches over them just as a mother would. Surfing Yes
Diddy Kong

[7]

Technique Rugby Sevens No
Larry Technique He has a giant blue star on the left side of his head. Look closely next time you see it, and you'll spot it! Equestrian No
Ludwig Technique Fencing No
Toadette

[8] (New)

Speed There are five white spots on Toadette's cap and six each on the two pigtails. That adds up to 17! 110m Hurdles Yes
Wendy Power She may be selfish, but Wendy is also exciting, fun, and very fashionable, as you can see by her pink, polka-dotted bow!! 100m Freestyle No

Team Sonic

Characters Type Description Wears unique clothing between events Playable in 2D events
Sonic Speed The world's fastest hedgehog. He can be impulsive and impatient, but he is driven by kindness and a strong sense of justice. Yes Yes
Tails Technique A kind, twin-tailed fox kit. He can spin his tails to fly through the air, and his engineering talent helps Sonic on his adventures. Yes Yes
Knuckles Power A powerful echidna who lives on Angel Island as the lone guardian of the Master Emerald. Yes Yes
Amy All-Around A hedgehog who is a real go-getter and lights up the room when she's around. She's quite strong-minded, and won't hesitate at taking on evil with her trusty hammer. Yes No
Dr. Eggman Technique A self-proclaimed evil scientist and mechanical genius with an IQ of 300. He never gives up on his plans to take over the world. Yes Yes
Shadow Speed A black hedgehog known as the ultimate life form. Created with an immortal body, he wields Chaos Emeralds to warp space and time. Yes No
Silver Technique A hedgehog from a devastated future. He is always positive and has a strong sense of justice. His powerful psychokinesis can move big objects as well as allow him to levitate. Yes No
Metal Sonic

[9]

Speed A high-performance robot built by Dr. Eggman to mimic Sonic. He has Sonic's speed and power, and serves as Eggman's obedient henchman. No No
Blaze All-Around A princess from another world who uses the Sol Emeralds she protects. Cool-headed and hard on herself, she's still a little shy. Yes No
Vector Power The head of the Chaotix Detective Agency. He has a sharp mind and a sharp tongue, but is also an optimist with a compassionate heart. Yes No

Guest Characters

Characters Type Description Exclusive to Wears unique clothing in event
Eggman Nega Technique Eggman Nega has inherited Dr. Eggman's scientific genius as well as his wicked sneakiness. However, Eggman Nega doesn't actually like Dr. Eggman! Karate Yes
Rouge Technique Rouge is so enthralled with glittering jewels that she is usually paid in gemstones for her work. Sport Climbing Yes
Zavok Power Smart and cool under fire, Zavok's power recognized by everyone, even his mentor. The other Deadly Six have a lot of respect for Zavok. Boxing No
Zazz Speed Zazz is always ready for a fight! He is trusted as a brave and powerful warrior by Zavok, the leader of the Deadly Six. Table Tennis No
Jet Speed Jet rides on a hovering board called Extreme Gear. Just like a surfer catches a wave, he can catch the wind and reach incredible speeds! Football Yes
Espio Technique As a ninja, Espio loves traditional Japanese sweets, especially dumplings made from rice flour! Triple Jump Yes

Supporting Characters

These characters are playable in certain events, but are not selectable and have limited functionalities than other playable characters.

Characters Type Event(s) Role(s)
Boom Booms All-Around Rugby Sevens Extra 3 teammates
Birdos Football Goalie
Egg Pawns Power Rugby Sevens Extra 3 teammates
Football Goalie
Toads N/A Volleyball Teammates (Mario, Luigi, and Peach)
Hammer Bros. N/A Volleyball Teammates (Bowser)
Pockies N/A Volleyball Teammates (Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles)
Eggrobos N/A Volleyball Teammates (Dr. Eggman)

Non-playable

Referees

Cameramen

Others

Events

During Olympic Events, specific characters wear proper outfits for the event. During Dream Events, they wear their standard outfits, similar to previous games.

Tokyo 2020

  • 100m Dash
  • 110m Hurdles
  • 4x100m Relay
  • Javelin Throw
  • Triple Jump
  • Discus Throw
  • Badminton (Singles or Doubles)
  • Skateboarding - Parl (new)
  • Sport Climbing (new)
  • Football
  • 100m Freestyle
  • Equestrian -Jumping (Individual or Team)
  • Fencing (Individual or Team)
  • Canoe Double (C-2) 1000m
  • Karate - Kumite (new)
  • Boxing
  • Surfing - Shortboard (new)
  • Gymnastics - Floor Exercise
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Table Tennis (Singles or Doubles)
  • Archery (Individual or Team)
  • Dream Events
    • Dream Racing (Metropolis, Sonic Forces)
    • Dream Shooting
    • Dream Karate (Mushroom Kingdom, Super Mario Odyssey)

Tokyo 1964

  • 2D Events
    • 100M
    • 400M Hurdles
    • Long Jump
    • Marathon
    • 10M Platform
    • Vault
    • Kayak (K-1) 1000m
    • Judo
    • Volleyball
    • Shooting - Trap

Minigames

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.

2020

  • Tokyo Tower Climbing: A minigame where Tails climbs Tokyo Tower.
  • A minigame where Luigi has to find four specific Toads in a large crowd.
  • A minigame where Tails has to fight a wave of Shy Guys.
  • A Boss Battle-style minigame against Metal Sonic where Luigi has to steal a Rugby ball from an Egg Pawn, perform a Try in the center of the stage, and kick the ball with enough power to damage Metal Sonic within the time limit.
  • An Archery style minigame where Tails has to shoot Egg Pawns and avoid the spiked balls they throw.

1964

  • A Boss Battle-style minigame where Mario drives the tornado and shoots enemies and has to shoot Dr. Eggman.
  • A Boss Battle-style minigame where Sonic is running on a road and must catch up to Dr. Eggman's car and attack it enough times before the time limit runs out.
  • A minigame where Sonic runs along a bridge while avoiding obstacles to catch up to a train the Dr. Eggman is sitting in.
  • A minigame where Mario has to find Keys.
  • A minigame where Mario races Bowser on a boat.

Pre-release and unused content

Announcement Trailer

  • The head icons were recycled from the previous game before using newly designed icons for the final game.
  • In skateboarding, the strips have a different design than the final game.

E3 2019 Trailer

  • In one of the scenes showing off Football, one of the Egg Pawn goalies were orange, while the final game replaces them with the red Egg Pawns instead.

E3 Demo

  • The title screen did not have Mario and Sonic on it.
  • The event and character selection screen used a different arrangement than in the final game.
  • Some of Sonic's voice clips are different in the demo than in the final game.
  • The CPU characters' flags were their standard flag, while the final game used real-world flags instead.
  • Characters did not vocalize during their award ceremony animations. This was changed in the final game, making it more consistent with previous installments.
  • The label underneath the character during the award ceremony did not have the player's flag on it.
  • The menu that would follow the award ceremony did have tips on it.
  • The music that played when setting a new record was the "London Party is Over" fanfare from Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, before switching to a new fanfare in the final game.[10]
  • The announcer did not say, "New Record" when setting a new record.
  • In 110m Hurdles, the announcer did not say, "On your mark," at the beginning.
  • Oddly, despite being present in the initial reveal trailer, the 110m Hurdles did not feature the placements showing what place characters were in. This was fixed in the final game.
  • No music played during the replay of 110m Hurdles or when characters were shown their results in Surfing. These were both changed in the final game.
  • Peach's 1st place animation had her hold a pose at the end. In the final game, after the pose, she starts waving to the crowd.
  • In Karate, the announcer had three different voice clips: 「始め」 (Hajime), to begin the match; 「待て」 (Mate), after an opponent was knocked down; and 「止め」 (Yame), when the match was over (which matches real-life karate). In the final game, the "Mate" clip (which means to wait) is replaced by "Yame" (meaning to stop) for unknown reasons.

Trivia

  • This is the first game in the Mario & Sonic series where the male characters have unique outfits.
  • This is also the first game where Peach does not wear her traditional sports outfit, but rather introduces a new one.
  • The shoes Mario wears are identical to the ones he wears in Mario Tennis Aces.
  • Sonic wears shoes similar to the ones he wears in the Sonic Riders series.
  • This marks the first instance where the series skips an Olympic Games, as Ubisoft bought the rights to make 2018 Winter Olympics video games.
  • This is the first Mario & Sonic game since Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games not to feature special animations for certain pairs of characters.[11]
  • This is the first Mario & Sonic game since Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to feature minigames (via Story Mode and Action and Answer Tour respectively).
  • This is the first Mario & Sonic game since Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games to feature the announcer in the opening.
    • It is also the first installment since that game to feature Dream Events in the opening.
  • This is also the first Mario & Sonic game to have a Story Mode on the home console.
  • This marks the 1st time Toadette has been playable without Toad.
  • Following the postponement of the real 2020 Olympic games to 2021[12][13], due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first Mario & Sonic game to have occurred in a different year than the corresponding Olympic games. This also causes Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to have the longest gap between the game's release (November 2019) and the commencement of the actual Olympics (July 2021) out of any Mario & Sonic game.

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