The New Mario & Sonic Olympics Game Lets You Play As 2D Characters

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is kicking it old school. The latest installment of the all-star mascot competition, due out November 5 for the Switch, adds ten sprite-based 2D events to its normal selection of 3D fare. Look at pixel Mario’s tiny legs go!

I’ve not played any of the games in Sega’s Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series. That might change with the reveal of the classic 2D events included in the latest installment. It’s 8-bit Mario characters versus 16-bit Sonic and friends in a series of challenges giving off some serious Track and Field vibes.

Ten 2D events are included with the game.

  • 100m
  • 10m Platform (Diving)
  • 400m Hurdles
  • Gymnastics - Vault
  • Judo
  • Kayak Single (K-1) 1000m
  • Long Jump
  • Marathon
  • Shooting - Trap
  • Volleyball

If only the entire game looked like this.

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