Sega unveils Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020

Posted on April 1, 2019

The next Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo 2020, and to mark the occasion, the Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog franchises will be teaming up again for another crossover sports title. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be released next year for the Nintendo Switch,

The game will once more bring Nintendo and Sega’s mascots and their supporting characters to the Olympic Games to compete in sporting events. In addition, Sega has announced arcade ports of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020, as well as official licensed Olympics games in development for multiple platforms.

The Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is an unusual franchise crossover that started on the Wii and DS in 2008 for the Beijing games. Since then, there have been regular crossovers for the Wii, Wii U, DS and 3DS for each of the Summer Olympics, as two entries based on the Winter Olympics.  Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be the first of the franchise to be released on the Nintendo Switch. In addition, a mobile title, simply called Sonic at the Olympic Games, is being developed which will only feature Sonic characters.

Each game features mini-games based on the real-life Olympic events, often featuring motion controls and other platform-specific controls.  The trailer shows a variety of events that will be featured in both the Mario & Sonic versions and official licensed games, including tennis, track and field, shot put, baseball, long jump, swimming, and many others.

Mario & Sonic at Olympic Games 2020

Aside from another Mario & Sonic title, Sega is also developing Olympic Games: The Official Video Games . This will be a multi-platform release for the PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch. Obviously, this will not have Mario or Sonic in it, and feature the real life athletes who will be competing in the 2020 Olympic Games.

We do not have a official release dates yet, but the official website states that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020 will release for the Switch later this year, with the arcade and mobile editions, as well as Olympic Games: The Official Video Games, to be released next year.