The Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series is coming back for more.
Currently, SEGA is holding its annual SEGA FES event in Japan. There, the company has announced new games to tie into the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. One of these is a new installment in the Mario & Sonic series, and it's coming to Nintendo Switch later this year.
When translating, the title comes out to "Mario & Sonic at Tokyo Olympics." It was also revealed that the game is getting an arcade port, as well as a Mario-less mobile port. A video was presented, giving brief glimpses of the new games in action. The classic Athletics race appears to be coming back, with the Joy-Cons functioning similarly to the Wii Remote. Batminion, from London Olympic Games, will also be returning. This time, it appears all the characters will be donning special sports-themed outfits.
The original Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games released in 2007, and was one of the more anticipated games of that year. The main reason for that was it would be bringing together two of the most famous video games mascots for the first time. At that point, their rivalry had officially ended. The game took advantage of the Wii Remote's capabilities, promising an exercise whenever an Athletics race was played. Since then, there have been four console sequels: Winter, London, Sochi, and Rio.
With Tokyo Olympics being the first title in the franchise on Switch, the hope is that it will deliver new things to make it a hit. Olympic Winter Games built upon the first game, but since then, reviews have not been too positive. The highest rated game in the series on Metacritic is the DS port of Winter, with a score of 76. London and Rio drop into the 60s. Sochi is the worst rated one, with a score of 55. Hopefully, Tokyo Olympics will be the first acclaimed title.
Mario & Sonic at Tokyo Olympics will be released for Nintendo Switch in winter 2019. Although a release outside Japan was not confirmed, these games usually release worldwide around the same time, with North America typically getting them first.