Tuesday, November 5, 2019

#GiftsForGamers - Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 #HolidayGiftGuide

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to CHIZComm for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

One of the season's hottest family-friendly Switch games is now available!

Have you ever wanted to see Mario vs. Dr. Eggman? Or Sonic vs. Bowser?  Starting today, you can pit all of Mario's and Sonic's iconic characters against each other in the biggest video game mash-up of 2019, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020! Take rivalries to the skate park, diving board, archery range, and more with an incredible suite of 3D and 2D events, imaginative Dream events (who hasn't wanted to see Sonic on a hoverboard AGAIN?) and an expansive Story Mode!

About the game:

No other gaming franchise offers Sonic and Mario together along with your favorite Sega and Nintendo characters. You get to play action-packed sporting events in classic retro 2D and 3D, perfect for party play with family and friends this coming holiday!

Help Mario and Sonic escape from a 2D-themed console, the "Tokyo '64," hatched as part of Dr. Eggman's and Bowser's nefarious plans to trap the colorful and capable power pair.
A Bountiful Medley of Events: Skateboard, surf, and race your way to the top of the podium! With more than 30 events to master in this fun-filled Olympic Games showdown, there are plenty of ways to prove your skills to your friends in local and online multiplayer.
Push the Boundaries: Dream Events deliver a layer of fantastical chaos. Zip through a downhill obstacle course on your hoverboard, throwdown for territorial control with lightning-fast karate action, or smash the most targets inside a traditional Japanese manor!

So Many Ways to Play*: Exclusively on Nintendo Switch, determine who the real champion is while using the fun and flexibility of Joy-Con controllers to your advantage.

Play with a Cast of Fan-Favorite Characters: The gang's all here! Play as Mario, Sonic, and a star-studded cast of your favorite SEGA and Nintendo characters!

Enjoy all the different classic 2D events, perfect for friends and family:

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

You will also dash, climb, jump, surf and more in these fast-paced 3D events:

110m Hurdles
4 x 100m Relay
Canoe Double (C-2) 1000m
Discus Throw
Equestrian - Jumping
Football (Soccer)
Gymnastics - Floor Exercise
Javelin Throw
Karate - Kumite
Rugby Sevens
Skateboarding - Park
Sport Climbing
Surfing - Shortboard
Swimming - 100m Freestyle
Table Tennis
Triple Jump

The fun even goes beyond the limits of reality with all-new Dream Events:

Dream Karate
Dream Racing
Dream Shooting

Our thoughts:

The good:

-Great attention to detail; from the crowds, to the individual event props.
The crowds and on lookers felt pretty realistic without being just a static group of misc. characters.
-Multiple control options for each game, giving unique advantages for each persons play styles.
-Detailed step-by-step descriptions on how to play each game
-Olympic record and personal best records are displayed for the older events. The newer events such as rock climbing(officially called "Sport Climbing") and canoeing don't have WR info since their new.
-Everyone's costume changed with each event and character strengths in different events were obvious and helped to choose the best participant for event.
-They also include some cool 8-bit and 16-bit game modes that kept the game fun.

Our only issue so far:

-The motion controls take a lot of time to master and initially players will most likely sway toward the "buttons" option.  It's easy to see how the motion controls could be pretty useful if you're in serious mode and want to shoot for the records.

Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality and attention to detail of this game. If we were comparing game play to another game, we would say it's like a competitors version of Mario Party, which is fitting since it's the Olympic games.  Great for gamers ages 10 and up.

Get social:

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SEGA on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/SEGA
SEGA on YouTube: www.youtube.com/SegaAmerica

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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