Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020 – Review

We’re still about nine months away from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some Olympic-style video games. Once again, Mario, Sonic, and their Nintendo and Sega friends are back at it with Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020. Thanks to the sheer number of playable events and a pretty fun story mode, this is without question one of the more enjoyable games available on the Nintendo Switch.

Like the earlier Mario & Sonic Olympic Games, you have the two titular characters and others from their respective franchises play in over 30 different sporting Olympic events (with a few other minigames thrown in for good measure). But, what makes this edition different and even more enjoyable than earlier versions are the retro-style Olympic events and a lengthy and varied story mode.

When not playing with others, the story mode is where you’ll spend most of your time.  Dr. Eggman and Bowser have concocted an idea to trap Mario and Sonic in a retro video game meant to celebrate the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games. However, when Luigi turns on the unit, it not only manages to trap Mario and Sonic but Dr. Eggman, Bowser and Toad all get sent into the game as well. 

For the rest of the story, Mario and Sonic will take part in retro-bit Olympic events in a 1964 version of Tokyo. At the same time, Luigi will wander around current-day Tokyo in the hopes he can find a way to get his friends back. Sporting events in 1964 will always see Mario or Sonic face off against Bowser or Dr. Eggman to earn enough Gold medals to send them back. In the present day, you’ll start as Luigi but as you progress, you’ll cont