Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was released earlier this month for Nintendo Switch, but for those who haven’t bought it yet or are unsure, Nintendo and Sega have created a demo version — and it went live today.
Tokyo 2020 (the Mario & Sonic version) consists of over 30 events, 10 of then being special “retro mode” versions where the characters appear in their original sprite form, and the banners read “TOKYO 1964,” the last time the city hosted the Games (a bit anachronistic, as video games weren’t possible back then outside of MIT labs).
The Retro Mode is attraction of a brand-new Story Mode that sees Bowser Eggman scheming to trap Mario & Sonic by sucking them inside an old game console called the “Tokyo 64.” This Story Mode is inaccessible in the demo, but two Retro Mode events are playable through the Quick Match menu: Long Jump and 10m Platform.
The other, non-retro events you can play in the demo are 110m Hurdles, Surfing, Karate, Badminton and Archery. Single-player and two-player is supported, but four players requires the full game, as does Story Mode and most of the events. But this is enough to get a taste of whether or not you will be into it.
- Brand New Story: Help Mario & 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!
Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was released November 5 on Nintendo Switch, and is available now.