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Mario and Sonic have had a great time competing with each other over the years. Even now, when it’s not as rivals on different systems, all of their collaborative games are still focused on competition.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020 is the latest entry in the Mario & Sonic Olympic game titles. And while it by no means is a game you will be playing when the next Olympic games rolls around, the game still serves a fun little party trick.

What Works

This unlikely duo and their wacky cast of characters are genuine good time to play mini games with. You will laugh at the idea of Dr. Eggman climbing a rock wall, or even Peach tackling Luigi in a Rugby match.

The visuals of this game are no slouch wither. The surfing themes mini games had some truly amazing Water for a stylized look that looked and was fun to play around with.

Outside of eye candy, the sheer number of mini games and events to play is a delight. Also, with the inclusion of the retro themed games, fans are sure to have a great time, if only for an hour or two.

What doesn’t work

as I mentioned fun can only last for an hour or two. There are so many games, but they are all so simple. Most games only have the player utilizing one or two buttons.

Not all mini games are created equal though. Rugby 7’s was perhaps the most fun I had with the game, but the imposed time limits on the game, and sluggish AI made for a lack luster experience. I really would love to see what the Mario & Sonic teams can do with a true Rugby game. If it would be anywhere close to the Mario Strikers and how much fun that is, I’m sure fans would love it.

I think that is the biggest detriment to Mario & Sonic’s success here; the lack of focus.. That’s been a problem for this series from day one, and I don’t think is curable. There are so many mini games that all feel half way thought out, and never built upon in any meaningful way, the charm quickly fades away.

And while the game’s story mode tries to weave together a narrative, it is just as bland as the rest of the game.

Conclusion 

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a game that takes two of gaming’s greatest icons has a lot going for it. The game is pretty, adn the ideas presented are fun and enjoyable. It’s just a shame that that enjoyment wares off after only a couple hours.

 

NTF Score: 6/10

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