Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics: website, details, list of characters/sports, videos, more

Mario Sonic OlympicsToday, Nintendo launched the official website for Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympyics, providing us with several videos (including the usual overview trailer), more details about the game (including the list of sports and playable characters), and more!

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics – Overview video

Here’s the usual overview video for Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics:

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics – Technical details

First, here’s some “technical” details about the game:

  • Genre: Sports
  • Players: 1 / Up to 4 in local wireless (Download Play supported)
  • Save data size: 125kb
  • Save data: 1
  • Internet features: online leaderboards, submit your records
  • StreetPass: allows you to gather Mii for the Full Marathon

Finally, here’s some screenshots:

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics – amiibo

In this game, you can use amiibo in order to power up your Mii with costumes (but only once you’ve unlocked the Champions Road). It powers up your Mii (by giving it better stats), but there’s a restriction: you can only use it for 24 hours after tapping the amiibo.

Here’s the list of amiibo compatible:

  • Mario (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Sonic (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Dr. Mario (Super Smash Bros. series)
  • Mario (Super Mario series)
  • Gold Mario (Super Mario series)
  • Classic Colours Mario (Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary)
  • Modern Colours Mario (Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary)

Mario & Sonic amiiboFinally, here’s some screenshots:

Head after the break for the rest of this post!

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics – Sports

Next, we have a list of official olympics sports (there’s 14 of them in the game):

  • 100 metres
  • 110 metres hurdles
  • Long Jump
  • Javelin throw
  • 100 metres Freestyle
  • Archery
  • Boxing
  • Table Tennis
  • Beach Volley
  • Equestrian
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics: Hoop

There’s also the usual Dream Events, special versions of official sports (there’s also 14 of them in the game):

  • special version of Golf
  • special version of BMX
  • special version of Table tennis (where you have to hit numbers)
  • special version of 100 metres Freestyle (with waves)
  • special version of 100 metres hurdles

Here’s a video showcasing all these sports:

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics – Story mode

In Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics, there will be a story mode. At the beginning of the game, you arrive in town. It turns out there’s a rivalry between the Mario Gym and the Sonic Gym, and you have to chose between the two. Your choice will have an impact on which sports you will get to train for and compete in.

If you chose the Mario gym, you will get (among other things):

  • 110 metres hurdles
  • Beach Volley
  • Peach’s Training Gym

If you chose the Sonic Gym, you will get (among other things):

  • 100 metres
  • Table Tennis
  • Amy’s Training Gym

Once you’ve cleared the story mode, you will get the Mario or Sonic costume for your Mii, depending on the route you chose.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics – Mii

When you play with your Mii, you will be able to wear various costumes (such as a Samba Dancer outfit, Fairy clothes and hat, or even a Tails’s suit… there’s 270 of them in total!). But there’s more to the customisation of your Mii. By training at the Champions Road, you get TP (Training Points). Once you get enough of those, your Mii will level up: this allows you to wear higher level gear.

To get the upper hand, your Mii can use special gear in order to become even stronger: boxing gloves, golf clubs, etc… There’s quite a lot of them, (including a Chomp golf club), and they all have their own stats.

But in order to get costumes and gear, you need to use Apples and Melons at the Costume and Gear Shops (respectively), at the Champions Road. How to get Apples and Melons? By training! You can also get some by competing in the Full Marathon, walking a certain number of steps within a time limit, or completing Bonus challenges.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics – Characters

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics will feature 40 characters from the Mario and Sonic universes, including:

  • Mario
  • Peach (Golf, 100 metres Freestyle)
  • Luigi (Table Tennis, 110 metres hurdles)
  • Daisy (Soccer / Football, Rhythmic Gymnastics: Hoop)
  • Birdo (Archery)
  • Bowser Jr. (Long Jump, Equestrian)
  • Bowser (Golf, Boxing)
  • Donkey Kong (Boxing, Beach Volley)
  • Yoshi (Soccer / Football, 100 metres)
  • Wario (Javelin throw, Archery)
  • Waluigi (Long Jump, BMX)
  • Diddy Kong (110 metres hurdles)
  • Dry Bones (BMX)
  • Ludwig (Table Tennis)
  • Nabbit (100 metres)
  • Rosalina (Rhythmic Gymnastics: Hoop)
  • Dry Bowser (Javelin throw)
  • Roy (Beach Volley)
  • Larry (Equestrian)
  • Wendy (100 metres Freestyle)
  • Tails (100 metres Freestyle, Beach Volley)
  • Amy (100 metres Freestyle, Rhythmic Gymnastics: Hoop)
  • Knuckles (Javelin throw, Boxing)
  • Cream (Beach Volley)
  • Vector (Golf, Table Tennis)
  • Espio (Long Jump)
  • Blaze (Equestrian, Rhythmic Gymnastics: Hoop)
  • Metal Sonic (100 metres, BMX)
  • Silver (110 metres hurdles, Archery)
  • Shadow (Soccer / Football, 100 metres)
  • Omega (Javelin throw)
  • Dr. Eggman (110m hurdles, Equestian)
  • Dr. Eggman Nega (Long Jump)
  • Wave (BMX)
  • Sticks (Archery)
  • Jet (Soccer / Football)
  • Zavok (Boxing)
  • Zazz (Table Tennis)
  • Rouge (Golf)

Of course, you can also play with your Mii.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics – Full marathon

The Full Marathon is one of the new features of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Nintendo 3DS, and it works just like the challenges in Wii Fit U. You have to run the 42.195km of an actual Full Marathon, and you do so by leaving your Nintendo 3DS in sleep mode. Each step corresponds to 1m, which means you need to walk 42 195 steps in order to complete the marathon.

As you progress through the marathon, you will unlock various costumes to power up your Mii. If you meet other players via StreetPass, their Mii will come and lend you their support.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics (3DS) comes out on February 18th in Japan, and next year in Europe and North America. The Wii U version will follow at a later date.

Source: Nintendo


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