Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics (Wii U): plenty of footage, list of characters, more

Mario Sonic OlympicsToday, Nintendo opened the official website for the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Japan. It includes not only additional details about the game (such as the complete list of playable characters), but also plenty of footage for all the sports. Check out everything below!


Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics comes out on June 23rd in Japan (one day before Europe and North America), and will be available in two editions:

  • standalone (retail + digital): 6 156 Yen
  • game + 2 Wii Remote Plus (White, Red): 8 316 Yen

Here’s the boxart for both versions (courtesy of Amazon):


As mentioned previously, the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics features a total of 14 sports:

  • Rugby Sevens
  • BMX
  • 4 x 100m relay
  • Table Tennis
  • Rhythm Gymnastics
  • 100m
  • Football / Soccer
  • Triple Jump
  • 100m freestyle swimming
  • Javelin throw
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Equestrian – Jumping
  • Archery

There’s also Duel Events for the following sports:

  • Rugby Sevens
  • Football
  • Beach Volleyball

Here’s some footage for all sports, with an overview and then individual clips for all sports:

Head after the break for the rest of this post!

Here’s some additional footage from the official website (uploaded separately due to their unusual aspect ratio):

Rio Beach

In the game, you will get to take some time off on the Beach of Rio. You can meet several characters there, but also some Mii from others players from all around the world. It’s some sort of hub, from where you can head to the sport events and access the various game modes. There’s even a Carnival going on!

It looks like you can compete against Mii from other players in Olympics Tournaments, in order to earn medals, but unfortunately, there’s no online play.

As seen in the overview trailer, you can unlock up to 400 pieces of gear/costumes for your Mii. Those costumes are not just for show, as they also allow your Mii to power up. Finally, the website mentions the Heroes Showdown mode, where you can chose between Team Mario and Team Sonic (click here for more details about it!).


The official website reveals the full list of playable characters in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics. There’s 34 characters in total, and some of them are only available in certain sports:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Yoshi
  • Daisy
  • Wario
  • Waluigi
  • Bowser
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Donkey Kong
  • Diddy Kong (Rugby sevens, Rugby sevens (Duel Event)
  • Nabbit (100m)
  • Wendy (100m Freestyle Swimming)
  • Larry (Equestrian – Jumping)
  • Rosalina (Rhythm Gymnastics)
  • Toad (4x100m Relay)
  • Dry Bowser (Javelin Throw)
  • Sonic
  • Tails
  • Amy
  • Knuckles
  • Blaze
  • Shadow
  • Silver
  • Dr. Eggman
  • Metal Sonic
  • Hector
  • Jet (Soccer, Soccer (Duel Event))
  • Rouge (Beach Volleyball, Beach Volleyball (Dream Event))
  • Wave (BMX)
  • Espio (Triple Jump)
  • Zavok (Boxing)
  • Sticks (Archery)
  • Zazz (Table Tennis)

Finally, here’s plenty of screencaps from the official website, and some additional screenshots:

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics (Wii U) comes out on June 23rd in Japan, and June 24th in Europe and North America.



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