Nintendo and Sega revealed some awesome news about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. ‘Dream Events’ will return to the popular sports-themed party series. For the uninitiated, Dream Events are special games that go beyond the usual Olympic-theme games in the series.
For the Tokyo 2020 edition of the popular Olympic-based series, Nintendo showed off at least three new Dream Events. The first being Dream Racing, which looks like a lot of fun. It features Mario and Sonic characters on hoverboards. Many viewers commented how similar it looked to Sonic Riders, a Sonic racing game released for the GameCube in 2006.
The next Dream Event is Dream Shooting. It kind of looks like a cross between a Toy Story ride at Disney Land and Overwatch (which is getting a Switch port next month, by the way). It’ll really feel like Overwatch if you play as Donkey Kong in lieu of Winston. The goal of dream shooting seems to be to hit more targets than your opponent. Some of the targets look pretty simple to hit, while other kite-shaped targets should be a bit trickier to manage as they’re moving around the stage.
The final Dream Event shown in the trailer is Dream Karate. Unfortunately, there don’t appear to be any black belt accessories to wear. Still, it looks fun in its own right. Plus, its nice to see the woodland critters from the Sonic series cheering beside the Mushroom Kingdom citizens in the bleachers.
While players should be excited for the return of Dream Events, the most exciting and newest addition to Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is surely the ability to play the game in both the modern 3D mode that we’ve all become accustomed to AND in 2D mode with the original sprites from the earliest Mario and Sonic games.
You can check out the trailer below to see the Dream Events in action for yourself. It’ll get you plenty pumped up to take the game out for a spin when it releases for Nintendo Switch on November 5.