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Fans want to know why Sonic won't ditch his shoes in Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' surfing event, and SEGA has a strange answer

SEGA has some strange rules
by rawmeatcowboy
12 June 2019
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Fans latch onto all kinds of strange, small, and weird details in video games. That's what makes fans so great! When it comes to Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, those who saw today's trailer immediately had a question. How come Mario can take his shoes off to participate in surfing, but Sonic can't? It certainly would make sense to remove them, so why does Sonic keep them on? Polygon reached out to SEGA for an answer, and they got a response from Sonic producer Takashi Iizuka.

“Sonic doesn’t take off his shoes (in canon)”

Why on earth is that a steadfast canon rule? I mean, I get it for mainline Sonic games where he's running around, but can't there be an exception for something like Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games? I guess SEGA just doesn't know how in the world to draw Sonic's feet!