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Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games lets you use both motion and button controls, gives characters appropriate outfits for their events

Freshly dressed

You'll be able to play Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the way you want to. In an interview with IGN, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games producer Nobuya Ohashi mentioned that both motion controls and traditional controls will be included in the experience.

“Motion control is definitely featured in this game. We are really excited to feature and utilize great parts about the Switch for this game. For instance, you don’t just have to use the Joy-Con. Obviously the Joy-Con is going to be a big part of the game. For instance, for surfing and skateboarding you’ll use the tilting mechanism to move the characters during the game, but also you can enjoy the games using the button mode…so there’s many, many ways of playing a lot of these mini games for this new game.

For example, if you’re using the Joy-Con mode, you can enjoy disc throwing as one of the games and you could actually experience throwing the disc, by using your body, which is a big part of motion control. There’s also boxing that you can experience – really experience the punching motion.”

One big chance with this installment in the series comes with costumes. Characters will now wear outfits that are appropriate for the sport they're in. Yes, that includes Mario as well.

“Each of the characters are wearing different costumes, depending on the sporting event they are competing in. For instance, in the previous games Mario would always be wearing his overalls, even if he’s in water, but this time, we changed that, we actually gave him trunks, so he can actually swim in the water correctly.”

SEGA wants to take on a new Sonic challenge for the franchise's 30th anniversary, ponders eSports potential

A Sonic eSports game?

Sonic is coming up on a major anniversary. When we make it to 2021, Sonic as a brand will be 30 years old! Do SEGA have any plans for a special celebration? 4Gamer interviewed Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka to find out.

I think planning for that 30th anniversary will have to begin now. I’d really like for us to take on some sort of new challenge for it though.

4Gamer takes that information and pivots into a question about eSports. Is there any way Sonic and the world of eSports could mix?

I think there’s always the possibility… but Sonic will always be mainly an action-platformer, so going into that eSports arena might not be that feasible. But then I’m always willing to take on new genre challenges, like we did with the recent Team Sonic Racing. I think there’s always the chance that something suited to eSports might come out of those different projects.

There are still no plans to bring Shenmue 3 to Switch

Guess we'll have to play a game of Lucky Hit instead

Quite some time ago, we heard from the Shenmue dev team that there were no plans to bring Shenmue 3 to the Switch. It seems that comment didn't reach far enough, as fans continue to ask about a potential Switch version. This has lead to Deep Silver adding a specific message to their splash page for Shenmue 3 that specifically states that there are currently no plans for the game on Switch.

SEGA selling official Sonic the Hedgehog pizza cutter

The fastest pizza cutter alive

Gotta slice fast! Here's your chance to own our exclusive Sonic pizza cutter! Made of stainless steel and laser-engraved with your favorite hedgehog, this pizza cutter's blade measures 3-inches in diameter, and will make super-quick work of your pizza slicing needs. The handle is made of high-quality molded plastic, and includes a full-color Sonic the Hedgehog logo. Sonic and pizza, it's the perfect match!

If you feel like the Sonic pizza cutter is something you absolutely need to have in your life, you can lock in a preorder right here.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game - Hammer Throw and Boxing event footage, plus more screens

Man, I really can't wait for the Olympics!


SEGA is back with two more promo videos for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game Japanese. This time we get to check out the Hammer Throw and Boxing events, and retired Japanese Olympic record-setting swimmer/ambassador for the 2020 Olympics Takeshi Matsuda is back to have a look once again.

There's also a new batch of screens from the game, showing another handful of events. Check out the screens here.

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' booth setup at E3 2019 includes a rock climbing wall

Climb on!

E3 setups are known for being over the top and eye-catching, and it's a trend with no end in sight. The E3 2019 setup for Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games includes a rock climbing wall smack-dab in the middle of the booth. I didn't think this made sense at first, but then I learned that the 2020 Olympics will be the first to introduce a rock climbing event. Now the setup makes perfect sense!

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' official Japanese site opens

The torch is lit

The official Japanese site for Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has opened. It's in teaser form right now, so all you get is the art above and the official trailer for the game. Hopefully it'll be updated with some more content in the near future.

Check out the site here

Platinum says Bayonetta 3 development "going quite well," they're remaining silent because they're busy

Too busy to make an E3 apperance

Many fans were hoping to see Bayonetta 3 pop up during Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct, but the game was nowhere to be found. Don't worry, though, as Platinum Games studio head Atsushi Inaba said all is well.

“...development is actually going quite well. Games aren’t usually done in a year or two… it takes a while. That’s all. Things are going well and I know a lot of people are asking for it. Giving updates for everything at E3 isn’t the smartest PR strategy to begin with, so just because we’re not showing it here doesn’t mean it’s not going well. ...it’s going to be a high quality title and we’re putting our all into it. That is what you’re seeing [with the silence].”

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - over 10 mins of off-screen footage

Go for gold as you compete in action-packed sports games, including 4 brand new events to Tokyo 2020—Skateboarding, Karate, Surfing, and Sport Climbing, as well as a large selection of classic events.

Alien: Isolation - Announcement trailer

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