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Sonic Forces "New Price" Version releasing in Japan

Same game, lower price

SEGA is using the old price reduction tactic on Sonic Forces in Japan. The company has announced at Sonic Forces "New Price" Version is going to launch at retail on Nov. 21st, 2019, which drops the price from 6,469 yen to 3,289 yen. The cover art is seeing just a slight change, with the addition of a small 'New Price' banner.

Please enjoy shirtless Eggman and Wario in Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A dream come true

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is doing all sorts of interesting things with the outfits for characters, and sometimes it means people are wearing less than ever. Please enjoy, for the first time ever, shirtless Wario and Eggman. You can thank me later.

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' Japanese cover art revealed

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games hits the Switch in Japan on Nov. 1st, 2019, and SEGA has revealed the official Japanese cover for the game. I don't care how many times its happened already, I'll continue to get a smile when I see Mario and Sonic standing together on a cover.

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gets another round of screens

Check out more screens here and here

Celebrate the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with your favorite characters, loads of events, and so many ways to enjoy the party on your Nintendo Switch™! Have a blast competing with your friends in 30+ action-packed 3D and classic 2D sports games—including new events for Tokyo 2020!

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Gamescom 2019 trailer (Japanese)

Celebrate the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with your favorite characters, loads of events, and so many ways to enjoy the party on your Nintendo Switch™! Have a blast competing with your friends in 30+ action-packed 3D and classic 2D sports games—including new events for Tokyo 2020!

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games available to preload in Japan

Two big games up for grabs

Two big Switch titles have just been made available to preload on the Switch eShop in Japan. Both The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games can be scooped up, which I'm sure people are interested in. Link's Awakening is priced at ¥6,458, requires 5.8 GB, supports multiple languages including English, and launches on Sept. 20th, 2019. Mario and Sonic is priced at ¥6,469, requires 6.3 GB, supports Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese, and launches on Nov. 1st, 2019.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 takes the series to a new dimension on November 5th, 2019

2D is the way to be!

Cologne - August 20, 2019 - Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is taking the series to another dimension for the first time with classic 2D and exciting 3D events. Join the party with Mario and Sonic when the game releases in the Americas on November 5 and Europe on November 8, exclusively on Nintendo Switch™! Be sure to watch our latest trailer.

Enjoy 10 different classic 2D events with friends and family:

100m
10m Platform (Diving)
400m Hurdles
Gymnastics - Vault
Judo
Kayak Single (K-1) 1000m
Long Jump
Marathon
Shooting - Trap
Volleyball

...all presented in a generation-spanning game for the ages! If you've never seen Bowser in classic 2D perform an armstand dive off a 10-meter platform into the water, you're in for an incredible time.

What you need to know about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:

New Events and More: Debut events including surfing, skateboarding, karate, and sport climbing will all be playable in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020; joining the classic event line-up of gymnastics, swimming, 110m hurdles, football, equestrian, and archery.

Different Ways to Play*: Exclusively on Nintendo Switch, determine who the real champion is while using the fun and flexibility of the Joy-Con controllers to your advantage.

Split-Screen and Online Fun**: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 delivers multiplayer, both local split-screen and online, fun for all ages and groups.

Play with a Cast of Fan-Favorite Characters: Choose from a star-studded SEGA- and Nintendo-franchise athlete roster that includes Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Knuckles, Peach, Amy, Dr. Eggman, Yoshi, Tails, and more to be announced!

10 Classic 2D Events: Experience Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games in a brand-new way with classic 2D versions of 10 events from the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics.

Dash, jump, climb, surf and more in 21 3D events, including:

100m
110m Hurdles
4 x 100m Relay
Archery
Badminton
Boxing
Canoe Double (C-2) 1000m
Discus Throw
Equestrian - Jumping
Fencing
Football (Soccer)
Gymnastics - Floor Exercise
Javelin Throw
Karate - Kumite
Rugby Sevens
Skateboarding - Park
Sport Climbing
Surfing - Shortboard
Swimming - 100m Freestyle
Table Tennis
Triple Jump

Release Date

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take to the starting blocks exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on November 5 in the Americas for $59.99 USD and November 8 in Europe with commensurate pricing. For more information, including where you can pre-order the game, be sure to visit the official website.

*Joy-Con functionality does not extend to all events.

**Internet connection required during online play. To use online services, you must create a Nintendo Account and accept the related agreement. The Nintendo Account Privacy Policy applies. Some online services may not be available in all countries. Online play requires paid online membership.

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' producer talks about working with the Joy-Con, and the game's current progress

The finish line is in sight

The gang at Dengeki had the chance to interview Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games producer Nobuya Ohashi recently. In the snippet below, translated by NintendoEverything, Mr. Ohashi discusses what its been like making a new Mario & Sonic game with the Joy-Con as the input method.

The Wii title also had that ability to play in a unique way, but I think the control horizons have broadened far more for with the Switch. For example, in the 100 meter race we’ve been able to create a feeling of motion like nothing we have managed before. On the starting line you put your hands to the ground like the athletes really do, and for the hurdles, rather than just waving a Wiimote, you put your hands out in front as you press the button, as if you are clearing the hurdle yourself. By allowing the player take the same poses as the character on the screen, they get the feeling of really being in their shoes, which then creates that sense of competing in real life.

Mr. Ohashi also took a moment to discuss how far along the game is in development.

It’s going well and we are now into the final checking stage. At this point we’re looking at how we can make the game easier to play and also give it more depth.

SEGA reveals Sonic-themed "Back to School" merch lineup

SUMMER FOREVER, DAMNIT!

Thought it pains me to say it, we are inching ever closer to back to school time. I know, I'm sorry for even bringing it up. Perhaps SEGA can make things somewhat better with the "back to school" lineup they've revealed above. Check out details on each product below.

- Sonic Lunch Box -$24.99: Time for lunch? No problem! Roll into lunch time with your Sonic the Hedgehog lunch box! Available at: Spencersonline.com

- Sonic “Game Over” Backpack - $65.00: Super dash around the city with the sonic the Hedgehog “Game Over” backpack! With multiple pockets and laptop compartment space, it is sure to carry everything you need! Available at: Sprayground.com

- Sonic Vintage Backpack - $41.99: Race into the school year with the sonic the Hedgehog backpack! Available at: Spencersonline.com

- Sonic and Knuckles Men’s Tee - $29.00: Complete your outfit with the Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles tee! Available at: Urbanoutfitters.com

- Sonic Juniors and Women’s Tie-DyeTee - $22.90: Keep summer alive and stay on trend with the Sonic the Hedgehog tie-dye tee-shirt! Available at: Forever21

- Sonic Men’s 5pk Boxer BriefSet - $18.00: Walk or run around in style with the Sonic the Hedgehog men’s boxer set! Available at: Amazon.com

SEGA talks about the delay/revamp of the Sonic movie, says everyone is 'keen to do the right thing'

And that's real good

Not that long ago, Paramount announced plans to push back the Sonic movie in order to revamp his look after an extremely negative backlash from fans. How did SEGA feel about the decision? Gamesindustry caught up with Sega Europe COO and president Gary Dale to find out.

"I think everybody's just keen to do the right thing. Obviously we have a very deep knowledge of the character and the brand. [Paramount] has a very deep knowledge of how to make movies. The trick is just to bring those two skillsets together to make the best film we can. To be fair, Paramount has been open to listening to feedback from the community around Sonic, which of course has got such a tremendously loyal fanbase with people with very specific views of who Sonic is, how Sonic should behave, how Sonic should look. And I think Paramount has taken a lot of that on board."

Following that, Mr. Dale was asked if SEGA has any plans to push forward with other movies, but with SEGA taking on the bulk of film creation.

"I don't really think so. I think the opportunity with Sonic is a particular situation for that film. And I think there's a view here that we're very good at making video games and Paramount is very good at making pictures... This is a film. I think the idea that you try to control Paramount would be the wrong approach. But at the same time, for Paramount not to take into account our views on Sonic would also be wrong. I think we're looking for a creative partnership that gets the best film. And over the years, I look at the success of game franchises in film and it's very mixed. The idea that games makers can control the process and create great movies... I don't know if that's true or not."

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