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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.

SEGA selling official Sonic the Hedgehog pizza cutter

The fastest pizza cutter alive

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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.

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

IGN Video Interview - Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Brian and Max interview the developers behind Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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.

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

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!

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Karate, Surfing, & Skateboarding gameplay

We got the chance to go hands-on with Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games! Check out the events Karate, Surfing, and Skateboarding!