Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Summary: It's great that Mario and Sonic can come together like this so often, even if the game isn't great itself. With budget-game look and feel, this year's Olympic effort doesn't quite make the team.
The latest in the series still provides the charm.
Story Mode Doesn't Qualify
Though the premise is always silly, this year's entry lacks staying power.
Across the board, the game makes apparent its lower budget.
Top Critic Average
This latest entry in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series sports the best collection yet of minigames and events, but is hampered by a tedious story mode and overall poor execution.
A serviceable mini-game compilation with some moderately interesting highlights, held back by peculiar design decisions and little replay value.
This is the sort of thing that might keep smaller children occupied for a time, but buffet rules apply: The food doesn’t taste better just because there’s a lot of it. And that’s maybe the best thing I can say about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: There is certainly a lot of it.
A wealth of entertaining events, accessible control options, and a competent story mode make for the best-ever entry in this simple series.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 offers a glimpse of what the series could be if it fully committed to a story mode or really invested in becoming a sportier companion to Mario Party. Most of the minigames are fairly strong and the whole package is dripping with polish. As far as minigame collections go, this one can carry the torch just fine—but maybe it's not the one you pick to light the fire at game night.
I'm as surprised as you are that I had so much fun with this one. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020's retro suite is compact but it kicks everything up a notch, which is an easier sell for newcomers. Just make sure you have at least one friend to prolong the fun with once the story is over and done.
It’s a fun party game to whip out at social gatherings, which is what it was designed to be after all, but it could have been so much more.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 brings a raft of new and returning events with it, but manages to both reduce and overcomplicate everything to the point where it simply isn't that fun to pick up and play with others. Younger fans may get a kick out of a few of the events, but overall this is a tiresome and drab tie-in that you'll have forgotten about long before the real world opening ceremony next July.
As a multiplayer experience, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 can be consider the "1-2 Switch" of this Xmas, a fun game that is enjoyed when playing with friends, even if it lacks events and story mode feels short and child oriented. If you want it to play alone, there are better options...
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