Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Joy-Con to mimic real games

Nobuya Ohashi, producer of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, recently discussed several details about the game with Dengeki, which Nintendo Everything has translated. One point of focus was the role of the Joy-Con in the upcoming Mario & Sonic Olympics title. The Nintendo Switch’s hardware has opened up new possibilities for this series, which the developers have taken full advantage of.

Joy-Con can be used to mimic the real-life Olympic experience in Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as some already experienced at E3 this year. This is specifically the case if the player chooses to play with motion controls. For example, in the game’s archery event, players will have to hold their hands like with an actual bow and arrow. This involves aiming with the left hand and then firing the bow with the right hand.

Similarly, players start the 100-meter race by putting their hands near the ground like Olympic runners. And in events with hurdles, players will put their hands in front of them when jumping to mimic the motion of actually clearing a hurdle.

Ohashi stated that Joy-Con provide a greater sense of realism in Mario & Sonic at the Olympics than the Wiimote. Of course, players will have the option to play with buttons rather than motion controls if they prefer.

The Mario & Sonic Olympics experience beyond Joy-Con

Joy-Con aside, Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics aims to invoke the real Olympics in other ways. Tokyo’s real Olympic stadiums have not yet been completed. However, the stadiums in this game will give players a sneak peak of what is to come in 2020. Ohashi also noted how the Olympics tend to attract viewers who don’t typically watch sports. In the same way, he hopes this game will attract gamers who don’t typically play sports games.

This game will feature online multiplayer. Some events will be intended for versus play, while cooperative play will be possible in others. The number of players who can participate in each event online will vary from event to event, ranging from two to eight.

Four events will be joining Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (and the real Olympics) for the first time. They are karate, skateboarding, surfing, and sports climbing. Players can try out the Joy-Con in these new Mario & Sonic Olympics events.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will launch in November 2019. The exact date is still unconfirmed. Will you be picking up this game when it releases? Let us know in the comments or on our social media!


Dylan Tate
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes esports news articles for Daily Esports.