Review Roundup: Mario & Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games is Filled With Great Mini-Games, But Held Back by its Story Mode

Nintendo’s latest title — Mario & Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games, is officially released, which means reviews for the game has gone live.

If you’re wondering how the game is performing in the reviews department, we got you covered as we usually have a review roundup for the biggest games to release each week. However, I do bring sad news today as Mario & Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games is not as good as most were hoping for. Review scores don’t mean much, but rather the critical thoughts behind the reviewer.

So down below I highlighted some of the best reviews that capture the games true essence. And for the most part it seems that Mario & Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games is filled with great min-games but is bogged down by a boring story mode.

Down below are some of the most respectable gaming sites in the industry, check out the highlights for their reviews on Nintendo’s latest title — Mario & Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games:

DualShockers 80

Overall, Mario & Sonic is a welcoming surprise that I can see myself playing with friends regularly.

NintendoWorldReport 80

A surprisingly fun game with a lot to offer. The Story Mode is somewhat amusing and easily goes by in five hours. While I wish there was more interaction with the modern world, I can’t deny the effort at least. That being said, the real star of the show are the activities themselves. With 34 minigames to choose from, this is one of the most packed games in series history. It helps that the button controls work quite well, and help to sell the experience just that teensy bit more.

Nintendo Life 70

Its 34 events provide welcome variety and there are far more hits than misses in its line-up, but once you’re finished with Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’s four-hour Story mode it becomes notably less enticing for solo players. With no real incentives or unlockables to aim for, this should be considered a strictly multiplayer affair if you want to still be playing it by the time the actual Tokyo 2020 Olympics roll around.

IGN 64

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.

USgamer 60

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.


In related news, Nintendo recently released a launch trailer for Mario & Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games. The new trailer is a blend of live-action and in-game action and showcases what players can expect from the game if they decide to pick up the game.

Known for a slew of party games to choose from, Mario & Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games manages to up the antics a couple of notches. Make sure to check out the launch trailer for the game, right here!

Mario & Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games is now available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Are you excited about the latest entry in the long-running series? Excited for the 2020 Olympics? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Metacritic