The Sega party title – which releases this Friday, November 8 in the UK – has received mostly disappointing reviews so far.
VGC’s Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 review said the “clumsy gameplay lacks the polish we’ve come to expect from games emblazoned by that iconic little plumber”.
Mario & Sonic 2020 review round-up
- VGC (2/5) – “Motion controllers are likely more fun in a couch co-op situation, sure, but for committed players seeking perfect bonuses and top scores, they’re too clumsy.”
- VideoGamer (7/10) – “A fun collection of events, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has some chaff amongst the wheat, but overall, this an entertaining package that will no doubt be a party favourite.”
- Metro (5/10) – “A serviceable mini-game compilation with some moderately interesting highlights, held back by peculiar design decisions and little replay value.”
- God is a Geek (7/10) – “Tokyo 2020 is a decent entry in the Mario & Sonic series, with plenty of content and charm, but control inconsistency and lack of personalisation can mar the multiplayer fun.”
- Trusted Reviews (3/5) – “Given the fluidity of the focused sports games already available on the Switch, and the brilliance of those on previous Nintendo systems, it pales in comparison and becomes a hard sell unless you particularly enjoy the mini-game structure or want a game that will keep a sports-mad family busy this holiday season.”
- TheSixthAxis (5/10) – “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.”
- My Nintendo News (6.5/10) – “It’s still a sight to behold to witness the unity of a couple household names in gaming, especially in retro-inspired settings, but two of the most iconic faces in the entertainment world deserve better.”
- USgamer (3/5) – “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.”
- Kotaku (no score) – “I’ve had the game for a couple of weeks now, and seeing my colorful game mascot pals playing together never fails to bring a smile to my face. I just wish I had more, better ways to play them, that’s all.”
- Nintendo Life (7/10) – “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.”