In anticipation of its June 24th release date, Nintendo have today sent out further information and a bucketload of screenshots for the latest iteration in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games franchise for the Wii U.
Included in the announcement is the idea of ‘Duel Events’ – versions of rugby, football or beach volleyball wherein players build up duel points by tackling, shooting or spiking the ball and can then cash them in by scoring in the game. These sports are ‘spiced up’ with the addition of items like bullet bills and chaos emeralds.
There’s also a ‘Heroes Showdown’ mode, in which you join either Team Mario or Team Sonic. (Thereby finally forming palatable opposition to Teams Edward and Jacob.) Predictably, this mode has Amiibo integration, unlocking special leagues and costumes with specific Amiibo.
So, will the game be any good? Will it ever not be fun to beat Sonic in the 100m dash as Bowser? Will Nintendo decide to tackle the Brazilian humanitarian crisis surrounding the Games, perhaps using Waluigi as a revolutionary lynchpin to rail against rampant gentrification? Only time will tell. For now, here’s some screenshots!
Source, and even more screenshots: Perfectly Nintendo