We have already competed for gold in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Nintendo 3DS, but the Wii U version isn’t too far behind it.
Welcoming us back to Rio de Janeiro, players will have chance to participate in 14 official Olympic Games disciplines and three Duel Events, with more than 30 playable characters to choose between.
You can challenge yourself in classic Olympic Games events such as Boxing, Archery and the 100m sprint, with venues modelled after their real-life counterparts. Whereas Rugby Sevens, Football and Beach Volleyball all have their own Duel Event, which sees players build up Duel Points by tackling, spiking or shooting before trying to score a try, point or goal to add them to their team’s score. The action is livened up with Bullet Bills and Chaos Emeralds, meaning that matches can soon become chaotic.
There is a new Heroes Showdown mode waiting to be unlocked, requiring that players either be on the winning team in all 17 player events in single player or win the Bronze Medal more than seven times in tournaments. This sees players join Team Mario or Team Sonic and compete against their rivals in knockout rounds. Events are randomised, and in each round the losing side will see a member of their team knocked out until none remain.
You can also choose to play as your Mii character, with any coins or rings that you earn able to be spent on unlocking costumes from the Mario or Sonic series respectively.
amiibo support has also been outlined, which will see players unlock special tournaments. Those that scan the Sonic amiibo will unlock the Sonic League, seeing the player’s Mii take on characters from the Sonic series. Whereas the Mario amiibo will work in the same way, unlocking the Mario League where you will look to outpace characters from the Mushroom Kingdom. Special Mario or Sonic Mii costumes await if you success in each league, while other amiibo will reward the player with coins or rings to use at the Item Stand where they can win additional costumes.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will release exclusively for Wii U in Europe and North America on June 24th.