Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is the fifth installment in the Mario & Sonic series of crossover games, officially licensed by the International Olympic Committee and based on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The Nintendo 3DS version was released first in February 2016 in Japan, while it will launch in North America in March and April in Europe and Australia. Meanwhile, the Wii U version will be released later, in June. Finally, for the first time in the series, an arcade version has been announced for a Japanese release in 2016.
Players can compete in a variety of Olympic events as characters from the Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog franchises. In this installment, rather than have set normal and dream events, each event now has a "normal" and "Dream" variation. For events, however, in the Nintendo 3DS version only certain characters can compete in certain events, while in the Wii U version all characters can be used for any event.
The Nintendo 3DS version brings back the adventure mode known as Road to Rio, in which the player's Mii must defeat various characters at events. Also available in the handheld version is Pocket Marathon, in which the Mii runs a marathon, taking a number of steps depending on the number on the Nintendo 3DS's built-in pedometer; StreetPass is also incorporated into this mode, which inserts StreetPassed Miis to cheer the player's Mii on as they run.
Both console versions of the game are compatible with amiibo, though in different ways. In the Nintendo 3DS version, a Mario or Sonic amiibo turns their costumes into Gold Mario and Super Sonic respectively. In the Wii U version, scanning those amiibo allow the player to partake in special tournaments, allowing them to win special equipment for their Mii.
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