Mixed or average reviews - based on 76 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 35 out of 76
  2. Negative: 4 out of 76
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  1. Nov 5, 2019
    The amount of events is just right to get the most fun for your money.
  2. Nov 5, 2019
    I didn't expect to like this game as much as I do, and I certainly didn't think that a Story Mode would be the biggest selling point for a game known as a mini-game compilation, but here we are. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is an excellent game with a fabulous soundtrack and fan service for fans of either franchise. The game's Story Mode does a great job of introducing players to all of the mini-games, while also teaching them about the rich history and culture of Tokyo. Sega has done a great job as ambassadors for the city of Tokyo, and the 1964 retro 2D mini-games and events are nostalgia-filled romps that will leave players smiling from ear to ear.
  3. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Apr 30, 2020
    Though there is room to improve, Mario & Sonic nevertheless do what they do best, and that's deliver a fun experience from beginning to end. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 60]
  4. Nov 8, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a game for people who really love the Olympic Games and want to buy memorabilia of the event as someone would buy a pin of the town the Games are taking place in or a t-shirt with the mascot. But as video game, it really looks like the typical, almost bland, product coming out of a production line every four years.
  5. Nov 6, 2019
    All-in-all, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is probably the best game in the series with a nice selection of events, features and characters, and enough gameplay variation to keep fans occupied. It seems like it would have made more sense to launch closer to the actual Tokyo 2020 games, and it definitely has more replayability as a party or multiplayer game than as a single player title, but it’s totally worth checking out if Olympic-style titles are (or were ever) your thing.
  6. Nov 6, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 offers the quality of previous games and goes one step further thanks to the retro-style events. The variety of sports and events, the combination of modern and classic modes, the interesting story mode, the local and online multiplayer options and the good graphic and sound section make this title an excellent way to warm up for the Olympic Games.
  7. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is one of the best episodes in this sub-series, bringing it back to form after the two lackluster Wii U releases.
  8. 82
    Mario & Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games is definitely the best chapter in the series, and will surely make the joy of younger gamers and those willing to climb the online charts, aiming for gold.
  9. Nov 13, 2019
    The best Mario and Sonic in the Olympic Games of the saga. Plenty of games, great retro feeling and undisputed in the multiplayer side.
  10. Nov 7, 2019
    With a fun story mode and a ton of minigames there is a lot to love about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The game is full of fun facts about the event and history that keep you learning as you play. The map could be better and there maybe is too much reading involved, but that doesn't take away from the game in any big way.
  11. Nov 6, 2019
    Are you looking for a Wii-style minigame collection to play at parties or with friends? If so, this title fits the bill exactly. If you're looking for a challenging single-player experience, you still won't find that here. In many ways, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is as straightforward of an update as you can get. Its primary purpose was to bring Olympic-style events to the Switch for the first time. If that's what you're looking for, then you'll be happy with this Mario & Sonic outing.
  12. 80
    Moving above the mediocrity that has often plagued the series in the past, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is without question the best entry thus far, even if the mini-game and party structure is not for everybody.
  13. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a surprisingly competent minigame collection with a decent story. Where most in the genre would become repetitive after just a few rounds, this entry in the series incentivises replaying again and again to beat official Olympic records or the tough as nails AI. Either alone or with friends, it’s a great time.
  14. Nov 5, 2019
    It’s the perfect game to get out when you have family around for an occasion, and the retro events will likely elicit fond memories from gamers of a certain age. And to top it all off, there’s a decent single-player mode to get stuck into. It’s not perfect, but as mini-game collections go, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is up there with the best of them.
  15. 80
    The real magic of the game, though, is how it serves as a perfect casual entry point into the world of the Olympic Games.
  16. Nov 5, 2019
    Overall, Mario & Sonic is a welcoming surprise that I can see myself playing with friends regularly.
  17. 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.
  18. Nov 5, 2019
    Overall, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is an enjoyable experience that’s jammed-packed with Olympic-sized fun. With so many events and modes to choose from, all presented in Nintendo’s signature welcoming style, there’s something for everyone here. Just don’t expect a deep and engrossing experience; while there are nice extra touches like Story Mode and an added retro element, this is mostly a game meant for casual, bite-sized fun on the go.
  19. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020's retro suite is compact but it kicks everything up a notch.
  20. Nov 15, 2019
    Mini game collections are not for everyone, but Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is one of the better options within the genre. Especially the retro sports - not the least because of the nostalgia - are appreciated. The game would have made an even better impression with a slightly better finish, but at least offers enough choice in terms of activities.
  21. Nov 7, 2019
    If you’re looking for a game to enjoy with friends, this can be a great choice. It has a lot of content and some really nice details for fans of the two franchises it is based on.
  22. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will be able to give hours of genuine fun to share in company.
  23. Nov 5, 2019
    Quotation forthcoming.
  24. Nov 6, 2019
    Loads of disciplines, retro sports and a top-notch presentation: Mario and Sonic invite you to fun and thoroughly enjoyable summer games. But the slow-moving story mode and too many automatisms among other things, keep the dynamic duo from podium places.
  25. Dec 30, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is sixth installment in the franchise, as it stands somewhere in the middle. It may not be the best, but surely isn't the worst of them all. It looks superb, has a few really outstanding mini-games and even a selection of 10 retro styled ones for all you nostalgia lovers out there.
  26. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 6, 2019
    Definitely the best game in the series – but too niche to recommend it to everyone. [Issue#241, p.63]
  27. Nov 7, 2019
    As a multiplayer experience, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 can be considered the "1-2 Switch" of this Xmas, a fun game that is enjoyed when playing with friends, even if it lacks events and the story mode feels short and child-oriented. If you want it to play alone, there are better options...
  28. Nov 5, 2019
    A good revitalization for the franchise and one that packs enough charm to forgive its faults.
  29. Nov 5, 2019
    These games are always a guilty pleasure and this debut on Switch certainly fits the bill. The addition of the 2D events is by far the highlight of this package. I just wish there were more of them. I love that these games drop every couple of years and deliver almost every time. Anyone looking for yet another great Switch game to play with friends, this is another great addition to the library.
  30. Nov 5, 2019
    Even if Mario & Sonic at The Olympic Games isn't the party game of the century, it's still a nice pick with lots of sports available, a touristic tour of Tokyo, and 10 retro challenges with vintage pixels.
  31. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario and Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is a solid, although not revolutionary, party game. Its wide selection of events, its clean technique and its various types of gameplay, all very accessible, make it an ideal companion for a few successful evenings with friends or family. The real added value of this opus, the solo mode, is however a good idea poorly exploited, due to a excess of inconsistent dialogues, which break the rhythm and all the interest of this charming initiative.
  32. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is pretty basic but funny, especially with the right people to play with: if you enjoyed previous games in the series, you won’t be dissatisfied with this one.
  33. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 feels like the hardest Sega has tried at coming up with a broadly appealing track and field collection since DecAthelete. The wide range of events and alternative control options create open accessibility while a handful of retro throwbacks and madcap minigames function as impressive novelties. Mario & Sonic’s limitations are still recognizable, but Tokyo 2020 feels like the farthest anyone can drag an Olympic videogame into the present.
  34. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 knows how to get us excited about the Olympic Games. The sports are not all worked out to the same extent, but the big variation in mini-games, wonderful story mode and pleasant 2D versions of certain sports provide enough entertainment.
  35. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a lot of fun— if you have people to play it with. Most of the events are simple to jump into. Party games with motion controls make local play all the more fun. The inability to play certain games with more than two people and the omission of certain characters from all events can take away from the variety, but it’s a solid game at its core.
  36. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 offers varied family-friendly fun. With so many sports and mini-games to enjoy, it's easy to find something to like about this star-studded package.
  37. Dec 9, 2019
    Overall, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is the best game in the franchise for newcomers. The game offers an abundance of events and a charming story that’ll give younglings insight into the history of the Olympic Games. If you are looking into becoming a competitive athlete online, then this game will not be for you. However, it is perfect for any get together with friends and/or family, due to the game’s short session mentality.
  38. Nov 14, 2019
    It may not last you until the Summer Games roll around next year, but the homegrown attention-to-detail and retro mode go some way in making Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 a charming package for casual multiplayer fun this holiday.
  39. Nov 12, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 is an entertaining take on the sports-event genre that has, by and large, disappeared in the modern-day. The game aims for accessibility at every opportunity, and while nothing about it is particularly exceptional, it still has plenty of unique flourishes to offer, and the wealth of different events and simple controls make for an appealing casual multiplayer title. Thanks to a generous selection of events and a few neat gimmicks, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is the best entry in this series.
  40. Nov 11, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has some good ideas, but is held back by conflicting graphical styles and some dull events. The game is made for multi-player and those with enough controllers will find some fun to be had. It's a shame there wasn't just a few more great 3D mini-games or team events to mix up the more boring events.
  41. 70
    Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a fun collection of games that absolutely anybody can enjoy. The story mode is delightful, although a little bit tedious and repetitive, but doesn't detract from what is otherwise, a nice package.
  42. Nov 7, 2019
    If you want to stand out in a genre as overloaded as this, you must do it with ambition, and this new installment of the SEGA franchise continues with its legacy. Have fun, of course, but don't conquer.
  43. Nov 5, 2019
    A solid mini-game collection that might just serve as a great addition to your game nights as the Olympics draw nearer. Steer clear of a few dud events and you’ll find a satisfying multiplayer experience on offer, and the highly varied story mode means there’s something here for the solo player too. It won’t set your world on fire, but it’s hard not to have fun as you go for gold, even if the game never quite makes it to the top podium.
  44. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario and Sonic’s collaborative Switch outing may not be a huge upgrade from previous entries, but there’s enough variety and content, all wrapped around a ten-hour story mode and adorned with multiplayer functionality.
  45. Nov 5, 2019
    It’s far from the must-own that it could have been with some further refinement. The middling story mode wastes a really solid concept, and the best events lack the structure that could make them appealing to play for hours rather than just a few minutes. It’s a fun party game to whip out at social gatherings, which is what it was designed to be after all, but it could have been so much more.
  46. Nov 5, 2019
    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.
  47. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 brings Mario & Sonic once again to the next edition of the Olympic Games and the series' first game on the Nintendo Switch also means the return of motion controls, as well as a 2D retro-style section directed at the more old school demographic. The game's main plot is only available as a single player experience, which feels like a shortcoming but the game's new additions, events and minigames are certain to make for some very fun hours, even more so in the company of other players.
  48. Nov 5, 2019
    A fun but not so deep collection of minigames.
  49. Nov 5, 2019
    Set your expectations accordingly and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will likely provide some fun and frivolity as you eagerly await the real thing next year.
  50. Nov 5, 2019
    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.
  51. Nov 5, 2019
    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.
  52. Nov 22, 2019
    Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has its moments. The events themselves can be fun and challenging—sometimes too challenging—but overall it misses the mark in a couple of areas. The Story Mode can get tedious and boring when you're wading through text more than playing the events, and the fact that there's no tournament mode is a bit puzzling. The game isn't bad by any means, but it feels like more could have been done to enhance the multiplayer experience and to just add some replayability.
  53. Nov 5, 2019
    Essentially more of the same with a small handful of minor additions. 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.
  54. Nov 5, 2019
    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.
  55. Dec 5, 2019
    This is easily the best game in the Mario & Sonic series to date. Unfortunately, all that really means is that your mileage with the game comes down entirely to your own experience with the franchise, as this latest effort just doesn't do enough to tackle the problems inherent in its predecessors, and does precious little to keep players invested and engaged for more than a few dozen hours.
  56. Dec 4, 2019
    Just how much replay value is in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will probably depend on how much a player enjoys the Olympics. There’s not much the game does poorly, but there’s not much that really stands out, either. Mario & Sonic 2020 is good enough to qualify, but it won’t be bringing home more than a bronze.
  57. Nov 12, 2019
    There’s a lot of potential in the combination of the Mario and Sonic universes, and the Olympic setting is one of the grandest stages of them all. Yet after over a decade, the developers simply can’t make the series live up to its massive billing. The retro angle could have been the missing ingredient, but the game doesn't lean into this strength enough. What’s left is a party game that’s fun for a few hours, but will just as quickly be forgotten.
  58. 60
    There's nothing wrong with Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020. It's presented with verve and for such a large range of mini-games, the fact that there's no true dud in there is impressive in its own right. At the same time, it lacks the competitive edge of the "proper" Olympics title this year, and is a little too feature light for its own good as either a single player or local multiplayer experience. That makes it throwaway. Good fun, sure. Well made, absolutely. But throwaway nonetheless.
  59. Nov 5, 2019
    For a few rounds, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a great party game. The events themselves are varied and fun to play but the story mode that’s the draw for lone players moves along at a snail’s pace.
  60. Nov 5, 2019
    Accessible and nice, with a correct amount of content, this Mario & Sonic episode is a good way to have fun with friends, on several minigames that are clearly better than the history mode.
  61. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has this little extra something compared to the previous games, namely retro events, eminently sympathetic to the most nostalgic, and an aspect of an interactive tourist brochure on Tokyo and the Olympic Games, pleasant for those who love to learn about these two topics. For the rest, to know what is still the heart of the game, Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics does not yet seem to be able to win among the classics of the family multiplayer genre, the fault of the gameplay sometimes too complex, at other times too basic, not allowing any one to really stand out and leaving on the face of those who participate a pout rather than a smile in most cases.
  62. Nov 5, 2019
    Despite the addition of retro 2D events and a story mode, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 does little to improve the franchise thanks to middling minigame design and an empty, lackluster campaign. The more creative and deep gameplay arises in the story and dream minigames, but convoluted controls and brief runtimes hold back the majority of the events from entertaining players for more than a couple of attempts. The simplistic story will likely amuse fans of a younger age, but for most Mario, Sonic, Olympics and minigames fans, this crossover continues to disregard its potential and does little to justify its $60 price tag by offering only a few hours worth of polished but mostly mediocre minigames.
  63. Nov 5, 2019
    An all-around solid good title that would be a fantastic gift for young children. Unfortunately, the story mode is very hit-and-miss.
  64. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic's latest Olympic outing is more of the same, without any real innovation. The new additions of retro and dream events don't fundamentally change up the formula enough to feel like truly meaningful additions, though online multiplayer does add much needed longevity.
  65. Nov 5, 2019
    A middling collection of mini-games held together by an unfortunately lacklustre story mode, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is, unfortunately, little more than a distraction. While the throwback retro events add a much-needed bit of flavour, they're just not good enough to bring the series out of mediocrity.
  66. Nov 5, 2019
    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.
  67. Nov 5, 2019
    Mario & Sonic are back at it again in the 2020 Olympics in a game comprised of 30+ new minigames inspired by real events with wildly varying results.
  68. Nov 5, 2019
    With a charming campaign, dynamic score and pleasing graphics, this 2020 instalment is a worthwhile purchase for fans of the series looking for more Olympic fun. Yet, 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.
  69. Nov 7, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 does little to make you excited for the real event next year. Its collection of sports minigames varies in quality, the story is dull, and with a surprising lack of structured party play, there's not a lot of value here for the full asking price.
  70. Nov 6, 2019
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is not a good minigame collection. While the minigames here aren't absolutely atrocious, none of them are particularly good or outstanding. Disappointing motion controls and a boring minigame selection really hamstring this crossover, and when games like Super Mario Party are available, I just can't bring myself to recommend it at all.
  71. 50
    A serviceable mini-game compilation with some moderately interesting highlights, held back by peculiar design decisions and little replay value.
  72. Nov 5, 2019
    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. Younger fans may get a kick out of a few of the events, but overall this is a tiresome and drab tie-in that you’ll have forgotten about long before the real world opening ceremony next July.
  73. Nov 6, 2019
    Unfortunately, it seems that Tokyo 2020 did not live up to my expectations. The Event selection is fine, if not a bit lacking, but there’s no flare in the game itself. Tokyo 2020 is bested by every Mario & Sonic game that came before it, and that’s disappointing to see from a game that could have, and should have been the best game yet. All I can hope is that maybe Paris 2024 will be better.
  74. 40
    A mostly lackluster collection of minigames, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is fine enough for a general audience. However, the Switch's potent line-up of multiplayer titles makes this offering worth ignoring.
  75. Nov 5, 2019
    It's consistently dull and its new ideas fail to make it any more compelling than previous games in the series.
  76. Nov 5, 2019
    Though bold and colourful and accompanied with a dazzling score, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020's clumsy gameplay lacks the polish we've come to expect from games emblazoned by that iconic little plumber.
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  1. Nov 6, 2019
    This is the sort of thing that might keep smaller children occupied for a time, but buffet rules apply: The food doesn’t taste better just because there’s a lot of it. And that’s maybe the best thing I can say about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: There is certainly a lot of it.
  2. Dec 16, 2019
    Ultimately, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is an entertaining, albeit often simple, game full of sporting events that'll get friends and family set for some multiplayer fun. It's not as comprehensive as it perhaps could be in the way it allows players to set up their multiplayer sessions, but the variety and charm when it comes to the way everything is presented helps lift the whole package up.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 163 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 163
  2. Negative: 33 out of 163
  1. Nov 6, 2019
    Tokyo 2020 has plenty of fan service, but no soul under Sonic's tiny little hedgehog butt.
  2. Nov 5, 2019
    The gameplay videos from E3 onward gave me a lot of hope for the game but now that the game is here I'm really disappointed in the finalThe gameplay videos from E3 onward gave me a lot of hope for the game but now that the game is here I'm really disappointed in the final product. Playing with a standard controller, the game is standard Olympic button mashing/QTE fare and, frankly, it's the best way to play. Motion controls are hit-or-miss, and downright painful to use most of the time. The biggest issue is that the events themselves end so quickly that you'll spend most of your time in menus choosing events and characters than actually playing the game.

    As a local/couch party game, it's OK but it doesn't have much staying power. You can only play one event at a time, then choose another. You can't create a chain of events, there's no tournament style mode, no marathon event mode... just one mode, played once, and then the choice to replay the same event or go back to the main menu. After 20-30 minutes, you'll put it down in favor of some other game because you will have exhausted all of the fun Mario & Sonic have to offer in Tokyo. The story mode is OK but short and essentially exists as a tutorial to the game modes. I don't recommend playing quick events solo because the AI is dreadfully stupid even on the hardest difficulty settings, offering no challenge.

    If you're looking for party games, there's better alternatives than this.
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  3. Nov 5, 2019
    If you want games for parties with family and friends, this game is a good game. And this is the most powerful of this game