SEGA Officially Announces Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

After this morning’s press release leak by Czech website Zing.cz, SEGA’s officially announced Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There’s not much new details, except that the game is said to feature more events than before, including the return of Dream Events and that 20 characters will be appearing.

The English press release also clarifies that the “riding” event mentioned in the Czech press release is an equestrian event, which means the characters will be horseback riding. SEGA’s also opened a new website for the game, but there’s nothing there at the moment, apart from those brief new details we just explained and some new artwork for both Mario and Sonic.

To celebrate this new game, SEGA’s of America’s Kellie says on their blog that Mario & Sonic will be touring London for photos around the city’s biggest landmarks. The photos will be published on Sonic’s official Facebook page as they are taken.
Check out the English press release below:

London’s Calling Mario & Sonic

TOKYO (April 21, 2011) – SEGA® Corporation and Nintendo Co., Ltd. today announced that the record breaking partnership of Mario™ and Sonic™ will once again join forces on the Wii™ home video game system and, for the first time ever, on the Nintendo 3DS™ . Over 19 million people worldwide have bought video games from the Mario and Sonic series, and now the much loved duo are heading to London to participate in the officially licensed Olympic-themed video game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™.

A host of exciting new headline events, including football and equestrian will debut on the Wii version appearing alongside classic Olympic disciplines, such as athletics, aquatics and table tennis. These new sports are sure to ignite even more fierce competition between friends and family in both single and multiplayer modes! The all new roster of Dream events that are set in popular Mario and Sonic worlds make for a truly unique sporting experience that can only be found in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™.

Arriving on Nintendo’s new handheld system for the first time ever Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ contains over 50 original Olympic themed events playable in both single and multiplayer modes. Bringing a whole new dimension to the Mario & Sonic universe, the glasses-free 3D visuals and the unique control systems mean there are plenty of new and exciting ways to compete for a coveted gold medal!

As with its predecessors, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ for the Wii and Nintendo 3DS is being developed by SEGA Japan and is published by SEGA® across Europe and North America, and by Nintendo in the Japanese market. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ is licensed through a worldwide partnership with International Sports Multimedia (ISM), the exclusive interactive entertainment software licensee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“Mario and Sonic have had a phenomenally successful partnership and we are extremely proud to be able to recreate this once again with Nintendo and ISM for the London 2012 Olympic Games” commented Naoya Tsurumi, Chairman for SEGA of America and SEGA Europe. “It is truly exciting to be in the position to develop interactive entertainment software titles based on the Olympic Games, and for Sonic and Mario to once again be a part of this historic event.”

“The London 2012 Olympic Games will be a sporting showcase that will embrace the world and we are delighted to have Mario and Sonic competing once again, this time in the largest number of Olympic sports ever” says Raymond Goldsmith, Chairman & CEO of ISM.

“These games bring together two of the most beloved characters in the history of the video game industry in Mario and Sonic,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “As veterans of both video games and Olympic games, they’ll arrive in London as a formidable team to provide fun, competitive sporting activities that friends and family members can enjoy together.”

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ will be available on the Wii™ home video game system and the Nintendo 3DS™. A launch date will be announced later in the year.

For more information about the game, please visit www.olympicvideogames.com

Source: SEGA Europe

Links:
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games SEGA product page
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games official website

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the Mario & Sonic character artwork!

31 Comments

  1. WHOA Loving the pictures of both Heroes 😀

    Cool and I hope this will be as good as the previous ones

  2. Now they need to annouce SA2 XBLA and PSN port for relase at 23 of June and its gonna be best year ever

        1. Once again Agreed though I never got the chance to donwload the Adventure port

          Oh well I still have Adventure DX On Gaemcube and that can always be played on the Wii 🙂

  3. I’m hoping this will be better than the first

    While the first was good and added a lot of feature some things needed a bit of improving I liked Winter Olympics more than the first for a lot of reasons but they are both good though

    Maybe this one could be even better or just as equal

    The news we’ve heard may be short but it’s good news so farmore events and they seem to have the same number of characters like Winter Olympics maybe they could add a few more

    I don’t mind a third not too excited but we will wait for more info and previews to come up

  4. Hmm… Seems I have a big decision to make. 3DS version or Wii version? They’re forgoing the DS version all together this year. I did like the mini story that they had in the in the Winter Olympics on the DS versi0n. But the Dream Events on the Wii rocked much harder! *drools over the remixes of the sonic music from the game* Oh the choices! Maybe they’ll add more features with streetpass and spotpass to the 3DS version. Maybe even do something AR related.. Hmm.. That’s it!

  5. Why do they continue to milk this series? I really don’t see the point of it. It’s just yet another mini-game collection. Something that the Wii already has far too many of. I enjoyed the first game (largely because the concept of Mario and Sonic competiting with and against each other was still a cool idea), and the second to an extent but they really don’t need to make this. Anyways, I’m still waiting for them to say that Mario and Sonic will share a platformer together. That would be kickass.

  6. Why do they continue to milk this series? I really don’t see the point of it. It’s just yet another mini-game collection. Something that the Wii already has far too many of. I enjoyed the first game (largely because the concept of Mario and Sonic competiting with and against each other was still a cool idea), and the second to an extent but they really don’t need to make this. Anyways, I’m still waiting for them to say that Mario and Sonic will share a platformer together. That would be kickass.

    1. They milk it because it sells. After all, that’s the main point of a video game company. To make money.

  7. i’m guessing people aren’t going to trust wentos’s rumors anymore. or at the very least believe half of what he says.

  8. I’ve jsut realised 20 characters?

    That’s the same number for the Winter olympics I hope that’s not true I hope they add a few more :\

  9. The thing Im looking forward to is: What new characters will be in it,and will it be better than winter olympic games because so far that’s the best one.

  10. Here’s my roster of Mario and Sonic atthe 2012 Olympics:
    Starters:
    Team Mario:
    Mario
    Luigi
    Peach
    Yoshi
    Daisy
    Wario
    Waluigi
    Bowser
    Donkey Kong
    Bowser Jr.

    Team Sonic:
    Sonic
    Tails
    Knuckles
    Amy
    Eggman
    Shadow
    Vector
    Blaze
    Metal Sonic
    Silver

    Unlockables:

    Team Mario:
    Rosalina
    Diddy Kong
    Birdo
    Dry Bowser
    Dry Bones
    Funky Kong
    Petey Piranha
    Dixie Kong
    Toad
    Toadette
    Hammer Bro.
    Koopa Troopa

    Team Sonic:
    Rouge
    Omega
    Jet
    Wave
    Storm
    Cream
    Big
    Espio
    Charmy
    Eggman Nega
    Shade
    Marine

  11. Eh… more Olympic Games games… They usually only get about a week of play or so in my house, so I’m not sure if I’ll bother buying this time…

  12. I have to say, this game is gonna be tournament worthy in some countries(1st of the series is very competitive in Mexico) and with the arrival of Soccer, its gonna get crazy(hope it plays like Mario Strikers and we get 7 members on each team.
    @Ryan-love the character requests dude :)…

  13. Daggone it Sega. Let Espio in as an unlockable or something! No more of him staying to the sidelines as a ref. You’re degrading his reputation!

    1. So rue! He is an expert ninja! And Rouge is also shown to be fit. Bark would also make a nice addition, due to his brute strength.

  14. yea ryan request is wat we need instead of 20 characters it should be 50 charcaters and we should get a tournament from everyone to challenge around the world and some levels should be in teams be cool if we can walk around with the character you are and talk to other characters it will be cool if there was a adventure game with ALL mario and sonic characters if they do than i will buy both games 100% and yes this a request that we want so baaad

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