A new PR of Mario & Sonic at the Rio Olympic Games on Wii U has been released by Nintendo of Europe. The entire PR itself is linked below, but to summarize, the Wii U version features 17 events, features over 30 playable characters, the ability to play as your Mii (same as on 3DS), four-player multiplayer action (common for the series of course), and new Duel Events which “give familiar sports a classic Mario & Sonic twist”.
Rugby Sevens, Football (Soccer), and Beach Volleyball are the three Duel Events, where you can use items like Bullet Bills and Chaos Emeralds. In Duel Events, you can earn Duel Points by performing actions like tackling, spiking, or shooting. Then you have to score a try, point, or goal to add Duel Points to your total score.
Players can compete to earn gold metals in classic Olympic events such as Boxing, Archery, and the 100m sprint, using either the Wii U GamePad in single-player, with with the Wiimote button controls in multiplayer. Two other events specified are Rhythm Gymnastics (with clubs) and Rugby Sevens (making its debut in Rio 2016) as being playable for the first time.
Also introduced is the Heroes Showdown mode, unlocked by winning all 17 events in single-player, or by winning a bronze medal seven times in tournaments. You can join Team Mario or Team Sonic (pretty similar to the 3DS version which featured gyms based on Mario and Sonic themselves) and battle against the other side in knockout rounds. Each event is randomly selected and after each round, a character from the losing team is knocked out until either all members are knocked out, or the Team Captains Mario or Sonic are eliminated.
The Wii U version features over 30 playable characters, and like in the 3DS version, some are exclusive to certain events. You can also, like in the 3DS version, play as your Mii and take part in tournaments for each event. Coins and rings are earned during gameplay to buy additional costumes of characters from the Mario and Sonic series respectively.
And like in the 3DS version, the Wii U version does support amiibo, but it can only be used after completing 25 tournaments. When scanning Sonic’s amiibo, the Sonic League will begin, which pits your Mii against characters from the Sonic series. The same applies to Mario’s amiibo. Upon beating each league, you can earn Mario and Sonic’s costume respectively, while scanning other amiibo will reward you with either coins or rings to use at the Item Stand for a chance to win additional costumes.
A whole bunch of new screens have been released as well. I’ll only share a few of them below (there are over 60 in total!), check out the rest by clicking the link in the section below and scroll to the bottom of the article.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Wii U will be released in NA and EU on June 24th, 2016, and in Japan the day prior on June 23rd.