Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Release Date & Details Revealed
25.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Sega has announced that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be released on Nintendo Switch™ on November 1, 2019.
The upcoming sports video game is a crossover between Nintendo’s Super Mario and Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchises which makes full use of the Joy-Con™ on the Nintendo Switch.
The latest trailer which dropped on Tuesday revealed that players will also be sent back in time to the Tokyo 1964 Olympics with a set of 10 games with classic 2D graphics. The game will also feature a Story Mode where players can compete in the Olympics and play a variety of mini games.
The game is now available for pre-order on the Nintendo eShop. If you pre-order the game you will be able to play the game immediately at midnight when it drops on November 1.
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020™
Release Date: November 1, 2019
Platform: Nintendo Switch™
Pre-Order Page (US): https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/mario-and-sonic-at-the-olympic-games-tokyo-2020-switch/
Team of Globally Sensational Artists Chosen to Design Official Art Posters for Tokyo 2020 Games
01.August.2019 | SPOT
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has launched a project the Tokyo 2020 Official Art Poster Project to bring together domestic and international artists. This is a project that was stated as a requirement in the Host City Contract 2020*. Extraordinary artists from Japan and overseas have been carefully chosen to take part in the project. The selected artists have finally been announced.
*Following the selection of Tokyo as the Host city for the 2020 games at the International Olympic Committee session in September 2013, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) signed the Host City Contract 2020 which details the preparations and running of events related to the 2020 games.
The official poster designs are intended to be artistic pieces that are themed on the Olympics and Paralympics. As official Tokyo 2020 posters, their intended purpose is to raise spirits, excitement and anticipation as well as to inspire.
The artists were chosen after endless discussions between the Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission, which manages the project, and the Artist Selection Committee.
Shoko Kanazawa ©sho
The Japanese artists who have been chosen to create the Olympic-themed designs include Naoki Urasawa, who wrote the famous manga YAWARA!, Shinro Ohtake, who works on a global scale, graphic designer Daijiro Ohara and calligrapher Shoko Kanazawa.
11 non-Japanese artists were selected to contribute to the designing of the Olympic posters including art director Theseus Chan and photographer Viviane Sassen.
The eight artists who were chosen to design the Paralympic posters include Hirohiko Araki, who wrote and illustrated JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Mika Ninagawa, who is a sensational photographer and movie Director.
Many more famous artists have been specially chosen to take part in this project. Anticipation levels are high as we wait to see what these phenomenal artists produce.
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Official Website: https://tokyo2020.org/jp/
Run the Olympic Torch Relay at Tokyo 2020 With Aquarius Summer Campaign
The Coca-Cola System has announced a summer campaign with the sports drink brand Aquarius which is set to begin in Japan on June 17, 2019.
The campaign is recruiting groups of runners to join the Olympic torch relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It is being promoted across Japan through TV advertisements which feature notable names including Japanese professional footballer Ritsu Doan and long-distance runner Suguru Osako.
With the Olympics right around the corner, more and more people are expressing their desire to join the Games and compete together with their friends.
Full details are to be announced over on the campaign’s official website on June 17.
The details of 33 challenges based around the 33 Tokyo Olympic Games will be released. Participants will select their favourite challenge and compete in teams of over 10 people and film the session. They must then post the video to Twitter with the hashtag #アクエリチャレンジ (“Aquarius Challenge”) and the place in Japan written in Japanese that they want to run the torch relay such as #東京 (“Tokyo”). Runners for this Aquarius Challenge will be selected by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The campaign will run until August 31.
Toky0 2020 Olympics Aquarius Challenge
Campaign Website (Japanese): https://www.aquarius-sports.jp/2019/challenge/
New Trailer Release For the Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game On PS4® & Nintendo Switch™
25.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME
A new trailer has dropped for the forthcoming PlayStation4® and Nintendo Switch™ game Tokyo Olympics 2020 Official Video Game detailing more information regarding online matchmaking and the games we can expect.
Ranked Games: Aim for gold online
Ranked Games will pit you against other players online where you will compete to get the highest worldwide rank. The rank system ranges from C- to A+. Matches in this mode are carried out with a timetable just like the real Olympic Games. The athletic events will change every 30-minutes within which you are free to retry as many times as you like. The match time limit will be chosen according to your rank, and players will be given an opponent with a close rank to themselves. Players will receive a “Rank Score” when they play. As their Rank Score increases so does their rank. If their rank goes high enough they will be able to participate in special ranking matches.
Players will go head to head against each other 1 on 1 in a boxing ring and control each fist with the left and stick analogue sticks respectively. Even inexperienced players to boxing games have a chance at winning these matches as they continue to roll out the punches. Players can also side step and guard to block incoming attacks. If they fill up the three-bar gauge fully they can throw out a “Special Blow” and deal high damage.
In the Hammer Throw game, players will need to swing their hammers with the analogue stick with increasing speed to reach the furthest distance. If players continue rotating the analogue stick after the hammer has been thrown their character will let out a war cry which can make the hammer fly even further.
Participate in the Olympics from your own home by picking up a copy of the official video game dropping in Japan on July 24, 2019.
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Official Video Game™
Release Date: July 24, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation®4 / Nintendo Switch™
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.olympicvideogames.com/tokyo2020/jp/
Be Part Of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics With the New PS4® & Nintendo Switch™ Video Game
29.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME
This year, Sega Games Co., Ltd. is celebrating the 2020 Olympics with the release of the new Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Video Game™ on Wednesday 24th July 2019! The game will be available on PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Video Game™ includes 16 varieties of games, allowing sports fans from across the world to enjoy some full-blown sports action!
This official sports game allows you to create an avatar that looks like you to take part in the games, allowing anyone to take part in and personally experience the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games! Nothing can compare!
There is a game promotion video on YouTube which introduces the variety of games you can compete in, the realistic stadium areas and the large variety of options when customising your avatar!
Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Video Game™ promotion video:
The promotion ambassador for the game is retired Japanese Olympic swimmer Takeshi Matsuda, who participated in the Olympics in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio and won four gold medals. Matsuda will be appearing in many events and videos from here on out, so don’t be shy! Come join in the celebration and get gaming!
This Olympics-themed game is adding a splash of fun to the world and anyone can join in!
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Video Game™
Release date: Wednesday 24th July 2019 (subject to change)
Price: Packaged version/ downloadable version: ¥4,990 (+ tax)
Official website: http://www.olympicvideogames.com/
UNIQLO Releases Super Mario Bros. T-Shirts from UT Brand
UNIQLO released their new Super Mario Family Museum collection as part of their UT t-shirt graphic brand on April 1 at UNIQLO branches across Japan and via their online store.
Since the releases of the original Super Mario Bros. in 1985, Mario has continued to reign as one of the most symbolic and iconic video game characters of all time. UNIQLO pays their respect to the legendary plumber with this new collection which features classic designs from the game.
This first white t-shirt bears a print of the original 8-bit Mario. Underneath him is the B Dash command, something which will be familiar to any gamer. This commands enables Mario to run. If you look to the right of the t-shirt you’ll see part of Mario’s figure―he’s dashed off screen!
The next t-shirt has a chic black design with a pocket that features multiple Bullet Bills firing in all directions.
Another pocket design this time with a Chain Chomp poking its head out. We all have our memories with these feisty and irritable critters―one misstep or bad jump offers you as a meal to this crazy chomper.
Colourful stripes and a Yoshi egg decorate this t-shirt. Fans will be able to relate to the relief and excitement of seeing one of these shaking eggs.
This Princess Peach t-shirt is available as part of the women’s collection. A cute pink decorates the design which is complemented by a beautiful 2D graphic of Peach.
Mario has jumped on many boxes in his career and this one gives him a love heart. The t-shirt has simple black stripes against a white background which gives a French vibe to it.
At first glance you see polkadot, but upon closer inspection you’ll notice they’re actually Boos! They go perfectly with the pitch black background as they wait in the dark for Mario to walk by…
Similar to the t-shirt in the men’s collection, this one has the jump command on it. If you line it up with the men’s t-shirt it creates an image of Mario running and jumping!
Donkey Kong is another member of the Mario family, and only kids get his t-shirt. You’d better not steal his bananas.
Kids also get this exclusive bright green t-shirt with an adorable sleeping Yoshi on it. This one is perfect for easily-excitable children.
If you buy anything from this collection in-store it will come bagged in one of these question block shopping bags. These are limited in stock and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you’re in Osaka then you’ll definitely want to stop by the Shinsaibashi branch of UNIQLO. The entire store (from March 29) is lit up to create an awesome looking 8-bit Mario! More characters are planned to show their faces on the building too up until mid-April.
Which t-shirt are you eyeing up the most?
“SUPER MARIO FAMILY MUSEUM” UT
Release Date: April 1, 2019
Price: Men’s & Women’s – ¥900 (Before Tax) / Kid’s – ¥790 (Before Tax)
Available: At UNIQLO branches across Japan and their online store
Sizes: Men’s (XS-4XL) / Women’s (XD-3XL) / Kid’s (100-160)
*Men’s and women’s XS and XXL-4XL sizes as well as kid’s 100 and 160 sizes are available online only.
Product Page: www.uniqlo.com/jp/store/feature/uq/ut/nintendo-museum/
UNIQLO Official Online Store: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/
Sonic Mania Adventures: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Developing the Animated Series
04.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME
SEGA Games has released an animated video looking at the behind-the-scenes of making Sonic mania Adventures, an animated series that serves as a continuation of Sonic Mania Plus for the PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™ that was released on July 17, 2018.
Sonic Mania was released worldwide on August 15, 2017 as a return to the classic 2D style, something longed for by fans for many years. The game received acclaim for its nostalgic presentation, classic core mechanics and introduction of new content. It has been one year since its release during which it has sold over 1 million copies across all platforms.
Sonic Mania Plus introduces two new characters―Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel―in addition to the new game mode Encore Mode. The Japanese limited edition released also includes the soundtrack and an artbook.
The making-of video titled Sonic Mania Adventures features director Tyson Hesse as well as Lirit Rosenzweig-Topaz, executive producer at animation studio NEKO Productions.
Be sure to check out the video alongside the full Sonic Mania Adventures animated series.
Italian stationery manufacturer Moleskine has teamed up with Super Mario to release a line of limited-edition notebooks.
Mario is one of the most recognisable video game characters of all time has remained at the top of the popularity list ever since his first appearance.The notebook collection is a homage to the original Super Mario Bros. game which was released for the NES in 1985.
Both pocket-sized notebooks evoke gaming nostalgia with the designs recreating the Gameboy and NES cartridge. The Gameboy notebook takes on the design of the classic replay screen.
The large-sized notebooks recreate screens from the original game. One has the iconic blue sky backdrop and the other a black backdrop together with imprints of the controller buttons. The red highlighted button is Mario’s jump button!
These notebooks made for a perfect gift for any Mario fan.You can jot down your ideas in them, write down inspirations, or list games you want to buy this year!
3 Ways Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Differs from the Other Titles – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Report
Nintendo attended this year’s Japan Expo in Paris, which ran from July 4 to 8. They were set up in a 1,300m² space where fans had the opportunity to try out the highly-anticipated next entry to the Smash series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is set for release on December 7, 2018.
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON had the opportunity to play the game at the event. Here’s our report.
Nintendo’s behemoth play space
Nintendo’s huge area stood out from the other booths at the event. People could try playing Splatoon 2 and Nintendo Labo, and there was a stage area that could fit around 1,000 people. They really had it all.
Fans could even take a photo with their favourite characters.
Onto the main event – the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate booth. Despite it being 9:00am the line was huge!
Here it is, the new Smash game. As a side note, did you know the title of the game is different in Japan? In Japan it’s called Super Smash Bros. Special.
The GameCube controller is compatible again just like with Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It feels great to hold and the L, R, A and B buttons are nice and easy to press.
The middle of the controller is decorated with the iconic Smash symbol.
His fingers were itching to play as Kirby first. The opponent was chosen randomly and ended up being the Pokémon Trainer.
■Point 1: Smoother & Speedier Gameplay
The in-game movement feels smoother than previous titles in the series and the response is much quicker.
Also, in the other games you were never able to freely move and attack while in mid-air, but in Ultimate you can move up, down, left and right after jumping.
■Point 2: Special Moves Changed
Bomberman is assisting us with his bomb explosion
The characters’ special moves, including Kirby, have changed. We wanted to try out some of the other characters too, but we ran out of time. We’re definitely excited to see the rest of the special moves once the game comes out.
Let’s check out some of the new characters that have been added to the franchise. There’s Daisy from the Mario series, Inkling from the Splatoon, and Ridley from Metroid.
First up we saw Inkling and Ridley. We also chose the new stage Moray Towers which is from Splatoon.
You have to move up and down on Moray Towers which can be a little difficult if you’re not used to it.
This is Inkling’s special move, it’s pretty strong.
Inkling uses paint and ink tanks for her moves just like in Splatoon.
And Ridley’s move set works kind of like Charizard.
■Point 3: Several Characters Have Unique Abilities
We heard from a member of staff that characters who used similar moves up to now have been given their own original abilities.
For example, Fox, Captain Falcon and Wolf have all had similar abilities up to now, but in the new game they are decked out with their own skill sets, so they all play differently.
Having gotten our fill of the game, this ends the report.
All the characters from the first title up to now will feature in Ultimate. The game is perfect for anyone who hasn’t gamed much recently and were crazy for Smash when they were younger.
Look out for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate coming to Nintendo Switch on December 7.
①Smoother and speedier gameplay
②Special moves changed
③Several characters now decked out with their own unique abilities
Zexy Kaigai Wedding magazine extra features Mario and Princess Peach on a marriage registration form!
25.August.2017 | SPOT
Wedding information magazine “Zexy Kaigai Wedding” is collaborating with Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers. The magazine has released a special extra!
Marriage Registration Form
Zexy Kaigai Wedding was released on Wednesday 23rd August. Over more than 30 years, fans have grown a bond with the Super Mario Bros characters, who were born into the world in 1985. This edition, the familiar faces of Mario and Princess Peach will be making a special appearance!
※ The wedding version of Princess Peach and Mario appear in Nintendo Switch™’s software “Super Mario Odyssey” ⓒNintendo.（Nintendo Switch is a trademark of Nintendo).
In addition, the wedding-styled Princess Peach and Mario are set for Hawaii with the Hawaii-themed travel brochure. There is also a waterproof case included! In the travel brochure, Mario has transformed from a plumber in his usual overalls to a stunning and handsome groom! You must see!
This couple has been loved by the world for more than 30 years – the game star Mario with his high-pitched Princess… How about using your wedding registration form?!