New Mario & Sonic Rio 2016 Wii U PR released, along with many new details and screenshots

A new PR of Mario & Sonic at the Rio Olympic Games on Wii U has been released by Nintendo of Europe.┬áThe 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.

PR via my website (the PR was provided by Nintendaan), screenshots via Perfectly Nintendo.

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  1. Does anyone else freak out when they see =Games= but know deep inside it’s not the new game?
    Anyway, I think this one will be good. I haven’t touched Sochi in two years, and Vancouver even longer. But I used to play the hell out of Beijing and London. Graphics are very nice too.

    1. I think for now, we’ll have to wait until E3 to find out about the new game…

  2. I was hoping to have free access with every character in every event, but i guess is a long gone dream.
    Too bad, i was hoping to play as Wave in every event.

  3. I knew characters would be exclusive to certain events! I FUCKING KNEW IT! I’m so MAD right now! WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS?!!

      1. maybe because no one wants characters being restricted just like the 3DS version! We want to be able to play as anyone we want!

        1. I can understand you being disappointed. It sounds like a bad idea to do in all honesty. To get angry over it though just doesn’t sound like it’s worth the effort.

          1. I’m Not necessarily angry, I’m just upset about the fact they’d restricted the characters after we FINALLY get new characters.

          2. At least its only for the new ones. All of the original ones since Vancouver are playable in all events while each event gets 6 of each hidden characters per event.

    1. I know. It’s bullshit!

      Bad enough they made version-exclusive characters. Makes me wonder if I should even get this version. There’s no exclusive for this, and this is the first game since Vancouver to give us new characters. They must really want people to buy both versions (not cool).

      We need a new Sonic game this year.

  4. Oh joy, I can now FINALLY play table tennis and volleyball with Zazz and Sticks! Just as I had dreamed!

    …Screw these games. I know why they keep getting made (because the first one sold more than any Sonic game, which frankly disgusts me), but I’d rather they not hog space for an actual crossover. Or at least so SEGA or Nintendo can’t use the “well it will cross-contaminate the franchise” excuse. The franchise itself is practically a biohazard as it is!

  5. What? The characters can only be used in certain events?

    Well, there goes my purchase…

  6. ok even those they’re doing the character thing again. There’s still a lot of options still. look at that character select, the originals are usable in all events so you still have a lot of options. I’m honestly ok with this. Also to all those complaining about these games…calm down, not every game has to appeal to gamers only. I think everyone should enjoy games not just gamers alone. and this is coming from a gamer too.

  7. characters are still locked to certain events? thats such an annoying mechanic

  8. Looking good and wtf !? You can’t use other characters in different events

  9. 17 Events!? That’s less than London 2012 & even Sochi 2014! was kinda expecting more considering the long development time the Game has had. It was announced a year ago nearly…

  10. Even if the game is released, you can give your feedback via Miiverse regarding this game so that the developers can understand your opinion on the new characters so they can update it allowing all characters to be playable in any event.

    1. If you don’t care about these Spin Off Games, why you bother to click on the article in the first place?

  11. Just letting you guys know it says SOME characters are locked. And if you look at the screenshots, it shows only one character on each side is locked but the bigger characters like Tails, Amy, Knuckles etc, are free games for any event.

  12. Although there are still limitations, at least we get the original characters from the previous games in each event. According to this screenshot, it looks like each event gets 6 of each hidden characters per events, while the original roster gets in. 3 additional Mario characters, and 3 additional Sonic characters.

    It’s still a shame that there aren’t more, but at least it guarantees that the hidden characters won’t be limited to just one event. I wonder who else will get to play Volleyball? One will probably be Roy, since he was the guest character for that stage in the 3ds version, I hope Rosalina and Birdo are the other choices. For Sonic’s side, it’s already confirmed that Rouge will be on it, and Cream will likely be on it, since she was playable in the 3ds volleyball event. I hope Sticks fills in that third spot. I’ll be sad if Sticks is only playable in archery, since it really didn’t feel like you were controlling her in that event.

  13. Someone on planet Earth made the conscious decision that event-exclusive characters was a great idea.

    Can’t wait to play as Roy in only 2 events!

  14. So…no Dream Events, then? That sucks. Hopefully we at least still get the awesome Mario and Sonic music remixes. That was one of the few redeeming qualities of Sochi 2014 (ESPECIALLY the Buoy Base Galaxy remix)

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