As mentioned yesterday, Sega Japan announced some public location tests for a new sports arcade game, Mario & Sonic At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition. This mouthful of a title is based upon the crossover games that have involved famous mascots from Nintendo and Sega coming together to compete in Olympic style events. Up until now, those games stuck to home Nintendo consoles but as you can see here, they are now gracing the arcade.
Here is the cabinet. It is a unique design that combines a foot sensor pad with a pair of large joysticks – not quite like Giant Tetris but certainly unique compared to normal sticks. Each joystick has a button on the side. It can handle up to 4 linked units. A release date has not been determined on this yet; I have reached out to Sega to find out whether or not they will try this one out West and will update this post accordingly if I find something out.
The game itself features a total of 8 characters to choose from in this build – 4 from the Nintendo universe and 4 from the Sega one. Each character has different attribute levels between power, speed and technique. There were also 4 events available in the location test build – 100m dash; Hammer Throw; Javelin Throw; and Archery. I imagine that the final build will include more events to choose from. The throwing events appear to use both the footpad and joysticks.
Overall this certainly was a surprise, we don’t get many sports games in the arcades anymore (that don’t involve golfing). Would you like to see this one show up outside of Japan?