Mario Fans Are Convinced The Iconic Plumber Is Dead

Mario and Sonic have teamed up for the Olympic Games nearly every year since 2008, but all good things must come to an end. Mario has seemingly been chopped from the franchise's latest game, leaving Sonic to to take the reigns.

While Sonic and Mario technically appeared together in 2019's multi-platform Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, this year's tie-in mobile app, Sonic at the Olympic Games has left the titular plumber by the wayside. The reason for the sudden divorce is unclear, but it does add another sad loss to Mario's Olympic record — in 2017, he failed to make the shortlist for Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots. Now, he's been cut from his own franchise.

The app features many of the same events as the mainline console titles, including hurdles, badminton, fencing and long jump alongside a new story mode — but no Mario. The split is not going down well online, with reactions spiralling.

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mario sonic olympic games
mario sonic olympic games
mario sonic olympic games

While you could argue that Sonic has a movie to promote, Mario has not missed an Olympic outing since the franchise first began, and remains the more popular of the duo. Many Twitter users also suspect that something more sinister is afoot. Nothing would keep him away from the Games.

mario sonic olympic games
mario sonic olympic games
mario sonic olympic games
mario sonic olympic games
mario sonic olympic games

Could it really be true? And if Sonic has so readily stepped into Mario's shoes, could he be involved in some way? Perhaps the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be darkened by Sonic's impending murder trial. Only time will tell.

Sonic at the Olympic Games is open for pre-registration now, and will be available on iOS, Android and Amazon devices.

Mario And Sonic At The Tokyo Olympics Has Lots Of Fun Events, Few Ways To Play Them

The latest instalment of Sega and Nintendo’s Olympics crossover series takes Sonic, Mario and friends to Tokyo to compete in more than 30 summer sports mini-games. There’s a single-player story mode, online and offline play of single events, and that’s about it. No online or offline tournaments, no creating custom event playlists. Just pick and play. As charming as Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is, it could use more ways to play.

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    It's a mobile game so the answer should be pretty obvious. While Nintendo have done mobile games in the past, including ones that have Mario in them to boot, the license for the Olympic games likely doesn't extend to mobile platforms and is console exclusive. Sega handle the majority of development on these games, not Nintendo.

      Ding ding ding, we have a winner! It's probably contractual. Mario might be licensed to the console version since the series appears on Nintendo consoles. Since the mobile version is developed by SEGA, the part of the rights that allows Mario to be in the series might not apply to the mobile version (especially since Nintendo now have their own internal mobile division)

        Sega develop the console versions too, though Nintendo provide creative input and approval.

        Dead on. It’s not even the first time Sega made a Mario & Sonic Olympics game, then ported it to mobile without Mario. They did so back in 2010 for the first Winter Games title.

    It may not help to promote an International sporting event hosted by a country with a rich and vibrant culture...

    ... with a Italian Stereotype character who uses magic mushrooms to bulk up.

    Think the Olympic Committee got a few complaints about that, and for a lot of other reasons including branding, sponsorship, IP rights etc.

    also he has a theme park to promote.

    While you could argue that Sonic has a movie to promote, Erm, Sonic's movie is out, Mario's movie is still shooting. Case closed.

    Though the other story could be Mario wears red, Kaneda wore red. Sonic is blue, Tetsuo wore blue. (for the most part) One of those two went to the Neo-Tokyo Olympic stadium first.

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