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SEGA to debut Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games arcade at EAG

mario-and-sonic-olympic-arcade-flyerWe’ve known that Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games would be getting an arcade port since last summer but haven’t heard about a Western release for the game until now.

SEGA announced the game would make its debut at the EAG International in London on Jan. 12, with arcade units available to purchase in early 2016.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will also release on the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS in August and in Japan in February.

Read below for the full press release:

The history of amusement video games is replete with memorable characters, but it would be hard to find two bigger than Mario and Sonic. Mario and Sonic have been responsible for some of the biggest selling video games of all time and while they’ve both been seen in a number of coin-op amusement games, but never in the same game… until now.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games™ ARCADE EDITION takes these two iconic characters along with several of their most well-known and best-loved friends to Rio to compete on the world stage of Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” said Sega Amusements International CEO, Paul Williams.

Players compete using one of 8 different characters including Mario, Luigi, Wario, Sonic, Knuckles, Peach, Tails and Shadow. Each character has a different set of characteristics including power, speed and balance.

The action takes place in the Olympic Stadium where players will challenge each another in 8 different events including 100m, Javelin Throw and Archery.

The unit on display at IAAPA 2015 will feature a large LED-lit surround complete with 42” live action monitors. The game includes four player stations each with high-definition vertical LED screen. Players manipulate the action with a truly unique set of controllers that includes twin joysticks and foot sensor controls!

“The level of competition in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games™ ARCADE EDITION hits a new high for an amusement game,” continued Williams. “By crossing the finish line first or throwing the Javelin furthest will make players fell like an athlete about to receive the gold medal on the podium. Delivering that immense joyful feeling is as good a measure as any, that we’ve created a fantastic game.”

About Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games™ ARCADE EDITION – Dimensions
The game measures 84 inches deep by 264 inches wide and 126 tall. In Metric the game measures 2,125mm Deep, 6,695mm Wide and 3,205mm High (final production dimensions may change).

About Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games™ ARCADE EDITION – Availability
Units are scheduled to become available on early 2016.

Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief at SEGA Nerds and Mega Visions Magazine. Over the years, he's written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others. Oh yeah, he's also been a diehard SEGA Nerd his entire life.

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