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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #23: Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games


It's the big countdown! Just as you pull out your advent calendars to count down the 24 days to Christmas, so too are we going to count down in our own way, by highlighting 24 games that you could play this month to get into the spirit of the season.

Christmas means different things to different people, but we see it as a time to get together with family and friends, relax after a long year's hard work (and, given this is 2020, it was an especially hard year), enjoy good food and good company. It's a good time to knock off that epic RPG you've had sitting in the backlog, or crack open the beers (or eggnog) and get stuck into the local multiplayer battles.

Each day we'll highlight one game that you could have a great time playing over the Christmas season. It's not a countdown, nor is it a "best of" list. It's not highlighting new games, nor old. It's just 24 games, one per day, that we love the idea of breaking into over the season. Have a great and happy season, everyone!

Game #23: Mario and Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games
 
(Our review of the Switch version of the game)

It’s a little odd to look at time-sensitive tie-in material for an event that never truly happened. Indeed, Sega’s long-running mini-game series came and went with no real-world athletes in sight. Besides the postponement of the Olympics, many of us were robbed of that summer fun in the sun this year. So while we look forward to the summer Olympics (in whatever year that retains the “2020” for branding or other purposes), for now we can look back on Sonic’s trip to the event. 


The Mario version of the game on Switch had novel ideas but a disappointing simplicity to it that set the series back somewhat. On an iPhone or Android device where many adore games with the bite-sized snack approach, this is one you can download in 10 seconds and enjoy with fewer preconceived notions. The game is plenty appealing graphically and it’s the kind of novelty you can toss to your younger brother on the couch to amuse him for a bit because your favourite Christmas special suddenly came on TV. If you want to be more authentic to the holiday season, you could go back and play one of the winter versions of the series, but the lack of entry barriers here adds to its appeal.

- Clark A.
Anime Editor
The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #23: Sonic at the 2020 Olympic Games
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