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Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is a soon to be released video game from publishers Nintendo and developed by Sega Sports R&D.

This will be the fifth instalment of Mario and Sonic with the first one being released in 2008 to coincide with the Beijing Olympics during the year. All of the games to date have been officially licensed by the International Olympic Committee.

As you would expect the game features all of your favourite Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario characters. Knuckles, Tails and Dr Robotnik, or Eggman as he is known know, appear in the game as does Luigi and Yoshi to name but a few of the characters you can choose to play as.

The game has an extensive amount of sports to choose from with Football, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Archery and BMX riding some of the sports which are in the game. For the first time since 1929 Rugby will be played at this summer’s Olympic Games and this sport is exclusive to the Wii U version of Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 3DS game has an exclusive of its own with Golf returning to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years it will only be available to 3DS gamers. Hopefully Golf and Rugby will be added to both games at a later date.

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Mario and Sonic at the Olympics have been popular with families and children since the first instalment and with 14 different disciplines to choose from on the 3DS version it is sure to keep the family entertained, and who doesn’t love Sonic and Mario.

There are two versions of the game being released and they are the 3DS version and the Wii U version of the game. The Nintendo 3DS version was released in Europe on April 8th however the Wii U version won’t be released until June 24th. The game will retail at €44.99 for the 3DS and Wii U version in Smyths, €49.99 for the 3DS version and €54.99 for the Wii U version in Gamestop. Now go and win gold with your favourite character.

For all the latest game previews and news keep checking InTallaght Magazine or online at InTallaght.ie.

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