Get in the Games with Mario, Sonic & Friends in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Nintendo 3DS Game Offers New Features, New Events

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mario, Sonic and their friends head to the ultimate training grounds for
the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the streets of Rio de Janeiro! Mario
& Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
launches
for the Nintendo
3DS
family of systems on March 18, and lets you show off your skills
as you join Mario and Sonic to battle for a spot on top of the winner’s
podium. All your favorite Mario and Sonic characters are ready to join
the fun and compete in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Take on friends and family members in 14 events like Soccer, BMX, Beach
Volleyball and Archery, or try your hand at Plus Events, which add a
Mario & Sonic twist to the athletic proceedings, like dodging stacks of
Goombas in BMX Plus or vaulting over Moto Bugs in Equestrian.


“Mario and Sonic are two of the most recognizable characters in video
game history,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice
President of Sales & Marketing. “Once again they join forces to let
players compete in fun sporting events on a world stage.”

In the single-player “Road to Rio” story mode, train in either Mario or
Sonic’s gyms by choosing one of two mysterious storylines. By training,
you can level up your Mii and earn fun outfits like a pirate or a knight
… or even character suits like Toad or Knuckles.

Golf and Rhythmic Gymnastics (Hoop) make their franchise debuts in Mario
& Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
. These two exciting new
events, as well as the 110m Hurdles, are exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS
version of the game.

Playing with friends and family members is easy in Mario & Sonic at
the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
. You can host your own competition with
up to four players via local multiplayer or Download Play (additional
systems are required and are sold separately). Choose to play one match
or a random medley of events, competing to earn a rank on the worldwide
leaderboards!*

Using the pedometer functionality of the Nintendo 3DS system, you can
run (or walk!) a virtual marathon to unlock rewards and milestones just
by carrying your hand-held system with you while it’s in Sleep Mode.
Never has completing a marathon been so fun (and involved such minimal
sweat!). You can even tap the Mario or Sonic amiibo figures (which are
sold separately) to a New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL system (or
to a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo
2DS
system using the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory) to
boost your Mii character’s Mario or Sonic outfits with that character’s
power for the day. You know what they say: An amiibo a day helps power
up your character in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games launches in
stores, in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and at Nintendo.com on
March 18. The Wii U version of the game launches on June 24. For more
information about Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,
visit http://www.olympicvideogames.com/en_US/index.html.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information about
this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

*Wireless Internet access is required for online features. For more
info, go to support.nintendo.com.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U
and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 692 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi
XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo
GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario,
Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and
Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about
Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

About SEGA® of America, Inc.:

SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA
Games Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both
inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and
distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of
hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those
manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
SEGA of America’s website is located at www.sega.com.

About ISM:

ISM is the IOC’s exclusive worldwide licensee for Interactive
Entertainment Software. In addition to these exclusive rights, ISM is
one of the world’s leading providers of sports fantasy games working
with a number of sport’s governing bodies. Visit the company’s website
at www.ismltd.com
and www.olympicvideogames.com.

TM IOC/USOC 36USC220506. Copyright © 2016 International Olympic
Committee (“IOC”). All rights reserved.

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