Since 2007 there has been a tradition of launching a new Mario and Sonic game at the Olympic Games. Every 4 years, the SEGA and Nintendo mascots return to compete in a fair world sport. New clue betrays the development of a new installment in the series, but suggests that it could leave Mario and his friends out of the Mushroom Kingdom.
There is no doubt that SEGA closed 2022 with everything and is starting 2023 with the same energy. The company has already anticipated that it has unannounced projects and apparently one of them is a new iteration of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games… or maybe just Sonic at the Olympic Games.
We say this because thanks to the job vacancies portal hrmos we know that SEGA is looking for a programmer who works with the Unity or Unreal Engine engines to participate in the development of a new game in the Sonic series.
A new title of the Olympic Games would already be in development
The vacancy is poor in specific information about the project, but what is interesting is in the final part, since it includes links to 2 sites, one about Sonic and the other about the video game Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game, which insinuates that it is This is the new iteration of the official series of the Olympic Games.
However, what is most striking is that it is mentioned that the development is for practically all current video game systems: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Did Mario not qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics?
We say the above because if it is a game from the Sonic and the Olympic Games series, it should be together with Mario, a Nintendo character with whom he shares the leading role in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, a cross-over series from sports that debuted in 2007 with the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Since then, a single installment for consoles has never come out with only Sonic or only Mario in the company of his friends as protagonists, but both have always appeared. Apart from the fact that this series is exclusive to Nintendo consoles.
However, this is different for mobiles, since SEGA for the last edition of the Olympic Games worked on the development of a version exclusively starring characters from Sonic the Hedgehog, which basically feels like Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, but without Mario and his friends. It is unknown why the plumber did not appear in this mobile game, but it was possibly because of the way Nintendo protects their IPs.
It is important to say that SEGA has also officially worked on the development of other Olympic Games titles, with a more realistic approach and that they do not have Nintendo or SEGA characters, in addition to the fact that this series is multiplatform, so it can be played also on PlayStation and Xbox systems.
Will Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games cease to exist?
That said, there are several possibilities. SEGA is probably working on bringing its mobile series to the console as well after Mario was left out of the 2024 Paris Olympics, like the Mexican soccer team.
It is possible, on the other hand, that SEGA is working on a new Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games with Sonic and Mario, but perhaps it simply did not mention the Nintendo character as it was a job advertisement for his company. A hybrid scenario is not ruled out, in which the game with Mario is released exclusively for the Nintendo console and the game only with Sonic for other platforms.
Naturally, the new Sonic sports game (or whatever series it belongs to) would be in an early stage of development. If it is from the Olympic Games, it is very likely that it will be ready months before this sports fair, scheduled for mid-2024 in Paris, France.