Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 3DS American commercial

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games comes out for the Nintendo 3DS later this month and since Nintendo is publishing it, that means there will be quite a bit of advertisement on TV. If you don’t watch TV, you can view their North American ad for the game above.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games hits 3DS on March 18th, Wii U version comes out on June 24th! What are your thoughts on the commercial?

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4 responses to “Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 3DS American commercial

  1. Eck says:

    Who owns the ‘Mario and Sonic’ franchise? By the covers it appears to be Sega’s but by the title you’d think it was more Nintendo’s, as Sega would more likely call it ‘Sonic and Mario’ – in that order.
    As for development, in-house by both members of Sega as well as Nintendo?

    • Sonic the Hammons says:

      I could be wrong, but I think almost all the games are developed by Sega Sports. As far as publishing goes, Nintendo publishes them in Japan, while Sega publishes them everywhere else. The 2 exceptions being Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. Nintendo does all the publishing for those games (why they changed it is beyond me). Although Sega handles the arcade side of Rio. So maybe they just go halfsies??? I dunno. 😛 I just always figured they titled it as “Mario & Sonic” because Mario’s older. Or maybe because Mario more recognizable (can’t think of a better way to say it). Just about anything with Mario will sell. Either way, I think you bring up a really good question.

    • radrappy says:

      no, they put Mario first because he is their guest. It’s pretty typical of Japanese polite-ness. Mario being the first name actually makes it clear Sega is making this with Nintendo’s permission. If it had been the other way around I would guarantee it would be Sonic & Mario.

    • Sonic the Hammons says:

      Ah, I see. That’s a pretty cool way of showing polite-ness. Thanks a lot for clearing that up.

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