Sega have surprised everyone by announcing Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Go on, look surprised – it will make Sega’s day. Sega Japan are on the coding duties and the game will arrive next year.
Soon to be referred as M&S London this isn’t just any Olympic video game, this is an M&S Olympic video game. Events from the previous M&S titles will make an appearance along with new sports for 2012 including football, equestrian, athletics, aquatics and table tennis. Joining the normal sports will be a selection of ‘dream events’ that take place in the respective worlds of Mario and Sonic.
There will also be a special ‘London Sports’ section which features events based on life in the big city including the Stab-a-thon (Hackney), Hook The Hooker (Soho) and Top Score! (in which players try arrange as much coke as possible to be delivered to their flat in Camden on a single Saturday night).
Joke! That is of course a massive lie and I am in no way implying such cuddly, child friendly characters such as Sonic & Mario have anything to do with violence, prostitution or drugs. The events Stab-a-thon, Hook The Hooker and Top Score! do not appear in the game. This is totally inconceivable. I was thinking about my weekends.