Tokyo 2020 Olympics Official Video Game Adds Judo And New Challengers

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Official Video Game Adds Judo And New Challengers
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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Official Video Game was released in July 2019. It is an official title to excite players before the Olympics next year, to be hosted in Tokyo. The all-ages game is developed and published by Sega for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. This is the one and only official Olympics video game for the 2020 event in Tokyo. Up to 8 players can play online locally.

At release, there were over 16 events to play, from track and field, swimming, and others. Gamers could create a custom character and try to win the Gold Medal in every event.

Sega recently announced that they were adding new content in a free update on Friday, November 15.

The new update includes Judo, a martial arts form that originated in Japan. Players fight one-on-fight against their opponent. When the opponent’s back falls on the tatami mat, the challenger wins. In the game, using the team gauge allows players to do special grab techniques. Using combos lets gamers tackle various throwing techniques.

Additional updates have also been announced. On February 7, 2020, Climbing will be added. A 4 x 100 m Relay race will come later on April 17, 2020.

Also included in the update is a challenge against top athletes. The top 5 athletes representing Japan are included.

In the Judo category, Kosei Inoue was added. He previously won the gold medal in Judo in the under 100 kg class at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Also included is judoka Shinichi Shinohara, who won the gold at the 1999 World Judo Championship in Birmingham.

Appearing in the 200m Individual Swimming Medley category is Takeshi Matsuda, who competed for Japan at the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics, where he won four medals.

Additional athletes added were table tennis stars Mima Ito and Tomokazu Harimoto would be added, along with sprinters Yuki Koike and Yoshihide Kiryu.

A special video featuring the game’s ambassador Saori Yoshida also released a video detailing the appeal of Rugby and Judo. Her avatar will be available in all events in an update in late December.

Additional content will be slowly rolled out over the next several months.

While the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Official Video Game is already out in Japan, it will not be released in North America and Europe until 2020.