Mario and Sonic get extra friendly in newest London Olympics trailer

As Sesame Street so wisely put it cooperation makes it happen (opens in new tab), so as strange as it must be for all the Sonic and Mario fans to see, the upcoming London Olympics game starring the pair has the former rivals working together almost as much as they’re competing. Sure, the two can square-off in sumo wrestling and bicycle races, but they can just as easily work together. In today’s gameplay footage you’ll see them collaborate in sports as diverse as crew, volleyball, and even synchronized swimming.

Though you’d think the novelty of seeing Mario, Sonic and all their friends would wear off by the third game, videos like these still have an effect on us, as we wish our nine year-old selves could see the two platform stars rowing a boat together. And Sega intends shake things up for its third Olympic mascot battle, with new events and even minigames filling the streets of London (opens in new tab). You’ll find Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics in stores November 15.

Oct 26, 2011

Henry Gilbert

Henry Gilbert is a former GamesRadar+ Editor, having spent seven years at the site helping to navigate our readers through the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation. Henry is now following another passion of his besides video games, working as the producer and podcast cohost of the popular Talking Simpsons and What a Cartoon podcasts.