Host Your Own Olympic Games with Mario & Sonic on Wii U

REDMOND, Wash.--()--Calling all active families! While Mario, Sonic and all their friends

compete in Mario

& Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
(launching today for

the Wii

console), you and your family members can join in on all the fun ...

and enter for a chance to win a great prize package in the process.

Starting today, Nintendo kicks off a contest on Instagram asking fans to

take photos of their friends and families playing the game together or

re-creating some of the game's most memorable events, including Football

(Soccer), Rugby Sevens and Beach Volleyball. Now's your chance to get

your family and friends together to host your very own Olympic Games at

home! This could entail taking a photo of the family as they have a

friendly competition while playing Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016

Olympic Games in the living room at home (victory poses while

wearing makeshift medals are optional!) or organizing an impromptu

soccer match in the backyard with all your friends. The more creative

and active the photos, the better. The most important thing, however, is

to just have fun playing together!

With so many multiplayer modes and events in the game*, finding

inspiration for the Instagram photo contest should be easy. The contest

runs today until July 22. To participate, simply snap a photo of your

family and/or friends competing in your own home Mario & Sonic-themed

competition and post to Instagram using the hashtags #MarioSonicRio2016

and #NintendoContest. Every week starting on July 1, Nintendo will

select one winning photo, with the winning entrant receiving a Wii U

system, two New Nintendo 3DS XL systems, one each of the Wii U and Nintendo

versions of the Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

game and both the Mario and Sonic amiibo

figures. That's quite a prize package!

"Mario & Sonic aren't the only ones breaking a sweat this summer with Mario

& Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," said Scott Moffitt,

Nintendo of America's Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

"This contest encourages families to get out and be just as active as

the Mario & Sonic characters in the game."

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Wii U

console is full of engaging multiplayer modes that get your family and

friends playing together using the largest cast of characters in series

history. In Tournament mode, up to two players participate in

Preliminary Heat, Semifinal and Final matches in a wide variety of

different events. Winning a tournament will earn you "Mii Wear" outfits

for your Mii character, coins, rings and medals. If your family and

friends are ready for a challenge, the Heroes Showdown mode is ready and

waiting to be conquered. In this mode, you can form a team to compete

head-to-head with another player in random events. One team is assigned

10 random characters from Team Mario, while the other receives Team

Sonic superstars. If you lose an event, characters are eliminated from

your team until only one team, or one team captain, is left standing.

With many different multiplayer options to choose from, friends and

family will have a blast honing their skills in a wide variety of events

in order to earn a spot on the winner's podium.

And speaking of events, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

is overflowing with diverse events for up to four players that will keep

all members of the family entertained. For the first time in the

franchise (and the first time in real life!), Rugby Sevens makes its

Olympic Games debut. By fielding a seven-character team, you're tasked

with scoring goals while also navigating a chaotic field of fellow

players. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games features

14 Olympic Games events and three Duel events, which infuse some Mario &

Sonic elements like Chaos Emeralds and Fire Flowers into the

proceedings. In addition to Rugby Sevens, other main events include

Football (Soccer), Beach Volleyball, BMX and Rhythmic Gymnastics

(Clubs), which is also making its series debut.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Wii U is now

available, and can be purchased in stores, in Nintendo eShop or at at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The Nintendo 3DS

version of the game, which contains exclusive events and game modes, is

also available at a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more

information about Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,


Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let

adults manage the content their children can access. For more

information about this and other features, visit


*Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal

residents of the viver esporte online US (incl. DC) and Canada (excl. Quebec), 18 years or

older. Promotion begins 9:00 AM PT on 6/24/16 and ends 11:59 PM PT on

7/22/16. To enter, upload photo to Instagram using hashtags stated in

Official Rules. Four winners will each receive: 1 Mario amiibo figure; 1

Sonic amiibo figure; 1 Wii U video game system; 2 New Nintendo 3DS XL

video game systems; 1 Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games video

game for the Wii U system; and 1 Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic

Games video game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. ARV of each

prize package: $825.93. For Official Rules, visit

Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc. © 2016 Nintendo. All rights reserved.

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