Sonic brows with shoes in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Sega’s gameplay trailer forMario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020was not necessarily among the highlights of the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct discussion on Tuesday. However extremely early in the trailer, one thing did capture our eye: feet.

Browsing is among four sports making their Olympic launchings at the Tokyo Games in 2020, and it was showcased near the start of the trailer, with footage of both Mario and Sonic catching waves. Notice anything different about their surfing outfits?

( Tip: It’s the feet.)

Mario is comfortable dipping his naked toes in the ocean, but Sonic appears to have no interest in eliminating his traditional red-and-white tennis shoes prior to he gets on his surfboard. Now, it makes good sense that Mario and his corporate moms and dad would let the plumber’s feet loose here; after all, Nintendo permitted a shirtless, shoeless, sockless Mario to prance around on a beach inSuper Mario Odyssey

Not so for Sega. Even when Sonic developed into a “werehog” in 2008’sSonic Unleashed, he didn’t Hulk out of his shoes– the tennis shoes just ended up being cleats. Nevertheless, Sonic’s feet have appeared in the Archie Comics series and in several cartoons, consisting of the ’90 s animated seriesExperiences of Sonic the Hedgehog(It’s uncertain if we’ll get to see Sonic’s feet in the redesigned Sonic the Hedgehog motion picture.)

So what’s the handle Sonic’s surfing shoes? Is he making an useless effort to keep his toes dry while hanging 10? Is he simply shy about revealing his feet in public? Does Sega have something in its Sonic brand name guidelines saying that Sonic can’t go shoeless? (That would be unusual, thinking about that there is obviously no such provision in location for Sonic’s nemesis, Dr. Eggman.)

We have actually asked Sega for comment, and will update this short article with any information we get. In any case, Mario and Sonic (and their athletic pals) are coming specifically to Nintendo Change this November inMario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Update:Sega has actually reacted to Polygon’s demand for remark. According to seasoned Sonic the Hedgehog game manufacturer Takashi Iizuka, “Sonic does not take off his shoes (in canon)”– which just leads to additional questions.


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