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Mario & Sonic at the Carnival Games is an installment in the Mario & Sonic series. It was created by P&F Games Inc. for the Nintendo Switch.
The gameplay is very similar to 1-2 Switch, where it utilizes a variety of different controls using the Joy-Cons. A majority of these games utilize the motion controls, while others require button mashing or pressing a certain button at the correct time. There are six different game modes: Single Match, Carnival Challenge, Mission Mode, Fun House Frenzy, The Museum, and Options.
Playable Characters Edit
The game features a total of 72 playable characters.
Mario Series Edit
|Mario||The Mushroom Kingdom's fabled hero who has saved the galaxies, traveled across the globe, and restored sunshine on a tropical isle. Mario takes his balanced skills to compete in fun-filled carnival games.||All-Around|
|Luigi||Mario's younger brother who has a fear of ghosts. Aside his ghost-capturing adventures, Luigi brings balanced stats to the table, in hopes of getting first prize at the carnival.||All-Around|
|Peach||The princess of the Mushroom Kingdom who has been captured by Bowser countless times. Peach's technical style will be her advantage when tackling these games.||Skill|
|Toad||Peach's faithful sidekick who has many other Toad companions throughout the Mushroom Kingdom. Like his platforming debut, Toad is quick on his feet, which will hopefully get him some wins.||Speed|
|Bowser||Mario's arch-nemesis since day one, who is constantly capturing Peach, and maybe someday hoping to marry her. Bowser's brute strength will come in handy if he desires to win the games.||Power|
|Yoshi||The green dino from Yoshi's Island who absolutely adores fruit. Besides being Mario's pal, Yoshi is a quickster who plans to use his speed to his advantage.||Speed|
|Daisy||The princess of Sarasaland who is somewhat of a tomboy. When not in Tantanga's clutches, Daisy utilizes speed as key to winning the carnival games.||Speed|
|Wario||President of WarioWare Inc. and a greedy soul. Wario's muscularity will surely have the carnival-goers at a shock.||Power|
|Waluigi||A lean but mean fella who appears to have something against Luigi... we're not quite sure what. Waluigi's sneakiness allows him to be technically gifted in the games.||Skill|
|Bowser Jr.||Son of Bowser who once mistook Peach as his mother. Although not quite as strong as his father, Bowser Jr. is well-balanced and hopes to make his father proud by bringing home some prizes.||All-Around|
|Donkey Kong||A banana-loving ape who can call Donkey Kong Island home. After saving his home from tikis and penguins, Donkey Kong now uses his massive strength to take the win in carnival games.||Power|
|Diddy Kong||Donkey Kong's trusty friend who carries his Peanut Popgun for defense. Being small, Diddy Kong uses his speed to his advantage.||Speed|
|Rosalina||A princess from the outer reaches of space, who stays aboard the Comet Observatory with her Lumas. Rosalina has appeared to be a very skilled competitor and hopes her Lumas can enjoy some stuffed animals on her.||Skill|
|Toadette||One of Toad's best friends who cannot be mistaken with her stylish pink ponytails. Toadette is a well-balanced fungi who will surely bring home the win.||All-Around|
|Dry Bones||A bony version of the Koopa Troopa who is loyal to Bowser's army. Despite being a living dead Koopa, Dry Bones brings his technicality to the table in which he hopes to win.||Skill|
|Dry Bowser||An undead brute who formed one time after Bowser was knocked into the lava. Being similar to Bowser, he brings about great power. A win would surely be great for the Dry Bones name.||Power|
|Nabbit||A thieving fiend who makes base on Secret Island. Nabbit is surprisingly fast, even with that sack of stolen goodies on his back all the time.||Speed|
|Shy Guy||A masked man who once worked for the army of Wart. Nobody knows what's under the mask, perhaps an astonishingly handsome face? Shy Guy is an all-around good competitor regardless.||All-Around|
|Sprixie Princess||One of many fairies found within the Sprixie Kingdom. This cute little fairy is quite strong when it comes to being technical.||Skill|
|Metal Mario||Mario's metallic form when he gets a hold of the Metal Box. Unlike his normal form, Metal Mario is much stronger than Mario himself.||Power|
|Captain Toad||Leader of the Toad Brigade who has been on plenty of puzzle-solving, treasure-hunting adventures. Captain Toad uses his balanced skills to take a win for the books... and bragging rights to the Brigade.||All-Around|
|Birdo||A fashionable dinosaur whose big red bow is a trademark of hers. Birdo is a speedster, and with that she'll win the carnival games.||Speed|
|Boom Boom||One of the brutes found in Bowser's army, known to have a female sidekick named Pom Pom. Boom Boom's massive stature gives him power, which he'll use to make a boom in the competition.||Power|
|Paper Mario||Straight out of the book, right after restoring color to Prisma. This flat version of Mario uses his combat skills from the books to become very technical. Hopefully his wins for the books can be brought back to his book.||Skill|
Sonic Series Edit
|Sonic||The blue blur himself who is known for running faster than the speed of sound. When he isn't saving aliens, stopping an apocalypse, or exploring King Arthur's kingdom, Sonic uses his speed to bring home a win for the books.||Speed|
|Tails||Sonic's sidekick since 1992 who is a mechanical genius and has two tails. Tails uses his smarts to be a careful thinker when it comes to winning the carnival games.||Skill|
|Knuckles||An enemy and a friend to Sonic, this toughie is known for being the guardian of the Master Emerald on Angel Island. His strong as nails knuckles (hence his name, heh..) allow him to perform with high strength, thus allowing him to win at the games.||Power|
|Amy||A pink hedgehog who has kinda had a thing for Sonic for quite some time now. Without her Piko Hammer, Amy presents to be a well-rounded young gal. Go get em, Amy!||All-Around|
|Dr. Eggman||An evil scientist who sports an IQ of 300, and is the creator of such machines such as the Death Egg Robot and the Egg Dragoon. His smarts allow him to be a very skilled opponent in the carnival games.||Skill|
|Shadow||A hedgehog created by Gerald Robotnik in hopes of outsmarting Sonic. When Shadow isn't shooting down baddies, he uses his speed to dominate the games.||Speed|
|Blaze||A cat from another dimension who is guardian of the Sol Emeralds. Blaze uses her balanced talents to take home another win in the carnival games.||All-Around|
|Silver||A hedgehog from the future whose destiny is to bring peace to the world. Silver is known to posses psychedelic abilities, which in turn allows him to use these to his advantage and become quite the technical competitor.||Skill|
|Metal Sonic||A robot created by Dr. Eggman match the likes of Sonic. Since this robotic rival is similar to Sonic, he brings speed into the field in hopes of giving the bad guys a victory.||Speed|
|Vector||Leader of the Chaotix Detective Agency who just wants to find that darn computer room. Vector may have a skinny stature, but don't let that fool you. He is actually very strong and brings power to the competition to get a victory.||Power|
|Espio||A member of the Chaotix Detective Agency who appears to posses the skills of a ninja. With these skills, he uses them to be a technical player in the field.||Skill|
|Rouge||A sneaky jewel thief and a treasure hunter. Rouge uses her sneakiness and swiftness to be a technical opponent in the carnival games. Maybe she can sneak a win home too.||Skill|
|Omega||One of many robots in Dr. Eggman's series of E-series robots. Although he seems to alternate from being a good guy and bad guy, Omega uses his strength to please both forces, and to take home the prizes in the carnival games.||Power|
|Jet||The leader of the Babylon Rogues and one mean hoverboard rider. Jet is a speedster, both on the ground and in the air. He hopes to use this speed to beat Sonic and all the other competitors and win.||Speed|
|Wave||One of the members of the Babylon Rogues gang. Wave is also skilled on the hoverboard, but does not compare in speed to Jet. Wave is actually quite the balanced player on the field.||All-Around|
|Zazz||A member of the Deadly Six who claims he will "beat you like a drum." Zazz may be a trickster, but he is actually pretty balanced when it comes to competing in the carnival games.||All-Around|
|Zavok||The leader of the Deadly Six. Zavok's brute strength is what will lead him to victory in the carnival games.||Power|
|Sticks||Sticks is a badger who lives on a deserted island. She's gotten into some crazy adventures, such as getting a robot dog and thinking she was cursed by a cross-eyed moose. Sticks uses her skills to take on the games alone.||Skill|
|Classic Sonic||Sonic's classic counterpart, back from the days of the Genesis. It must've taken him generations to come to the games! Being Sonic, he brings his speed as his advantage in the carnival games.||Speed|
|Big||His name says it all.... he is one big fella! Although not accompanied by his buddy Froggy this time around, Big uses his big stature to his advantage as he takes home some bragging rights to Froggy from winning the games.||Power|
|Charmy||Another member of the Chaotix Detective Agency. Charmy uses his all-around abilities to bring home the win for the Chaotix gang. Maybe now Vector can use the prizes Charmy wins to find the computer room.||All-Around|
|Infinite||An all-powerful being created by Dr. Eggman using the power of the Phantom Rubies. Infinite posses great strength to win the carnival games with. We think he's got infinite chances to get a win.... (heh, see what we did there?)||Power|
|Marine||A badger who once assisted Sonic in stopping the infamous Captain Whisker. Marine possesses well-rounded traits, which will be useful if she wants to take home a boatload of carnival prizes.||All-Around|
|Cream||A sweet, young rabbit who is usually never seen without her Chao friend, Cheese. They go together like cream cheese and bagels! Cream is surprisingly quick. Maybe that whole tortoise and hare story makes sense now...||Speed|
Friends Series Edit
|Austin||Austin usually likes to stay within a personal bubble, unless he is with his girlfriend. Austin uses his well-rounded traits to take home the win. Perhaps he'll make Alyssa jealous.||All-Around|
|Caleb R.||Caleb is one of 12 siblings in his family. How many kids can one family handle?! Caleb brings all-around abilities to the field, in hopes of taking "the W."||All-Around|
|Nolan P.||Nolan is a ginger, and is a band geek (and he's not afraid to show it!). Nolan may not be the greatest physically, but he still possesses all-around traits. And that's a great thing!||All-Around|
|Ellie||Ellie is obsessed with any flute related, no joke! Although her stature is small, Ellie uses her balanced regime to get the win in the carnival games.||All-Around|
|Mikayla||Mikayla here is involved in a lot: sports, band, NHS, you name it! Because of her involvement, this gives Mikayla the upper hand by being a well-balanced competitor. Hopefully this pays off when she wins the games.||All-Around|
|Kristi||Kristi may be graduated, but she can still keep up her A-game. Kristi is an all-around player who will hone her skills to take home prizes from the games. Maybe she'll share with Maggie and Lexie.||All-Around|
|Nick B.||Nick is a serious guy who often times doesn't take humor very lightly. Despite this, Nick is a great runner with speeds that should get him some nice wins in the games.||Speed|
|Dan||Dan is definitely a card. He's goofy, energetic, and also serious. Dan is an amazing runner with speeds that'll lead him to victory in the carnival games.||Speed|
|Todd H.||Todd is also better known as "Cool Whip." Being the top runner of his cross country team, Todd uses his high speeds to get himself win after win. Try keeping up with this kid, Dan!||Speed|
|Laura||Laura is on the same team as Todd. However, she is the top runner on the girls' side of things. Laura uses her speed to her advantage to get herself some nice wins.||Speed|
|Anna F.||Anna may be on the smaller size as far as stature goes, but she is definitely a tough competitor! Anna uses her size to her advantage and uses it to gain great speed.||Speed|
|Jasmine F.||Jasmine and her family have been known to be running fanatics. How do they do it? We aren't sure. Jasmine's speed from over the years ought to come in handy in the carnival games.||Speed|
|Aj||Aj is handy when it comes to truck handling. He was also known to be a good keeper in soccer. Aj's body type allows him to have great strength.||Power|
|Zack||If you need any knowledge on cars or classic rock, Zack is the man to go to. Although usually tired and lazy, Zack has proven to be pretty strong. And he is sure to use this skill to win the carnival games!||Power|
|Mark H.||Mark serves in the army and is also a pretty good drummer. From his training, he has acquired great power, which he will use to lead him and Kierstin to victory in the games.||Power|
|Sarah M.||Small but mighty, Sarah serves us a great deal of strength in the games. Camryn ought to be put to shame!||Power|
|Savannah||Savannah is an all-around athlete for sure. But when it comes to the carnival games, Savannah is actually quite strong. She must get really aggressive when it comes to this type of thing...||Power|
|Brooklyn||Brooklyn is solely a band member, so don't expect her around the athletic scene. Despite this, Brooklyn uses power to get her through the carnival games.||Power|
|Aaron||Aaron has a passion for soccer... a big passion. Practicing his footwork for soccer takes a lot of skill, and that is how he developed into quite the technical opponent in the carnival games.||Skill|
|Logan||Logan was great in football and track. Heck, he was even the track team captain. Logan was a very skilled man overall, and he's putting those skills to the test in the games.||Skill|
|Landen||When he isn't working, Landen is quite excited to be a part of the carnival games. Landen uses technique to outsmart his opponents and take home some sweet carnival prizes.||Skill|
|Katie||Katie is happy to be a part of the games, especially since her sister Hailey will be absent from the roster this time around. Katie hones in her technicality to reign as #1 in the carnival games.||Skill|
|Bridget||Bridget is quite quiet and sometimes shy. This isn't always the case, however. Bridget is quite the opponent to face in the carnival games! Bridget is a technical competitor who uses her skills to win at all of the events.||Skill|
|Sarah B.||Once always on the sidelines, Sarah is new to the games scene. Starting off in the Olympics, Sarah was always a skilled person. Now she'll bring those skills over to the carnival scene.||Skill|
Non-Playable Characters Edit
Game Stand Operators Edit
- Blue Toad
- Brad L.
- Koopa Troopa
- Shy Guy
- Dry Bones
- Hero Chao
- Dark Chao
There are a total of 40 events in this game. 30 are regular carnival games while 10 are Dream versions of carnival games.
- Bell Tower Hit
- Boat Race
- Long Jump
- Water Gun Boat Race
- Balloon Darts
- Bottle Topple
- Western Shoot-Down
- Turtle Race
- Wheel Challenge
- Light Timing Challenge
- Duck Pick
- Pie Throw
- Alley Bowling
- Ring Toss
- Basketball Shoot
- Putt Putt
- Fish Bowl Bounce
- Home Run Derby
- Bean Bag Toss
- Tower Ascend
- Lucky Slots
- Face Paint
- Maze Daze
- Bucking Bronco
- Dream Boat Race
- Dream Footrace
- Dream Shoot-Down
- Dream Pie Throw
- Dream Plink'O
- Dream Bowling
- Dream Basketball Shoot
- Dream Home Run Derby
- Dream Shuffleboard
- Dream Maze Daze
Game Modes Edit
Here are the game modes with in-depth descriptions.
Single Match Edit
Here you can play any of the events at will.
Carnival Challenge Edit
The main campaign of the game. In this mode, players compete against other characters in the assortment of events. Once an event is won, players advance to harder opponents. Once they reach the end, a reward is given. Along the way, you face some unexpected rivals.
Mission Mode Edit
Mission mode is a collection of side-quests. Each mission is based off of an event and can change the way the event is played depending on the mission. Each mission earns you a reward of either tickets, a Mii costume, a statue, or a music track. There are a total of 60 missions in the game.
Fun House Frenzy Edit
This mode is similar to Heroes Showdown in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. You compete as either Team Mario, Team Sonic, or Team Friends. The goal is to win as many events as possible to advance through the fun house. Along the way there are mini challenges based on the design of the fun house.
The Museum Edit
Here you can view all the different collectible you've earned such as awards, Mii costumes, statues, artwork, and music tracks. Here you can also change your Mii's outfit and watch the staff credits (when unlocked).
Here you can control different settings within the game.
Here are the locations found within the game, all based upon Mario and Sonic series locations. Some return from previous games while others are new.
Mario Series Edit
|Buoy Base Galaxy||Super Mario Galaxy||Dream Plink'O|
|Moo Moo Meadows||Mario Kart Wii||Dream Footrace|
|Bowser's Castle||New Super Mario Bros. Wii||Dream Maze Daze|
|Super Bell Hill||Super Mario 3D World||Dream Basketball Shoot|
|Steam Gardens||Super Mario Odyssey||Dream Shoot-Down|
Sonic Series Edit
|Emerald Coast||Sonic Adventure||Dream Boat Race|
|Radical Highway||Sonic Adventure 2||Dream Shuffleboard|
|Tropical Resort||Sonic Colors||Dream Bowling|
|Death Egg mk. II||Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Episode 2||Dream Pie Throw|
|Spaceport||Sonic Forces||Dream Home Run Derby|
These are the Mii costumes that you can unlock. In total, there are 150 costumes.
Mario Series Edit
- Bowser Jr.
- Donkey Kong
- Diddy Kong
- Dry Bones
- Dry Bowser
- Shy Guy
- Sprixie Princess
- Metal Mario
- Captain Toad
- Boom Boom
- Paper Mario
- Larry Koopa
- Roy Koopa
- Lemmy Koopa
- Wendy Koopa
- Iggy Koopa
- Morton Koopa
- Ludwig von Koopa
- Fire Mario
- Bee Mario
- Propeller Mario
- Penguin Mario
- Gold Mario
- Cat Mario
- Professor E. Gadd
- Mario w/ Cappy
- Cloud Mario
- Rock Mario
- General Guy
- Dr. Mario
- Builder Mario
- Dixie Kong
- Funky Kong
Sonic Series Edit
- Dr. Eggman
- Metal Sonic
- Classic Sonic
- Egg Pawn
- Super Sonic
- Avatar (Cat)
- Tails Doll
- Master Zik
Friends Series Edit
- Caleb R.
- Nolan P.
- Nick B.
- Todd H.
- Anna F.
- Jasmine F.
- Mark H.
- Sarah M.
- Sarah B.
- Alex S.
- Emma H.
- Mark D.
- Hailey S.
- Noah I.
- Casey B.
- Kassie M.
- Anna B.
- Brandon C.
- Emma B.
- Brendan G.
- Dylan L.
Interchangeable music in the events returns in this game. Music can be changed on the event instruction screens. Additionally, music can be listened to at will in the jukebox in the Museum. There are a total of 60 songs in the game. Songs are listed in the order you unlock them.
Mario Series Edit
- Main Theme from Super Mario Bros.
- Good Egg Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy
- Main Theme from New Super Mario Bros. U
- Super Bell Subway from Mario Kart 8
- Slider from Super Mario 64
- Athletic Theme from Super Mario Bros. 3
- Comet Observatory from Super Mario Galaxy
- Athletic Theme from New Super Mario Bros. 2
- Main Theme from Super Mario 64
- Coconut Mall from Mario Kart Wii
- Main Theme from Super Mario World
- Puzzle Plank Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Athletic Theme from Super Mario 3D Land
- Underwater Theme from Super Mario Bros.
- Jump Up, Super Star! from Super Mario Odyssey
- Athletic Theme from New Super Mario Bros.
- Ending Theme from Super Mario World
- Wario's Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii
- The Great Tower Showdown 2 from Super Mario 3D World
- Coincentration from Super Mario 64 DS
- Main Theme from Super Mario Bros. 3
- Gusty Garden Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy
- Shroom Ridge from Mario Kart DS
- Main Theme from New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Jaxi from Super Mario Odyssey
- Flower Garden from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- Underwater Theme from New Super Mario Bros.
- Bowser's Galaxy Generator from Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Champion Road from Super Mario 3D World
- Staff Credits from Super Mario 64
Sonic Series Edit
- Green Hill from Sonic the Hedgehog
- City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2
- Sonic Heroes from Sonic Heroes
- Chemical Plant from Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- His World from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
- Metal Harbor from Sonic Adventure 2
- Reach for the Stars from Sonic Colors
- Wonder World from Sonic Lost World
- Seaside Hill from Sonic Heroes
- Angel Island from Sonic the Hedgehog 3
- Super Sonic Racing from Sonic R
- Flying Battery from Sonic and Knuckles
- Hi-Spec Robo Go! from Sonic Mania
- Let the Speed Mend It from Sonic and the Secret Rings
- The Deadly Six from Sonic Lost World
- Rooftop Run - Day from Sonic Unleashed
- Route 99 from Sonic Advance 3
- Station Square from Sonic Adventure
- Misty Lake from Sonic and the Black Knight
- Balloon Park from Sonic the Hedgehog 3
- Security Hall from Sonic Adventure 2
- Splash Hill from Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Episode 1
- Palmtree Panic from Sonic CD
- A New Venture from Sonic Rush Adventure
- Windmill Isle - Day from Sonic Unleashed
- Emerald Beach from Sonic Battle
- Neo Green Hill from Sonic Advance
- Windy and Ripply... for Emerald Coast from Sonic Adventure
- Right There, Ride On from Sonic Rush
- Fist Bump from Sonic Forces
- Mario's character description references his adventures in Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario Odyssey, and Super Mario Sunshine
- Luigi's fear of ghosts from Luigi's Mansion is referenced in Luigi's description
- Bowser's description mentions that he desires to marry Peach, likely a reference to the planned wedding from Super Mario Odyssey
- Daisy's description mentions her being captive by Tantanga in Super Mario Land
- Bowser Jr.'s description mentions him mistaking Peach for his mother, referencing the events of Super Mario Sunshine
- Donkey Kong's description mentions his adventures in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- Dry Bowser's description mentions his creation, thus referring to the first boss fight in New Super Mario Bros.
- Shy Guy's description mentions that he once worked for Wart, referring to Super Mario Bros. 2
- Captain Toad's description mentions his adventures from Super Mario 3D World and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- Paper Mario's description mentions that he came to compete in the games right after restoring Prisma, referring to Paper Mario: Color Splash
- The Star theme is pulled from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- The Mega Mushroom theme is pulled from Mario Party: The Top 100
- The Mario clear theme in Carnival Challenge is the Power Moon theme from Super Mario Odyssey
- Sonic's description mentions his adventures in Sonic Colors, Sonic Forces, and Sonic and the Black Knight
- Tails' description mentions that he's been Sonic's sidekick since 1992, referring to his debut in Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Vector's description mentions the infamous "find the computer room" quote from Shadow the Hedgehog
- Zazz's description quotes him directly from Sonic Lost World
- Sticks' description mentions the events of two Sonic Boom episodes: "Buster" and "The Curse of the Cross-Eyed Moose"
- Classic Sonic's description mentions that it took him generations to come compete. This is a reference to not only Sonic Generations but a similar joke made in a cutscene of Sonic Forces
- Marine's description mentions the events of Sonic Rush Adventure
- The Speed Shoes theme is pulled from Sonic Adventure 2
- The Sonic clear theme in Carnival Challenge is pulled from Sonic Generations