SEGA announced today that the record-breaking partnership of Mario and Sonic is to return to the Nintendo Wii for the officially licensed Olympic-themed game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. As with its predecessor, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is being developed by SEGA Japan.

A host of exciting new headline events, including football and equestrian will debut on the Wii game, alongside classic Olympic disciplines such as athletics, aquatics and table tennis. The all-new roster of Dream events that are set in popular Mario and Sonic worlds provide an extra special and unique touch to the sporting thrills and spills suitable for all the family.

Here’s Naoya Tsurumi, Chairman for SEGA of America and SEGA Europe, talking about the game:
“Mario and Sonic have had a phenomenally successful partnership and we are extremely proud to be able to recreate this once again with Nintendo and ISM for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It is truly exciting to be in the position to develop interactive entertainment software titles based on the Olympic Games, and for Sonic and Mario to once again be a part of this historic event.”

SEGA says that the game’s launch date will be announced later in the year.