Although the Tokyo Olympics may be done and dusted, there is no need to despair. For those of us who are hardcore Olympics fans, it often feels unfair that the competition lasts a mere fortnight. However, thanks to some tech-savvy fans and innovators, there are plenty of ways to re-live the magic of the Olympics through your smartphone over and over again. Here are some tech tips for keeping the Olympic flame burning in your home.
Train Like An Olympian
Is there anything more immersive (and brutal) than following the grueling training regimen of a real-life Olympian? If you’re ready to put yourself through some serious pain, you can download a number of apps that feature curated exercise content from some of Tokyo’s top Olympians. The Nike+ app features a huge range of training series from the very best that TeamUSA has to offer, while Samsung’s dedicated Olympics platform features 5-minute training courses across a variety of sports. This is one way to get fit, fast.
Experience Virtual Tokyo
A sense of place plays an essential part in any Olympic games, which is why it is impossible to separate the competition from the host. This year’s games brought us enchanting images of the magical Japanese capital, which remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. If you want to enjoy the sights and sounds of Tokyo, you can do so virtually via a game.
There’s the open-world anime game Persona 5, a role-playing game in which you and your feline sidekick must explore the districts of Akihabara and Shinjuku, using your powers to rid them of ghosts. You could also try the recently-released Midnight in Tokyo, a casino game that has emerged as one of the top online slots UK, one that pays homage to this iconic city. This 5-reel slot game features sounds, graphics, and symbols that will transport you to the beating heart of this manic, neon-drenched megapolis.
Alternatively, you could also download Tokyo Mirage Sessions, an arcade-style open-world game that features all of Tokyo’s 23 wards with a truly unforgettable soundtrack.
Re-watch It All From Every Angle
If you feel that you didn’t catch enough of the action during the two-week Olympic tournament, you have plenty of options for reliving it. For starters, you can download the official Olympic app, which has extensive coverage of every single sport and country at your fingertips. You can check out the Olympics Snapchat channel, which retains a vast library of sports fixtures filmed via body cams on the contestants, allowing you to re-live it all up close like never before. Alternatively, you can head to Twitch to watch more than 150 hours of behind-the-scenes content from virtually all sports, including interviews with your favorite athletes.
Play The Olympic Video Games
Finally, you can step into the shoes of the Olympians by playing an official Olympic-themed video game. There are plenty to choose from, but there is no better place to start for Tokyo 2020 than the official Mario and Sonic title, available on Nintendo Switch. Set in a sprawling virtual reconstruction of the Tokyo Olympic village, you can put your skills to the test by playing boxing, diving, shooting, karate, skateboarding, tennis, and more with your friends.
These are just some of the ways that fans can re-live the magic of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Check them out today.
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