Brick and mortar arcades may have gone the way of Z.Cavariccis here in the states, but Japan still has thousands scattered across the country.

Unfortunately for you, Japan's Joypolis arcade venue is the only place you'll be able to play Sonic Athletics. In what seems like the most obvious iteration of an arcade interface, players will be using eight side by side treadmills to, yes we saw it coming too, run/control your character.

How fast you run will determine how fast your character moves and there's a separate button for jump (no front flips required).The 100 meter dash, the long jump, and the 110 meter hurdle are some of the competitions you'll go head to head in.

Look, if you want us to lose a few pounds, just tell us. Forcing us to do this just seems underhanded. The ¥500 ($5.11) game lets you choose any one of your favorite characters from the franchise: Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Shadow, Amy, and Metal Sonic. Check out a full layout of the venue right here and let us know what you think.

[via Joypolis]