Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games

Posted on 11th March 2008 by admin in Game Reviews

For the first time in history, Mario and Sonic are appearing together in a video game, and it’s available on the Wii – they’ve joined together to star in a game that pays tribute to the Olympics in Beijing 2008: Mario and Sonic at the Olympic games.

The game features a cast of familiar characters from both the Mushroom Kingdom and the Sonic the Hedgehog games, including: Mario, Luigi, Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Yoshi, Bowser, and Princess Peach. Players can choose to compete with or against any of these characters, creating a truly unique experience.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Sega Of America, Inc. 2007, Video Game, $34.95

he Wii version of the game makes full use of the game system’s interactive controls, as players use the wireless remote to maneuver their character down the racetrack, across the swimming pool, leap over the high jump, or even play table tennis like the pros – if it’s an Olympic summer sport, it’s a part of this game!

Even the Olympic venues in the game are stylized to reflect each sport, such as an athletics complex, an archery and skeet shooting range, and a gymnastics arena. As up to four players compete for gold, characters can be chosen from one of four different types of characters. For example, Mario is an “all-around” athlete, while Sonic is a “speed” athlete. Bowser is a “power” athlete, while Tails has the title of “technical” athlete.
Each event can be experienced through either a Single-Match mode where an event is individually played, a Circuit Mode where the highest overall score of a series of events determines the winner, or the Mission Mode where challenges are pre-determined for each character to overcome. Players can even import their own Mii to compete alongside the Mario and Sonic teams!

The game is the first official 2008 Olympics game to be released, and was originally requested by the IOC – and two weeks after the games’ release, it “went gold” and has since been praised as one of the best sports games available. While some players have complained about the controls, the use of the Wii remote makes the game more interactive and interesting for the player, though admittedly it make take slightly longer to get used to.

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