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Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games

AT A GLANCE
  • Hilarious social gaming
  • Controls inviting to non-gamers
  • Well-designed and strenuous events
  • Uninspired graphics
  • A few events are cumbersome
  • Really annoying music

Nov 6, 2007

All right, we're going to give this the benefit of the doubt. Because to review Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games properly, we'd have to invent a cloning machine, build it, feed ourselves in like photocopier paper, then distribute our army of clone-twins across the country to find out how many laughs (or tears) the game delivers at every party and family get-together in the country. And the problem is that we're too fat to fit inside the cloning machine.

All we know is that our deadline-addled little family - the one we can test without a PhD in cloneology - has been doing a lot of what you humans call laughing. We've been giggling at Dr. Eggman's gangly legs scissoring over hurdles; chuckling as a couple of our editors take things far too seriously during one-on-one fencing; and doubling-over at poor souls actually grunting in pain during the wrist-numbing 4x100m swim.



Perhaps we haven't had 80% of the fun involved - because we weren't playing in a living room filled with Pringles, Miniature Heroes, fizzy sodas and central heating. But we think you will.

Big plus point: the developers have worked their little Sonic socks off to make this a multiplayer-friendly Olympics. The nunchuk's optional for most events. There's a custom "Add Remote" screen that might help Sega avoid going to hell for the Banana Blitz abomination. And if you ignore the intimidating 11-page instruction screens and rely instead on the perfectly serviceable on-screen prompts, the game's properly granny-friendly - the buttons are barely used. Mario & Sonic is better in single-player than you might expect (as long as you've got an ambulance on standby for the more punishing tests). But it knows it's a party game at heart - and gets it right.

More Info

Release date: Nov 06 2007 - Wii
Jan 23 2008 - DS (US)
Available Platforms: Wii, DS
Genre: Sports
Published by: Sega
Developed by: Sega
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Mild Cartoon Violence

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  • Coolbeans69 - October 3, 2008 2:41 a.m.

    First!! This is a great party game
  • JimBobJaysiph - January 21, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    This games is a great games for family's, or people who like ario or sonic. I bought this game and was surprised about the different types of sports so play... but sadly i was very disappointed that the case says Nintendo Wi-Fi, then to find out you can only said records, correct me if i'm wrong but i don't think you can play other people or friends round the world. :( But over all it's a great games and i would give it about 8/10 ;)