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Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games review

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

The events are brilliant. We've actually got a little list in our notes: ten of the 20 you'll find scribbled under "GREAT!"; only four appear under "BAD!" For the record, it's almost always the controller-flicking sports that fail: having to judge your leap off the long-jump board with an arbitrary lift, or tilt the nunchuk to get Mario's "pasta ass" over the high-jump bar just doesn't work. The triple jump needs three jerks of the wrist - the bewildering randomness of it all sucks the life out of a party like James Blunt turning up.



But the rest? Great fun. Trampoline knocked us backwards with its unexpectedly addictive A-B-twist combos. Javelin (A+B to grip, then pull back and hrrumph) is exactly as competitive as it should be. Skeet Shooting just works. Archery - where you draw two crosshairs together by tilting the nunchuk and remote, and have to cater for wind speed - gets a big thumbs-up.

And then there's the track events and swimming bits. If you've ever laughed harder while playing a videogame, someone must have been tickling you. They're all based on waggling like crazy for the duration, and, because Sega care not a jot for your rapidly-tiring muscles, they're the most face-reddening, mouth-grimacing, scream-out-loud, up-off-your-chair bursts of hilarity on Wii - both to play and watch. The ten-second 100m is funny enough; watching four players enduring the 4x100m swim relay, a two-minute marathon of relentless "strokes" like pushing left and right or shunting forward and back, will bring tears to your eyes. Forget all that rubbish about people sweating over Wii Sports: this is a proper workout.

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

2 comments

  • 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 ;)

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