First off the block at today's Nintendo Direct was Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games 2014 for Wii U. The next crossover athletics title from Sega and Nintendo will include several new events which make use of both Wii MotionPlus remotes and the GamePad.

The Mario and Sonic gangs will take to the slopes and rinks of Sochi, Russia for classic events like skiing and snowboarding, as well as new ones like figure skating pairs and curling. Curling is better suited to a sideways-held GamePad than most scientists predicted.

No offense, Sochi Parks & Recreation Department, but the real world gets boring fast. Thankfully, "Dream Events" take the contestants back to their worlds of choice to compete against the more out-there environs of Green Hill Zone and the Mushroom Kingdom.

A new racing event will combine several sports into one long, unbroken chain of game mascot athleticism, with skaters facing down bobsledders and skiers. Nintendo said to "stay tuned" for launch timing and more details--Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games launched in October 2010, so we wouldn't be surprised by a similar window.

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  • shawksta - May 17, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Im definitley watching this because personally, Winter games was by far the most funnest entry in the series so this one going back to the Winter games is gonna be awesome!

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