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Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Review

Is it going for gold?

Had you told a gamer in the early 1990s that Mario and Sonic would team up and star in a videogame together you'd probably get a sharp slap in the jaw. Yet here they are, competing against each other in an Olympic setting. But is the game worthy enough to commemorate this historic meeting of the mascots? The answer is yes. Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games, against many fan's expectations, is worthy of a gold.

Mario & Sonic offers some of the most enjoyable multiplayer action you'll find on the Wii with 24 unique events designed to test all your gaming abilities, from hand speed to accuracy. The amazing this is how the game uses the Wii controllers so well, creating a series of unique events that never get boring.

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It would have been easy for Sega to slap Mario and Sonic in a button bashing track and field game but the amount of thought that has gone into each of the 24 events is commendable and even though the events are different it all feels so natural because the controls fit each discipline. It all works as you'd expect so for the 100m you'll be moving the controllers up and down as fast as possible, the skeet shooting has you pointing your Remote at the targets, while players pull back on the controllers as if they were oars in the rowing event.

There are some surprises though. In trampolining you have to flick the Remote up as you land and then tap buttons while your character is in the air to pull off tricks. Then there are the Dream events which take Olympic events and throw in the sort of things we've come to expect from videogames such as power-ups, special moves and obstacles.

Many retro-heads might reminisce about the glory days of Track & Field yet it has become an increasingly tired genre as the archaic controls have completely overshadowed any visual improvements. It's taken the Wii and two of the biggest stars in gaming to shake things up a bit.

The line-up of athletes may feature portly plumber, a hedgehog and a fox but although Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games appears a bit silly it deserves to be taken seriously because it is one of the best athletics games ever. Not only is it ideal as a family game (there are handicap options in case your nan wants a go) but it's great post-pub fun.


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  1. Timmy10 Thursday 17th Jan 2008 at 23:34

    This game is an early wii fit. Fantastic. Though i cant seem to get rid of the borders on my hd tv, running through components.

  2. george best Saturday 19th Jan 2008 at 18:35

    don't get me wrong i love it but it just gets repetative once you have completed it. i must have seen the credits 7 times

  3. monkie_scott Sunday 20th Jan 2008 at 14:39

    Me and my mates play on it all the time i love it. Im glad i got mine for christmas coz thay are all sold out :D

  4. yellowhead Monday 21st Jan 2008 at 10:46

    Great. But no online play!

  5. mak132 Monday 21st Jan 2008 at 18:08

    :lol: YAY RUNNING :lol:

  6. mak132 Monday 21st Jan 2008 at 18:10

    :lol: YAY REMOTE WAGGLEING :lol:

  7. monkie_scott Wednesday 23rd Jan 2008 at 16:46


  8. TwilightPrincess Monday 4th Feb 2008 at 18:27

    A great game but if youre a bit of a fatty then your gonna' have some problems. Also please can somebody help me?

    A few days ago me and my brother came to play on the game but both of our files had been mysteriously deleted. What happened? Is it my wii??? Luckily I managed to save copies of my other games on my SD card before the same happened to them. PLEASE HELP :(

  9. mario-9 Saturday 23rd Feb 2008 at 14:13

    this is a game you simply have to get
    best game on the wii no doubt abought it this game is worth at least 95 surely. the graphics r qulity it's just ashame that it dosn't have cycling like the ds vertion of the game but it's more interactive so get it on the wii not the ds. the graphics arn't as good on the ds

  10. Anonymous Thursday 28th Feb 2008 at 15:07

    Is it really worth Ł40? Seems a bit over-priced. Ł30 would be ideal but for a mini game compulation.. :?

  11. keegan Sunday 4th May 2008 at 16:53

    I got this for Chritmas and am glad as it sold out very quickly!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D IT IS ONE OF THE BEST GAMES EVER FOR THE WII!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

  12. mcleism01 Tuesday 27th May 2008 at 20:20

    Gr8 game 100m tires me out though.

  13. m4r1o0 Sunday 29th Jun 2008 at 16:08

    I own at this game, i am about 2050 in the world at relay, beat that!!!PM me if u do

  14. Kolo67 Sunday 6th Jul 2008 at 09:34

    I was a fan of wii sports, and this game didn't change anything. I am really a shoot-'em-up player, but like the odd tennis now and then, but still I wasn't impressed by this game. It is immensely short, and Only has a few events to choose from. It would be better if it was just a mixture of lots of different sports, rather than just a few Olympic sports. Wii sports is still my favourite of the two. :cry: :roll: :x :(

  15. Dana_ava Saturday 19th Jul 2008 at 09:40

    this game is great :D
    love it

    only thing that sucks tbh is the table tennis Dx
    only gold medal i need for yoshi and i cnt do it

    really frustrating Dx

    but still awesome game :D

  16. Okami Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 11:04

    I don't get how everyone struggles with table tennis. ><

    The Dream Events are awesome. To the extreme. =3 Shame I can't unlock the second one - it's probably the best of the lot.

    Dream Table tennis is fantastic - I luff it, just as much as I love the Trampoline.

    Am I the only one who struggles with sprinting, though? Can someone give me a guide on how to sprint, and tell me their technique? I've read the instructions for it about a hundred times now, and I still can't do it right. O_O

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