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Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games Review

They're back, and it's business as usual

Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games Wii review As the third game in the hugely successful Mario & Sonic series it would be foolish of Sega to mess around with the formula too much. Sure enough, not a lot has changed here.

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It shares many of the same events as the original and there's still a lot of waggling involved to build up power in some sports, so if you were hoping Sega had carried Winter Olympics' relatively waggle-free gameplay over you may be disappointed.

Party Over Here

The one main addition to the series is the London Party mode. This is a special competition for up to four players (you can play against three CPU opponents), which plays a little like the Mario Party games.

The 'board' is a big area of London and players run around trying to bump into secondary Mario and Sonic characters. If you hit one you'll trigger a mini-game - one minute you'll be racing across the Millennium Bridge while avoiding potholes and jumping hurdles, the next you'll be running around the streets trying to hit each other with green shells.

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Every now and then you'll compete in an actual Olympic event too. Winning these mini-games and events will earn you stickers that you than can add to a sticker book. When you've filled the spaces you've won the game. While it's a bit of a hollow experience in single-player, it gets more interesting with four players.


The London Party mini-games are a mixed bag - some of them are a good laugh but others feel like they could have been slapped onto any generic mini-game compilation were it not for the fact they have Mario and Sonic characters in them.

Unfortunately the Festival mode from Winter Olympics has gone. Even though it only took a few hours to get through it, it was a fun way to play through each event, with variations like boss battles thrown in to keep things feeling fresh.

There's a Challenges screen that essentially gives you a set of achievements to aim to complete, but other than this there's no real purpose in playing this game on your own.

Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games is a step sideways for the series. It'll no doubt sell bucketloads, but be warned that if you're getting it you'll need friends handy, since playing it on your own is a pretty underwhelming experience.

This is an edited version of a review that appears in the Christmas issue of Official Nintendo Magazine which is on sale now. For more in-depth analysis and screenshots, buy the magazine here.

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  1. okami112 Thursday 17th Nov 2011 at 15:01

    now i really wabt tobuy this game. hope i like it :D

  2. keero16 Thursday 17th Nov 2011 at 15:11

    The party mode looks so fun. They really should do just a Mario and Sonic party, in terms of playing like Mario Party.

  3. gmundy Thursday 17th Nov 2011 at 15:48

    Like Wii Sports Resort but with Mario. Looks like a good game!

  4. mattym727 Thursday 17th Nov 2011 at 16:33

    If this is anything like the last one(Winter),dont get it imo.I saw it got a gold award and i thought it would be excellent,and it wasn't. :P

  5. zelda97 Thursday 17th Nov 2011 at 17:05

    Now this is up I would like to point out that in issue 74 the "All stars" issue, if you look at 'Mario and Sonic at the England 2012 olympic games', on Marios' character information it says 'First seen with Mario...' which should be, 'First seen with Sonic...'.
    Thats all for now,

  6. sciqueen Thursday 17th Nov 2011 at 19:14

    One day our dream of a Mario Sonic platformer will come true!

  7. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 17th Nov 2011 at 20:51

    Looks like a good game,and it being set in London makes it 100 more interesting,so I might give it a go after Christmas,because there's much more better games out.Might even wait for the 3DS version yet.

  8. SM3DL2 Thursday 8th Nov 2012 at 22:40

    Got the demo version of this game the other day for free, and this game mostly about pressing buttons in certain orders and using the stylus.

    I hate these sort of games.

    I think 73% is fair. 80% is more fair, however.

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