Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. Feb 7, 2012
    Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is the best sports mix on the 3DS. It's great fun to play over 50 different disciplines with controls using all the possibilities the 3DS offers.
  2. Feb 27, 2012
    A fun minigame compilation with some of the most loved characters in videogames. More than fifty minigames which make an exhaustive use of all the control possibilites of the console, some of them very original. Although not all the minigames have the same quality and you will easily hate a dozen of them, it is easy to find your favorites and have a great time trying to surpass your own records. Its major flaw is the absence of a game mode that challenges us differently.
  3. Feb 25, 2012
    Mario and Sonic's sporting antics make for an enjoyable 3DS debut that radiates character and graphical prowess, together with a wide array of varying competitive events and versatile methods of play, though a weaker multiplayer offering ensures a Silver Medal for Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games' long-range appeal.
  4. Feb 23, 2012
    A lovingly crafted selection of mini-games that will definitely put you in the mood for the real Olympics.
  5. A better attempt at capturing Olympic spirit than the Wii version, but still not meaty enough.
  6. Feb 13, 2012
    With over 50 sporting events, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games offers some great replay value for the end-user, although it can become a little repetitive. If your expecting a full game experience like on the Wii or PS3, this is definitely not the title for you but if you're looking for a collection of fun and sometimes forgettable mini-games, than there's enough content in this game to keep you entertained.
  7. Games Master UK
    Mar 14, 2012
    The choice of events is staggering, even if they're a bit too streamlined. [Apr 2012, p.88]
  8. Nintendo Gamer
    Mar 6, 2012
    Most events are just too simplified to make this truly essential. [March 2012, p.98]
  9. Feb 24, 2012
    The new Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games on the 3DS is a good, in some cases really good, party game, probably the best on the platform. But some of the minigames in the collection are not on par with the others, and the lack of online multiplayer is starting to get unjustifiable nowadays.
  10. Feb 20, 2012
    After a not-too-great first impression, Mario & Sonic is a pleasantly surprising translation of a sports party title to a handheld micro-game one. This is a game I can see myself coming back to quite frequently, especially when the Games themselves are in full swing.
  11. Feb 19, 2012
    If you liked the previous games in the series, this one could give you a few hours of fun, as long as you accept some obvious limitations, among other things not found in earlier productions.
  12. Feb 10, 2012
    It's the same game as always, but much more beautiful. Mario, Sonic and their friends are now using the special functions of Nintendo 3DS in all sports, and you can see them in 3D effect. Nearly 60 minigames with good and bad ideas.
  13. Nintendo Power
    Jan 4, 2012
    Some activities aren't worthy of gold medals, but the addictive fun of the best ones proves that Mario and Sonic's latest competition is still a victory. [Jan/Feb 2012, p.84]
  14. Feb 20, 2012
    Overall I found this collection to be pretty fun though, but it doesn't do anything that's particularly mind blowing. It's competently put together, contains a fair amount of content for a mini-game collection, and really tosses in the kitchen sink when it comes to summer Olympic events. It'll definitely appeal more to a younger audience, but I think it's worth checking out for 3DS owners.
  15. Feb 10, 2012
    While it has some great mini-games, it forcefully limits itself and discards many of the ideas that made its predecessors so good.
  16. Mar 5, 2012
    Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games isn't a horrible game, but there is enough questionable content that I cannot recommend a full-price purchase unless you really like a weird take on popular Olympic events.
  17. Mar 6, 2012
    The biggest knock against this game, though, is longevity. With mini games lasting mere seconds, it doesn't take long to see everything Mario & Sonic has to offer. At the end of the day, you can only play Beach Volleyball for so long.
  18. Feb 23, 2012
    Not being an incredible game in visual terms, Mario and Sonic convinces satisfactorily. It is a handheld version that leaves a pleasant feeling on the variety of challenges. It's too bad that the challenges are extremely simple.
  19. Feb 21, 2012
    SEGA tries to fit as many minigames as possible in a little cartridge, but actually only a few of them are really worth your money.
  20. Feb 15, 2012
    While Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is technically no worse than its forebears, its events are too much of a mixture when it comes to quality and after four years the blemishes and inconsistencies are beginning to wear thin.
  21. Feb 15, 2012
    Mario and Sonic are two legendary characters that unfortunately don't always guarantee a good game. There are a lot of mini games to play but the lack of an online multiplayer is annoying. There's only local and download play. It's funny but only kids will be able to enjoy it to the max.
  22. Feb 14, 2012
    57 usually well thought-out mini-games, funny and full of surprises, that's the main strength of this game. Even though they quickly show their limitations, the use of tactile or regular controls, of the microphone, or the gyro make all this richer and more appealing. A good little game.
  23. Feb 13, 2012
    Some of the events simply are too basic, others seem tacked on and gimmicky. But even with its unexpected simplifications compared to the Wii edition, the 3DS-olympics can be fun, when played with some friends.
  24. Feb 8, 2012
    The dynamic duo goes for the gold in almost 60 disciplines, but most of them are so irrelevant that the main challenge is to keep yourself motivated.
  25. 55
    Even the best games in this package are fun no more than five times, and anything below that was lucky to be played more than twice. If there was more content, and Sega put more focus into making more of the games fun rather than making more games, I might have viewed the experience more fondly.
  26. 50
    Sega's intentions with this game were undoubtedly good, but the story mode is lacking and the mini game collections paltry. There are much better offerings on 3DS than this.
  27. Feb 22, 2012
    Hardcore 3DS owners are advised to save their money for the meatier and more absorbing releases on the system, but children may well find a few events to love given the novel way in which the hardware is used. Regardless, Mario and Sonic won't be winning a medal with this one.
  28. Mar 21, 2012
    Even though Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is good looking and charming, it lacks severely in the gameplay category and no one will be able to have even a tiny bit of fun with these sports events.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  1. Sep 10, 2012
    Mario and Sonic, a rivalry for the ages and picking up this game on the 3DS you would be expecting a high standard game for all the hypeMario and Sonic, a rivalry for the ages and picking up this game on the 3DS you would be expecting a high standard game for all the hype between the two icons. Sadly this game falls short of a Nintendo or Sega fans attention. I will be first to admit, when i first played this game it was fun on but sadly the entertainment became very lack-luster after the first hour of gameplay, because throughout the entire story mode you are following the same system over and over again. The game has many obvious problems for example the 3D feature is almost unavailable in the game because its always asking me to put my DS on my desk. Also some events fall short of grabbing someones interest because all the fun events are much to short while the boresome ones are far too long. Medleys are not even close to comparing to London Party from the Wii version of this game. Back to the story it puzzles me that they why they didnt incorporate the free roam feature from the characters winter olympics. With gameplay being a gamers main focus in the game why do they limit you to categories of characters and for 4 character team events why even bring up the character select screen when you use all the characters anyways. With the limitations in this game it really blocks creativity for the player to use since Bowser cant do Floor or Judo (Unless faced in story mode). Personally I would buy the Wii version of this game in a heartbeat but its personal preference but for you Nintendo and Sega two words " Next Time". Full Review »
  2. Jun 5, 2015
    The game is pretty amazing for being in a handheld. This is one of the best handheld console sports game and the story is pretty neat I justThe game is pretty amazing for being in a handheld. This is one of the best handheld console sports game and the story is pretty neat I just wish they had dream events and mii's playable Full Review »
  3. Feb 28, 2015
    I understand this game is for an handheld, but WHY DID THEY LEAVE THE MIIS OUT?!! Other than that, it is awesome. They also need to add aI understand this game is for an handheld, but WHY DID THEY LEAVE THE MIIS OUT?!! Other than that, it is awesome. They also need to add a frigging update that includes:
    -Story Mode Part 2
    -Dream Events
    -in-game Shop for DLC(characters,games,etc.)
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