• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 13, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Believe it or not, if you have both a Wii and a DS and you're not really bothered about multiplayer action, we'd recommend you pick up the DS version of this instead of the Wii one. [Nov 2009, p.70]
  2. SEGA and Nintendo work together again to offer us the Olympic Games values in an adventure game full of snow. Its smasher button style is very funny but not so good for your little DS.
  3. The new olympic entry of our favourite heroes has resulted in one of the best sport titles to date in Nintendo DS.
  4. At the end of the day, SEGA have created a very fun and entertaining Nintendo DS game that contains a wide range of fun games from snowboarding (tricks included) to the fast experience of the downhill Luge.
  5. Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games is a fun, enjoyable, and approachable experience that improves upon last year's Summer Games outing.
  6. SEGA shows that Mario and Sonic are always reliable. The game includes nice graphics and an innovative controlling system. So what are you waiting for?
  7. The fully realized Adventure Tours makes a great introduction for players picking the title up for the very first time, and the breadth of modes and extras should extend the life of the game for a good, long while.
  8. The DS-version of the return of Mario & Sonic is a great product. The nice story mode, enjoyable gameplay and online options make it a top choice for Nintendo DS-owners. All these aspects make it a better game than the Wii-version.
  9. On the whole, you’re well advised to get Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games if you’re after a fun and accessible single-player adventure. The sports are hit and miss, but the Sonic Rush-like Supersonic Downhill and Fever Hockey are addictive events you’ll go back to time and time again.
  10. Mario and Sonic's second portable outing together is a good time. [Nov 2009, p.88]
  11. Was never going to challenge for the top, but a good effort. [Dec 2009, p.82]
  12. It's rare that a handheld game surpasses it's console cousin, but this is definitely the case here. The inclusion of the adventure mode is really quite different to anything you'll find in any sports game anywhere.
  13. 80
    Small control and connection issues aside, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the DS is the superior version.
  14. 80
    While the action in the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is far smaller in scope than the Wii version, the addition of the Adventure mode and wireless multiplayer helps to up the ante.
  15. A very nice and funny game, suited more for kids and families than hardcore players, but enjoyable for fast matches with the famous and lovely characters.
  16. 75
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games still has a bit of a “farmed out” feel to it.
  17. In short, fans of casual sports games will find plenty to love about this title, which manages to be just as good as the home console version.
  18. Offers a fun and lasting experience, though will appeal more to fans of Mario and Sonic.
  19. 73
    For people who haven't played an Olympic Mario & Sonic, this might bring several hours of entertainment, even though some disciplines get boring too quickly. However, if you've played the previous version, a "been there, done that" feeling will soon pass over you.
  20. A decent-but-lacking adventure mode mixes some great and lackluster events, while multiplayer is a blast to play.
  21. Solid if unspectacular. [Winter 2009, p.64]
  22. Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympics isn't a bad game, it's just not a particularly good one either.
  23. 60
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games should be a very solid package. Unfortunately, the mini-games on offer simply aren't all that exciting.
  24. It's got a lot of star power, but this collection of sports-themed minigames isn't Mario and Sonic's finest hour.
  25. A collection of party and mini games that works when you have friends over but isn’t a lot of fun on your own.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 8, 2011
    Each Olympic Winter Game feels like a unique full game, not a mini-game. There are a lot of fun Winter games in it and there are a lot of playable characters. Full Review »
  2. Dasler
    Dec 21, 2009
    This could have been so much better. There is a good variety of events and while a few have had the gameplay tuned perfectly there are others that are incredibly frustrating and no fun at all to play. Full Review »
  3. SnoozerBear
    Dec 13, 2009
    I have just lost faith in level7! This is one of the best DS games. The adventure tours mode adds a lot of fun to the mix, a lot of the time you'll find yourself exploring and trying to find Whitestones, trivia, 1ups, etc. All the games have good control and the music fits the theme. The game has a high level of polish! The game is very good. Think Mario Golf for Game Boy Advance! It's a lot more akin to that game than anything else. Full Review »