• 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
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  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. 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.
  4. 85
    The new olympic entry of our favourite heroes has resulted in one of the best sport titles to date in Nintendo DS.
  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. Nintendo Power
    Mario and Sonic's second portable outing together is a good time. [Nov 2009, p.88]
  8. 80
    Small control and connection issues aside, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the DS is the superior version.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Games Master UK
    Was never going to challenge for the top, but a good effort. [Dec 2009, p.82]
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  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. Offers a fun and lasting experience, though will appeal more to fans of Mario and Sonic.
  18. 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.
  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. Nintendo Gamer
    Solid if unspectacular. [Winter 2009, p.64]
  21. A decent-but-lacking adventure mode mixes some great and lackluster events, while multiplayer is a blast to play.
  22. It's got a lot of star power, but this collection of sports-themed minigames isn't Mario and Sonic's finest hour.
  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. AceGamez
    Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympics isn't a bad game, it's just not a particularly good one either.
  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.

Awards & Rankings

#26 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#45 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Jan 1, 2018
    Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games offers enough new characters and games to offer an, at the very least, memorable experience
  2. Jul 30, 2017
    Mario & Sonic's first game at the Winter Olympics is an experience that slightly improves on many aspects upon it's predecessor, but has someMario & Sonic's first game at the Winter Olympics is an experience that slightly improves on many aspects upon it's predecessor, but has some slippery controls that it's predecessor didn't have. Additional characters include Metal Sonic and Donkey Kong, which is welcome in a game such as this, allowing for different ways to tackle the different events. The difference between each character, albeit not significant, do have minor impacts on the results of events. The video tutorials are annoying, and I have no idea why this was implemented, as even if you just want to know one move, you need to watch through the whole video to learn it, which is extremely tedious and unnecessary. Some events like the snowboarding and ice hockey feature good use of the DS touchscreen, but some events like cross country skiing do not, and offer little joy when you play them more than you need to. It's a good game overall, though. Full Review »
  3. sdc
    May 24, 2015
    Deserves NONE of the praise it got. A half ass, watered down port of a great experience. Shame on those people, for preferring such a boringDeserves NONE of the praise it got. A half ass, watered down port of a great experience. Shame on those people, for preferring such a boring and lifeless "game" to an actual one. Full Review »