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  • Summary: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games takes players to Vancouver, Canada, host city of the official 2010 Olympic Winter Games. This gaming experience invites players of all ages and skill sets to face-off in some of the most intense winter competitions available for the Nintendo platforms. Developed by SEGA of Japan, under the guidance of Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games takes players to lifelike Olympic venues where they can choose from a legendary cast of playable characters, including new faces to the series. This fresh gaming experience features completely new Olympic Winter Games events from the official competition schedule including Alpine Skiing and Speed Skating. Tailored to the specific system controls, Nintendo DS and Wii gamers enjoy completely unique experiences thanks to each platform having its own specific gameplay features and modes. Players of all skill levels enjoy the intuitive controls of both the Wii and Nintendo DS systems, in both single and multiplayer gaming modes. The Wii game offers an even richer multiplayer experience offering co-op and competitive gameplay where the Nintendo DS brings an intense competitive element using the Nintendo DS wireless capabilities. Additionally, one of the new features to be found in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the inclusion of the Wii Balance Board which can be used in some events featured in the Wii version, allowing for a more interactive and realistic gaming experience. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 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. 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.
  3. 80
    Small control and connection issues aside, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the DS is the superior version.
  4. 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.
  5. 75
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games still has a bit of a “farmed out” feel to it.
  6. 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.
  7. A collection of party and mini games that works when you have friends over but isn’t a lot of fun on your own.

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  1. nicknack9avina
    Oct 14, 2009
    9
    if you are the one that likes nintond and sports this is the game for you.
  2. SnoozerBear
    Dec 13, 2009
    9
    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. Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    9
    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. Expand
  4. Dasler
    Dec 21, 2009
    7
    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. Expand