Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 39
  2. Negative: 8 out of 39
  1. Nov 8, 2013
    45
    Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games has some of the best online capabilities on the Wii U, but it unwisely forces use of poor motion controls in almost every mode.
  2. Nov 3, 2013
    50
    The Mario & Sonic series is the perfect example of the kind of charming, bite-sized, and all-inclusive entertainment that defined Nintendo throughout the Wii's golden years, but a lack of creativity and a poor implementation of the Wii U GamePad ensure that Mario & Sonic's fourth outing in six years fails to secure a podium finish.
  3. 70
    The updated visuals and online functionality are welcome improvements, but if you've already spent hours nailing high scores and low times four years ago, the events haven't changed drastically enough to warrant two purchases.
  4. Nov 27, 2013
    40
    Poorer than the Vancouver 2010 version. [Christmas 2013, p.82]
  5. Nov 4, 2013
    70
    Mario and Sonic 2014 certainly has its issues, but it’s definitely a step above previous titles in terms of event design and overall enjoyment. It’s a more complex and engaging than the usual minigame menagerie, and the distinct franchise twists in the Dream Events are a welcome bit of fanservice. It’s not a gold medal winner just yet, but Mario and Sonic 2014 is a stronger contender than it’s ever been before.
  6. Nov 6, 2013
    69
    After three entries, the series felt like it needed some serious polish and some new ideas, and the passage on a new hardware seemed to be the perfect occasion: instead, this is just another Mario & Sonic game with a couple of new modes and the same old ups and downs.
  7. Nov 9, 2013
    65
    Apart from the visual step forward, the game feels like we're playing a slightly upgraded version of the Wii one, with a forgotten GamePad that should have been the reason to buy this one.
  8. Dec 18, 2013
    40
    Reliance on simple motion controls is bound to put off the more serious sports fans. [Issue#142, p.119]
  9. Nov 8, 2013
    60
    A disappointing new take for the Mario & Sonic franchise. Poor game controls and monotonous mechanics ruined the playability.
  10. Dec 23, 2013
    70
    Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games isn’t all that bad, but it’s not great either. The controls for a lot of the events are iffy at best, but there are events that are still enjoyable, especially the Dream Events. This is one where I’d check out the demo or rent it first to see if you like it before plunking down $50 for it.
  11. Nov 8, 2013
    60
    At it's core, Mario & Sonic 2014 is fairly competent at what it does, but never manages to be outstanding.
  12. Feb 13, 2014
    60
    It really, really pisses me off, that I need Wii controllers to play a Wii U game. This right here is a true ass-fruit of a game design, where a four year old game has been ported to a new console generation nearly the way it was back then. [Jan 2014]
  13. Nov 5, 2013
    65
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 is very similar to its predecessors, managing to entertain and persuade only party games enthusiasts.
  14. Nov 22, 2013
    40
    The only thing that improved since the Wii versions of Mario & Sonic are the graphics. That alone is not worth your money.
  15. Nov 13, 2013
    50
    The collection of mini games don’t offer enough variety to stay interesting for long and the controls spoil the fun. It’s only visually interesting.
  16. 70
    Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is exactly what it says it is: an Olympics game with Mario and Sonic. While it is fun, it doesn’t necessarily do anything past entries didn’t do. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, because overall it is a fun formula, despite some of its flaws.
  17. Nov 5, 2013
    55
    There’s clearly potential here, but these games will never be more than easily discarded novelties until the developer’s fine tune the controls and embrace the creative craziness of Dream Matches. Here’s hoping Mario and Sonic bring their A game next time around.
  18. 30
    The worst Mario & Sonic game yet and not just a waste of a crossover but a genuinely poor mini-game compilation, and one that makes both the Wii U and the GamePad look bad.
  19. Nov 7, 2013
    60
    Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is less interesting than the previous games of this franchise released for Nintendo Wii. The lack of gameplay features designed around the Wii U GamePad is a big mistake from SEGA's developers. If you're looking for a good party game for Nintendo Wii U just buy the more interesting Wii Party U and have fun.
  20. Nov 4, 2013
    60
    Mario and Sonic 2014 feels like a minor progression, and not the huge leap you might be expecting.
  21. Jan 9, 2014
    50
    Mario and Sonic need to stop meeting up like this.
  22. Nov 13, 2013
    60
    It's sometimes very complicated and not the best experience for Wii U GamePad.
  23. It gets the gold medal for pig-headedness, at least. [Dec 2013, p.80]
  24. Dec 19, 2013
    60
    This new edition of Mario & Sonic is not so different from the previous one, it doesn't take advantage of the Gamepad so much and the online mode is unexploited. The game is still fun to play in family at home though, but we would have expected much more from it.
  25. Nov 19, 2013
    40
    The latest installment in the Mario & Sonic series just feels sloppy instead of the HD reboot it should have been. It's way to similar to the previous games and they clearly haven't had a single clue how to utilize the Wii U Gamepad for the events.
  26. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    Sonic and Mario leaves a good impression, offering interesting arguments for those who want an experience for multiple players.
  27. Nov 5, 2013
    52
    Instead of coming of with different ideas for a new generation, Sochi 2014 opts for another round of motion control minigames and only adds a manic insistence on a revolving door of controller hardware. It's unfocused, uneven, and typically not much fun thanks to the transient nature of most of its content.
  28. Jan 3, 2014
    30
    The third Olympic Games with Mario and Sonic is the worst one yet. It offers very few events worth playing and manages to be a party game that doesn’t feel easy to pick up. On top of that you need an entire arsenal of different controllers to even play it.
  29. Nov 8, 2013
    70
    It is entertaining as before, but don’t expect any progress of the snowy mascot battle.
  30. Nov 22, 2013
    58
    Mario & Sonic Sochi 2014 performs well and especially the Dream Events are fun. But it controls superficially and the explanation of events isn't explanatory enough. With a little more attention for the gameplay it could've earned gold. Or, well, silver at least.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    8
    i understand that this game is the same as the other
    But i dint played mario and sonic crossover before
    so i enyojed this game. its a good
    game,with a good gameplay
    and with good graphics
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  2. Nov 17, 2013
    9
    Mario and Sonic have returned in Russia! Although the game is quite similar to Vancouver 2010, the graphics are better and the gamepad is nicely integrated into gameplay, although it lacks a certain depth that could have made the game better. Great for occupying kids for hours though. Full Review »
  3. Duz
    Nov 16, 2013
    2
    otro juego de mario y sonic? vale creo que si la empeoraron no digo que los juegos de estos dos personajes sean malos ,pero no son muy buenas estas sagas almenos sirve para divertirse con la familia... Full Review »