Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 39
  2. Negative: 8 out of 39
  1. Feb 13, 2014
    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]
  2. Jan 9, 2014
    Mario and Sonic need to stop meeting up like this.
  3. Jan 3, 2014
    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.
  4. It gets the gold medal for pig-headedness, at least. [Dec 2013, p.80]
  5. Dec 23, 2013
    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.
  6. Dec 19, 2013
    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.
  7. Dec 18, 2013
    Reliance on simple motion controls is bound to put off the more serious sports fans. [Issue#142, p.119]
  8. Dec 11, 2013
    A derivative iteration designed with the bare minimum in sight, though always efficient with its tried-and-true brand of mechanics.
  9. The controls are too tricky, the action too dull, and the time spent preparing and waiting to actually play is too long.
  10. Nov 29, 2013
    Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games leaves us unsatisfied, even with its not so big ambitions. Even so, there is no excuse for this permanent lack of precision and this very inappropriate latency. Ice hockey and curling will probably make you smile, and graphics aren't that bad, but those are almost the only arguments the game can have.
  11. Nov 27, 2013
    Poorer than the Vancouver 2010 version. [Christmas 2013, p.82]
  12. 60
    I think I am safe to say that this is not the best game out there, but it is far from the worst, and it can provide kids with some definite fun over the winter months for sure.
  13. Nov 22, 2013
    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.
  14. Nov 22, 2013
    The only thing that improved since the Wii versions of Mario & Sonic are the graphics. That alone is not worth your money.
  15. Nov 21, 2013
    Sonic and Mario leaves a good impression, offering interesting arguments for those who want an experience for multiple players.
  16. Nov 19, 2013
    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.
  17. Nov 18, 2013
    A game with such iconic characters should be much better. It can be fun when played with some friends, but it doesn't make much use of the great possibilities the Wii U GamePad can offer.
  18. Nov 13, 2013
    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.
  19. Nov 13, 2013
    It's sometimes very complicated and not the best experience for Wii U GamePad.
  20. Nov 9, 2013
    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.
  21. Nov 8, 2013
    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.
  22. Nov 8, 2013
    It is entertaining as before, but don’t expect any progress of the snowy mascot battle.
  23. Nov 8, 2013
    At it's core, Mario & Sonic 2014 is fairly competent at what it does, but never manages to be outstanding.
  24. Nov 8, 2013
    A disappointing new take for the Mario & Sonic franchise. Poor game controls and monotonous mechanics ruined the playability.
  25. Nov 7, 2013
    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.
  26. 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.
  27. Nov 6, 2013
    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.
  28. Nov 5, 2013
    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.
  29. Nov 5, 2013
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 is very similar to its predecessors, managing to entertain and persuade only party games enthusiasts.
  30. Nov 5, 2013
    While its dream events are colorful and fun, Sochi 2014 suffers from an overall lack of depth.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    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
    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
    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 »