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  • Summary: In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, players compete in events that take place in environments based on the official venues of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Using a supporting cast of characters from the worlds of both Mario and Sonic, gamers compete as or against a range of lovableIn Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, players compete in events that take place in environments based on the official venues of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Using a supporting cast of characters from the worlds of both Mario and Sonic, gamers compete as or against a range of lovable personalities including Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Knuckles, Yoshi, Tails and more. Innovative usage of the Wii and DS control systems to maneuver a favorite character allows players to race the likes of Mario and Sonic down the 100m track, engage in exhilarating rallies in table tennis and churn water in a swimming heat, all while competing for the much sought after gold medal. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. It's ideal both as a family game or as great post-pub entertainment. [Christmas 2007, p.64]
  2. 79
    For being a game that’s made up of simple gestures and “been there, done that” gameplay, Mario & Sonic is a huge surprise in its ability to still pull us in and really deliver pure, classic entertainment.
  3. While the game never really blows you away, it's hard to imagine that any fans of Mario, Sonic, or party games wouldn't be glad to have this in their collection. [Holiday 2007, p.79]
  4. Overall, it lacks the polish and simplicity to compete with so many other mini-game collections on the Wii, leaving the unlikely pairing of mascots as its biggest draw.
  5. With competent graphics, a real feeling of character, and mostly good uses of the Wii's motion sensing controls, this game is an enjoyable experience overall. Just don't let the allure of the crossover cloud your judgement when deciding whether or not to play this title.
  6. The events don't show much diversity, outside of a few creative "dream" events. Worse yet, the controls are haphazard, sometimes reading perfectly and other times barely registering. As a result, it earns a bronze metal, at best.
  7. 30
    I could go on and on how Mario & Sonic misses the mark in nearly every respect, but there’s really no point.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. MOSH
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    Best Olympics Themed Video Game EVER. Best Mini-Games Ever Best Mario Sports Game since MKDD
  2. DarrenS.
    Jan 25, 2008
    10
    You've got to be kidding me with some of these people slagging it off - obviously they have no sense of fun or sense of humour. The best You've got to be kidding me with some of these people slagging it off - obviously they have no sense of fun or sense of humour. The best thing that you can do is go and get yourself a copy of this and play away. Don't cry about one or two games being difficult to follow - just play, laugh and cry as your arms get soooo tired. Expand
  3. AlexR.
    Jul 24, 2008
    9
    I personally really enjoy this game. C'mon what game outside Brawl do you see Sonic and Mario, not to meantion almost every I personally really enjoy this game. C'mon what game outside Brawl do you see Sonic and Mario, not to meantion almost every recognizeable character from each party, competing against each other? Sure a few events can be difficult, but NO ONE ever said that the Olympics were easy! So why should this, being the closest most of us are ever going to be competing in the Olympics, be retarded down to simple platformer button pressing? In my oppinion, even if it involves than breaking a sweat on a few of them which to me is fine, I love all of the events even if the computer beats me!! So to sum it up- PROS: sixteen total playable characters + Mii's, events are great fun, great party game, gives some intersting/good education on the Olympics in the past and today some Wii titles where you can press random buttons or do random actions to win- in M&S you actually have to try to win at most events. CONS: Some events can be difficult at times (hey the real Olympics aren't easy either), the Wifi feature is only to update records on events (I was kind of hoping to actually face against people online). You have to play though random minigames to acess the Olympic trivia. Expand
  4. LeonaL.
    Nov 16, 2007
    8
    We have over a dozen of the Wii games, 80% of them are new releases within the past three months. My kids, ages 9 and down, really enjoy this We have over a dozen of the Wii games, 80% of them are new releases within the past three months. My kids, ages 9 and down, really enjoy this particular game and plays it every day since I've bought it a week ago. I've found the various challenges of the different circuits to be fairly realistic of the Olympic games. Graphics isn't too bad either, keeping in mind that it is a Wii platform and not something like the PS3. Of course, the interactive play is great for anyone and I think this game is certainly recommendable for children up to the early teens. Now my children are all excited about the upcoming Olympic games next summer! Expand
  5. Mick
    Jan 4, 2008
    8
    A good game which goes to show that 85+% of games reviewers don't have friends other than those they meet online...with the continued A good game which goes to show that 85+% of games reviewers don't have friends other than those they meet online...with the continued popularity of the wii it is time these magazines and websites start to rid themselves of some of their critics or they'll quickly find themselves very out of touch with their readership. Expand
  6. ElliottW
    Dec 2, 2008
    7
    Not bad. Its good fun at a party or in multiplayer, it gives you a good work out and it's great that you can play as both sonic and Not bad. Its good fun at a party or in multiplayer, it gives you a good work out and it's great that you can play as both sonic and mario characters. Although this is a bit dissapointing that this is the first 'mario and sonic' game- and possibly even the only. If there is another 'mario and sonic' game, how about a platform? or maybe even a kart racer? Expand
  7. DivineStorm
    Jul 30, 2008
    0
    At first I thought the game was pretty decent. Was I ever wrong! It's broken as hell!!!! The controls are AWFUL!!!!! like in the spearAt first I thought the game was pretty decent. Was I ever wrong! It's broken as hell!!!! The controls are AWFUL!!!!! like in the spear throwing event for example: When I was told to press the b button, I did and nothing happend?! WTF IS THAT?!! also the game has no fucking replay abilty!!!! On top of all this: IT IS BORING AS HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand

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