Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Wii

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 13, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
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  1. In the end, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is a great game. Sega took the solid foundation of the first title, addressed many of the concerns found with it, and made an excellent sequel that does justice to both the Olympic Winter Games and the Mario and Sonic universe. If you liked the first Mario and Sonic Olympic game, don't hesitate to give this one a try.
  2. This is a highly accomplished party game that stands head and shoulders above the mess of shovelware garbage out there, even if it does lack the depth of its slightly more meaty handheld brother. [Nov 2009, p.65]
  3. It may not have the control genius of Wii Sports Resort but it’s every bit as good in terms of content, presentation and pure, distilled fun.
  4. In conclusion, SEGA have created a fun sports game that works well as a single-player game and even as a party game. With a plethora of SEGA and Nintendo references, this game will definitely bring a smile to your face as you compete in a variety of winter sporting events.
  5. Fans of the original Summer Olympics title will definitely enjoy Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games. At the same time, those who didn't care for the original iteration might want to check out this title; I think there's been enough of a presentation improvement to warrant a second look.
  6. Games Master UK
    The game justifies the hype. [Dec 2009, p.82]
  7. Nintendo Gamer
    It addresses just about every criticism we had about the summer game. [Winter 2009, p.44]
  8. The adventures on the ski slopes of Mario and Sonic convinced more than those on athletic tracks of Beijing. The single player mode, unlike many other party games, manages to keep up the interest of those who don't have the opportunity to see their house invaded by friends. It has some defects as an IA not particularly brilliant, and some specialties too similar to others, but overall we are satisfied with the Winter Olympics.
  9. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is not as instantly likeable as the first title but with so much on offer it is still a must have Wii title.
  10. 80
    The new Mario & Sonic game will bring you next year´s Winter Olympics, with a high fun factor. Although the controls sometimes fail, the game is still fun to play.
  11. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Splendid compilation of minigames offers lots of fun especially in multiplayer mode. Anyone will enjoy the arcade version of otherwise boring winter sport disciplines. [Nov 2009]
  12. Overall Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games is vastly better than it’s predecessor. Sega listened to the feedback provided last time and made this mini-game collection much more interesting and easy to use. Unfortunately there is no online play, which even Mario Karts Wii and Animal Crossing Let’s Go to the City manage to achieve.
  13. Mario and Sonic return with slicker, more varied events, yet its still only the Dream Events which really hold the entire package together.
  14. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is finally here with a bunch of new gameplay modes, a quite impressive graphic engine but lacking an online feature. It still has some issues in the controls but it's definitely a better game than the original one. A must-have if you're looking to have some fun with a couple friends.
  15. It's true to say that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is no Mario Kart. But it's a fun, polished party game with broad appeal, and a marked improvement over the previous one.
  16. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games proves to be an exceptional party game, capable of exceeding its predecessor under any point of view. Despite some small flaws (mostly related to a gameplay that can still be improved), its minigames quality and attention to detail will be able to grant an entertaining experience both to adults and children.
  17. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is an exceptional party game.
  18. It follows the path of the previous game and offers some improvements. It's true there isn't any spectacular change, but they've achieved a much more balanced and fun result.
  19. Entertaining mini-games with simple control. However, playing it alone is only half the fun.
  20. 78
    There's bound to be plenty of cynics, but it's a lot better sitting around with your family and playing this than other Christmas staples, especially some dodgy DVD 'game' of Deal or no Deal your Mum picked up two years ago.
  21. Mario and Sonic fans should not hesitate, especially with friends aside you will not want to play some of the thrilling sports games again and again.
  22. If you loved the first Mario and Sonic outing, the Winter Olympics is most definitely a welcome addition to the series. The controls feel less contrived than the previous game, and the addition of Balance Board support makes a huge difference. Perhaps not a gold medal finish, but it’s definitely reached the podium this time around.
  23. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games offers many enjoyable sports disciplines to be played alone or in the usual party mode, which can be real fun. Nevertheless, the control system should have been better, and some of the competitions are not so involving.
  24. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Wintergames is smoother and better than the first game. With multiple players, it can be a lot of fun. You would probably learn the game very quickly as well as being done with the game. But SEGA has succeeded in making a better game and if your fan of the first game, you should probably have just as much fun with this game.
  25. Pelit (Finland)
    Although the winter sports offer a nicer setup for the Olympics than the summer games, this evolved shake-until-you-drop clone of good old button-punching ’Games-series doesn’t captivate the spirit of the competition. The game surely has it’s moments, but those moments are somewhat rare. For single player this is definitely a no-no, but as a party game it performs quite nicely. [Nov 2010]
  26. 2007's game in the snow - an accessible, content-filled party game. Take some risks next time Sega.
  27. 70
    It may be incredibly simple to work through the single player mode, but entertaining friends or family is where the package really shines through.
  28. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games does not upset the formula that distinguished the previous episode of the series, with twenty minigames more or less enjoyable.
  29. All in all there’s a lot of play here, although it is most fun playing with friends.
  30. A step forward in the series. Interesting minigames and original game modes.
  31. Not as fun as Mario Kart or Smash Bros. when played with some friends, but still a pretty good party game anyway.
  32. games(TM)
    While the shortcomings are obvious, this is a cut above most Wii-based mini game fare. [Christmas 2009, p.126]
  33. 70
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is a good break from more serious sports games, but it falls far short of the mark it set for itself.
  34. Nintendo Power
    A solid title. I'm still waiting for the series to live up to the full potential of both the top-class team-up of its stars and the companies behind it, but in the meantime, there's still good fun to be had. [Nov 2009, p.80]
  35. As it stands now, Mario and Sonic Olympic does have some scope as an entertaining multiplayer game, but isn't really thrilling enough to be remembered as a classic outing for these videogames icons.
  36. 70
    It's a decent follow-up to the original and the variety of events will make for some good times, especially in a party setting. But the lack of improvement or innovation since the first game means that it will never be anything more than a simple title that's more a marketing tool than anything else.
  37. A well done sequel to the successful first game. The controls and AI could’ve used some extra attention, but the large selection of different sports and a few fictional ones, combined with the familiar faces of Mario and Sonic and their friends, make up for it.
  38. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games isn’t going to surprise anyone with its gameplay, graphics, controls, or concept, but it’s a perfectly serviceable party game for the Wii.
  39. The festival mode and dream events provide some good variety and playtime, but it would have been nice to be able to compete against other players online.
  40. 67
    The events aren't anything mind-blowing, but they're all competent and solid enough to keep me coming back to improve my last run.
  41. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games brings with it a good amount of events, most of which are done better in other games. This is one of the many Wii titles where enjoyment depends entirely on how it will be played in the household.
  42. 65
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games isn’t a bad choice on Wii – it’s just way too generic for more players to get into. We’ve seen many of these events before, oftentimes within stronger packages, first-party Nintendo offerings, or in full-fledged standalone games.
  43. 64
    Pardon the bad pun, but this one left us cold.
  44. There's some multiplayer fun to be had in this winter sports collection, but you'll have to sift through a lot of lousy stuff to find it.
  45. AceGamez
    Fundamentally the game is broken, and so any set dressing, from the squeaky tones of Toad, or the way that Knuckles reacts when he wins a race, this is a game that Wii owners should avoid.
  46. It is one of many casual games on Wii that can be used for fun with friends on a night out and burn some calories.
  47. What should be the most epic crossover of all time is reduced to Daley Thompson's Decathlon in the snow.
  48. The sloppy presentation, lack of online multiplayer and way-too-easy controls make this more like a bronze contender than a gold medal champion. Oh well, there's always 2012.
  49. In general, the minigames work about as well as Wii games always do: just enough to prevent me from calling them broken.
  50. The lackluster controls put huge a damper on the experience for anyone trying to take the game seriously. Let's face it: the Wii has no shortage of mini-game compilations that are more worthy of your time and money. You're best served by staying in this winter.
  51. 50
    This is a game faced with the challenge of condensing sports into fun mini-games. Mini-games it delivers, but the fun is too often missing.
  52. The experience does improve when played with friends and fans of the last game may want to give it a try other than that it is hard to recommend.
  53. As it stands, like its predecessor this game is by no means horrible, and definite attempts to improve the formula have been made, but the control issues and various other bugbears mean that this is still only worth a rental at best.
  54. So much of what’s here has been done before in other games, and better, faster, and stronger.

Awards & Rankings

#39 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#24 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Nov 28, 2010
    I say that this is a fair game, its pretty fun with the dream events and the controls are simple for anyone to pick up and play even for smallI say that this is a fair game, its pretty fun with the dream events and the controls are simple for anyone to pick up and play even for small children. If you want a game that you could easily pick up and play then this is a good game to acquire. This game pits two very iconic mascots of gaming against each other so families can have fun with either of their favorite characters, so it's a good family game.

    Don't listen to radarjones97 or borisD (like anyone would) they just hate SEGA that they just want to make jabs at them, if it sounds like a rant more than a review like with radarjones97's "Sonic games are bad because of this and this and SEGA didn't ay this but I'm an idiot so it's true so it stinks because it's SEGA and I'm going off topic and sounds like more like an attack than a review" They just hate SEGA so they use this as an excuse to talk about something else, that's what blogs are for so don't listen to them. Plus this game was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto himself, so if you could stop Sonic hating for a second and play the game it would help to know that he helped SEGA make the game.
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  2. May 3, 2013
    The disappointing aspect of this game is the controls. Every time I play I seem to fall down or come last in a race. The fun parts of the gameThe disappointing aspect of this game is the controls. Every time I play I seem to fall down or come last in a race. The fun parts of the game are the music theme, there is lots of choice with 25 games and there are dream events which you have to unlock but you get the first dream event when you start the game. Full Review »
  3. Mar 15, 2013
    It is nice to see Mario and Sonic characters in the same game considering Nintendo and SEGA's history in the past, but the game is an averageIt is nice to see Mario and Sonic characters in the same game considering Nintendo and SEGA's history in the past, but the game is an average game with some good mini-games and some really bad mini-games, There are plenty of better mini-game collection games out there nowadays so I wouldn't recommend this game myself, However if you have young kids and are looking for something to play with them or for them to play alone and they are interested in one of the Mario & Sonic Olympic game series, You would be better off getting the London 2012 version rather then this one. Full Review »