Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Wii

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 13, 2009
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. AceGamez
    60
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. All in all there’s a lot of play here, although it is most fun playing with friends.
  7. 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.
  8. Not as fun as Mario Kart or Smash Bros. when played with some friends, but still a pretty good party game anyway.
  9. A step forward in the series. Interesting minigames and original game modes.
  10. In general, the minigames work about as well as Wii games always do: just enough to prevent me from calling them broken.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. games(TM)
    70
    While the shortcomings are obvious, this is a cut above most Wii-based mini game fare. [Christmas 2009, p.126]
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 64
    Pardon the bad pun, but this one left us cold.
  22. 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.
  23. What should be the most epic crossover of all time is reduced to Daley Thompson's Decathlon in the snow.
  24. 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.
  25. Nintendo Power
    70
    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]
  26. 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.
  27. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#35 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#21 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Nov 28, 2010
    9
    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
    6
    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
    5
    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 »