• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jan 22, 2008
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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
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  • Developer: Sega, Nintendo, Sega Sports R&D
  • Genre(s): Sports, Olympic Sports, Olympic Sports, Individual, Athletics
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: E
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    90
    As good a DS game as we've played. Superb played solo and great fun with DS-owning friends. Pure gold! [Issue#19, p.80]
  2. 80
    Overall, though, Mario and Sonic At the Olympic Games has its weight in gold medal, moreso than the other, flawed console version. Its gameplay, multiplayer options and presentation will hit the spot with Olympians and fans of their games everywhere.
  3. Nintendo Power
    75
    It doesn't quite live up to the historic pairing of gaming's two biggest icons, but then again, not much could. [Feb 2008, p.88]
  4. The lack of any real multiplayer mode online is the biggest let down of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games on the DS as it removes the biggest element of the game - the very fact that it’s a party game.
  5. 65
    If you're looking for a more competent take on gaming-mascot Olympics, go with the DS version. But if you're looking for a casual party game, go with the Wii version -- it's just not the same without trash-talking all the Sonic furries.
  6. But the singular failure to execute multiplayer effectively means that the game's merits are not capitalised upon, and therefore it struggles to provide any lasting impact.
  7. It’s hard to see anyone over the age of 12 getting enough enjoyment out of M&S DS to recommend it as a purchase, and then only if they have friends with the same game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Mar 25, 2016
    10
    Brillant game just brillant really good mini games great events and a really good mario and sonic crossover and just a dream game as aBrillant game just brillant really good mini games great events and a really good mario and sonic crossover and just a dream game as a nintendo and sega fan Expand
  2. WallyAnonymous
    Feb 16, 2008
    9
    I think this game is underrated. I'm not usually a fan of this genre, but this game offers mini-games with more depth than its I think this game is underrated. I'm not usually a fan of this genre, but this game offers mini-games with more depth than its competitors. One of the better DS games I've played. Expand
  3. BMG
    Jan 10, 2009
    8
    Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is a great game. I enjoyed all the circuits and and loved doing the missions and unlocking the gallery. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is a great game. I enjoyed all the circuits and and loved doing the missions and unlocking the gallery. The reason I give it 8 out of 10 is because I think some of the things you need to do in order to complete the game are quite hard. Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2017
    7
    A legendary clash between gaming's two foremost icons... at the Olympics. While it's not as big or legendary as most people thought, theirA legendary clash between gaming's two foremost icons... at the Olympics. While it's not as big or legendary as most people thought, their meeting is one that is memorable. A sturdy selection of characters are available, with several different events to participate in. The dream events, while their concept seems good, I think are not executed that well, as the power-ups and items featured in these get in the way of the otherwise solid gameplay, which might suit Mario Kart, but not this game. This is probably fixed in the newer installments. Many events, especially the athletics ones make good use of the DS touchscreen, which requires a balance of skill and experience to fully master. However, the CPU players are extremely predictable, and after a while, skill probably won't be required. Still, this is a fun game, with a lot of variety in it's gameplay, which makes it, ultimately an enjoyable experience. Expand
  5. May 30, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first game in the series does not lift up the series' name. It's just.....wow......doesn't interest me
    The core gameplay itself is nice, but gets boring after playing the game several times. The missions are actually good and challenging (This is pretty much the best feature in the game). The museum section is boring, honestly. It's just filled with unaddicting minigames and the reward of completing it was also pretty bland (I'm talking about the audio reward, not the Olympic facts). The game made worse with its terrible controls. Like, REALLY terrible . It also filled with one of the worst soundtrack in the series. At least, the graphics are nice, so there's a redeeming quality here.

    Overall, the game is just plain mediocre with its controls and main gameplay and lazy because of it's just a mix of Mario, Sonic, and the Olympic games.
    My final score for this game: 5.8
    Again, because the user score machine can't do this such score, I round it and got a 6.
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  6. shanej
    May 4, 2008
    6
    It's fine game.But the minigames are not so fun and they don't have a wide of mini games.And I hate how they don't have it It's fine game.But the minigames are not so fun and they don't have a wide of mini games.And I hate how they don't have it when you don't make your avatar. Expand
  7. EthanDay
    Mar 6, 2008
    4
    The graphics are great, choice of characters is great, amount of different and unlockable events is great - BUT the events themselves feel The graphics are great, choice of characters is great, amount of different and unlockable events is great - BUT the events themselves feel poorly realized. The controls for most of the events amount to little more than mashing buttons and scratching the screen as fast as you can. There are a few good games in the mix here, but not worth $35. Expand

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