• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 13, 2009
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  • Summary: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games takes players to Vancouver, Canada, host city of the official 2010 Olympic Winter Games. This gaming experience invites players of all ages and skill sets to face-off in some of the most intense winter competitions available for the NintendoMario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games takes players to Vancouver, Canada, host city of the official 2010 Olympic Winter Games. This gaming experience invites players of all ages and skill sets to face-off in some of the most intense winter competitions available for the Nintendo platforms. Developed by SEGA of Japan, under the guidance of Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games takes players to lifelike Olympic venues where they can choose from a legendary cast of playable characters, including new faces to the series. This fresh gaming experience features completely new Olympic Winter Games events from the official competition schedule including Alpine Skiing and Speed Skating. Tailored to the specific system controls, Nintendo DS and Wii gamers enjoy completely unique experiences thanks to each platform having its own specific gameplay features and modes. Players of all skill levels enjoy the intuitive controls of both the Wii and Nintendo DS systems, in both single and multiplayer gaming modes. The Wii game offers an even richer multiplayer experience offering co-op and competitive gameplay where the Nintendo DS brings an intense competitive element using the Nintendo DS wireless capabilities. Additionally, one of the new features to be found in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the inclusion of the Wii Balance Board which can be used in some events featured in the Wii version, allowing for a more interactive and realistic gaming experience. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Believe it or not, if you have both a Wii and a DS and you're not really bothered about multiplayer action, we'd recommend you pick up the DS version of this instead of the Wii one. [Nov 2009, p.70]
  2. 85
    The new olympic entry of our favourite heroes has resulted in one of the best sport titles to date in Nintendo DS.
  3. 80
    While the action in the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is far smaller in scope than the Wii version, the addition of the Adventure mode and wireless multiplayer helps to up the ante.
  4. Nintendo Power
    80
    Mario and Sonic's second portable outing together is a good time. [Nov 2009, p.88]
  5. 75
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games still has a bit of a “farmed out” feel to it.
  6. 73
    For people who haven't played an Olympic Mario & Sonic, this might bring several hours of entertainment, even though some disciplines get boring too quickly. However, if you've played the previous version, a "been there, done that" feeling will soon pass over you.
  7. A collection of party and mini games that works when you have friends over but isn’t a lot of fun on your own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Jun 13, 2020
    10
    Of all the Minigame collections in the DS out there, this is one of the best ones. The minigames are a bunch of fun and they take fullOf all the Minigame collections in the DS out there, this is one of the best ones. The minigames are a bunch of fun and they take full advantage of the ds hardware, the game also counts with a very nice story mode that none of the other olympic winter games had; The presentation of the game is very unique and the music is phenomenal. If you like Minigame collections or Wacky Sports games, this game is for you. Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2019
    10
    Story mode is fantastic, games are fun, and this M&S game is one of the few ones that are worth getting
  3. nicknack9avina
    Oct 14, 2009
    9
    if you are the one that likes nintond and sports this is the game for you.
  4. Dec 29, 2019
    9
    great game with a good story mode,actually better than the wii version in my opinion
  5. Jan 17, 2020
    8
    As someone who has never played a Mario or Sonic game (besides Mario Kart) I didn't think I'd like this game as much as I did. Not only wasAs someone who has never played a Mario or Sonic game (besides Mario Kart) I didn't think I'd like this game as much as I did. Not only was the story mode fun and not too confusing, but all of the events were also extremely fun. This is probably one of the 3DS games that I have the most time in. I remember having so much fun playing this game as a kid and looking back on it now it is still just as much fun. Expand
  6. Jul 30, 2017
    7
    Mario & Sonic's first game at the Winter Olympics is an experience that slightly improves on many aspects upon it's predecessor, but has someMario & Sonic's first game at the Winter Olympics is an experience that slightly improves on many aspects upon it's predecessor, but has some slippery controls that it's predecessor didn't have. Additional characters include Metal Sonic and Donkey Kong, which is welcome in a game such as this, allowing for different ways to tackle the different events. The difference between each character, albeit not significant, do have minor impacts on the results of events. The video tutorials are annoying, and I have no idea why this was implemented, as even if you just want to know one move, you need to watch through the whole video to learn it, which is extremely tedious and unnecessary. Some events like the snowboarding and ice hockey feature good use of the DS touchscreen, but some events like cross country skiing do not, and offer little joy when you play them more than you need to. It's a good game overall, though. Expand
  7. sdc
    May 24, 2015
    0
    Deserves NONE of the praise it got. A half ass, watered down port of a great experience. Shame on those people, for preferring such a boringDeserves NONE of the praise it got. A half ass, watered down port of a great experience. Shame on those people, for preferring such a boring and lifeless "game" to an actual one. Expand

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#12 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
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