Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
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  1. Jul 4, 2016
    If you want a fun party game this is a great choice… you have the “brand” of the Olympics plus the characters you know (and at least some you probably love). The controls aren’t overly taxing which can be a negative if you like a challenge… but are great for when you just want to enjoy the game, especially with friends.
  2. Jul 3, 2016
    If you’re looking for a game to take the place of titles like London 2012 or Beijing 2008, then bypass this one. However, if you’re after a game that can offer a few hours of fun for your family a week this summer, this is a must-have.
  3. 80
    I love the way Mario & Sonic at the Rio Olympic Games is presented. It’s a truly gorgeous game and matches with every expectation that I have for the atmosphere and aesthetics of the Rio Games. But this is an Olympics cash-in game, which means most events boil down to minigames, rather than fully-fleshed out games dedicated to a particular sport. A good half the events in here are games I would buy if they were built further into stand-alone takes on the sport, but in a package like this I’m basically done with them after playing them a couple of times each.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Sep 28, 2016
    Mario & Sonic are at it again, and once again the game series breaks its personal best. Although the lack of content is still an issue, this time all the events are planned carefully and the online multiplayer gives something for the lone sportsmen, who don't want to enjoy the newest Nintendolympics in the living room. I'd give this title a bronze medal for effort. [Aug 2016]
  5. Jun 24, 2016
    Mario and Sonic marks a new record on Wii U and they get the silver medal. It has some problems, related to the lack of challenge and gameplay momentum, but it's still a good olympic videogame. You don't need to wait another four years.
  6. Jun 22, 2016
    Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games introduce new Rubgy event and new gameplay solutions for existing Olympic events.
  7. Jun 22, 2016
    Mario & Sonic go back to basics in this new installment of the long-running franchise. Now only a few buttons will suffice for all sports, in a way that reminds closely the gameplay of old Sega arcade titles such as Virtua Athlete. Also, the new "Duel events" add random items, so typical of the Mario Franchise, to three sports for a more "party" approach. However, it could have packed some more sports and scenarios to compete, as it falls short in that regard.
  8. Jul 9, 2016
    Overall, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Nintendo's Wii U is a decent addition to the series but lacking anything special to elevate it to that next level.
  9. Jul 5, 2016
    This latest game in the series completely forgets all the uncomfortable interactions with motion gaming or touch screens, that’s good for the mini-games that this time feel more challenging and fun. The new Olympic festival for Mario & Sonic is not a deep game, but at least it's better than other party games on the platform that may be will let you hours of fun with friends. It’s a good souvenir of the Olympic Games.
  10. Jun 27, 2016
    As much fun the sporting events deliver, Wii U Olympians have to swallow the bitter pill that they not only had to wait longer than the mobile sports fans. They also get the less attractive package.
  11. Jun 22, 2016
    It's not the definitive game based on the Olympic Games, but it's a step forward from the previous edition. A fair amount of sports and a gameplay solid enough to be really enjoyable with friends is probably all we can ask, and that is delivered.
  12. Jun 22, 2016
    Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is a fair product. It still shows some quality difference between the various disciplines, and its AI is not well balanced, but it's worth to play it with friends or family, as it can give moments of fun and lightheartedness with its multiplayer mode.
  13. Jun 22, 2016
    Interesting yet unprofound party game that manages to entertain in short bursts, but fails to offer a challenge or enough variety for a long term engagement.
  14. 70
    At the end of the day, I enjoyed what Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Wii U tried to deliver. While the limited amount of events are the major downer here, I had fun playing them alone or with my friends. They found unique ways to represent the events, which is what matters at the end of the day. I do expect that the majority will be disappointed with the lack of specific Mario and Sonic touches, which is totally justified.
  15. Jun 24, 2016
    Sega developed another Olympic game without taking any risks, giving the player a compilation of minigames that can only be fun for a couple of afternoons if you have friends to share it with. Otherwise, there are better party games in the Wii U catalogue.
  16. Jun 22, 2016
    This is probably the last chapter of the Olympic series on Wii U, and it comes packed with a lot of revamped minigames and numerous occasion to have fun with friends and family. You won't probably play it a lot after the Olympic fever is over, though.
  17. Aug 14, 2016
    It appears to be aiming for family gaming, but just a little more depth would give it more longevity. What’s here is good, but not worth running to the shops to buy.
  18. Aug 9, 2016
    In short, a game, with lot of fun when you play it with friends, but it's missing sufficient Olympic events to make it a very good game.
  19. Jun 26, 2016
    Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games brings back the formula of the series that joins the two universes with an Olympic background. While the series has improved as far as customization and integration with the Miiverse are concerned, it starts to show some fatigue regarding the lack of depth of its large contents, while the absence of motion controls feels strange in some events.
  20. Jun 22, 2016
    Mario & Sonic At The Rio Olympics 2016 is a solid entry in the series that will provide some undemanding multiplayer fun, as well as a modicum of single player enjoyment. However, a few too many missteps, from the lack of online to some events that don’t hit the mark, unfortunately stop this from being anything but overwhelmingly average.
  21. Jul 5, 2016
    Once again the people behind this series deliver a mediocre game that feels as if it was developed to fulfill a commitment instead of being made to please fans from Sonic and Mario with a great experience they would enjoy. The multiplayer component can be fun at times, but not enough for a lasting experience.
  22. Jul 18, 2016
    An average sports game with bright and dark moments, in which unfortunately repetitive minigames play a major role. These Olympics you can miss with no regret.
  23. 50
    Like those before it, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games had a chance to be a lot of fun, but ended up being a mixed bag featuring both tedium and frustration. It has its moments, and some decent takes on events that we'll see in Rio de Janeiro this summer, but questionable design choices, frustratingly inconsistent AI, occasionally annoying control schemes and a lack of care for the player have all led it to mediocrity.
  24. Jun 22, 2016
    Disappointing on Wii U. The game is repetitive, lacks challenge and doesn't have a single-player mode.
  25. Jun 24, 2016
    The delay between versions should have been used to improve what was already there, instead we get a smaller game with a prettier face.
  26. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 12, 2016
    A quite average sports game with better and worse moments, its core is based on repetitive and mediocre minigames unfortunately. You can play it, when nothing else is around, otherwise you can skip this game without no regret. [Issue#265]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 75
  2. Negative: 11 out of 75
  1. Jun 24, 2016
    This game is really fun to play with family and friends. It has a variety of sports to play and there is a large amount of different Mario andThis game is really fun to play with family and friends. It has a variety of sports to play and there is a large amount of different Mario and Sonic characters to play as. Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2016
    The worst delivery to the saga, does not use any of the qualities of control, reduction of events. Lack of events dreamy little amount ofThe worst delivery to the saga, does not use any of the qualities of control, reduction of events. Lack of events dreamy little amount of characters regarding the version of 3Ds, and some are exclusive for some events. Voices recycled from previous games, the graphics is good but not highlighted. Full Review »
  3. Jun 24, 2016
    Best in the series thus far.
    Great single and local multiplayer game play, contrary to bad reporting: the game has single player modes.
    Best in the series thus far.
    Great single and local multiplayer game play, contrary to bad reporting: the game has single player modes.

    The selection of sports is great this time around including boxing, football, track running, cycling (with some tricks involved), soccer, beach style volleyball, swimming, while the previous entry was focused on the Winter Olympics.

    The single player tournaments are enjoyable to play through, with characters from the game challenging you, as you unlock additional events. Things are introduced neatly. You are rewarded with coins for completion of activities as you go, to unlock additional novelty character themed costumes. Dream events are alot of fun.

    Game has the over the top style / flair of its predecessors, crossed with traditional sport.

    The Nintendo Olympics and most of the Nintendo brand sports games are under valued,

    this one in particular deserves a bit more praise.

    If you like sports games, this does a great job at keeping it fun, in an era were fun is taboo. Its great for those that aren't big on sports or the olympics too.

    Great game for fans or Mario and Sonic, or just people that enjoy light hearted games at the end of the day. Highlight for 2016.
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