Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 39
  2. Negative: 8 out of 39
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  1. Dec 23, 2013
    Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games isn’t all that bad, but it’s not great either. The controls for a lot of the events are iffy at best, but there are events that are still enjoyable, especially the Dream Events. This is one where I’d check out the demo or rent it first to see if you like it before plunking down $50 for it.
  2. Nov 21, 2013
    Sonic and Mario leaves a good impression, offering interesting arguments for those who want an experience for multiple players.
  3. Nov 8, 2013
    It is entertaining as before, but don’t expect any progress of the snowy mascot battle.
  4. 70
    Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is exactly what it says it is: an Olympics game with Mario and Sonic. While it is fun, it doesn’t necessarily do anything past entries didn’t do. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, because overall it is a fun formula, despite some of its flaws.
  5. Nov 4, 2013
    Mario and Sonic 2014 certainly has its issues, but it’s definitely a step above previous titles in terms of event design and overall enjoyment. It’s a more complex and engaging than the usual minigame menagerie, and the distinct franchise twists in the Dream Events are a welcome bit of fanservice. It’s not a gold medal winner just yet, but Mario and Sonic 2014 is a stronger contender than it’s ever been before.
  6. 70
    The updated visuals and online functionality are welcome improvements, but if you've already spent hours nailing high scores and low times four years ago, the events haven't changed drastically enough to warrant two purchases.
  7. Nov 6, 2013
    After three entries, the series felt like it needed some serious polish and some new ideas, and the passage on a new hardware seemed to be the perfect occasion: instead, this is just another Mario & Sonic game with a couple of new modes and the same old ups and downs.
  8. Nov 9, 2013
    Apart from the visual step forward, the game feels like we're playing a slightly upgraded version of the Wii one, with a forgotten GamePad that should have been the reason to buy this one.
  9. Nov 5, 2013
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 is very similar to its predecessors, managing to entertain and persuade only party games enthusiasts.
  10. Pelit (Finland)
    Feb 13, 2014
    It really, really pisses me off, that I need Wii controllers to play a Wii U game. This right here is a true ass-fruit of a game design, where a four year old game has been ported to a new console generation nearly the way it was back then. [Jan 2014]
  11. Dec 19, 2013
    This new edition of Mario & Sonic is not so different from the previous one, it doesn't take advantage of the Gamepad so much and the online mode is unexploited. The game is still fun to play in family at home though, but we would have expected much more from it.
  12. Nov 23, 2013
    I think I am safe to say that this is not the best game out there, but it is far from the worst, and it can provide kids with some definite fun over the winter months for sure.
  13. Nov 18, 2013
    A game with such iconic characters should be much better. It can be fun when played with some friends, but it doesn't make much use of the great possibilities the Wii U GamePad can offer.
  14. Nov 13, 2013
    It's sometimes very complicated and not the best experience for Wii U GamePad.
  15. Nov 8, 2013
    At it's core, Mario & Sonic 2014 is fairly competent at what it does, but never manages to be outstanding.
  16. Nov 8, 2013
    A disappointing new take for the Mario & Sonic franchise. Poor game controls and monotonous mechanics ruined the playability.
  17. Nov 7, 2013
    Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is less interesting than the previous games of this franchise released for Nintendo Wii. The lack of gameplay features designed around the Wii U GamePad is a big mistake from SEGA's developers. If you're looking for a good party game for Nintendo Wii U just buy the more interesting Wii Party U and have fun.
  18. Nov 5, 2013
    While its dream events are colorful and fun, Sochi 2014 suffers from an overall lack of depth.
  19. Nov 4, 2013
    When the action is go and events are in full swing, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Winter Games is a flashy and fun mini-game compilation for all of the family. Like an Olympic athlete with an injury problem, however, it's more likely to be remembered as a game that never quite lived up to its potential.
  20. Nov 4, 2013
    Mario and Sonic 2014 feels like a minor progression, and not the huge leap you might be expecting.
  21. Nov 22, 2013
    Mario & Sonic Sochi 2014 performs well and especially the Dream Events are fun. But it controls superficially and the explanation of events isn't explanatory enough. With a little more attention for the gameplay it could've earned gold. Or, well, silver at least.
  22. Nov 29, 2013
    Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games leaves us unsatisfied, even with its not so big ambitions. Even so, there is no excuse for this permanent lack of precision and this very inappropriate latency. Ice hockey and curling will probably make you smile, and graphics aren't that bad, but those are almost the only arguments the game can have.
  23. Nov 5, 2013
    There’s clearly potential here, but these games will never be more than easily discarded novelties until the developer’s fine tune the controls and embrace the creative craziness of Dream Matches. Here’s hoping Mario and Sonic bring their A game next time around.
  24. Nov 4, 2013
    Liberally recycled events and poor GamePad implementation make this stylised collection of winter sports utterly mediocre.
  25. Nov 5, 2013
    Instead of coming of with different ideas for a new generation, Sochi 2014 opts for another round of motion control minigames and only adds a manic insistence on a revolving door of controller hardware. It's unfocused, uneven, and typically not much fun thanks to the transient nature of most of its content.
  26. Jan 9, 2014
    Mario and Sonic need to stop meeting up like this.
  27. Dec 11, 2013
    A derivative iteration designed with the bare minimum in sight, though always efficient with its tried-and-true brand of mechanics.
  28. The controls are too tricky, the action too dull, and the time spent preparing and waiting to actually play is too long.
  29. Nov 13, 2013
    The collection of mini games don’t offer enough variety to stay interesting for long and the controls spoil the fun. It’s only visually interesting.
  30. Nov 4, 2013
    The awkwardness of waving a large GamePad around and unresponsive controls make this one of the less enjoyable party offerings available on the system.
  31. Nov 3, 2013
    The Mario & Sonic series is the perfect example of the kind of charming, bite-sized, and all-inclusive entertainment that defined Nintendo throughout the Wii's golden years, but a lack of creativity and a poor implementation of the Wii U GamePad ensure that Mario & Sonic's fourth outing in six years fails to secure a podium finish.
  32. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Dec 29, 2013
    It gets the gold medal for pig-headedness, at least. [Dec 2013, p.80]
  33. Nov 8, 2013
    Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games has some of the best online capabilities on the Wii U, but it unwisely forces use of poor motion controls in almost every mode.
  34. games(TM)
    Dec 18, 2013
    Reliance on simple motion controls is bound to put off the more serious sports fans. [Issue#142, p.119]
  35. Games Master UK
    Nov 27, 2013
    Poorer than the Vancouver 2010 version. [Christmas 2013, p.82]
  36. Nov 22, 2013
    The only thing that improved since the Wii versions of Mario & Sonic are the graphics. That alone is not worth your money.
  37. Nov 19, 2013
    The latest installment in the Mario & Sonic series just feels sloppy instead of the HD reboot it should have been. It's way to similar to the previous games and they clearly haven't had a single clue how to utilize the Wii U Gamepad for the events.
  38. Jan 3, 2014
    The third Olympic Games with Mario and Sonic is the worst one yet. It offers very few events worth playing and manages to be a party game that doesn’t feel easy to pick up. On top of that you need an entire arsenal of different controllers to even play it.
  39. 30
    The worst Mario & Sonic game yet and not just a waste of a crossover but a genuinely poor mini-game compilation, and one that makes both the Wii U and the GamePad look bad.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 75
  2. Negative: 20 out of 75
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    i understand that this game is the same as the other
    But i dint played mario and sonic crossover before
    so i enyojed this game. its a good
    i understand that this game is the same as the other
    But i dint played mario and sonic crossover before
    so i enyojed this game. its a good game,with a good gameplay
    and with good graphics
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  2. Jan 11, 2015
    I find this game very underrated. I think it is actually the best game in the Mario and Sonic series. The graphics are amazing! The dreamI find this game very underrated. I think it is actually the best game in the Mario and Sonic series. The graphics are amazing! The dream events are some of the best in the series. The gameplay is great. I think that Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 is an amazing game and if you don't have it, I recommend you buy it. Full Review »
  3. Nov 17, 2013
    Mario and Sonic have returned in Russia! Although the game is quite similar to Vancouver 2010, the graphics are better and the gamepad isMario and Sonic have returned in Russia! Although the game is quite similar to Vancouver 2010, the graphics are better and the gamepad is nicely integrated into gameplay, although it lacks a certain depth that could have made the game better. Great for occupying kids for hours though. Full Review »