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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
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Developer(s)

Sega Japan[1]

Publishers(s)

JP Nintendo[1]
NA Sega[1]
EU Sega[1]

Designer(s)

Shigeru Miyamoto[1]

Release date(s)

Wii
JP November 5, 2009
KO November 19, 2009
NA October 13, 2009
EU October 16, 2009
AUS October 15, 2009

Nintendo DS
JP November 19, 2009
NA October 13, 2009
EU October 16, 2009
AUS October 15, 2009

Genre(s)

Sports game

Mode(s)

Single-player, Multiplayer

Platform(s)

Wii, Nintendo DS

Media

Wii: Wii Optical Disc
DS: DS Game Card

Input

Wii:
Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Wii Balance Board
DS:
D-pad, microphone,
stylus and touchscreen

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (マリオ&ソニック AT バンクーバーオリンピック Mario ando Sonikku atto Bankūbā Orinpikku?, Mario & Sonic at the Vancouver Olympics) is a sports game by Sega, published by Nintendo in Japan and by Sega in North America and Europe. The game is officially licensed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through exclusive licensee "International Sports Multimedia". The game is the third official crossover title to feature characters from both Mario and Sonic The Hedgehog's respective universes. It's been released on the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS on October 13, 2009, and is the first announced video game based around the 2010 Winter Olympics.[1]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games enables players to assume the role of a Mario or Sonic character while competing against the others in Winter Olympic events.[1] The EU release was on October 16th, 2009.

Gameplay

Some of the events in the Wii game use the Balance Board accessory. The multiplayer mode offers "co-op and competitive gameplay" whereas the DS version uses its wireless capabilities.[1]

Adventure mode

Sonic and Mario and toad

Toad meeting Sonic in Adventure mode.

The DS version also has an adventure mode: Eggman and Bowser kidnap the winter spirits. Without them, all the snow in various areas melts and the Olympic Games are spoiled. It's up to Sonic and Mario to save them by retrieving the spirits and save the games. Along the way they will find old friends and enemies ready to help them or slow them down. Neither Sonic or Mario can talk in the game, their dialogues are spoken by Toad. In the game, Mario and Sonic find news briefs hidden in barrels, crates and pots which give brief snippets of information about both universes' characters (although the facts given are things long-time fans of both series have known for years). In addition, the heroes can pick up leaves from maple trees which give facts and trivia about the real world Olympic Games and famous athletes.

Development

In January 2009, an article in the Spanish Nintendo magazine Nintendo Acción mentioned a sequel to Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, to be created for the 2010 Winter Olympics.[2] Both IGN and Eurogamer received confirmation on the games' existence, with IGN stating that game would be officially announced within the following month.[3][4] Dennis Kim, licensing and merchandising director for the event, stated in February that a Mario & Sonic title "[is] being discussed and planned for Vancouver". Kim also stated that Vancouver 2010 and the IOC will share royalties from this game.[5]

The official announcement did arrive within the month as predicted, the game's title being given as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games at a joint press release by Sega and Nintendo on February 12, 2009.[1]

Events

All the events of the game include:

Wii Version

Olympic Events

  • Alpine Skiing - Downhill
  • Alpine Skiing - Giant Slalom
  • Ski Jumping - Individual Large Hill
  • Ski Jumping - Team Large Hill
  • Freestyle Skiing - Moguls
  • Freestyle Skiing - Ski Cross
  • Snowboard - Halfpipe
  • Snowboard - Snowboard Cross
  • Skating - Speed Skating 500m
  • Skating - Short Track 1000m
  • Skating - Short Track Relay
  • Figure Skating
  • Bobsleigh - Skeleton
  • Bobsleigh
  • Ice Hockey
  • Curling

Dream Events

Radical Highway2

Bowser and Dr. Eggman racing on Radical Highway in Dream Snowboard Cross

  • Dream Alpine - Individual (Seaside Hill)
  • Dream Alpine - Team (Seaside Hill)
  • Dream Ski Jumping - Individual
  • Dream Ski Jumping - Team
  • Dream Ski Cross - Individual
  • Dream Ski Cross - Team
  • Dream Snowboard Cross - Individual (Radical Highway)
  • Dream Snowboard Cross - Team (Radical Highway)
  • Dream Short Track (Egg Factory)
  • Dream Figure Skating
  • Dream Bobsleigh
  • Dream Ice Hockey
  • Dream Curling
  • Dream Snowball Fight
  • Dream Gliding - Individual
  • Dream Gliding - Team

DS Version

Snow time

Mario and Sonic in a Dream Event on the DS Version

Olympic Events

  • Skiing - Alpine Skiing GS
  • Skiing - Moguls
  • Skiing - Nordic Combined
  • Skiing - Ski Jumping LH
  • Skiing - Cross-Country
  • Skating - Speed Skating 500m
  • Skating - Short Track 500m
  • Skating - Figure Skating
  • Snowboard - Snowboard Cross
  • Bobsleigh
  • Bobsleigh - Skeleton
  • Ice Hockey
  • Curling
  • Biathlon
  • Luge

Dream Events

  • Dream Skiing - Ski Cross Racing
  • Dream Skiing - Rocket Ski Jumping
  • Dream Skiing - Super Sonic Downhill
  • Dream Skating - Intense Short Track
  • Dream Skating - Ultimate Figure Skating
  • Dream Snowboard - Extreme Snow Boarding
  • Dream Snowboard - Deluxe Halfpipe
  • Dream Bobsleigh - Blazing Bobsleigh
  • Dream Ice Hockey - Fever Hockey
  • Dream Curling - Curling Bowling
  • Dream Biathlon - Ski Shooting
  • Dream Snow Machine - Snow Machine Fight

Characters

The cast consists of the full roster from the previous game, as well as some new characters.

Sonic the Hedgehog series

Playable Characters

Icon Name Ability Type Wii Stats DS Stats Special Emblem
Sonicicon Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Sonic-Wii-Stats Sonic-DS-Stats Spin Dash Sonic flag
Tailsicon Miles "Tails" Prower Skill Tails-Wii-Stats Tails-DS-Stats Tailspin Flight Tails flag
Knucklesicon Knuckles the Echidna Power Knuckles-Wii-Stats Knuckles-DS-Stats Screw Driver Knuckles flag
Amyicon Amy Rose All-Around Amy-Wii-Stats Amy-DS-Stats Pink Typhoon Amy flag
Shadowicon Shadow the Hedgehog Speed Shadow-Wii-Stats Shadow-DS-Stats Chaos Boost Shadow flag
Blazeicon Blaze the Cat All-Around Blaze-Wii-Stats Blaze-DS-Stats Quick Tornado Blaze flag
Vectoricon Vector the Crocodile Power Vector-Wii-Stats Vector-DS-Stats Head Slide Vector flag
Eggmanicon Doctor Eggman Skill Eggman-Wii-Stats Eggman-DS-Stats Egg Spin Eggman flag
Metalsonicicon Metal Sonic Speed Metal-Sonic-Wii-Stats Metal-Sonic-DS-Stats Air Boost MetalSonic flag
SilverHedgeicon Silver the Hedgehog Skill Silver-Wii-Stats Silver-DS-Stats Levitate Silver flag

Rival Characters

Icon Name Ability Type Event
Jeticon Jet the Hawk Speed
  • Snowboard Cross (Wii)
  • Deluxe Halfpipe (DS)
Omega-5 E-123 Omega

Power

  • Speed Skating 500m (Individual Festival) (Wii)
  • Short Track Relay (Team Festival) (Wii)
  • Intense Short Track (DS)
Eggmannegaicon Eggman Nega Skill
  • Ski Cross (Wii)
  • Skeleton & Nordic Combined (DS)
Rougeicon Rouge the Bat All-Around
  • Figure Skating (Wii and DS)

Additional Sonic Characters

Referee Characters VIP Characters Audience Characters In event Characters

Mario Series

Playable Characters

Icon Name Ability Type Wii Stats DS Stats Special Emblem
Marioicon Mario All-Around Mario-Wii-Stats Mario-DS-Stats Spin Mario flag
Luigiicon Luigi All-Around Luigi-Wii-Stats Luigi-DS-Stats Luigi Rocket Luigi flag
Peachicon Peach Skill Peach-Wii-Stats Peach-DS-Stats Mid-Air Float Peach flag
Yoshiicon Yoshi Speed Yoshi-Wii-Stats Yoshi-DS-Stats Flutter Jump Yoshi flag
Daisyicon Daisy Speed Daisy-Wii-Stats Daisy-DS-Stats Flower Trampoline Daisy flag
Warioicon Wario Power Wario-Wii-Stats Wario-DS-Stats Wario Waft Wario flag
Waluigiicon Waluigi Skill Waluigi-Wii-Stats Waluigi-DS-Stats Air Swim Waluigi flag
Bowsericon Bowser Power Bowser-Wii-Stats Bowser-DS-Stats Spinning Shell Bowser flag
Bowserjricon Bowser Jr. All-Around Bowser-Jr.-Wii-Stats Bowser-Jr.-DS-Stats Back Spin Shell Bowser jr flag
Donkeykongicon Donkey Kong Power Donkey-Kong-Wii-Stats Donkey-Kong-DS-Stats Hand Slap Dash DK flag

Rival Characters

Icon Name Ability Type Event
Big-Bullet-Bill-icon Big Bullet Bill[6] Speed
  • Skeleton (Individual Festival)
  • Bobsleigh (Team Festival)
  • Blazing Bobsleigh (DS)
King-Boo-icon King Boo[6] Skill
  • Alpine Skiing(Wii)
  • Giant Slalom (Individual Festival on Wii and DS)
Dry-Bowser-icon Dry Bowser[6] Power
  • Ice Hockey (Wii)
  • Curling Bowling (DS)
  • Super Sonic Downhill (DS)
Dry-Bones-icon Dry Bones[6] All-Around
  • Ice Hockey (alongside Dry Bowser)
  • Curling (Team Festival [Wii] & DS)

Additional Mario Characters

Referee Characters VIP Characters Audience Characters In event Characters

Other

Dream Event Locations

Sonic Stages

Mario Stages

  • Mario Circuit from Mario Kart Wii
  • Good Egg Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy
  • Bowser's Castle from Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Sherbet Land from Mario Kart 64
  • Cool, Cool Mountain from Super Mario 64
  • Dream Figure Skating features 3 Mario backgrounds: World 1, Bowser's Castle, and Peach's Castle.

Artwork & Screenshots

For more see: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games/Gallery

Screenshots

Official Artwork

Team Sonic

Team Mario

Boxart

Decals

DS icons

Reception

The game was well accepted. Most of the reviews define it as "much better than the first title". All the events are unlocked from the start which is great news in terms of accessibility. The controls are also tighter and seem less random but this does mean that sometimes gameplay can be a bit too simplistic: these were the things most noticed. An average of the votes it received is 7/10.

Trivia

  • This game marks Omega's first non-cameo appearance on the Wii, as well as Eggman Nega's debut on a home console.
  • Though Super Sonic isn't an unlockable character, you can get a Super Sonic costume for your Mii, giving your Mii the same stats as Sonic the Hedgehog, although a pseudo-Super form for each character appears in the Dream Figure Skating event for Sonic's World.
  • Blaze's outfit for this game looks similar to her regular outfit, but slightly altered. The same applies for Amy as well, but her outfit has a few more minor changes.
  • This is the second 2009 sequel of a 2007 game (Sonic and the Black Knight is the sequel of Sonic and the Secret Rings and this game is the sequel of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games).
  • In the DS version, Metal Sonic's eyes are red, but when he's in first place, his eyes are green.
  • Characters such as Diddy Kong do not appear, but costumes of them are available for your Mii.
  • On the Wii boxart, Sonic has a snowboard and Mario has skis, but on the DS boxart, it's the other way around.
  • This is the only installment in the Mario and Sonic series where the handheld counterpart was released in the same year as the console (Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Wii-2007, DS-2008; Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games: Wii-2011, 3DS-2012).
  • In the DS version, if you listen closely when trying to open the gate in Adventure Tours, it almost sounds like Amy's theme song.
  • The females have new winter outfits for the game, while the males have no new outfits.

Videos

<videogallery id="0"> Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Nintendo Wii Review - Video Review Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Nintendo DS Trailer - Trailer 2 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Nintendo DS Trailer - Trailer 4 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Nintendo Wii Trailer - Teaser Trailer Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Nintendo Wii Trailer - Festival Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Nintendo Wii Trailer - Debut Trailer Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo Wii Trailer - GC 2009 Trailer Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo Wii Trailer - Events Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo Wii Trailer - Aquatics Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo Wii Gameplay - Trampoline Action Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo Wii Video - Viral Video 1 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo Wii Trailer - Boat Rowing Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo Wii Trailer - Archery Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo Wii Trailer - Viral Video 2 </videogallery>

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