(http://www.olympicvideogames.com/mario-and-sonic-winter/ Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the first official game released for 2010 winter games, which will take place at Washington State’s close neighbor, city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Like its predecessors, this iteration of Sega’s winter games consists of many short party games that mimic real Winter Olympic events. Fans of sport-themed mini-games will be glad to see this title after the long wait since the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

(http://www.olympicvideogames.com/mario-and-sonic-winter/Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the first official game released for 2010 winter games, which will take place at Washington State’s close neighbor, city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Like its predecessors, this iteration of Sega’s winter games consists of many short party games that mimic real Winter Olympic events. Fans of sport-themed mini-games will be glad to see this title after the long wait since the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

 

         

 

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Being an official video game title once again, the locations of Mario & Sonic take inspiration from many of British Columbia’s famous winter scenes as well as the official venues. Many of the game events feature Whistler Creekslide, Richmond Olympic Oval, Cypress Mountain, etc. The game also includes the official icons to represent the events in the game. The small touches like these add some realism to the world inhabited by video game characters. The characters themselves are of course from Mario and Sonic’s Universes and there are 20 of them joining the winter games this time, or if the player so wish, they can even get into a bobsleigh with Bowser using their very own Mii.

 

Graphics:

Given Wii’s limitation, Sega had done a decent job portraying the various venues in 3D-cartoon style. Even without being photorealistic, many of the places are easily recognizable. It is a pleasant surprise to see Daisy and Tails are doing some shopping of their own while shopping in the game’s Village of Whistler.

                       

Sounds:

All the sounds that fans of Mario and Sonic know and love are back once again. Mario and Luigi never fail to deliver comic relief whenever they say their name, whether it is Super Smash Bros, Mario Party, or in the Olympics Games. All the signature sound effects are there as well, so be sure to listen for some coins collecting sounds. And that’s not all to it, the characters will even comment (although often repeated) on the performance whenever an event is finished. In terms of soundtracks, there is a mix of orchestrated Olympics Games scores and those of Sonic, and Mario games.

 

Gameplay:

Surprisingly, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games can be somewhat of a challenge, especially to those who aren’t perfectly acquainted with Wii’s Remote and Nunchuk. Fortunately, the game optionally provides helpful instructions and tips prior to every event, a convenient feature for parties. Although it might not be hard to master an event with those helpful hints, but there are times when the computer opponents perform incredibly well while they will actually hinder themselves at other times. There are a total of 37 events in the game, 16 being original Winter Olympic events and the 11 others are called “Dream Events”. The Dream Events take their inspiration from many Mario or Sonic games of the past and are given a winter sport theme to it, and the stages also built like Mario or Sonic games (most Dream Events can be unlocked by playing Festival Mode). Like in Sega’s Mario & Sonic 2008 Beijing Olympics, aside being a party game having local multiplayer, the player may also go online and compare their scores and ranking with players from the internet.

 

Innovation:

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is at least just as good as any of its previous sport events and party game titles. It appears that the series’ ultimate goal is to bring lots of laughter and group playing fun, once again this game has itself a success through all its uniquely digitized sports and living room workout. A feature new to Mario & Sonic Olympics is the inclusion of the Wii Balance Board. It is not mandatory nor is it compatible with all events (no one plays curling on a board, right?), but it will definitely get the player a workout getting into some strange poses.

 

Longevity:

The player is awarded Star Points upon finishing an event, amount depending on the performance. With the Star Points, the player may purchase new outfit for Mii characters, accessories, music, as well as information at the shopping center. The game will record all the highest records in spirit of the Olympic Games and all the accumulated medals are available for viewing. This game also features an achievement system where player gains emblems for accomplishing specific tasks for certain events

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