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Mario and Sonic in the Winter Olympic Games

Posted by TurtleGirl On November - 2 - 2009

This time round Nintendo and SEGA bring you ‘Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games‘ and there was me thinking that they were actually two rivals. Mario and Sonic head out to the slopes on the Nintendo Wii and DS. Last time we saw this duo they were competing  in the Summer Olympics with a selection of sports themed mini games. This time they head to the slopes.

 
The game is divided into 27 events which consist of Olympic events and dream events. Most of the mini games being very simple ones. The game also offers an adventure mode in which Mario and Sonic take on a mission to rescue the Winter Games from a evil plot by Bowser and Eggman and to some degree this works. Each time giving you the opportunity to play around with different characters throughout the storyline. The adventure side of the story has Mario and Sonic cruise around looking for characters to interact with and missions to take on. I constantly felt like I was wandering about aimlessly and the environment it was set in was displeasing to the eye at times. The events themselves can be accessed through the main menu and you can either play them individually or in a series of up to five events.

 
DS 1

 
You can use the control pad and buttons or use the stylus. The stylus has you tapping on the DS interface to shoot targets, move around on the ice rink for figure skating and ice hockey. Most of the time it was getting used to the timing of events even though there are video tutorials. I found myself doing events over and over again to get it right.

 
Certain events using the buttons meant button mashing to simulate the activity. The events themselves had you steering in a preset course, while others had you drifting down slopes doing tricks. The characters themselves were colourful, although the backdrops and environment seem to be lacking any great detail or depth to them. The game is perfect as a quick one hit wonder, but not one that you can fully engross yourself in.

 
Maybe the story mode where we see the evil Dr Eggman and Bowser melt all of the snow and capture the snow spirits may tickle your taste buds for a little while. I’m not sure how you would feel wandering around the town and chatting to endless characters.. Certainly the events side of things in this game provide some entertainment factor. You may enjoy the ski-ing , Bob sleighing or Curling and to some degree it does offer some light game play. Mario and Sonic will participate in many of the missions that are held and magical crystals are awarded to players upon completion.

 
DS 2

 
For me the game was a disappointment but I can see how it would appeal to the younger generation. I know some of you may disagree with my review, but personally it didn’t offer me much game play even with the simple events and mini games. It just  didn’t grab my attention even though I’ve loved all the SEGA and Nintendo Characters in all my gaming days. That’s not to say that it isn’t a good game, but I just felt that it was slightly limited and the RPG storyline seemed a bit feeble and flaky at times. I tried as hard as I could to really want to fall in love with this game, but I just didn’t. I’ve played a lot of different mini games and simple RPG’s over my years of gaming and I just wasn’t influenced by it and I didn’t feel the urge to play it more and more. Teamed up with a few friends it may offer a delightful and entertaining game for youngsters and one I’m sure that will keep them occupied for a little while.

 
You can team up with friends for local wireless play for the games events and party games such as Bingo, lucky spin, wild card and ghost match. Download play allows you to compete with up to three opponents just using one cartridge. Which is a brilliant idea. The adventure mode is the best you’re going to be looking for in terms of a ‘light’ RPG. Although we love the characters, I can’t help but think that the game actually had a really great depth to it. The events are easy to get into and has a nice selection to choose from, but each time felt like you were just going through the same motions. If you need help within the game then you can consult with Omochao who can be found in any area. If for any reason you are having a hard time completing missions you can consult with a Shy Guy to see if he can be any help. If he feels that you have done your best with a mission before coming to him he gives you a ticket that can be used as a free pass to complete a single mission.

 
The animation was cute and appealing, but the sound offered seemed a bit whimsical at times, making me again turn the sound off on my DS. What surprised me was the lack of depth on this game, as although the mini games and events were entertaining they seemed to offer nothing new for Nintendo and SEGA fans. This is one thing that I don’t like about some of these games that try to attempt to put characters into sports games, it’s almost like they have run out of ideas and that just seems like the next possibility. The thing is these two characters are renowned for their power and influence over the gaming world, you expect them to be great, you expect them to be awesome but put them into a simulated sports type game even with the touch of RPG, makes them seem less appealing to an audience to be honest.

 

 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 



 

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